Friday Five ~ Thanksgiving Roundup

by laury on November 18, 2011 · 25 comments




Last year, when it was too late I heard about adopting a turkey for Thanksgiving….


Adopt-A-Turkey Project

    seeks to end the misery of commercially-raised turkeys by offering a compassionate alternative for Thanksgiving. Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary has rescued more than 1,000 turkeys, placed hundreds into loving homes through our annual Turkey Express adoption event, educated millions of people about their plight, and provided resources for a cruelty-free holiday. For a one-time $30 donation, anyone can sponsor turkeys residing at Farm Sanctuary. Sponsor a turkey and receive a special adoption certificate in your name – or give sponsorships as gifts for family and friends. Donations are also needed to support our lifesaving efforts to promote a compassionate Thanksgiving and protect all farm animals.

I am not a vegan, I don’t label myself anything but as you guys see from my blog that I try to eat mostly a plant based diet for many reasons I won’t get into right now. Michael is my meat loving beau, and he simply can not wait to load up his plate with the stuff next week. Me on the other hand…not so much. I feel bad for these funny looking creatures and want to sponsor one!

Thanksgiving was always centered around turkey. I gave up meats when I was 12, took a brief break from that in my mid 20’s and now I am back to a turkey-less Thanksgiving these past couple of years. I honestly don’t have a problem with what other people do as far as the food they choose to eat, no judgment here ever!

I just hate animal cruelty and any effort to help stop the factory farm animal abuse is something I will stand behind.

Here’s how the conversation went when I enthusiastically told Michael my plan:

on our way to Whole Foods for diner the other night. I will preface by saying I had the website up with my donation all ready to go…

Me: So I think I want to adopt a tur….

Michael: You’re NOT doing that! That’s ridiculous! Who adopts turkeys…NO.

Me: How did you know what I was going to say?

Michael: I saw that webpage up and I knew what you were up to.

Me: Well, I am doing it; they are so cute I want to sponsor the pink one. I feel bad for them.

Michael: If you want to sponsor a starving child in Africa it’s one thing, but a turkey, come on….

Me: I’m adopting a turkey, Michael. And now Ella is too.

Michael: You’re out of control.


Whether you are eating a turkey or sponsoring one here are 5 vegan recipes that should get your mouth watering for the up and coming holiday! I know mine is…..

1. Vegan Apple Pie Cheesecake

I saw this yesterday on Angela’s link love post and it took me an all of 0.02 seconds to click over and see what it was all about! I never even saw the other recipes. I am DEFINITELY going to make this one for next week!

2. Vegan Pumpkin Pie with a hint of Chocolate

Morgan posted this the other day as part of a review for Vegan Holiday Kitchen. It looks SO yummy! I’m lucky we go to two places for Thanksgiving so I can make a few different things. Only problem is that I never get to stay for dessert at Nona’s and I am not sure if I will have time to test it out ahead of time. It’s a risk making something blind but I am pretty confident in my baking skills and Morgan’s recipe recommendations so I can give it a go! If I don’t make it for this Thanksgiving I will definitely add it to my list of 437 desserts I make for the holidays in December! My brother loves pumpkin pie and I think he would love this recipe!

3. Cauliflower Mash with Butternut Squash Swirl

I think I am definitely going to make this side dish for next week. I found this through pinterest and it looks amazing! It’s a healthier alternative to mashed potatoes and I will definitely sub the Parmesean cheese for ground cashews and use almond milk to make it dairy-free.

4. Vegan Lentil Walnut Loaf

Angela’s recipes are always a slam dunk. This one looks delicious and I think it would be a good protein substitute for  my turkey-less place

5. Quinoa and Tempeh Stuffed Artichokes

Thanksgiving was on my mind when I made this recipe. Nona always makes some yummy stuffed veggies and this is a healthier version that will fill up any veg or omnivore! You can use this same stuffing in peppers or eggplant or even squash[<–you can even change up the seasoning and so some cinnamon, nutmeg and a drizzle of maple syrup]

PSI made this last year, it was amazing and it’s definitely on the agenda this year! Dessert overload 😉

What are some Thanksgiving recipes that YOU are eying up or making!!??

Canadian friends, what were some of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes this year???


FF Thanksgiving Bootcamp.

Killer Arms

Killer Legs

Pumpkin Booty Workout

Gym Floor HIIT


I will have a fresh post stuffing workout up next week for you!

Have a great weekend!




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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katie November 18, 2011 at 5:40 am

yeah! your menu looks awesome! 🙂 so glad to be ‘a part’ of it! 🙂


2 laury November 18, 2011 at 10:46 am

I can’t wait to try your dish!


3 Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner November 18, 2011 at 7:22 am

LOVE the idea to sponsor a turkey! My 13 year old cousin is a vegetarian. Maybe I will sponsor one in her name : ) LOVE it.

Thanks for checking on the mens health equipment! I can’t wait to try it!


4 laury November 18, 2011 at 10:47 am

aww that would be so sweet!


5 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 18, 2011 at 8:57 am

I can assure you that Ange’s lentil loaf does not disappoint! The cauliflower and butternut mash also sounds delicious. I love pureeing root veggies for Thanksgiving and spicing them up a bit with herbs. Delish!


6 laury November 18, 2011 at 10:47 am

Yey! Excited to try it!!


7 nicole@makinggoodchoices November 18, 2011 at 9:01 am

The lentil and walnut loaf is awesome, I’ve made it quite a few times. Love your round up!


8 laury November 18, 2011 at 10:47 am

Oh so glad you told me! I will def make it now!


9 thehealthyapron November 18, 2011 at 9:27 am

Gosh I know thanksgiving is right around the corner but man I’ve barely thought of it! Too much other stuff going on right now! ha That cauliflower mash looks tasty though!


10 laury November 18, 2011 at 10:48 am

I hope all is well, girlfriend!!!!


11 Kat November 18, 2011 at 10:18 am

I personally think turkeys are ugly, so I don’t feel for them at all lol That being said, Im not a turkey fan at all, so I dont eat it on thanksgiving!! Im actually not a fan of turkey day food at all, except for the rolls and pie 🙂 This turkey day I really want to make some homemade sweet potato rolls for the dinner!! Of course I plan on making them with wheat flour…is it bad that I’m trying to trick my family into eating healthy? lol Its better than KFC biscuits!


12 laury November 18, 2011 at 10:49 am

Ha! Survival of the cutest, huh? 😉

I’ve been tricking my family into eating healthier before I was old enough to get my learners permit so no it’s not wrong. And today they actually look forward to my healthy dishes!


13 Lauren (PB&G) November 18, 2011 at 11:46 am

I have never been disappointed by one of Angela’s recipes and that lentil loaf is one of my absolute favorites! I made it 3 times in a row a few months ago. In fact.. I *should* make it again..

Also, that chocolate laced pumpkin pie gives me ideas!

Happy (non)Turkey Day!


14 laury November 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I am so happy to hear so many of you guys had the lentil loaf and are raving about it! I am so excited to try it!! yey!!!


15 Tiffany November 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I love the cauliflower mash side–it looks and sounds great! I’m super nervous because I’m making Thanksgiving this year. Yeah, I’ve brought stuff in the past but never made it for others so I’m gonna make the traditional turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce. But I also want to do some kind of healthy green side and of course, top it off with pumpkin cheesecake (and wine….lots and lots of wine!)


16 laury November 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I am sure you will do great! Thanksgiving is SO much work for like 10 minutes of eating. I am sure you will pull it off you’re a great cook!!!

My fav green side is roasted Brussels sprouts and my MIL makes this amazing spinach souflee, I can’t eat it anymore (dairy) but if you want I can email you the recipe. It will change your life haha, everyone loves it!


17 Alisa November 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Oh my gosh, you two had me laughing outloud this morning! That is about how the conversation would go if Tony spotted me looking at an adopt-a-turkey website.

Definitely going to check out some of these recipes. Thanks Laury!


18 laury November 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm

hahahah…he thinks I am out of my mind 😉


19 Lisa @ Healthy Diaries November 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm

All of those dishes sounds so good! Can I come to your thanksgiving? 🙂

I’m in charge of the sweet potato casserole and dessert every year and I’m definitely going to healthify everything! 🙂


20 laury November 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I am sure you will do a great job of it!


21 Morgan November 18, 2011 at 12:47 pm

My mouth is totally watering now! I have to say, I JUST got the Vegan Holiday Kitchen book, and I haven’t really had tie to test her recipes, so hopefully this pie turns out great, it just looks awesome so I am definitely going to give it a go! That apple pie cheesecake looks delish! So this year I am doing a Vegan Holiday Wellington with gravy as a center piece, and they are such an amazing “main course” for a turkey-less Thanksgiving, I seriously can’t wait. (Although some years I make my own, this year I am buying a freshly made vegan Wellington from a yummy vegan restaurant called Native Foods Cafe) and Baking that and serving with gravy.Its filled with caramelized onions, kale, sweet potatoes, sauteed portabellos, cranberry stuffing, her house made peppered seitan, and served with mushroom gravy. I did a take on this on my blog last year. Im basically buying one to save myself a little time because I will still be cooking the rest of the day. I am also doing a vegan green bean casserole, homemade rolls with a fresh side of cinnamon butter (using earth Balance as a base) and I think I MAY possibly also try to come up with an orange roll also (you know those rolls that have a hint of orange and little orange flecks from orange zest?) I’m doing garlic and herb mashed potatoes, a few pies (the one above, and probably an apple pie and maybe a chocolate mouse pie, and I’m ALSO doing a few other side dishes. I’m creating a new take on a sweet potato casserole that if it turns out good i will be posting probably! Thats just kind of my “rough draft” for Thanksgiving so far. It could change a little. So yeah, I probably won’t have to cook again for a month! hahaha I just love the Holidays so much and gathering with family! I love watching football games and eating fun finger foods all day on Thanksgiving leading up to a beautiful spread of good fod and good times with family! Tell Michael that Auntie Mo Mo gave you and the Weez permission to adopt those turkeys!!! LOL


22 laury November 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm

MY mouth is totally watering from YOUR description!

I want to come to your house for the holidays…pretty pretty please!!! I remember your wellington from last year now that you mention it! I wish there were restaurants like that around here. Only in Cali do they have lots of good vegan places 🙁 Have a great weekend, friend!!!! XO


23 Ari@ThE Diva Dish November 19, 2011 at 11:00 pm

My husband and your husband must be long lost brothers…I think he would die if I told him I was going to adopt a turkey…But what he doesn’t know… :)! Ever since I was a little kid I hated turkey! So actually every Thanksgiving I always opted out! And now I do it for other reasons, but it’s funny..
All those recipes look amazing! I love holiday menu planning!


24 Kathleen November 20, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Apple Pie?! 😀 That sounds so good!

Haha, you and your husband were made for each other. 🙂


25 Kris | November 21, 2011 at 1:21 am

Awwwww, girl, I love you!!!! Hahhhaah, adopt a turkey!! Hahaha! Can you name your own??

I think Michael is so funny 😉



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