A New Kind of Turkey Day

Visiting with some newly rescued turkeys yesterday at Animal Acres reminded me that Thanksgiving is only two and a half weeks away, and with it, the ever more present need within all of us activists to encourage people to learn more about the precious, kind, gentle beings who fall victim to many a holiday meal on the big day. This year will mark my fourth Thanksgiving without a turkey on my plate, and as each year passes, I discover more and more about these amazing creatures and why we should celebrate them, not consume them, at Thanksgiving. Below is a short film I made of my experience at Animal Acres yesterday:

Every year on the blog, I try to share ways to enjoy Thanksgiving without a single animal product at your holiday table, and this year is no different! Below, you will find recipes and links to wonderful holiday resources. I hope that these ideas will help inspire you to create or continue celebrating Thanksgiving traditions compassionately and joyfully!

 Smile-Inducing, Mouth-Watering, Tummy-Loving Recipes for Thanksgiving

Lila the turkey and me at Animal Acres
 You'll notice that I reference Bryanna Clark Grogan in a lot of my recipes below, and that's because she is a vegan cooking goddess whose cooking skills need to be shared with everybody. Check out her website to learn more, and I promise, you won't be disappointed!

Country Fried Cutlets 
(recipe courtesy of Bryanna Clark Grogan),

served along with:

Country Style Gravy

I take Bryanna's marinade, place it in a small pot on medium heat, and I add a few tablespoons of Earth Balance Margarine and stir occasionally. Once the margarine dissolves, I mix a few tablespoons of flour and water together to make a paste, and I add that to the marinade (you can also use cornstarch). I stir it slowly until it reaches a thickness level I like. Add more flour/water paste if you want it thicker.

Father-In-Law Approved Vegan Meatloaf
This recipe was inspired by a really awesome guy named Jacob, whose recipe I found online one day last year. Last Thanksgiving, Steve's dad reluctantly tried this meatloaf and ended up having seconds. Thanks Jacob!

1 14oz. package GimmeLean sausage 
 (make sure to get sausage, not beef)
3/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tbsp of dried parsley 
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
1/2 c. nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 servings of EnerG Egg Replacer 
 (mixed with water according to directions on the package)
3 tbsp applesauce
1 tbsp olive, safflower, or coconut oil
1 tbsp all-purpose white flour

Mix all ingredients together in a big bowl with your hands until they just come together.  Put in a lightly oiled loaf pan and sprinkle some extra nutritional yeast on top. Bake at 350 degrees  for 45 minutes, or until loaf is heated completely through and browned nicely on top.

Turkey-Friendly Stuffing
(I recommend doubling or tripling this recipe if you have a lot of people coming)

1 package of your favorite vegan bread
2 c. onion, chopped well
2 c. celery, chopped well
3 tbsp Earth Balance Margarine
4 servings EnerG Egg Replacer
(mixed with water according to directions on the package)
3 tbsp. Poultry Seasoning
2-3 c. Really good Vegetable Broth or Stock
More Poultry Seasoning to taste
Salt to taste

Place margarine in a medium-sized pan on medium heat. Once it melts, add onions, celery, poultry seasoning, and salt. Stir occasionally and cook for 5-7 minutes. While vegetables are cooking, rip up bread into small chunks and place in a casserole dish. Once vegetables are done cooking, pour them onto bread and mix well. Slowly pour egg replacer over everything, and mix well. Add enough broth to moisten the mixture. Place in a 350 degree oven for about 35-45 minutes, or until the top of the stuffing has browned nicely.

Remember to taste your mixture before putting it in the oven to make sure it has enough Poultry Seasoning.

Vegan Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Photo courtesy of Joanna Wilson Photography
Based on the same recipe as the Traditional Stuffing, but added to the mix will be sliced apples and crumbled, browned Gimme Lean sausage or Field Roast Sausage. To make the sausage crumbles, just add some olive oil to a pan, heat to medium, crumble sausage into the pan and cook until nicely browned. Add whatever spices you want to add extra flavor, mix into your stuffing mix and cook as directed above. 

Classic Mashed Potatoes

Bryanna Clark Grogan's  

courtesy of VegNews

Other Rockin' Thanksgiving Recipe Links:

Cameron O'Steen and Turkey Lurkey at Animal Acres (photo courtesy of Joanna Wilson Photography)

I hope these recipes and links will help get you started in your preparations for a compassionate, delicious, and joyful Thanksgiving!

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
- John F. Kennedy


CurlyLocks said…
Great blog! The young turkeys are beautiful! Due totally to Steve and you, this will be my second Thanksgiving without turkey on my plate.

Thanks for posting the recipes. My last year's copy of Jacob's meatloaf is quite marked up with your refinements. At this time of year, I'm starting to think comfort foods...so, keep those recipes coming!
Lindsay said…
Aw, thanks Ruth! xoxo :)
Tinker Smith said…
Thank you so much for this video! It's great encouragement, as I prepare for a holiday celebration where I'll be the only vegan at the table. It's all about loving those baby turkeys! My husband and I are hoping to visit Animal Acres on Nov 20 for the Thankful Turkeys event.
Lindsay said…
Tinker - so glad you liked it! I'll be at Animal Acres for the Thankful Turkeys event as a volunteer, so say hi if you see me! :)
This is so awesome! I'm beginning a Thanksgiving series for my articles. This is going to be a big help. Will properly attribute your blog as well.

I love the extensive resource list. Thank You So much.

Here comes our first vegan Thanksgiving. That's a great thing to be thankful for! Woohoo!!!

You're awesome and loved :D
Lindsay said…
Aw Jeri - I'm so happy you'll be celebrating your first vegan one - that's awesome! You are a constant source of inspiration for me - thank you! :)
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