"Turkeys are intelligent animals who enjoy having their feathers stroked and listening to music, with which they will often sing quite loudly" -- Ben Franklin




Delicious "Field Roast" holiday roast. Takes 25 minutes to cook!
I love turkeys. So much so that I propose we take a quick reality check before the annual slaughter begins in earnest. For just a moment, let's think outside the "traditional" box. When you think of Thanksgiving dinner, your mouth might actually start to water at the thought of eating those perfectly cooked, savory dishes. When we eat our Thanksgiving dinners, we are looking for something jaw-droppingly delicious, yes?  You can have that without turkey.  Do we want to have something unbelievable delicious AND avoid thousands of extra calories? Avoid eating turkey, and you will. Do we want to spread love and joy and peace throughout the holiday season? When you choose a meat-alternative you help spare the lives of millions of animals. One simple change can prevent horrible torture and a miserable end for these sensitive, intelligent creatures. Do we really want to eat someone else's pain? It's time to think outside the box. We are not only killing turkeys, we are killing ourselves!

Once again, here is the MOST delectable veggie stuffing recipe that I make every year.It's a real crowd-pleaser, and served over your choice of delicious faux turkey options (see below for my favorites) you will be celebrating the holiday of thanks with the true spirit it deserves! Health! Happiness! Life for all!!!

CORN BREAD, WILD MUSHROOM, AND PECAN STUFFING:   

1 1/4 c pecans
6 T butter
1/2 recipe Corn bread ( just use a mix, it takes no time and makes the kitchen smell good!)
5 shallots, finely chopped
1 rib celery, diced into 1/4 inch pieces
10 oz wild mushrooms (shitakes or chanterelles)
1 t fresh thyme, chopped
1 t fresh rosemary, chopped
1 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
1/4 c dry white wine
1/3 c cream (we use soy creamer)
1/3 c Imagine "No-Chicken" broth

1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spread pecans on a baking sheet. Place in oven to toast until fragrant, about 6 minutes. Set aside.
2. Melt 2 T butter in a small skillet. Cut corn bread into 2 inch-thick slices. Place, cut-side down, on a 17-by12 inch baking sheet. Bush tops with melted butter. Toast corn bread until golden brown, 10 minutes. Cool.
3.Heat remaining 4 T butter in a medium skillet on medium high. Add shallots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper: cook until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add white wine: continue cooking until absorbed, about 1 minute. Add cream. Cook 30 seconds, remove pan from heat.
4. Crumble corn bread into a large bowl. Add mushroom mixture and toasted pecans, toss. Add No-chicken broth, and bake in a buttered 0x13 inch baking dish until crusty and golden brown, 30 minutes. SUPER YUM!!!

Here are some incredibly delicious meat-free items to add to your thanksgiving feast:

Field Roast : An absolutely delicious loaf, or links of a spiced, moist vegetable protein. The best on the market!

Quorn Roast: Already cooked so you just marinate it in a little "No-Chicken" broth and stick it in the oven to warm. Eliminating turkey also eliminates the hours of cooking and the threat of salmonella!

Haines Vegetarian "Chicken" gravy. The best gravy I've ever had.

Try one Thanksgiving using these products, add your favorite vegetables, pies, rolls, sauces, desserts, etc. After you've eaten, see how much you miss the clean-up of a bird carcass, the threat of salmonella, the calories and cholesterol.  Sit back, put up your feet, and  revel in the knowledge that you've eaten clean and healthy, you've given back to the planet, and no violence of any kind was used in the preparation of your holiday meal. Once we realize we're not missing anything by not eating meat, we will realize how much we are actually gaining. Peace!

HAPPY TURKEYS AT A TURKEY SANCTUARY!! 


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