Pardon All Turkeys

Thanksgiving is on its way here and I’m sure you’re all happy with the idea of sitting around the table with family and friends for great food and conversation. But there’s someone at that table who could probably think of a better way to spend their day. The Turkey. Sure it’s “tradition”. Sure it’s “tasty”, but I say ‘Pardon the Turkey!’ According to, Each year since 1947, the National Turkey Federation and the Poultry and Egg National Board have given a turkey to the President of the United States at a White House ceremony. In 1989 George H.W. Bush did the smartest thing of his presidency – He pardoned the Turkey. Since then all Turkey’s that have been presented to the President have been pardoned and sent off to retire at a petting zoo. Some have even been lucky enough to be sent to Disneyland. I say we continue this tradition at home.

You might be appalled by the suggestion of no Turkey at your Thanksgiving celebration. You might even be wondering who am I to tell you to do such an extraordinary thing. Well, I’m Rozie, the Turkey loving vegetarian. And I’d like to present to you some tasty dishes for your dinner table that are meat-free, cruelty-free, delicious, nutritious, and with your help – prepared with LOVE!

There are many blogs and websites tailored to the needs of vegetarians and vegans. One of my favorites is the Fat Free Vegan Kitchen. Susan V. makes some wonderful dishes, all free of animal products. This year I will be trying out her Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf.

Alongside this will be Sandra Lee’s Garlic and Herbed Early Peas and French Beans. This has been a staple of our TG meal for years. If you plan on making it, I’d like to say that I have never added the cognac, and since becoming a vegetarian 2 years ago the bacon has been omitted, also. Roasted veggies are always a welcome side and a nice change from the traditional mashed potatoes. You can choose a yummy recipe from the Food Network.

Of course, no Thanksgiving meal would be complete without pie! Once again, Susan V. saves the day with her delicious Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake.
pumpkin cheesecake

Susan also has a great selection of desserts and sides to bring to your holiday table. So enjoy your family and friends. Enjoy the food. Enjoy knowing that there’s probably a Turkey living it up on a float at Disneyland.  Have a fantastic Thanksgiving!!!

Rozie🙂 the Turkey Loving Vegetarian.


  1. Cheesecake looks great!

    If I had a choice I wouldn’t even eat Meatloaf for Thanksgiving dinner, let alone meat-less loaf. I will however, pardon you, Turkey, for the suggestion!
    Happy Thanksgiving, meatless or not!

    • Traditional Thanksgiving more your thing? Check this out. Happy Thanksgiving!

      • Hi Rozie! It’s Monika, the turkey lovin’ vegan friend😉 Your post was super cute. I went the lazy route and bought a stuffed “turkey” from Gardein that also came with some delicious gravy. I did steam some asparagus and made my own vegan mashed taters….. I concocted the taters myself. I used russet potatoes, Earth Balance butter(a lot) and Cedars garlic lovers hummus, then whipped it all together…Yum! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friend!!! See you soon!
        P.S, Pardon me…wink, wink. The meatloaf looked divine😉

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