Let me start by pointing to your left. See that gorgeous boy there? That's Payton! Payton lives at the Farm Sanctuary in California. Do you know what Payton is thankful for? He's thankful for this blog!! Why? We've adopted him this Thanksgiving, and we are making a grab and go feast in HIS name! He will NOT be eaten... ever. He will die of a very old age at his home in California. Why? Because he's one of the very lucky feather-kids that have people that love him, and know how wonderful turkeys really are! (And I don't mean on your dinner plate!).
I really feel the need to enlighten you here - so if you're in the mood for my food, you might want to scroll, but honestly, have a heart - learn about these beautiful birds before you read on. It just might change your view from roasted or fried, to hugs and love.
Treated with respect, domestic turkeys are friendly birds who enjoy human companionship. Like their wild relatives they are avid foragers who thrive on grass and a healthful outdoor life. They are not suited to the harsh turkey confinement systems in which 5,000 or more sensitive birds are forced to sit and stand jammed together in filthy litter breathing burning ammonia fumes and lung-destroying dust. They develop respiratory diseases, foot ulcers, breast blisters, and ammonia burned eyes. They are dosed with drugs, vaccines and antibiotics to prop them up till marketing time.
These turkeys are bred and fed to become pathologically obese. Their skeletons are so weak under their bloated muscles ("meat") that many birds collapse, unable to stand. The modern turkey muscle is undergoing degenerative changes reflecting the birds' forced rapid growth and overblown body weight (Turkey World, 1994). Oxygen deprived and grossly overburdened, many turkeys' hearts explode. Consumers could eat a diseased turkey or turkey part for dinner: "Researchers are looking at ways to keep afflicted birds alive long enough to get them to market" (Associated Press)
Turkeys are brutally debeaked. As a result, they cannot eat or preen properly. Research has shown that the hot debeaking blade cuts through the sensitive beak tissue causing lifelong pain and suffering in the mutilated, disfigured bird.
Modern turkeys are so heavy and misshapen they must be artificially inseminated to reproduce. Obscenely, the males are "milked" of their semen by phallus manipulating teams who stick it in the upside down turkey hen's vagina with a hypodermic syringe or the operator's breath pressure blown through a tube. The U.S. does not even provide humane slaughter protective legislation for turkeys.
You guys... if this does not break your heart, sicken, or disgust you - I don't know what will. I try to keep this blog lighthearted, but I, myself ADORE all animals, and occasionally, I want to show you how brutal this world is to our friends of feather/fur and scales. You wouldn't treat your best friends this way.. most of us wouldn't treat people we don't even know this way... why is it ok to treat our animals this way?
I know you don't come here to get preached at, which is why I suggested if you're just here for the food, to keep scrolling. I don't normally preach but there are times, when I find that it's IMPERATIVE that we are educated about this stuff, not only for the life of our animals which will someday go extinct if we don't care for them.. but also for your health.. if you read that snippet and it doesn't make you want to throw up - well, you have a better tummy than I.
Now, onto this grab and go thing we're about to partake in.
|omg cute baby turkey!|
Payton's Squash with Wild Rice & Cranberry/Apple Stuffing
Calories - 282
Fat - 5
Cholestorol - 0
Sodium - 588
Carbs - 25
Fiber - 2
Protien - 10
WW Pts - 5
(There is no change here - this is a vegan recipe)
I will be using a carnival squash for the first recipe, and an acorn squash for my home recipe.
So, of course I had to come up with some side dishes, right? It's been brought to my attention that the sister will be bringing a salad, which I'll consume.. but I need a starch! Since I'm not having meat, I don't need gravy, (even though I am going to make it an smother some stuffing in it) therefore I don't really consider myself to eat mashed potatoes (even tho I love em) so for this one I'm going all out with my second favorite carb... Baked Macaroni and Cheese (Or Teese) :) I'm single serving this baby because I can hear it now.. "eew, it's not real cheese." To that I might say - well, um, do you know what's IN real cheese? Furthermore, lovely cheez whiz eater - do you know what THAT IS?! :) But I'll try and refrain.. you can look it up. I'll say - "Google It" and move on, enjoying every creamy bite of this healthier version of mac and cheese!
Mac and Teese Mac and Cheese
Calories - 242 350
Fat - 7g 18
Cholesterol -0mg 650
Sodium -181mg 145
Carbs - 36g 12
Fiber - 3g 4
Protien - 6g 7
WW Pts - 6 6
Now, I gotta share right? This sends me to my veggie side. Mom and I froze up some green beans this summer and I think they'd be the perfect addition to my vegan GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE, which I'm making enough to share.. cuz you know it's going to be magnifique.. much better than the one it'll probably be sitting next to. ;) Y'know - whatever, if there's another one everyone is drawn to, that just means more for ME!!
Vegan Green Bean Casserole Reg GB Casserole
Calories - 200 250
Fat - 8.5 10
Cholestorol - 0 280
Sodium - 387 460
Carbs - 15 8
Fiber - 23 20
Protien - 3 2
WW Pts - 2 2
And another share - you have to have a dessert! I chose vegan pumpkin brownies. Easy to tote, yummy to eat. And look at the difference a few changes in the ingredients make! I have heard that it is going to rival an old friend's banana cream pie - and there will probably be a pumpkin pie too.. but hey - I can eat mine and be guilt free.. (and continue eating them later on the ride home, not sharing them with my sister). :)
Vegan Pumpkin Brownies NV Pumpkin Brownies
Calories - 118 189
Fat - 0.7 8
Cholestorol - 0 15
Sodium - 227 227
Carbs - 26 28
Fiber - 2 2
Protien - 2.5 2.5
WW Pts 3 5
And that's that. I think it's a well rounded lil feast, since it's only me eating it. And what's more, is that whatever doesn't get eaten, can go to the parents house with me on Thanksgiving day for me to finish up - not only that, I don't have to guilt mom into making me vegan mashed potatoes.. She'll do it. :) So I think I'm going good. BUT you ask - what will I be making for the big day if I've already got it all down pat?
Oh - if you've been keeping up you know I have a royal plan, don'tcha now? :)
Til then - keep loving your fur/feather/scaly kids and remember that my girlfriend Ellen wants you to sponsor a turkey this year. :)
For those of you keeping track - Reverend A. Augustus Kroll (Or Kroell as some paperwork has it) has moved on. His 17 day sabbatical with me has been completed. It was a very uncomfortable, scary event for me, and no one will ever tell me that hauntings of a person do not happen (let alone hauntings of a car - it's going to cost me at least $1000.00 to fix what he messed up on my beetle!) But in his honor - I want to bestow you with what I know is the last picture of him (at least) in existence.
|A.Augustus Kroll - 187?|
Music enjoyed while writing this blog:
Saving birds, one feather at a time.
Darnit all to heck - mashed freakin' potatoes!