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“The Veggie Turkey Cleanse”

     I don’t know about your family, but our family seems to always be collecting funny stories about things that have happened to us.  Thanksgiving is no exception!  In fact, Thanksgiving, or any holiday for that matter, seems to invite crazy stories and the laughter that goes along with the retelling of those tales.  While this year I’m very happy to say everyone stayed healthy and there were no major injuries or ER trips, we did still come away with memories and tales to tell.  My personal favorite?  When we got a guest to think our appetizer was the main meal.  

     You see a friend most of us hadn’t even met came over, just as we were serving our mid day appetizers.  Breakfast, having long worn off, everyone gathered ‘round to enjoy and marvel at “the turkey.”  To which the guest kindly sat down to enjoy it with us, only later to realize the feast to come was cooking in the kitchen (I’m sure that brought great relief)!


Can’t you just picture doing this on purpose?

“Please come enjoy our ‘turkey!’  This year our family has decided to start a new tradition.  Instead of feeling stuffed from over eating, we’ve decided to be grateful for the abundance of healthy food available and kick off the holidays with a vegetable cleanse.  We’re so excited to have you join us for this new tradition.  We’ve worked so hard on this new tradition while keeping an essence of the old, so we have created a veggie turkey that won’t send you into a deep mid afternoon slumber like the traditional turkey dinner would!”  The whole family would be in on it!  The unsuspecting guest would have heard enough from the rest of the family that they would meekly sit down to partake of the “Veggie Turkey Cleanse.”

Granted, I’m not the one to be able to keep a straight face for something like that, but with all our family’s food allergies and sensitivities (gluten, dairy, sugar free etc.) we might just be able to convince an unsuspecting guest that a “Thanksgiving Veggie Cleanse” is a real thing!  However, our family likes tradition, no more than with our Thanksgiving menu!  Thus dear readers, you don’t have to worry, we won’t be giving up our classic Thanksgiving meal anytime soon. Nonetheless, if you do want to incorporate our tradition of appetizers for lunch and then a later turkey meal so you don’t have to worry about a whole other meal, you can try making an appetizer veggie turkey platter of your own!  Be creative and arrange your ingredients to your best artistic ability, in the shape of a turkey. And if you need inspiration, here is the list of ingredients we used:

  • Cheese
  • Deli Ham
  • Deli Turkey
  • Salami
  • Little Pepperonis
  • Little Sweet Pickles
  • Little Dill Pickles
  • Black Olives
  • Little Bell Peppers
  • Celery

We used three pieces of salami for the head, olives cut in half for eyes and the tip of an orange, tiny bell pepper for the beak.

     And if you need even more inspiration, a quick search on Pinterest will turn up many more ideas.  There are many varieties to choose from, veggie turkeys to fruit turkeys.  You won’t be disappointed.  I know I’m inspired to try out another “turkey” next year, maybe this time using fruit!

Off To Those Tasty Leftovers,



5 thoughts on ““The Veggie Turkey Cleanse”

  1. Megan That is one cute turkey! Also two cute Hinton holding the turkey platter! Love you, Gramms

    Sent from my iPhone


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