Fun Veggie Turkey

Veggie Turkey

A special plate to celebrate Thanksgiving in the US. I have very fond memories of my time living in N.C. and thought a fun food pumpkin dish was in order!

Fun food for thanksgiving turkey


– Roast pumpkin

– Roast parsnips

– Roast zucchini (courgette)

– Roast carrots

– Roast cauliflower

– Roast red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Steamed broccoli

– Steamed green beans


1. Make a neck from pumpkin.

Veggie Turkey - 1 neck-001

2. Add a head (I made this larger later).

Veggie Turkey - 2 head-002

3. Give her some zucchini wings.

Veggie Turkey - 3 wing-003

4. Then a luxurious tail of carrot and parsnip.

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5. Add a green bean beak.

Veggie Turkey - 5 beak-006

6. Then some cauliflower “ruffles”.

Veggie Turkey - 6 ruffles-008

7. Her wings needed to be a little more prominent so add the darker zucchini too.

Veggie Turkey - 7 extra wings-009

8. And then give her a larger head.

Veggie Turkey - 8 head-010

9. With some pumpkin legs.

Veggie Turkey - 9 legs-011

10. Add a bright red capsicum wattle.

Veggie Turkey - 10 wattle-012

11. And some eyes made from the inside of a slice of parsnip with darker roasted bits for pupils.

Veggie Turkey - 11 eyes-013

12. Use the broccoli and green beans as grass.

Veggie Turkey - 12 grass-014

And make her strut.

13. Ready to serve …

Thanksgiving Veggie Turkey


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Fun Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey

OK so every year I get into trouble from one of my Canadian friends (yes that’s you Suzanne) as I do a design for the US Thanksgiving but not one for the Canadian one.

Not this year, I shall be in the good books! HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my Canadian friends and here’s a fun food plate to celebrate with. It’s really quite simple!

Fun food for thanksgiving


– Half avocado

– Cucumber (could use more avocado)

– Carrot (or sweet potato/kumara or cucumber)

– Celery (or other veg)

– I used cream cheese for the eyes (or regular cheese/inside of cucumber)

– Red capsicum/bell pepper for the wattles (or tomato)


1. Cut the avocado in half, peel and then slice the bottom so it’s more rounded. Make an indent at the top for the head to slot into.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. I used a slice of cucumber for the head and elevated it slightly on another piece of cucumber.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Add a carrot beak.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 3 beak (1 of 1)

4. And some red capsicum wattles.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 4 wattles (1 of 1)

5. A few globs of cream cheese with cucumber skin pupils made great eyes.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. Then I cut her some carrot legs.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 6 legs (1 of 1)

7. Before starting the tail feathers with some carrot sticks.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 7 feathers (1 of 1)

8. And then some celery. Bevelling the ends slightly on the tips and slicing so they fitted into the angle of the body at the other end.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 8 celery (1 of 1)

9. I added alternate carrot and celery all the way round.

Thanksgiving Turkey - bottom feathers (1 of 1)

Then added a celery feather at the very top to fit.

10. A few veggies to make the ground.Thanksgiving Turkey - 11 ground (1 of 1)

11. And there she is in all her glory (I did bevel two of the feathers a little more ….)

Fun food art Thanksgiving turkey

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