A movement towards vegetarianism has really started to take off over the past few years within the U.S. With countless familiar faces touting the healthful lifestyle, it’s hard to miss the growing trend. Alicia Silverstone’s been heavily promoting it, Mark Bittman‘s nearly following it, even former President Bill Clinton has made the switch to a plant-based diet. Countless non-vegetarians have been sharing their efforts towards a cleaner style of eating as well, with tons of bloggers and other everyday citizens participating in Meat Free Mondays, a recent initiative designed to encourage people to go meatless at least one day per week.
As a vegetarian myself, this is a trend that thrills me. It’s an essential change, given that our present intake of meat is simply not sustainable in the long term, not to mention that the current production of meat is already doing ghastly horrors to our Earth and its inhabitants. Thereby, it delights me that so many are jumping on the vegetarian train and sharing tips to help others do so too.
With Thanksgiving quickly on its way, I’ve come across numerous publications hot on the trend supplying tips to help make this year’s Turkey-Day honor the living turkey rather than a dead one carved atop your table. Last year, my family and I cooked up an entirely vegan Thanksgiving feast. With a hearty meal centered around so many wonderful, veggie-filled side dishes, I am pleased to say that not one family member truly missed the turkey on their plate.
Whether you’re vegetarian or are simply looking to spice up your Thanksgiving in a positive way by doing something a little different this year, check out the following sources to help get you started on how to create your own delicious, meat-free Thanksgiving feast. (Also, I hope to post some of my own vegetarian-friendly, Thanksgiving-themed recipes in the next couple of weeks as well.)
- Alicia Silverstone’s shares some vegan Thanksgiving recipes
- BlissTree has put together a vegetarian Thanksgiving menu using recipes from a variety of reputable sources
- The Food Network their meat-free Thanksgiving meal in celebration of autumn produce
- New York Times Well blog will be featuring vegan and vegetarian Thanksgiving-themed recipes daily from now until Thanksgiving
- Vegetarian Times offers up the vegan recipes from the menu that inspired my own vegan Thanksgiving last year
–You can also check out their featured selection of Moosewood recipes for a Moosewood Thanksgiving
If you decide to skip the dead turkey on your table, consider joining celebs like Ellen DeGeneres in donating the extra money towards sponsoring a living turkey. Click here to find out more about the Adopt-A-Turkey program.