A Vegetarian Thanksgiving

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.)

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.

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5 Comments

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    lauren
    November 17, 2010 at 8:16 am

    thanks so much for the round up! i need some recipe ideas.

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    melindard
    November 17, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Thanks for the recipes. Two years in a row I did a radio interview on veggie meals for the holidays.

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    Michael
    November 17, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    great post! specially with thanksgiving around the corner. i wish i had some more veggie friends to share thanksgiving with : (

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    Angela (the diet book junkie)
    November 18, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    thank you SO much for the links! i could use some vegan ideas, dinner around here has been pretty boring lately. 😛

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    Jenna@ Healthy. Happy. Well.
    November 19, 2010 at 12:07 am

    I’m for sure skipping the turkey. Always have always will =) I love how it’s becoming more mainstream and acceptable to leave out the meat for the holidays. Evolution! Have a great Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to hear what you got with your gift certificate.

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