Sunday, November 16, 2008

Choose a Compassionate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family and to be thankful for all that we have. Somehow, the murder of 300 million turkeys each year doesn't seem to fit in with that equation. Instead, have a compassionate Thanksgiving with all the veganized trimmings you want and a non-meat centerpiece.

Here are's top ten reasons to forgo the carcass at your celebration:

10. Your body will appreciate a holiday from saturated fat, cholesterol, and hormones.

9. You won’t sweat the environment and food resources devastation guilt trip.

8. You won’t spend a sleepless night wondering how the turkey lived and died.

7. Animal advocates will cherish you.

6. You won’t have to call the Poultry Hotline to keep your family alive.

5. Fruits and vegetables don’t have to carry government warning labels.

4. Commercial turkeys are too obese to breed. Won’t happen to you.

3. Your kids can tell their friends about their cool “tofurky.”

2. You are what you eat. Who wants to be a “butterball”?

1. You won’t fall asleep during the football game.

For a vegan Thanksgiving, try a Tofurky centerpiece with some of the following sides:
  • cranberry sauce (some are gelatin free)
  • mashed potatoes with roasted garlic
  • steamed green beans
  • maple-glazed carrots
  • mashed sweet potatoes
  • roasted potatoes
  • pasta salad
  • vegetable soup
  • butternut or acorn squash
  • fruit salad
For dessert, you can make vegan versions of:
  • pumpkin pie
  • "cheese"cake
  • chocolate cake
  • trifle
  • cookies
  • spice cake
  • bread pudding
  • pound cake
  • brownies
  • just about any other baked good

As you can see, ditching turkey and other animal products does not limit your options in any way, and there are plenty of delicious dishes to choose from!

So, please choose a compassionate Thanksgiving that leaves murder and cruelty out of the celebration. Your conscience and millions of turkeys will thank you.


Melynda said...

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scott said...

OH EM EFFING GEE lol vegan of 2 yrs just tried the tofurky roast with the gravy and it was DEMOTHERFUCKINGLICIOUS

Gnewvegan said...

I eat tofurkey products and have never seen that one. It is good to see all those yummy vegan ideas. I posted ideas on my blog as well. I like to show that you can truly have a holiday with all the trimmings and vegan spirit. And it is good to see you blogging again. :)

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