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As we head into November, many of us are thinking about Thanksgiving dinner. It is my favorite dinner of the year!
I let all my dieting tricks go out the window for the one night, so I can enjoy turkey, stuffing, and all the fixings.
But even though I may overeat, I try to make my dinner as eco-friendly as possible.
Be sure to get a humanely and/or sustainably raised turkey (or go meatless and get a Tofurky which saves 20 lbs of CO2 emissions per pound vs. a real bird). Here are some turkey tips from the November issue of Whole Living:
Luckily stores like Whole Foods do the research for you and only offer turkeys that have passed the Global Animal Partnership welfare rating system.
Organic vegetables are great, and local, organic vegetables are even better. My CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) is continuing with our shares through the beginning of November.
A lot of fall vegetables stay fresh for a couple of weeks when stored properly in the refrigerator. Squash, potatoes and beets make great sides, and hopefully, can be found locally.
Find out where there's a farmer's market near you and take advantage of it!
Although you may be tempted to use paper - DON'T. That's a lot of waste. Part of my childhood memories of Thanksgiving are from all of us in the kitchen talking, munching, and cleaning the dishes. Make it a family affair. Don't be fooled into thinking that washing is better than the dishwasher. With a high efficiency dishwasher, piling in the plates uses less water than washing the dishes by hand. Check out some ways to run your dishwasher more efficiently. Don't use paper napkins either. Cloth napkins are inexpensive, and look nicer on the table than paper. Get them in different seasonal colors to brighten up your table.
Alcohol, soda, water, and more are all consumed on Thanksgiving. Here are some tips to serve keep drinks as eco-friendly as possible:
You can't have Thanksgiving dinner without dessert. If you aren't much of a baker, go for an organic pie crust. Apple pie is easy to make and now is the time to stock up on your apples. Nothing is better to walk into than the smell of fresh baked apple pie. Pumpkin pie is my favorite. Have you tried making yours from a real pumpkin? Ditch the can this year and buy a baking pumpkin (the pumpkin you carve will not cut it) and see how good a pumpkin pie can really taste.
Who's hungry?? I am. Enjoy!