Thanksgiving 2017 is around the corner and for many of us, this means hosting, cooking and prepping. While many associates this holiday with an oven-roasted turkey, some of us are stepping away from the traditional meals and instead of thinking about ways to make our Thanksgiving dinner ethical and cruelty-free. If you’re with us, then continue reading for some great tips and recipes.
The deeper message behind Thanksgiving
When it comes to traditions and holidays, many of us redefine or tweak it. There’s nothing wrong with actively thinking about the role of traditions and the impact they may have. Just because something was done years ago, it doesn’t mean you have to continue with it today. Instead, think about the real and deeper message behind these holidays and the aspects that bring you and your family joy and happiness. Let Thanksgiving 2017 be about sharing delicious and cruelty-free food with good company. Let’s surround ourselves with our loved ones and take a moment to sit together to give thanks.
Like most holidays, Thanksgiving is also about compassion, love, and respect. By opting for a plant-based and meat-free dinner, you’re expressing your gratitude for Mother Earth, all living beings and your own health. And believe me, including all the deliciousness of your Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t have to be hard.
Here are some of my favourite recipes.
Ambiance and Mood
Take a moment and think about the overall feel and ambience of your family’s Thanksgiving dinners. What makes them so special? For me, when I think about the perfect Thanksgiving meal, I think about the beautiful Autumnal colours that come with the season. Think about the fruits and veg, seeds and nuts and all the warm colours of the season to give your dinner the feel it deserves.
Topnotch Recipes for Thanksgiving 2017
And now, let’s talk about food. Let’s begin with a warm and delicious starter. Nothing says Autumn better than a bowl of lentil soup. It’s healthy, cozy, Vegan and easy! With only a few ingredients, this lentil soup recipe will be a hit at your dinner.
On to salads and sides: many people think salads are “summery.” I beg to differ. I often add walnuts, dried cranberries, roasted sweet potatoes and pumpkin seeds to give my salads a nice crunchy, sweet and Autumn flavour.
Name one person who doesn’t love potatoes. I myself can’t imagine hosting a dinner without a side of potatoes. New potatoes are super easy – all you do is boil them – and they have so much taste that all you need is some olive oil, salt, and pepper. And if you want to be fancy, top with your favorite herbs and green onions. A side of mashed potatoes is also a great way to host a dinner. Another great way to impress your family and friends is to serve some of your favorite dips with freshly toasted bread.
Finally, I can’t leave you without talking about an oven-roasted cauliflower. Here’s a recipe by Jamie Oliver. You can flavor and spice as you please. And I promise you won’t have leftovers.
Who said you can’t have an amazing meal that’s cruelty-free, healthy and delicious? Once you have the ideas, the rest is easy. For more vegan ideas for Thanksgiving 2017 check out Minimalist Baker.
Happy Thanksgiving lovelies!