Thanksgiving Special: Why You Should Consider Organic, Homesteading, and Vegetarian Alternatives

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Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and this year we have a few green additions to our family. With my newly turned eco leaf and with one of our family members going vegetarian, this year Thanksgiving presents a whole new set of challenges.

But the idea of a green or even a vegetarian Thanksgiving seems like blasphemy to die hard turkey stuffers. To ease them into what will inevitably be a culture shock, I already started dropping the idea of a green feast that goes beyond just an organic turkey. When asked how they’d “green” their Thanksgiving, I got all sorts of responses from “add more plants to the dinner table” to “use green dye on the turkey”.

If we’re to be literalists, then I’d rather go cold turkey than sit across the table from a green turkey. There two options for ‘greening’ your thanksgiving: 1) by local turkeys 2) homestead/raise your own turkeys 3) go vegetarian.

Most people are immediately turned off when thinking of vegetarian alternatives to traditional meat dishes.

Rethinking the Main Course

A growing number of Americans are trying homesteading. In addition to healthier, steroid free livestock, you have done your part to substantially reduce your carbon footprint. Furthermore, you’ve reaffirmed a commitment to sustainable living and are likely to reap government benefits. A number of states allow homestead exemption to owners of principal, full-time residences. (see Office of Tax and Revenue) Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

GreenChefs | Thai Style Tofu, Snow Peas On Rice Vermicelli with Lime Peanut Sauce

thai tofu vermicelli 03 GreenChefs | Thai Style Tofu, Snow Peas On Rice Vermicelli with Lime Peanut Sauce

Thai Style Tofu, Snow Peas On Rice Vermicelli with Lime Peanut Sauce (vegan)
Recipe by Veganlicious

This is one of our favorite meals. The spicy, lemony flavors are a wonderful addition to the peanut butter.

Serves 4 people

For the Ingredients:

 

1 cup snow peas, coarsely chopped

1-2 tbs. fresh ginger, minced

1 chili pepper, crushed

1 onion, chopped

1/2 lb tofu, cubed

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup lime juice

4 tablespoons cilantro or coriander, chopped

8 ounces rice vermicelli

 

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