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November 17th, 2014 | By Alicia Silverstone

Happy almost Thanksgiving! I enjoy Thanksgiving for several reasons – coming together with the people I love, celebrating the fall harvest, sharing delicious food, and giving thanks. Despite the commercialization and emphasis on turkeys, a kind holiday shines so brightly – and leaves you feeling good post-feast!

A great thing to do to combat this seasonal cruelty, is adopt a turkey! Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-a-Turkey program asks you to sponsor a turkey so they can provide he or she with a loving home throughout the year. Adopting a turkey is a great way to give “turkey day” a new, kind meaning.

If you have any anxiety about hosting non-veg guests or attending a non-veg gathering, here are some tips on how to handle different scenarios you might find yourself in.  If you’re looking for some menu inspiration, check out my Thanksgiving  menu from a few years ago when we hosted a large group as well as these kind holiday options. It’s really nice to hit the farmers market to source your menu ingredients, that way you can incorporate local produce and veggies and truly align with your local harvest! Be sure to make enough yum food to leave you with some seriously good leftovers!

If you plan to bring a nice bottle of wine or beer to the gathering you’re attending, check Barnivore for a comprehensive list of vegan wines and beersAnd, if you’re planning to eat out, look here to reference some excellent restaurants that offer delicious looking menus for the holiday.

I am grateful for YOU – my fellow kind lifers. Thank you for being a part of this community.

How will you be celebrating? What are you thankful for? Any great restaurants with plant-based Thanksgiving menus in your city? 


Photo Credit: The Grey Room


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