I love the tradition of Thanksgiving, and the opportunity it creates for making delicious but healthy comfort food everyone can enjoy. This year will be more strained for many families, who may not be able to travel and gather together, but know there is light at the end of this tunnel, and in the meantime, let's build our immune systems with healthy plant-based meals.
If you are beginning your plant-based journey, you might feel overwhelmed with changing or altering your holiday menu. Remember, Thanksgiving doesn't mean giving up the traditional favorites such as stuffing, winter squash, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes/gravy, corn, cranberry relish, and more. Turkey need not be the center of this traditional meal; there is so much more to enjoy!
Think outside that "turkey box" and try your favorite nut, bean, or lentil loaf. You can even stuff some portobello mushrooms or throw some shish kebabs on the grill! Our taste preferences and memories tend to link turkey to the holiday, but don't be afraid to redefine that taste for traditional dishes into healthier options that everyone will enjoy.
If you are looking to fill the "turkey" void, you might consider a Tofurky or Tofu Rolls. You can usually find these options at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and/or a local health food market. While these foods aren't exactly free of oils and processed foods, they are often a great option for people who are transitioning away from meats and animal-based foods during the holidays.
Here are some tips to help you enjoy the holiday:
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