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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Green your Thanksgiving

I have a love/hate relationship with the holidays. This is the time of year where I start to question why I moved so far away from family (my family is in Nebraska/Kansas/Louisana, while most of my husband's family is in Arizona). We have traveled at the holidays but once our son came along, we decided to stay put and start our own traditions.

This Thanksgiving, it will be just my husband, son and I. Instead of going all out, I ordered all the sides from my favorite locavore and food cart dude Soupcon and am going to roast a small organic turkey breast.  We may venture out for a morning stroll and start of new tradition of making Thankgiving Tree Placemats but that's about it.

I was laying in bed thinking about the subject of this blog post and came up with a list of ways to accomplish this in my head for future holidays.

  • buy an organic/local turkey or turkey breast
  • decorate using eco-friendly decor
  • make your own healthy substitutions for condensed soup
  • make your own pumpkin puree
  • drink organic wine/beer
  • eat local/seasonal (which most TG dishes are)
  • skip the box stuffing and make your own
  • don't drive that day; walk, bike if you have too 
  • reuse your leftovers (this year I plan to make turkey casserole and turkey enchiladas)
  • Use green cleaning products (dishwashing soap, dishwasher liquid, household cleaner)
  • If you're having a large party and don't want to wash all those dishes, use compostable plates/utensils
  • compost your scraps
  • Ditch the paper napkins for reusable napkins (it's fancier anyways)
I am sure there are other ways to green your Thanksgiving! I would love to hear what you and your family do for the environment this Thanksgiving.



  1. great post!! You've inspired me to write one! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  2. Sounds like a lovely way to spend Thanksgiving. We are also staying put and spending it as a family. Starting with the "I Like Pie" run in the morning, then going to see the Harry Potter movie, and who knows after that!

    We do our big Thanksgiving in May, rather than November, at which time we use compostable plates (Chinet!) and save/reuse all the plasticware and cups. The key is to have well labeled boxes/bags for guests to sort into so they don't throw everything away. When you are on the twice monthly garbage pickup plan, you think of all sorts of ways to keep stuff out of the trash. It's a real motivator.

  3. We went with the free range turkey this year, but then decided to have a "spluge day" and bought tropical fruits for salad (not local, organic, or anything close!) At least all our food will be made from scratch, I'm using the pumpkin puree from halloween to make our pie, and we'll use the "fancy" cloth napkins!

    And I need to post about our Thanksgiving Tree centerpeice that Owen and I made over the weekend.

  4. We did a smaller dinner this year. Each person in the family (4 that can talk) picked something they really wanted to have. We ended up with turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. I did throw in some baked kale, but no one ate that but me.



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