The realistic eco Thanksgiving dinner

Earlier this week, Recycla had the shocking realization that Thanksgiving is in only two weeks. (And she’s not even going to tell you the week count until Christmas.) That means it’s time for everyone to do some meal planning.

In the past, Recycla has advocated that it’s best to eat mostly local seasonal foods for your Turkey Day dinner. She still believes that, however, she understands that it’s not feasible for some people and other people don’t want to make changes to their family’s traditional meal.

Recycla has also written about why organic heritage turkeys are the way to go. However, if you’ve priced one of those, the fact is, they’re out of most families’ budgets. In Recycla’s town, a locally-raised organic bird would cost $50-100, depending on size and the farm that she orders it from.

But there’s also the issue that not everyone likes turkey or even eats animal products. Recycla and her household don’t care for turkey all that much, so if they were cooking Thanksgiving at home (as opposed to traveling to be with family), they would bake a chicken instead. And Recycla has relatives who are vegetarian or vegan, so that means a huge part of the traditional meal is off limits to them. (Vegetarian readers, here’s a post that the Green Mommy wrote with some food suggestions.)

So Recycla suggests that you do the best you can. If you can find local apples for apple pie, that would be great and not too expensive. The same goes for pumpkins, which are easy to cook. If you’re from the northeast, then hopefully cranberries are easy for you to source locally. Beyond the food itself, use cloth napkins and look for other ways to cut back on waste. Every little change you implement does make a difference.

Thanksgiving is about being with your family and friends. It’s about being thankful for what you have. So do what you can and don’t sweat the rest.

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