11/22 2011

No More Turkey: Alternatives to the Traditional Thanksgiving Feast

No more turkey

This year I am boycotting turkey on Thanksgiving day, for a number of reasons. Do any of these apply to you?

I’m tired of turkey, even if it has been a year.

I don’t eat meat.

Turkey is not a sustainable choice.

Turkey and its many accompaniments are too expensive.

Preparing the turkey feast is too much work.

I’m so lazy I’m going out to eat.

I’m somewhere between sick of turkey and don’t want to spend my entire day in the kitchen. Not to mention, I end up throwing away half of what I cook anyway – which is so wasteful for the amount of money spent!

So I went looking online and found some wonderful alternatives. What looks good to you?

Garlic and Herb Beef Tenderloin from Relish.com

Garlic and Herb Beef Tenderloin

Prime Rib Roast from Ma, What’s For Dinner?

Prime rib roast

Eggplant Parmesan from Start Cooking

Eggplant parmesan

Pork Loin with Roasted Pears and Shallots from Relish.com

Pork Loin with Roasted Pears and Shallots

Leg of Lamb from Start Cooking

Leg of Lamb

Roasted Shoulder of Lamb with Smashed Veggies and Greens by Jamie Oliver

Roasted Shoulder of Lamb with Veg and Greens

And if that doesn’t help you, here are a few other suggestions:

More sustainable alternatives like goose, pheasant, quail, duck, squab.

A little information about tufurky and other vegetarian options.

Ways to save money by eating the feast the day after Thanksgiving.

How to adopt a turkey.

Or my personal favorite, a spa inspired Thanksgiving, like Napa Valley, Lake Austin, Santa Barbara, and Sun Valley, just to name a few. A girl can dream, right?

Photos courtesy of respective websites. “No Turkey” photo courtesy of Ma, What’s for Dinner?


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