At SCGH, we’re thinking about how we can make Thanksgiving dinner a little more eco-friendly. Doing any home cooking always cuts down on waste and carbon emissions compared to eating out, but we’re taking it a step further and asking for your best vegan, vegetarian, locally sourced, and other eco-friendly recipes.
Naturally, the most eco-friendly and less impactful meal would be a 100% vegan menu. Any suggestions for delicious, 100% vegetarian options? If you don’t go veggie this year, we don’t blame you; there are other options, too. Choose a turkey that is USDA-certified organic and free range, meaning it is given organic feed and is free of confinement.
Traditional Thanksgiving food is usually made of that which is in season anyway, but why not get the freshest possible ingredients for your mashed potatoes and pies by visiting your local farmer’s market? Eating produce that is in season—especially if it is grown locally—cuts down on the carbon emissions needed to grow, plow, ship, truck, and fly it from the farm to your table. If you cannot find a farmer’s market in your area, try to purchase as many organic, in-season ingredients at the grocery store as you can. We’re also taking suggestions for dishes featuring produce that is local (to your region) and in season.
Have other tricks for finding the best local and organic ingredients? Send them to us as well! The SCGH community is a great resource for sharing and promoting simple ways to go green.
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