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Turkey-free Thanksgiving

November 28

When is Turkey-free Thanksgiving?

Turkey-free Thanksgiving happens on Thursday November 28, 2024.

Turkey-Free Thanksgiving: Celebrating a Different Kind of Feast

Originating from a combination of dietary preferences, environmental concerns, and animal welfare considerations, Turkey-Free Thanksgiving has been gaining traction over the past few years. The idea is simple: celebrate Thanksgiving without the traditional turkey centerpiece. It’s a nod to the growing vegetarian and vegan communities, but also to those who simply wish to try something different.

Delicious Alternatives to Turkey

  1. Stuffed Squash or Pumpkin: Filled with grains like quinoa or farro, veggies, and flavorful herbs, this can be a delicious, hearty centerpiece.
  2. Lentil Loaf: Packed with protein and rich in flavor, lentil loaf can be a savory and filling main dish.
  3. Mushroom Wellington: A flaky pastry filled with a rich mushroom mixture can be both elegant and satisfying.
  4. Vegan Pot Pie: Filled with seasonal veggies and creamy sauce, its comfort food at its finest.
  5. Seitan Roast: Made from wheat protein, seitan can be marinated and roasted to mimic the texture of meat.

Benefits of Going Turkey-Free

  • Diverse Flavors: Breaking away from tradition means the opportunity to explore a wide variety of dishes and cuisines.
  • Environmental Impact: Raising turkeys has an environmental footprint. Choosing plant-based alternatives can be a more sustainable choice.
  • Animal Welfare: Many opt for a turkey-free feast out of concern for factory-farmed turkeys and the desire to promote humane treatment of animals.

Embracing New Traditions

Thanksgiving has always been about gratitude, gathering, and food. A Turkey-Free Day doesn’t detract from that but offers a fresh approach to what’s on the table. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or simply curious, consider joining the Turkey-Free movement this year and indulge in a feast that’s as compassionate as it is delicious.

When does Turkey-free Thanksgiving happen next year?

Turkey-free Thanksgiving will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Thursday November 27, 2025
  • Thursday November 26, 2026
  • Thursday November 25, 2027
  • Thursday November 23, 2028
  • Thursday November 22, 2029

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