A Resourceful Thanksgiving
2020 has brought a lot of changes with it, and the holidays will not be any different. However, I have found that one of the good things to come out of this year is more awareness and mindfulness. As we roll into the holiday season, let’s explore how we can make them more resourceful.
Since the coronavirus pandemic is still surging through much of our country, most gatherings will be smaller, yet the environmental impact may still be great.
The first thing to consider is making a smaller dinner. Pick 3 of your favorite side dishes instead of 6. Perhaps make only a turkey breast, instead of the full turkey. Turn any scraps into a stock and freeze it for later use in different recipes.
Make a new tradition of honoring the land. Traditionally, a Thanksgiving meal was made up of ingredients that Native Americans cultivated in ways that showed respect for the land. Perhaps after your meal this year, you and your loved ones can take part in replanting, recycling or composting part of your leftovers.
Do not feel guilty if you do not like turkey. While a traditional Thanksgiving meal includes turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie, do not feel obligated to serve that meal if you do not like to eat it. Create a new meal based upon your likes or heritage. Source local ingredients that are in season, or even better, grow your own!
No matter how you are celebrating this year, let us all be grateful for what we have and give thanks that 2020 is almost over.