greenish girl

“Food is an important part of a balanced diet.” — Fran Lebowitz
November 29, 2009, 6:41 pm
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Hi guys, sorry for extremely prolonged absence!  I’ve been meaning to post for a while now, but life got in the way. I love being busy, and I love everything I do, don’t get me wrong, but let’s just say that I’m really glad that I’ve had more time to just breathe. It’s been nice.

However, as all of you presumably know, it’s holiday season! And before we move on to the grennifying of Christmas, we have to talk Thanksgiving! At its basic roots, Thanksgiving is such a lovely holiday: low stress, prep required only for food, time to be creative with and appreciate good food, and of course time to spend with family and friends, giving thanks for what we have. That’s a magical day.

But I know what you’re thinking. “Greenishgirl, you’re a vegetarian! What did you eat?!” How did I know this? Easy. I’ve gotten that question a lot lately.   Honestly, though, vegetarian Thanksgivings are delicious.  I don’t miss turkey at all. And why would I, when I had so many yummy veggies to eat? I figure a list will be the easiest to show the sheer quantity of veg choices.

  • Vegetarian stuffing
  • Mashed potatoes- homemade, of course.  Don’t bother peeling the potatoes, though!
  • Chilean squash casserole- a yummy cheesy corn winter squash dish from the amazing Molly Katzen.
  • Mashed carrots and turnips- family tradition, way better than it sounds.
  • Homemade applesauce- a thousand times better than store bought.
  • Roasted garlic green beans- I’m not even a very big green beans fan but these were fabulous.
  • Homemade cranberry relish- I can never eat that canned stuff now, solely due to this Vegetarian Epicure recipe.
  • Fresh veggies and hummus for an appetizer, along with
  • Gingersnaps and pumpkin dip- from Teens Cook Dessert

Thanksgiving Cornucopia by Lawrence OP.
And that’s not even counting all the pies we had for dessert! Now, honestly, how could I even have had room for turkey with that meal? I really couldn’t have. It was a delicious meal. And we had plenty of leftovers- which are just as fun to eat.  Pie for breakfast? Oh yes.

So yeah, my family and I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. But now an even bigger (commercially, anyway) holiday is coming up: Christmas. But even though its colors are red and green, Christmas can be anything but green. So, in my small way to try to combat people accidentally hating on the Earth during this holiday season, I’m going to try (mind you, try, disclaimer!) to offer a green holiday tip every day, if I can, starting today. We might see some gift ideas, some simple little reduce/reuse/recycle suggestions, and I don’t even know what else.  So here goes nothing.

Green Christmas Tip #1: Gift idea!  For anyone outdoorsy, green chic, backpack-wearing, plastic-hating, or even trendy, try a reusable stainless steel water bottle.  Try, or look around anywhere from Target to Whole Foods. I think even Forever 21 was offering a free metal water bottle on Black Friday. A little cheesy, maybe, but it’s a step in the right direction. So what are you waiting for? Go buy someone (or yourself!) a water bottle, or even better, shop online!

365:170 stainless steel beauties by katiescrapbooklady.

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