Though Tofurkey isn't my idea of a Thanksgiving meal, I understand why it's a great alternative to the bird. I'm just as happy with all the sides. It's an appropriate day to speak about a kind foods vs. nasty foods and actress Alicia Silverstone has shared recipes for lots of conscientious dishes fit for the holiday, like cornbread stuffing for her Thanksgiving Dinner, Cuban-style roasted sweet potatoes, pumpkin bread, candied ginger pears, and cranberry sauce tips that are all healthful. In her book, The Kind Diet: a Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet, she reveals her slow path to veganism--with compelling reasons why. If you're already stuffed today, check out her recipe for Warm Spicy Wine:Warm Spicy Wine
1 bottle of sulfate-free organic red wine
1 cup Madeira
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/ 4-1 /2 cup maple syrup
5 whole white cardamom pods, cracked
2 whole closes
1 (4-inch) cinnamon stick
2 sticks fresh or dried orange with peel (optional)
Combine ingredients in stainless sauce pan and heat slowly over low heat (don't boil).
Strain and serve immediately.
Besides suggesting some great alternatives to meat, eggs and dairy products, The Kind Diet offers a conscious way of eating. Even if you don't care about losing weight--you can reduce your carbon footprint and be personally more energy-efficient. Silverstone provides a stepped approach to not eating meat, from "flirting" by sticking your toe in the pool (have you seen her PETA spot?) to a full-out commitment to a plant-based diet.
Her 100 recipes are inspiring--and I'm not even a serious cook, but I'm ready to "flirt." Chapter 13 states: Ww Are All Activists, and she dedicates the book to all animals who suffer needlessly and those who do their best to tread lightly on the earth. So curl up with the Living With Ed marathon and Thanksgiving episode and sip away.