EarthSave Talks Turkeys, Hosts Free Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck Saturday

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Did you know turkeys are incredibly social creatures, have excellent hearing but no external ears, love eating peanuts (so much!), and were once so prized that Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the wild turkey the national bird before the bald eagle eventually won out? Nope, had no clue?!

While an estimated 45 million turkeys are used for Thanksgiving meals, there is a shift afoot to turkeyless dinners, vegan-friendly potlucks, and cruelty-free meal plans where everyone leaves full and happy with wishbones intact.

Whether you are oddly curious, wanting to get some ideas for what a vegan Thanksgiving spread looks like ahead of the actual holiday, or are a lifelong vegan in search of sharing a meal with other like-minded eaters, EarthSave is hosting a free community vegan Thanksgiving this Saturday (November 22) with its Zero Turkey Feast.

See also: Where to Eat Vegan on Thanksgiving in Broward and Palm Beach Counties


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A Vegan Gives Ten Reasons to Skip the Turkey This Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a wondrous and joyful occasion; 24 hours of food, family and football with no agendas, no schedules and no obligations. Besides, a holiday revolving around gratitude and giving thanks is basically the best idea ever.

But while turkey is the traditional centerpiece for an American table (hence the colloquial moniker: Turkey Day), it's 2014, and about time we kicked that antiquated concept to the curb and embraced a plant-strong, turkey-free Thanksgiving table.

Here are 10 reasons to skip the bird this November 27th.

See also: Six Turkey Alternatives for Thanksgiving

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PAC Pastries Offering Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Donuts, Apple Pie Cupcakes, and More for Thanksgiving Pre-Orders

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No matter what embarrassingly outrageous quantity of food we might consume come Thanksgiving, there's always room for dessert. And there's no better place to procure your cruelty-free sweet stuff than PAC Pastries.

Master culinarian and whipper-upper-of-pumpkin-krunkins Shelbey Ganzel is offering a whole host of autumnal treats for your Thanksgiving feast. From pumpkin cinnamon rolls to apple pie cupcakes to pecan pie, she's got lots of options.

See also: Forget Munchkins, Try 'Krunkins' Vegan Donut Holes from PAC Pastries

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Florida's Ellen Jaffe Jones Named PETA's Sexiest Vegan Over 50

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According to PETA, nothing's sexier than saving animals. And given that veganism tends to lead to weight loss, better skin, more energy, and (so they say) more sexual stamina, they might have a point.

The animal advocacy org takes its duties as sexy-vegan steward very seriously. One honor it doles out annually is its Sexiest Vegan Over 50 Award, and this year, Florida's Ellen Jaffe Jones took home top honors.

See also: Eat Vegan on $4 a Day Author Offers Ten Money-Saving Tips


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Where to Eat Vegan on Thanksgiving in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but for those who prefer tofurky to the gobbling alternative, it's not as easy to opt into a hearty feast without slaving away in the kitchen yourself.

But there are options, if you plan ahead. Several Broward and Palm Beach eateries are serving yummy holiday feasts, complete with everything from pumpkin "cheesecake" to Gardein "turkey." So you can enjoy a food-induced coma like everyone else, no tryptophan necessary.

See also: Ten Best Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties


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Gimme a Burger Offers New, Homemade Vegan Bites and Meatless Monday Discount

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Burger joints aren't usually a bastion of vegan eating. For, um, obvious reasons. And sometimes even requesting that a burger place offer a meatless option can bring a world of hurt (I should know).

But Gimme a Burger is a chain that's all aboard the inclusivity train. In addition to two vegan burger options, the company just launched new Vegan Bites, six bite-sized nibbles made with quinoa, sweet potato, black beans, corn, red onion, and spices.

See also: How to Make Vegan Reuben Burgers (Recipe)


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How to Make Vegan Reuben Burgers (Recipe)

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I was putting ketchup on some breakfast potatoes the other day when I noticed an intriguing recipe staring at me from the back of the Heinz bottle: Reuben Burgers.

Needless to say, they weren't vegan. Nor were they healthy. Nonetheless, I was inspired to veganize them, and the end result was magically delicious. So delicious, in fact, that I knew I had to share.

Don't judge till you've tasted them. Recipe after the jump.

See also: Six Vegan-Friendly Pumpkin Treats


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Green Bar & Kitchen Now Serving Soy-Free, Dairy-Free Soft Serve Ice Cream

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Cutest. Baby. Ever.

Everyone's favorite green and gluten-free Broward County eatery has added something new to their dessert lineup: Green Bar & Kitchen is now serving soy-free, coconut-based soft serve ice cream. Yum!

Their first flavor is key lime, and they'll have lots of others in the months to come -- the perfect sweet treat for the soy-intolerant .

See also: Six Places to Get Dairy-Free Ice Cream in South Florida for National Ice Cream Month


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Clovermint Cafe Bringing Vegan Comfort Foods to Fort Lauderdale

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Just because vegans like to eat plants and live clean doesn't mean they don't crave comfort food. EVERYONE loves a creamy soup and a hearty mac 'n cheese every now and again. And why can't these foodie faves be delicious and good for you?

Enter Clovermint Café & Market, a vegan, gluten-free spot coming soon to Fort Lauderdale. The new eatery will offer up sandwiches, salads, soups, and other plant-based comfort foods and healthy grub -- plus vegan beer, wine and plenty of items to stock your kitchen cabinets.

See also: How to Make Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes (Recipe & Photos)


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Six Turkey Alternatives for Thanksgiving

Categories: Vegan

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No animals were harmed in the making of this dinner.

It's November 3, which means Thanksgiving will be here in, like, five minutes -- because that's how time works. As a meatless eater, if you wait until the 26th you'll be SOL, paying top dollar for a side of veggies at some overrated restaurant.

Luckily, if you plan in advance, no need to be relegated to bread and cranberry sauce -- the turkey alternatives get better and better every year.

Here are six delicious roasts to dig into on Thanksgiving day (or sooner).

See also: Six Vegan-Friendly Pumpkin Treats


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