Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and with it all of the anticipation of the joy and thankfulness it brings. Yet, we can often be overwhelmed with the responsibility of entertaining and preparation involved. Particularly, when we have picky eaters on our hands. Whether you’re hosting a friendsgiving, thanksgiving for the entire family, or dinner for your own household, you will probably have a guest with a dietary restriction or preference—organic clean eating, vegetarianism, veganism, gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance, or just plain calorie counting. With all of this in consideration it can be difficult to prepare a tradition style thanksgiving meal. But not to worry, because we have a few suggestions on cooking and serving this holiday that will help!

Thanksgiving-VivaTerra Style:

The Appetizer- Sautéed Baby Artichokes with Garlic and Lemon on a Root of the Earth TrayIt’s hard to argue with this one; simply prepared and lightly seasoned vegetables are a starting dish any and everyone can enjoy. Not to mention that artichokes make a beautiful and edible display. Cook them and pile them up on a Root of the Earth Serving Tray for a perfect presentation.

(Recipe from Deliciously Organic)

The Light First Course- Fall Superfood Salad in the Acacia Wood Serving Collection: Simple, healthful, and packed full of powerful nutrients—clean eaters gather round, this super salad is undeniable delicious and nutritious. Vitamins and antioxidants have never looked better than when they are served up in the beautiful Acacia Wood Salad Serving Collection. The rich, warm wood of the serving bowl, utensils, and coordinating salad bowls perfectly contrast with the bold veggie colors.

(Recipe from Rodale's Organic Life)

 

The Classic Side Dish- Parsnip and Fennel Purée in an Aurora Recycled Glass Scalloped Bowls : Is it a Thanksgiving meal with out mashed potatoes? We don’t think so, but then again, this flavorful and low calorie alternative may change our minds. For those with holiday weight worries or for those who genuinely want to indulge a bit without the guilt, this purée is the perfect solution. Your guest will love them even more when they are served in the gorgeous and eco-friendly Aurora Recycled Glass Collection.

(Recipe from Delicious Living)

The Meatless Main Course- Faux Turkey, served up any way you’d like: There are so many options on the market now for meaty alternatives to meat. And while it’s wonderful to have alternatives easily available, and on top of that, options, how do you choose? While we cant say that we participated in a grand taste test and came to an end-all-be-all conclusion on the matter, we did find this list of options that had been compared and contrasted pretty rigorously. Check it out here, and make a more educated choice on your faux turkey of choice.

The Details- Shenandoah Spice Company’s Fresh Cracked Pepper and Pink Salt in our Glass Piggy Shakers: This pudgy pair of salt and pepper shakers is blown from thin, yet sturdy, borosilicate glass. The set arrives with a vial each of Himalayan pink salt and fresh cracked pepper, so your piggies will be appropriately colored, pink and speckled black. For those who are missing the meat at the meal… at least these little guys can be there.