A lot of folks are bound to tradition on Thanksgiving and there’s really nothing wrong with that. I know some folks who go out to restaurants for things like sushi or steak on Thanksgiving, but I’m still one to prefer the familiar. It’s a warm and comfortable feeling, even when spent with family that you don’t see that often. As corny as it may sound, it really is a time to come together and be thankful — more than anything thankful for your own well being and not so much for the myths that the holiday is built on.
One tradition that you don’t have to follow is the consumption of a genetically modified bird that’s been fed waste products and is nowhere near as tasty as a Heritage Turkey. Yes, they are more expensive, but that’s a very small price to pay to keep you and your family from eating something that could barely be considered food. Check out this great post from Mark Sisson on where to buy a Heritage Turkey as well as how to prepare it. His recipe for mashed parsnips are a fantastic alternative to mashed potatoes as well — I know that I actually prefer mashed parsnips and mashed cauliflower to potatoes now, they’re really that good.
Excerpt from recipe author:
Buying a Heritage turkey is like casting a vote for humanely, naturally raised animals and for the farmers who are putting a premium on healthy, safe, natural food instead of profits. Pair your Heritage turkey with any number of our favorite Primal Thanksgiving sides and you’re guaranteed to have a very Happy Primal Thanksgiving.