It's time for my annual unpopular post. This is the one where I remind you that you can still enjoy Thanksgiving without participating in the Great Turkey Holocaust. If you're the rebellious punk rock type, like me, you can even revel in bucking the trend (as I have done for the past five years). It's not easy for most people though. Even if you want to eat plant based, there is a strong sociocultural compulsion to eat turkeys on Thanksgiving. "Everyone is doing it," as they say. Plus, the poultry industry has heavily programmed the general populace to think mass killing and eating millions of innocent turkeys is just fine for the mind, body, and soul. Quite the opposite. Eating meat slowly kills you.

If you want to accept my challenge and eat plant based this Thanksgiving, it's not that hard. Just make and eat a bunch of vegan side dishes.