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Turkey-Less Thanksgiving: Hearty Vegetable Pot Pie

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For those who partake in a turkeyless Thanksgiving, the holiday can seem like a bunch of side dishes but if you’re the host or you’d like to bring a hearty main course, this tofu pot pie is ideal. Pour yourself a glass of good red wine because it takes a while to construct, but the end product is rather impressive.

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Adopt A Turkey This Thanksgiving

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For 25 years, the Adopt-A-Turkey Project has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the care of more than 1,000 rescued turkeys. For a one-time donation of just $30, adopters or the recipients they choose will provide for the care of a rescued turkey and receive a special Adopt-A-Turkey certificate complete with color photo of their adoptee who resides at one of Farm Sanctuary’s shelters, along with fun details about their new friend’s habits and disposition.

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Reaction to Stress Predicts Health Later in Life

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Life can come at you like a ton of bricks. It can be unexpected, unwelcomed, and unhappy. But according to new research at Penn State, it’s not what happens in life that makes the difference, but how you react to the stress.

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Why Self Discipline Matters and 5 Simple Ways to Cultivate It

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No matter how much you dream about meeting your goals, no matter how often you wake up Monday morning with a goal in mind, and no matter how often you say today is a new day–discipline is a big portion of the accomplishment picture. Self discipline can do a lot to send you in whatever direction you deem fit and no matter how cheesy it may sound, you can do whatever you set your mind to if you work hard enough.

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Are You Toxic? 5 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Toxins and Impurities

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Photo: hannahsheltonTT

We are exposed to hundreds or even thousands of chemicals and toxins every day. The food we eat, the personal care products we use, the water and beverages we drink, and the air around us may be  saturated with toxic chemicals and toxins. These toxins lead to a host of diseases down the line. The more we reduce and remove these chemicals, the better. Here are some ways to easily reduce your exposure to toxins and impurities:

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A Week in Serene Eats (Week 11) and the Recipes to Get You There

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I need to get back to the kitchen. This week has been a lesson in going with the flow. My dad was visiting this weekend and then the election was on Tuesday. The husband lacked a packed lunch much of the week and I only cooked a very few days. But now I’m hoping to pull life back into the routine I crave with some tasty fall recipe. So here goes:

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Prop 37 Defeated: Next Steps For GMO Labeling

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For the folks at California Right to Know, LabelGMOS, and Organic Consumers, the disappointment after a Prop. 37 defeat was palpable. The story was much the same for the 3,800 businesses, nonprofits, and stakeholders that worked tirelessly to pass the measure. But in the face of a 6 to 1 spending machine, the Goliath pulled out a victory.

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Spicy Vegetable Soup

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I’m admittedly so off schedule this week as a result of the election and my dad being in town. Soup was really the only option when it came to feeding us in any healthful manner.

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Go Get Your Vote On!

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Happy Election Day!

How Meditation Works

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Photo: RelaxingMusic

You sit down to meditate but thoughts won’t stop rushing through your mind.

But after a few minutes you begin to step away from the mind and watch your thoughts almost like they are on the big screen. Your thoughts begin to separate like leaves floating down a river.

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Sara Kovak
Welcome to Serene Kitchen, your destination for tasty meatless eats and mindful living. My name is Sara Novak and I'm a health and wellness expert for Discovery Health and TreeHugger.