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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Looking for vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes? These are delicious and perfect even for your non-vegetarian friends. 

Vegetarian Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes, Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes, Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

No matter if you are vegetarian, flexitarian, or just trying to reduce your meat intake, these recipes are perfect for your Thanksgiving meal.


Many of these recipes are also vegan-friendly. None of them are short on flavor. Everything from main dishes to a tasty dessert is on this list.

Many are also gluten-free so everyone at your Thanksgiving meal will have something delicious to eat.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

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Vegetarian Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes, Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes, Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Vegetarian Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes, Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes, Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Vegetarian Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes, Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes, Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Looking for even more meatless recipes? Check out Meatless Instant Pot Recipes

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Recycled Halloween Crafts

These recycled Halloween crafts are adoreable and easy to make. Many are easy enough for kids to make.

Recycled Halloween Crafts, Upcycled Halloween Crafts, Halloween DIY

Looking for some easy Halloween craft projects? We have gathered some great ones that use materials from your recycling bin!


It’s a great way to save on craft supplies and be a bit greener this Hallowen. It’s amazing what you can make with things that were headed to the landfill.

These recycled Halloween crafts are perfect for different ages and skill levels. They would also be fun to do at a school Halloween party.

Recycled Halloween Crafts

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Start saving up your recycling to use in these great crafts. It’s a great way to upcycle your trash and help the planet.

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Have a Greener Halloween

Halloween is a fun time of the year but it can also come with a lot of waste. Have a greener Halloween this year with these great tips.

Have a greener Halloween, Eco-Friendly Halloween, Zero Waste Halloween

Halloween will be here before we know it and that means lots of candy with questionable ingredients and a lot of waste. So how can you stay green and still celebrate Halloween? All you have to do is rethink Halloween and we have tips to get you started.

Candy & Treats


Halloween Treats

Look for natural candy and when possible Fair Trade certified and/or organic candy to help avoid nasty ingredients and be a bit more gentle on the planet. A great place to look for these items is Natural Candy Store, just be sure to order in time.

You can also skip all of the sugary candy altogether and go with non-edible treats, like eco-friendly packs of crayons, little notepads made from recycled paper, and other fun things.

For Halloween parties and your own family consider making your own homemade Halloween treats using natural ingredients.

Costumes

Look for local costume swaps, borrow costumes from friends, make your own using tips from sites like Pinterest, and check out thrift stores, you will save money and avoid extra packaging. Be sure to also avoid costumes that contain PVC, which is toxic and often contains lead.

Carrying Your Treats

If you have brown paper bags around your kids can decorate them for their bags. They can also make one from a shoe box and magazines using this cute treat bucket tutorial. Or get a reflective reusable Halloween bag. It’s fun to use for trick or treating but also can be used as a reusable bag when not being used for candy.

Decorations

A lot of Halloween decorations are made of cheap plastic and don’t hold up long-term. They may also contain harmful chemicals. Instead, make your own decor, shop second hand, or shop the options below.

Have a greener Halloween, Eco-Friendly Halloween, Zero Waste Halloween

Don’t forget to place your Natural Candy Store Halloween candy order before the shipping deadline. 

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Things to Do This Fall in Oklahoma

Fall is a wonderful time of year to experience all that the beautiful outdoor activities in Oklahoma.

Things to do this fall in Oklahoma

Fall is here and it’s a great time to get out in nature with the family. Oklahoma offers a wide range of family-friendly outdoor activities. These are just a few of the ways to enjoy the cooler weather and some of the beauty Oklahoma has to offer.

  • Chickasaw National Recreation Area
    Chickasaw National Recreation Area is Oklahoma’s oldest national park area. It offers mineral and freshwater springs, a 2,350-acre lake, nature trails for hiking and cycling, many great fishing areas, campgrounds, picnic areas, a nature center, and more.
  • Tenkiller State Park
    Tellkiller State Park offers a lot of great family-friendly activities. Everything from playgrounds, picnic areas, three hiking trails, a kids’ fishing pond, to the Driftwood Nature Center.
  • Greenleaf State Park
    Stay in one of the park’s cabins or at the park’s campgrounds. Nature hiking trails, a discovery center, basketball and volleyball courts, miniature golf, fishing, and naturalist lead programs are just some of the fun activities found at Greenleaf State Park.
  • Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
    The 39,000-acre preserve is the largest protected area of tallgrass prairie on Earth. The preserve is known for the bison that calls it home. With a herd of 2,700 American Bison, it’s one of the largest herds in the country. It’s also home to white-tailed deer, beavers, bobcats, coyotes, woodchucks, over 300 species of birds, and more. You can drive the 15-mile scenic road to see the bison and other wildlife, visit the preserve headquarters and gift shop, have a picnic, check out the nature trail, visit the historic 1920’s ranch bunkhouse, and more.
  • Alabaster Caverns State Park
    The 200-acre state park offers the largest natural gypsum cave open to the public and the only gypsum show cave in the United States. There are daily guided tours of the cavern. There are also hiking trails, RV sites, picnic areas, a gift shop and more.
  • Pumpkin Patch
    Oklahoma offers many great pumpkin patches with lots of fun activities for the whole family.
  • Orr Family Farm
    The Orr Family Farm offers train rides on a historic train, pony rides, a vintage 1975 carousel, a playground, and so much more. September 20th will start the fall season for the Orr Family Farm.

Additional Resources: 35 Ways to Enjoy Fall for Free!
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10+ Perfect Fall Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkins are in season and it’s a great time to try some new pumpkin recipes. These are sure to make you excited about fall.

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It’s pumpkin season! Pumpkin is a very versatile ingredient. It can be used in savory and sweet dishes, and for any meal. It’s fun to try using it in many ways during fall.

Pumpkin farms are a fun weekend activity for the family. You can pick your own pumpkins, decorate a few and turn a few into some of these delicious dishes.


When craving your pumpkins be sure to keep the insides to use for some of these recipes. It helps prevent food waste and saves you money. Pumpkins a really healthy fruit that’s great for the whole family, even the dog.

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Throw an Eco-Friendly Football Party

Football is back and so is tailgating and football parties. Both can be a lot of fun but also create a lot of waste. This year try throwing an eco-friendly football party instead. 

How to throw an eco-friendly football party, eco-friendly tailgating

It’s football season and that means football parties and tailgating. Both are favorite past times of Oklahomans. We take our football seriously around here.


These parties can mean a lot of waste though. If you are trying to live more eco-friendly this can be really tough. You don’t need to ditch your parties though, just change them.

There are a lot of ways you can make your football parties more eco-friendly and still have a ton of fun supporting your favorite team.

Throw an Eco-Friendly Football Party

Better Food
Grilling is a popular option for tailgating and football parties but conventional food for grilling can have harmful ingredients like nitrates and the meat often comes from inhumane feedlots. There are better options though. Here are some great options for your next party.

Look for uncured hot dogs. Applegate Farm’s is a readily available brand. They have several great hot dog and dinner sausage options.

Throw an Eco-Friendly Football Party or Tailgate

 

Oklahoma has a lot of great local beef and bison that is perfect for grilling. The Oklahoma Food Coop is a great place to find local meat. Many natural food stores around the state also offer local meat. If you can’t find local meat, look for organic or pasture raised meat. Even Aldi often has grass-fed, organic beef.

Meat can have a pretty big environmental impact so it’s good to try and have some meatless meals as well, so if you are wanting a meatless meal or have any vegetarians coming why not make some homemade black bean burgers? Don’t forget the buns, check with local bakeries or make your own.

You will also need snack foods, there are great organic brands of chips and other snack and also some wonderful local options. Many local bakeries like Green Goodies in OKC use better ingredients in their delicious baked goods.

Additional Resource: Grilled Cheddar Sausage with Caramelized Onions Recipe

Dishes
If you are at home it’s best to use real dishes if possible. If you plan to have a lot of parties a good option for dishes is to check local thrift stores for a few cheap sets to have just for party use.

If real dishes aren’t an option look for recycled, compostable, plastic-free, or tree-free products.  Here are some more eco-friendly options.


Decorations

football party decor

Use things you already have around the house that are in your team’s colors. Also, check the thrift store for decorations. It’s a great way to get affordable decorations.

If you want some new items, take a look at Etsy for handmade options that are made to last. It’s a great way to support artisans and get great products.

How to throw an eco-friendly football party, eco-friendly tailgating

With these tips, you can celebrate your favorite team with friends without so much waste. Don’t forget to recycle and save your leftovers!

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Getting Your City to Recycle

Want to start a recycling program in your city? These tips will help you get started and encourage your city to recycle.

How to start a recycling program, getting your city to recycle

While many cities in Oklahoma have recycling programs, there are still many that don’t. So what can you do if your city doesn’t have a recycling program? It’s not something that will happen overnight but there are things you can do to encourage your city to recycle.

Getting Your City to Recycle

  • Talk to city officials and ask questions like, have you looked into having a recycling program? What would be your concerns about offering a recycling program?
  • Talk to people in your city to find out if others are interested in recycling. You can even set up a free survey on Google Docs or many other sites and share it on sites like Facebook, to find out what the interest levels are.
  • Consider starting a recycling coalition. Recycling coalitions like Ada Recycling Coalition have played big roles in getting recycling programs started. A few years ago the coalition in Ada helped convince the city to start a curbside recycling program which is still going strong.
  • Talk to nearby towns, that are about the same size, that currently have recycling programs. You can try and find out how their program got started and if they have any tips.
  • If your city contracts out your trash, see if you can talk to the trash company to find out if they offer a recycling program.
  • Ask to speak at a city council meeting about recycling and your desire to have a recycling program in your town.
  • Check out the Oklahoma Recycling Association, they have a lot of great information on recycling.
  • Most importantly, don’t give up and get others involved.

If you choose to take on this project it can be a lot of work but if you are able to make it happen you will have a lasting impact on your city and even the world.

Have a tip for how to start a recycling program? Post in the comments below.

We would also love to hear from you if you helped get your city to start a recycling program or are working on doing so, send us an email at gogreenokla@gmail.com

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9 Foods to Avoid During Ragweed Season

Ragweed season is here. If you find yourself dealing with some new food allergies it may be oral allergy syndrome. Learn how to stop the symptoms.

9 Foods to Avoid During Ragweed Season, Oral Allergy Syndrome, Natural Health

If you are experiencing allergies right now you are likely one of the 10-30% of Americans that suffer from hay fever, or allergic rhinitis. And of the most common causes of hay fever during fall is ragweed.


Ragweed is very common in Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic has been showing a rise in the pollen counts lately.

Symptoms of hay fever include-

  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Cough
  • Sinus and facial pain and pressure
  • Decreased sense of taste or smell
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat

Treatments include antihistamines, corticosteroids, allergy shots, decongestants, and other over-the-counter and prescription medications.

Another way you can help reduce your systems is by eliminating some foods that may be causing you to have Oral allergy syndrome.

Oral allergy syndrome is caused by cross-reacting allergens found in pollen and in raw vegetables, fruits, seeds, and tree nuts. The immune system recognizes similar proteins found in these foods and causes an allergic reaction to it. Cooked forms of the foods don’t often cause the same issue. Ragweed is an allergen that suffers from oral allergy syndrome often have.

It’s estimated that up to a third of pollen allergy patients suffer from oral allergy syndrome. Most cases are mild but it can cause serious, even life-threatening reactions.

Common oral allergy syndrome triggers for ragweed suffers include-

  • Banana
  • Cucumber
  • Cantaloupe
  • Melons
  • Zucchini
  • Echinacea
  • Chamomile
  • Artichoke
  • Hibiscus

If you eat these foods take note of any symptoms after.

The most common symptoms of OAS include-

  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Tingling at the back of your throat
  • Itchy or swollen lips
  • Scratchiness on the roof of your mouth

If you notice any of these reactions be sure to let your doctor know and avoid the food. You can also avoid these foods as a precaution, as you may not be able to notice they are making your allergies worse.

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35+ Delicious Apple Recipes

It’s apple season and a great time to try some new apple recipes. Try one of these delicious recipes today with some local apples. 

Apple Recipes, Natural Apple Recipes, Fall Recipes, Autumn Recipes

It’s time for apples here in Oklahoma and much of the US. Trying some new apple recipes is a great way to support local apple farmers and to get in the mood for fall.


With so many types of apples, the number of things you can make with them is endless. Everything from sweet treats to savory dishes are perfect with apples.

Be sure to look for apples at your local farmers’ market. It’s a great time to support local farmers.

Delicious Apple Recipes

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What is an Ozone Alert?

What is an ozone alert or air quality alert? What should you do when one is issued? Keep reading to learn the answers to these questions.

What is an ozone alert, air quality alert, smog, air pollution

For the last couple of days Oklahoma City and Tulsa have been under ozone alerts, but what does that mean? Well, you may have heard it also called an air pollution alert. It means, there is an unhealthy concentration of ozone pollution.


Ozone is a colorless gas that naturally exists in the earth’s upper atmosphere and protects us from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. However, when ozone is found near the earth’s surface it’s called ground-level ozone and it’s a harmful air pollutant. You may also know ozone as “smog”. While the term “smog” originally describe the combination of fog and smoke, today what we call “smog” is largely ground-level ozone.

Ground-level ozone is a human health threat. Everyone is vulnerable to ozone but children, the elderly, people who work outside, and people with respiratory conditions are at a particularly high risk. Ozone can cause lung problems and eye irritation. During an alert it is best to avoid outside activity, especially if you are in the high risk group.

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality forecasts ozone alert days using a number of factors that includes temperature, cloud cover, build-up of emissions in the air, wind speed and direction, temperature, and other factors. Around Oklahoma, we tend to see ozone alerts May through September. Ozone alerts are more common on hot days.

How You Can Help on Ozone Alert Days

Ground-level ozone is hard to control because a lot of the problem is caused by weather. However, ground-level ozone forms when the weather is right and there are other pollutants. Many of these pollutants we can help control, here is how you can help.

  • Combine trips when driving, avoid driving when you can, use public transportation, or carpool.
  • Refuel vehicles, lawn equipment, and gas cans carefully and avoid spilling. It’s also best to refuel in the evening when the air is cooler and ozone is less likely to form.
  • Avoid idling our vehicle. Idling emits more pollutants than restarting a warm motor.
  • Avoid mowing your lawn during ozone alerts and try to mow in the evening. Lawn mowers create more pollution than cars! You can also help by using greener lawn equipment, like battery powered mowers.

These small things can make a big difference! You can find out if you are under an ozone alert by checking AirNow and often local news. Stay safe and aware this summer!

What do you do to help on ozone alert days? Share your tips in the comments below or join the conversation on Facebook.

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