Thanksgiving is a beautiful opportunity to celebrate peace, kindness—and turkeys. Each year, I try to find a way to celebrate compassion on this special day. Last year, I joined Gene Baur and Farm Sanctuary at the Celebration for the Turkeys in downtown San Francisco. This year, I plan to share an array of delicious homemade vegan dishes with my family and friends.

Though some people may give you a strange look when you mention you plan to celebrate a vegan Thanksgiving, keep in mind you’re in good company: Beyoncé, Russell Brand, Ellen Degeneres, Liam Hemsworth, Jared Leto, Alicia Silverstone, Gwen Stefani, Carrie Underwood and Kat Von D will be enjoying a cruelty-free Thanksgiving, too.

But that doesn’t make it any easier when it comes to planning a menu that will impress even the most ardent carnivore. Here’s what I’ve decided to prepare for tomorrow—and I’m hoping everyone tries at least one bite. (Wish me luck!)

Vegan gravy from one of my favorites: Oh She Glows

Fluffy buttermilk vegan mashed potatoes

Stuffed butternut squash

Gluten-free pumpkin raisin cake (yum!)

Once we rethink Thanksgiving, there are so many new ways to celebrate. Most obvious, of course, is a healthy menu (more cruelty-free recipe ideas here). But the folks over at Gentle Barn have even more fun:

You can also “adopt a turkey” from Farm Sanctuary …

… And help turkeys enjoy their very own Thanksgiving feast!

However you choose to celebrate, this lovable cuddle bug right here is the reason why:

Wishing you and yours a very happy and peaceful Thanksgiving!

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