HAPPY EARTH DAY!
A major part of having Super Healthy Kids is providing a healthy environment for their future. This doesn’t need to be overwhelming, and you don’t have to start walking the 3 miles to school to have an impact. I have two cookbooks that focus on planet friendly, green living, low-carbon cooking. One of them is called The Big Green Cookbook, The other is called, The Earth Bound Cook. Here is a round up of some of their ideas, with some of my own.
- Try to use every edible part of the produce, skin seeds and all. I actually watched them do this at a Costco Demo of the Blendtec. They put the entire apple in the blender. Seeds, peel, everything! Just make sure you scrub the skin before you eat.
- Keep a lid on it. Even when a recipe does not call for a lid, while boiling, simmering, or sautéing, if you put a lid on and turn of the burner, your food will continue to cook without wasting energy.
- Cut more, cook less. The more you cut things, the less time it takes to cook them, using less energy.
- Room temperature= eco temperature. Unless a recipe calls specifically for something chilled, ingredients at room temperature will cook faster that starting with cold ingredients.
- Use shorter cooking times and spend less energy heating and cooling things off. And let’s be honest, what mom couldn’t use a few, easy and fast recipes!
- In our communities, we can start sustainable practices by growing our own food
- In our families, we can teach our children how to do grow their food
- We can eat more food that have a smaller environmental impact. (fruits, veggies, grains)
- We can also support local food suppliers in our schools and in our families. These small steps will have big impact for the future. (If you are in Utah, check out Christiansens farm for your local, grass fed meat)
This is an old picture of TJ after a day of eating dirt. One of my favorite pictures!
So, for the recipes this week, we’re going to cook one or two rotisserie chickens at the beginning of the week, and portion it out for our family meals. This way, there is less cooking time, leading to less impact on our mother earth. The rest of the meals, either no cooking, or under 20 minutes of stove or oven time.
So, without further ado, here is our Earth Friendly Meal Plan!
|Monday||Cheerios with yogurt and berries||Peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole wheat||Almonds and Raisins||Asian Chicken Slaw|
|Tuesday||Fruit salad with toast||Bagel sandwich with avocado, tomatoes, and ham||Applesauce||Chicken French Bread Pizza|
|Wednesday||Granola cereal with yogurt and bananas||Whole wheat roll and green salad with ranch dressing||Guacamole with pita crisps||Tex Mex Chicken Pasta Salad|
|Thursday||Cherry apple Smoothie||Turkey cranberry sandwich on whole wheat wrap||Vegetable platter with dip||Chicken Tacos|
|Friday||Rainbow Toast with bananas||Almond butter and all fruit spread on whole wheat bread||Sunflower seeds and dried mangoes||Green salad with Rotisserie chicken and blackberry dressing|
What are your favorite eco-friendly practices for the kitchen?
Don’t forget, you can print this meal plan on our healthy meal plans archives page!