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How Earth Food-Friendly Are You?

When most people think of Earth day, they may think about: what can be done to reduce garbage, what more can be recycled, how can there be more of a reduction in air pollution and where can we plant more trees?  What some people may not be connecting with Earth day is the carbon footprint in relation to meal planning.

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This is such an easy concept that I truly believe anyone can implement.  Through green cooking you will reduce your carbon footprint, reduce the cost of your grocery bill and reduce time spent in the kitchen.


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When developing your Earth conscious meal plan:

  • Focus on produce of the season
  • Buy locally and pick from your own garden!
  • Cook a bit more in the beginning of the week to then use later for lunches or dinner sides
  • Thaw foods in the refrigerator as opposed to the microwave




  • Eat more raw produce and fresh herbs
  • Choose one source of animal protein and plan 2-3 meals using it
  • Embrace Meatless Monday


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Here is one simple strategy to plan a few dinners for your upcoming week.

  1. Buy a rotisserie chicken (or if you prefer, make your own).
  2. The first night cut enough off to serve each family member a serving, and add a fresh green salad
  3. The next night, try this yummy chicken salad slaw.
  4. And finally, make your favorite pizza and top it with the remaining chicken and as many raw veggies as your family desires.

Please share! How do you keep green in the kitchen?

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Sarah says:

I won’t tell you anything new, but it’s the same in any other field.
You’d think past showes us anything, but alas.
Feel free to disagree but the world changes rapidly, and none of us have no control over it.
For instance, If only Barack had any balls to put Vladimir to his place, but it seems like it’s never happening, welcome WW3.
A very deep post, thanks!
Sarah http://phyto-renew350i.com/

Gabi says:

I have recently found out for my great disappointment that my (2.5) son’s day care daily served veggies are canned. I’m an adopter of fresh and healthy foods and cook at home so the whole family can benefit from it so that was a shock. I actually wonder if that isn’t so bad that it would be better that he didn’t even get those veggies for lunch at all (and just ate the ones I cook and serve for dinner)… What do you think? Better to have store-bought sodium packed canned veggies or not have them?

Amy says:

Our opinion is that it IS better to eat canned veggies than not at all. So many of them have reduced or eliminated the sodium, and I would hope your daycare rinses the veggies after removing from the can. I would tell them how excited you are that they are offering kids veggies during the day, and gently ask for brands/ practices to make sure the sodium content is minimal.

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