Image of tasty avocado salad with bell peppers, tomatoes and green onions. Avocado Salad

Avocado Salad

 

Makes 2 Servings; Vegan Recipe

 

Ingredients:

 

– 2 avocados – peeled, pitted and diced

– 4 green onions, sliced

– 1 large bell pepper, diced

– 1 large ripe tomato, diced

– 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

– 1/2 lime, juiced

– Salt and pepper to taste

– Vegan Feta cheese (Optional)  Read more

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Delicious Vegan Sloppy Joes

 

Makes 6 Servings; Vegan Recipe

 

Ingredients:

 

– 2 green peppers, diced

– 1 large onion, diced

– 3 tablespoons safflower or vegetable oil

– 1½ cups boiling water

– 2½ cups tomato sauce

– 1½ cups TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein)

– 2 tablespoons mustard (or more)

– 2 teaspoons chili powder

– ½ teaspoon salt

– 1 tablespoon soy sauce

– ½ teaspoon pepper  Read more

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Baba Ganoush Or Eggplant Dip

 

Baba ghanoush is a Levantine dish of cooked eggplant mixed with tahini (made from sesame seeds), olive oil, and various seasonings.

 

The traditional preparation method is for the eggplant to be baked or broiled over an open flame before peeling, so that the pulp is soft and has a smoky taste. It is a typical starter, often eaten as a dip with pita bread, and is sometimes added to other dishes.

 

Makes 5 Servings; Vegan Recipe

 

Ingredients:

 

– 1 large eggplant

– 1/4 cup tahini

– 3 garlic cloves

– 1 freshly squeezed lemon (juice and pulp)

– 1 teaspoon paprika or ground red pepper

– Salt, to taste

– 1 tablespoon olive oil

– 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley  Read more

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Ranking Food’s Carbon Footprint

 

Carbon Footprint of Food

 

A carbon footprint is defined as the total set of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by an event, product, person or organization. The carbon footprint of food is the greenhouse gas emissions produced by growing, rearing, farming, processing, transporting, storing, cooking and disposing of the food on your plate. Food’s carbon footprint accounts for 25% of each household’s total carbon footprint, so your food choices do have a big impact on your overall contribution to global warming.

 

Ranking Food’s Carbon Footprint

 

The Environmental Working Group has released a guide which ranks proteins based on their environmental impact. The chart above shows the lifecycle total of greenhouse gas emissions for common protein foods and vegetables, expressed as kilograms (kg) of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) per kg of consumed product. Lentils top the list of the most eco-friendly foods you can eat. The worst choice is lamb, followed by beef and then cheese. The production of meat, fish and dairy has much higher greenhouse gas emissions than fruits, legumes and vegetables. So eat smart by switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet to lower your personal carbon footprint. Read more

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Healthy Eating For A Green & Peaceful Planet

 

Climate Change and Meat Consumption:

A recent authoritative report published by the Worldwatch Institute, authors Goodland and Anhang concluded that over 51% of greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions come from Livestock.

 

LIVESTOCK: A MAJOR CAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING

 

Livestock raising drives 1/3 of the world’s deforestation. It uses up 3.4 billion hectares of land for animal gazing and for growing crops to feed the animals. Livestock’s gas and waste produces the no.1 source of nitrous oxide and methane, which are 310 times and 72 times more power than carbon dioxide respectively. Read more

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Veg Diet Transition Tips-Part 2 of 2

 

3 Easy Steps to Go Veg!

 

The switch to a veg diet can be an exciting and delicious way to explore new foods. It is also much easier than you think. Most people typically use a limited variety of favorite recipes. The average family usually eats only eight or nine different dinners repeatedly. You can use a simple, three-step method to come up with nine veg dinner menus that you enjoy and can prepare easily.

 

First, think of three veg meals that you already enjoy. Common ones are tofu (or fake meat) and vegetable stir-fries, vegetable stew, or pasta primavera. Read more