Monday, May 22, 2017

Mammal Monday -- Lemurs!

Who doesn't love lemurs?  I just received a picture of "my lemur", Grendel who lives at the Duke Lemur Center.    Lemurs are found in the wild only on Madagascar.  They're the most endangered group of mammals and primates in the world.  Here's a great clip from CNN that explains why we care about lemurs (the question I always ask in class, "who gives a flying flit?") and why we want to learn more about them:

Friday, May 19, 2017

Abby's tabouleh!

Time for a re-post of a great recipe!  Be sure to "like" on Facebook for all the latest veggie recipes and environmental news!

This week’s recipe is a new twist on an old favorite from my neighbor Abby, scientist extraordinaire and new mom!  As any green momster (or soccer mom or hockey mom) knows, meal prep time is of the essence.  Abby shows us a way to jazz up the old box-mix tabouleh into a heftier dish that canpanthersmay19photo26 serve as a main dish.  Thanks Abby! 

1 box of your favorite tabouleh dry mix 
2 tblsp olive oil 
1 to 2 tsp maple syrup (to taste) 
1 cup shredded carrot 
1 cup fine chopped tomato 
1 15 oz can of white navy beans 
juice from 2 small lemons 
salt and pepper to taste 

1)  Prepare the tabouleh as instructed 
2)  Add all remaining ingredients to the mix 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mammal Monday -- New Zealand Sea Lions!

Our species this week is the endemic New Zealand Sea Lion.  "Endemic" means that the species is found in only one area in the world -- this also means that the species is particularly vulnerable to extinction.  Check out these fascinating creatures and all that's being done to protect the species now that it's returned to the shores of New Zealand:

Friday, May 12, 2017

"Chick'n" on a stick!

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Sometimes you just feel like dinner on a stick, so this week's recipe is adapted from Lighten up, y'all.  Classic Southern Recipes mad Healthy and Wholesome by Virginia Willis.  I exchanged the main ingredient of chicken with a meat-free option, and it worked very nicely.  It's a family-pleasing recipe, perfect for a spring Friday!


  • 1 tblsp coarse kosher salt
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 packages Quorn chic'n tenders, defrosted
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tblsp canola oil
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tblsp dijon mustard
  • black pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine salt, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp onion powder, and 1/2 tsp garlic powder.  Add buttermilk and mix thoroughly.
  3. Add the chik'n tenders and marinate for 30 minutes (don't let it go too much longer)
  4. In a flat plate, combine the breadcrumbs and remaining paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder.  Add the 2 tblsp of oil and mix.  In a separate bowl, combine egg whites and mustard.
  5. Take the chik'n tenders out of the marinade and put on skewers.
  6. Dip the skewers into the egg mixture and then roll in the breadcrumb mixture.  
  7. Place on a rack and bake for about 25 minutes, rotating halfway through.  

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Waking up President Trump

Last weekend was the big #PeoplesClimateMarch, and I just finished reading Trevor Noah's book, Born a Crime (pretty good read, by the way).  So I figured those two events are a sign that I should post Trevor Noah's latest piece on climate change.  Enjoy:

Saturday, April 29, 2017

#PeoplesClimateMarch 2017!

Did you make it to one of the People's Climate Marches?  The one in Washington DC was GREAT!  Perfect weather and great turnout!  Here are a few of the sights:

There were animals:

There were representatives from all religions, including Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hari Krishnas, and Unitarians:

There were big puppets:

There were Earths, and lots of them:

There were clever signs:

What happened in your town?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

So who's going to the march?

PCM Poster (English), Cesar Maxit

Are you headed to a Climate March this weekend?  Register here, so you'll have the schedule and they'll know how many to expect.  Be sure to take pictures and send them me -- I'll post next week!