Friday, March 7, 2014
1 lb. rotelle or penne pasta
about 14 slices of Morningstar farms veggie bacon strips
3 tblsp olive oil
1 chopped onion
2 tsp bottled minced garlic
2 tblsp fresh thyme
1 package frozen peas
2 tsp butter
3/4 cup half and half
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1) Cook pasta and drain.
2) Cook "bacon." Here's what I do: First put the strips on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on 1/2 power for 5 minutes, then flip the strips and microwave 3 minutes on high. "Bacon" should be crispy. Break it up into little pieces.
3) Heat olive oil in a skillet. Add onions, garlic, and thyme and saute until onions are soft. Add in green peas and cook until the peas are warm.
4) Add half & half to the pea mixture and cook for about 2 minutes.
5) Add butter, salt, and pepper to pea mixture and cook until butter melts.
6) Pour pea mixture over pasta and toss.
7) Add crumbled bacon and parmesan (or save parmesan for individuals to add, in case you’ve got folks who don’t like cheese), and toss again
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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Sunday, March 2, 2014
Greenmomster has posted several articles on the green aspects of eating low on the food chain (going vegetarian). Lately, though, some folks have been making the news with talks and papers on low impact meat production and consumption. Even NPR has been publicizing these studies! Gasp! Could it be that greenmomster was WRONG? Well, let’s take a closer look.
A TED talk by Allan Savory discussed how to avoid desertification by using grazing animals. An article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences discussed cutting greenhouse gases on the supply side (more efficient land use in meat production; more industrialization of farming) rather than trying to change the consumption side (getting folks to eat less meat through carbon taxes). Both of these presentations address public policy and how to decrease climate change; they make two assumptions: 1) folks will continue to demand meat, and 2) the demand will increase as income increases. Both of these presentations have valuable information on the possible policy implications of their research. Both should be studied by policy makers to ensure we get the result – decreasing greenhouse gases from agricultural production – that we want to see. The studies don’t address individual choices.
Greenmomster’s goal is to educate folks to make the most practical environmental decisions at an individual level. The short answer to the question, “Should we still eat low on the food chain?” is Yes! As you can see from the graphic below, eating low on the food chain leads to the least resource intensive diet. While the studies referenced above address how public policy might address greenhouse gases from food production, at an individual level, it’s greenest just to reduce your meat consumption. Unless you live in an extremely cold climate where the growing season is too short to supply enough local food for the year, eating as little meat as possible is still the greenest alternative.
Campbell, N.A. and J.B. Reece, M.R. Taylor, E.J. Simon, J.L. Dickey. 2008. Biology, Concepts and Connections, 6th Edition. Pearson, Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco. p. 754.
Havlik, P., et al. 2014. Climate Change Mitigation Through Livestock System Transitions. PNAS published ahead of print February 24, 2014, doi:10.1073/pnas.1308044111.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
There’s a fascinating article in Conservation about palm oil, orangutans, and the Melbourne zoo. Here’s the video they’ve created to encourage Australians to push for food labeling:
This zoo is trying to not only entertain visitors, but also educate them about important conservation issues. Want to help in the fight against the use of palm oil in popular food products? (here’s a refresher if you’ve forgotten what it’s about). The Union of Concerned Scientists is asking folks to share the graphic below to explain the issue to encourage eco-friendly purchasing:
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Remember that you too can “adopt” a stream and monitor for invertebrates. If you live in Fairfax County VA, contact the Northern VA Soil and Water Conservation District. Somewhere else in VA? Contact Virginia Save Our Streams (VASOS). Not in VA? Check out the information from the Izaak Walton League of America. It’s fun and you’ll learn a lot about the health of your local streams!
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Friday, February 21, 2014
Here’s what’s for dinner at greenmomster house tonight!
Vegetarian Hoppin’ John
2 15 oz. cans of blackeyed peas, drained
1 small red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 small green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1 package vegetarian ham (I like Litelife Smart Deli Baked Ham, but there are many other available brands), chopped into small squares
1 tsp salt (to taste)
2 tblsp olive oil
3 cups cooked brown rice
1) Heat olive oil in a pan. Add green and red pepper and onion; saute until onion is almost translucent. Add vegetarian ham and saute for about 2 more minutes.
2) Add blackeyed peas and salt to the vegetable/ham mixture. Cook for another 10 minutes on low heat.
3) Serve over rice with sour cream and salsa.