Friday, May 24, 2013
1 frozen pie crust
1 tblsp olive oil
5 cups sliced zucchini
3 tblsp garlic
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup non-fat milk
1 1/2 tblsp all-purpose flour
black pepper to taste
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1) Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Bake the pie crust, weighing down the crust using wax paper and dry rice, for about 5 minutes (until the crust just begins to brown). Lower oven heat to 375 degrees.
2) Heat the oil in a pan and saute the zucchini, garlic, and salt. Layer the zucchini in the bottom of the pie crust.
3) Combine milk, flour, eggs, and cheese and whisk together. Pour over zucchini mixture.
4) Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes or until the liquid is set.
WE LOVE MEAT-FREE FRIDAY!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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Greenmomster has reported on the status of endangered sea turtles, as well as the problem of wildlife poaching. Unfortunately, these two topics are combined in a recent article posted by Live Science regarding sea turtle eggs in Costa Rica. Check out this article to learn about the challenge of protecting sea turtle nesting sites, and remember to never buy products made from endangered species. Additionally, you can support sea turtle protection efforts by visiting seaturtle.org.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Wolf populations in the U.S. are at their highest levels in 60 years (wallpaper photo from fanpop.com). Greenmomster recently posted an update on several wolf populations (gray, red, mexican) found in the U.S. The attitudes of folks living near these wolf populations is critical to their future survival, and that’s why a recent study in Wisconsin is worth our attention. Researchers surveyed just under 2000 households in 2001 or 2004 and then resurveyed roughly 650 households in 2009 to determine whether attitudes toward wolves changed over time. It turns out, attitudes regarding the presence of wolves became more negative over time, particularly with individuals who saw wolves as competitors for deer (that is, people who wanted to hunt deer, but saw wolves as their competitors). Interesting! It seems that negative images of wolves on local media may have played a role in changing citizens’ attitudes. Researchers suggested more studies to determine whether positive environmental education, as well as compensation for any losses due to wolf predation, might keep attitudes more positive. It looks like wolf reintroduction and conservation efforts will need associated environmental education to make these programs successful in the long term, which is necessary as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers removal of the gray wolf from the protections of the Endangered Species Act.
Source: Treves, A. and L. Naughton-Treves, V. Shelley. 2013. “Longitudinal Analysis of Attitudes Toward Wolves.” Conservation Biology, Vol. 27. No. 2, 315-323.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Usually on Meat-Free Friday, we try to think outside the box and try some vegetarian dishes. Today’s Meat-Free Friday, is out of the box, but it’s not meat-free. A recent UN report states that insects could be an important part of food security for an ever-increasing world population. And thanks to NPR’s Science Friday, we now have 4 insect recipes you can try at home: Three Bee Salad, Fried Green Tomato Hornworms, White Chocolate and Waxworm Cookies, and Deep-Fried Tarantula Spider. Greenmomster encourages you to eat low on the food chain!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
And that’s why I’m so excited -- it’s once again time for a brood of 17 year cicadas to emerge in my neck of the woods. Sorry, but I’m sick of people who say “ewww” and “yuck” when they’re looking at one of nature’s amazing events. Here’s why they’re so incredible and why we should be impressed, rather than grossed out:
- Cicadas actually communicate with one another – males use one call, females another
- The adult stage cicadas breed in trees after emerging from underground, changing from nymph to adult stage, and then finding another adult
- The nymphs live underground for 17 years and all emerge at the same time – how do they do it?
- There are 12 known broods, or cohorts, of cicadas. These populations are all the same ages and emerge at the same time every 17 years.
- Ever watched a cicada emerge from its exoskeleton? If not, you’ve missed out. The adult emerges with what look like crumpled useless wings, but over the course of a few minutes, you’ll watch the wings expand and become fully functional.
- Cicadas can’t bite or sting – they’re totally harmless. And they’re beautiful! Look at those colors and delicate wings!
Still need a little more selling? Watch this video from David Attenborough – maybe this wonderful nature photography and that oh-so-classy British accent will bring you around!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Here’s to my mom on Mothers Day! People who know my mom might be a little surprised that she’s my inspirational greenmomster – this is a woman who proudly states that “roughing it is a black and white TV!” True enough, my mom is not a camper (although there was that slightly infamous camping trip outside of Hershey Park….). But my mom was definitely always a source of inspiration and encouragement. First off, my mom is a huge animal lover. From her early childhood habit of “borrowing” people’s dogs from the local farmers’ market to our family days with pet dogs despite everyone’s allergies, Mom taught me that animals are an important key to enjoying life. She always put up with the many other animals I brought home too – hamsters, fish, geckos (and she would say boyfriends)….you name it! And although my mom won’t spend a free Saturday afternoon hiking Old Rag in Shenandoah, she’s done countless miles on Volksmarches throughout Germany, instilling in me a love of hiking and discovering new places.
Mom encouraged my interest in science and the environment. There was the year she allowed me to try to cross-pollinate all of our roses (the entire garden was covered with ziplock bags). She encouraged me to join the 4H Rabbit Club (which I promptly quit when I noticed “slaughter the rabbit” at the end of the year’s schedule). She didn’t blink twice when I moved 60,000 bees to our backyard to help the kids learn about science. She’s a meat and potatoes gal who has been very supportive of her vegetarian daughter’s culinary choices. And of course, everyone who has been through a masters and PhD program knows that Mom’s support was 100% essential!
So here’s to my favorite greenmomster on Mothers Day! And Happy Mothers Day to your mom too!
Friday, May 10, 2013
Here’s an easy salad idea that uses the veggies that are in your garden right now! Serve with some veggie burgers (we like Morningstar Farms black bean burgers) and you’ve got an easy Friday meal.
3 cups snow peas
1 cup radishes, sliced thin
1/2 cup salted sunflower seeds
3-4 tblsp Annie’s Asian Sesame Dressing
1) Combine first three ingredients and toss with the dressing – easy!