Happy Earth Day, chickens! I love Earth Day because I love earth but also because I love telling you guys how easy it is to do small things to help change the world.
Now, I know that the world came seem overwhelming – there is so much going on, so much to see, so much to do, so many changes that would make climate change slow or food issues less problematic that sometimes it’s all we can do to get through the day without a mild panic attack.
But there are so many small things you can do today – right now! – that can help change the course of this planet. There are a ton of activities here, but for the purpose of food and saving Mother Earth, we’ve got a simple one: eat less meat. Now, we love meat at GMS, but meat takes a lot of water to produce (I am particularly sensitive to this one right now due to the drought) and increases your carbon footprint. (More here.)
To help you curb your meat intake, I have gone back and found five great recipes you can make that’ll fill up you and your family and lower your carbon footprint. Even those who cannot imagine a meal without meat will be happy – trust me.
5 Meatless Main Courses
Baked Lemon Pasta – this is one of our favorite recipes. It’s filling, it’s tart and creamy, and it makes excellent leftovers. Add some peas or kale to up your veggie game, and don’t skimp on the fresh parsley.
Portobello Mushroom Pizza – You could make regular pizza topped with delish veggies, too, but why not really impress with mushroom pizzas? These are full of flavor, can be personalized, and are simply fun to make. While we do use bacon in this recipe, it’s easy to leave off and swap with something – might we suggest tomatoes?
Sweet Potato Chili – This dish is so filling, it’ll fool the most Vegetarian-phobic family member. Trust us. It’s chocked full of sweet potatoes, beans, and tomatoes, and can be topped with avocado for extra creaminess.
Spinach & Strawberry Salad – this one is on the lighter side but is a perfect lunch. The nuts really elevate it to be filling, and the burrata will leave you smiling wide.
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes – Breakfast for dinner, anyone? It’s an easy way to avoid meat altogether. We love this light lemon ricotta pancakes with maple syrup and a side of fresh fruit.
Are you celebrating earth day? Do you regularly participate in #MeatlessMonday?