Thursday, April 12, 2012

Planet-Friendly Protein

We arrived back in town last night around 7:30 and headed straight to Matt's parents' house to pick up Butters. They were kind enough to watch him for a few days while we were away, which is great for us and a big treat for Butters. He loves going on vacation as much as we do! wlEmoticon-winkingsmile34.png


If watching Butters wasn't enough, they also had dinner waiting for us when we arrived. Can't say I'd ever turn down a home cooked dinner after a long drive!


I had a piece of citrus salmon (this was really good - his mom crusted the salmon with orange and lemon zest before baking it), fresh green beans, broccoli and a small serving of herbed potatoes. A flavorful meal packed with veggies and protein!

Breakfast


It's always fun to go away, but after being away from home and out of a routine for a few days, I'm always grateful to get back to my normal eating schedule. On that note, I decided to start things off this morning with some whole grains and lean protein in the form of toast and a smoothie.


For the whole grain part, I topped a slice of 12-grain toast with some Polaner All Fruit blackberry jam. I find it nearly impossible to not take a bite of toast immediately after I spread on the jam, before I even put the jar away. I simply can't wait until I sit down at the table. Do any of you do this, or am I the only toast freak out there?

On the side I had a chocolate banana smoothie.


In the mix:
Cold, creamy and delicious!

After breakfast I was supposed to take Riker to a doctor's appointment, but as I was lugging everything out to the car I realized Matt accidentally took my keys with him when he left for north Jersey this morning to go fishing. Argh. I'm stuck at home for the day now, which means I have no excuse not to unpack and clean up the house. I'll probably end up procrastinating on Pinterest for a while though, let's be honest.

Before I sign off for the morning, here's your Thursday Earth Day tip:

Earth Day Tip #4 (courtesy of Live Right magazine): Eat planet-friendly protein. If you frequently eat meat entrees, which carry a large carbon footprint, choose one night a week to go meat-free. Try recipes featuring hearty, sustainable plant proteins like beans, quinoa, and soy.

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If you're interested in trying this tip, check out the recipes page for some meat-free meal ideas! And if you have any recipes you love using beans, quinoa or soy, please share them in the comments section!

3 comments:

  1. I have a delicious bean salad recipe! It's great to eat by itself, or throw it over some greans for a yummy salad, or even serve with tortilla chips as a dip. I've made it for parties and BBQ's as well as my own lunches and it's always a hit!

    3 Bean Salad:
    1 can cannellini beans
    1 can red kidney beans
    1 can chick peas
    1 cup frozen corn (defrosted)
    1/2 large red onion, chopped finely
    2 celery stalks, chopped finely
    2 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped finely
    1/4 cup olive olive
    1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
    Sea salt and pepper
    Cayenne pepper to taste

    Mix the oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and cayenne together in a bowl first. Put all other ingredients in a large bowl and then drizzle the dressing over it and mix well. It's best when you refrigerate it for an hour before eating. Sometimes I mix up the beans and use black beans instead or really any other kind of bean that you like!

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    1. That sounds really good! Thanks for sharing it, I'll definitely try it out!

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  2. The one thing I forgot in this recipe is the 1/4 cup of sugar, it really adds to the dressing and gives it a nice sweetness. The original recipe I found called for 1/2 cup of sugar but I reduced that to 1/4 cup and that was perfect.

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