Mindful cooking is climate friendly cooking: no waste meals, less meat, more sustainable and planet-friendly ingredients. With small changes to your day-to-day cooking routine, you can make a big impact on the health and future of our planet. We’ve rounded up 5 weeknight dinners that show how cooking for our planet can be easy, affordable and delicious! Check them out below.
Earth Friendly Tip: Buy Sustainable Seafood and give this healthy twist on comfort food a try. There are plenty of great seafood shops around Texas that offer sustainable seafood options — it truly tastes better, too.
Pro tip: base your meals around more sustainable beans, lentils and grains. Beans are a great source of protein, but they are also a great way to enjoy a meat-free meal that doesn’t have to taste like you are missing out on anything. We love this grain stew that is packed with garlic and chiles and makes you feel good, too.
Spinach and Sweet Potato Stuffed Shells
Pro tip: Try going vegan on certain days of the week. Dairy free alternatives are so good these days — you won’t even miss the cheese in the flavorful stuffed shell recipe that is filling, vegetarian and good for you.
Pro tip: Try meat alternatives like Beyond Meat — they taste like the real thing, but are better for you and the planet. We guarantee your family won’t notice the difference, especially when they’re topped with sautéed peppers and pico de gallo like in these Southwest-inspired burgers.
Roasted Carrot Tart With Carrot and Green Pesto
Pro tip: This recipe uses every part of the carrot, turning the green tops into a vibrant pesto. No-waste cooking does require some creativity, but you would be amazed what you can do with some of your food scraps. When in doubt, pop them in a bag in your freezer and make our no-waste freezer stock!