Mindful cooking is climate-friendly cooking: no-waste meals, more sustainable and planet-conscious 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 seven weeknight dinners that show how cooking with the environment in mind can be easy, affordable, and delicious! Check them out below.
Nori, the highly sustainable dried seaweed seen most often in Japanese cuisine, replaces tortillas here for a fun, low-cal twist on Taco Night from Furthermore. Your nori can be filled with all kinds of fish (cooked or raw!) and vegetables, including radish, cucumber, carrots, and celery. The possibilities are endless.
Cheap and plentiful, sorghum has long been a beloved staple sweetener in the South. It’s also a “superfood,” boasting protein, fiber, iron, and potassium. Here, it’s the star of a quickie weeknight dish featuring a delectable miso-mushroom mix from Cooking Light.
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 from Bon Appétit that is packed with garlic and chiles and makes you feel good as well!
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 our flavorful stuffed shell recipe that is filling, vegetarian, and good for you.
Meat alternatives like Beyond Meat taste like the real thing, but are better for you and the planet. We guarantee your family won’t notice the difference, especially when these Southwest-inspired burgers from What’s Gaby Cooking are topped with sautéed peppers and pico de gallo.
This recipe from EatingWell uses every part of the carrot, turning the green tops into a vibrant pesto. No-waste cooking does require some creativity, but you’ll be amazed at 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!