Prepare an Earth Friendly Meal

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Earth Day is on April 22nd, and Mommy Labs and Greening Sam and Avery are hosting an Earth Day Celebrations Blog Hop.  The hosts along with many other bloggers will be sharing ways we can celebrate Earth Day with our kids.

I created an Earth friendly meal to show a way that Earth Day could be celebrated with our kids.  Food is one of the first things that comes to my mind when I think of celebrations, but so often the food we consume is not produced with the Earth's well being in mind.  Our family tries to incorporate environmentally healthy choices for food, but time and money can get in the way of making a greener choice. 

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While we aren't always able to eat in an environmentally responsible manner, I wanted to make a commitment to celebrating Earth Day with an Earth friendly meal.  I shared with my daughter an alternate way of preparing a meal using green practices.  There may be ways that could have made this meal even greener, but this is an improvement over many meals my family eats.  By making small steps towards better choices, we can help keep our Earth healthy.

How to Create an Earth Friendly Meal

Grow Your Own Food

I don't have much of a green thumb. Most of my attempts at gardening are failures, but some produce is really easy to grow like mint.  We prepared mint, iced tea harvested from our garden for our meal.

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Shop at a Farmer's Market

Food at a farmer's market is locally grown and produced so less fuel is wasted in transportation.  Organic  food is often abundant at these markets.  We bought pasta, chicken sausages, celery, carrots, and cheese spread for our celebration.

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Pick Your Own Food at a Farm

We went to a strawberry farm to pick strawberries.  This allows children to experience the source of our food and the work that goes into harvesting.  I made strawberry preserves for our dinner.

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Reduce the Use of Packaged Foods

Packaged foods use a lot of the Earth's resources for the production of bags, boxes, and the printed labels.  We try to limit the consumption of packaged food and eat more whole foods for this reason.  At times, I will make my own bread.  I wasn't keen on making my own bread until I discovered the book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  We baked two loaves of bread for our meal.

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Buy Food in Season

We joined a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group to buy local and seasonal produce.  These programs are affiliated with a local farm or farms, and you subscribe to purchasing a box of produce each week or every other week.  Choice is limited because it depends on which vegetables are growing in the season. I like it because it encourages us to eat vegetables I would normally avoid.  With a quick internet search, I found this tasty brussel sprouts greens recipe for our meal.  I chose a recipe using only the ingredients and spices already in my pantry which is another way to be green.

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Set the Table with Cloth Napkins

We use cloth napkins on a daily basis, but for this special occasion we created batik painted napkins.  We mostly clean with cloth rags too.

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Decorate the Table with Trimmings from Your Garden

A flowering shrub in our yard needed pruning, and I used those cuttings for a simple arrangement for the table.

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Admittedly, this meal required a lot more time and money than our normal meals, but it felt right to honor the abundance of our Earth with a meal showing our gratitude for it by respecting and being mindful of the Earth's well being.  

What steps do you think you can take to making your meals more Earth friendly?  How does your family respect the Earth with your meal choices?  

I am so excited to see how my dear blogging friends have been celebrating Earth Day.  Follow the links below to discover inspiring Earth Day ideas.  

Hosts: Mommy LabsGreening Sam and Avery

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If you have blogged about Earth Day with your kids, please share your idea in the linky party below.
This post has been share at the Weekly Kids Co-Op.

14 comments:

Rashmie @ Mommy Labs said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Rebekah,
LOVED the thoughtfulness that went into this at every step!
Absolutely an earth-friendly meal. Loved the pictures and the colours and light in each!
Thank you for making The Earth Day celebrations so special with such a meaningful project/way of living!

Gina said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a wonderful way to inspire respect all the Earth has to offer! There are so many ways that we can show gratitude! Thanks so much for sharing!

Roopa said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Such a lovely way to celebrate Earthday and trying to make it everyday. Loved those batik napkins:)

Mansi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Rebekah, what a wonderful meal it is. Simply fantastic!

Terri Thompson said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is a wonderful way to celebrate Earth Day and one I haven't even thought about! It's wonderful and shows that being earth-friendly with your food choices isn't hard at all!

Jackie H. said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

These are great ideas. I think we'll have to plan an earth friendly meal too. I like what you said about taking little steps at a time to make better choices for preserving our Earth. That's what we've tried to do.. we'll get there eventually!

Jessi Feltmann said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a beautiful post! I'm inspired to do this same thing on Earth day with my family..and maybe even at school! It is hard to eat like this on a daily basis, especially if your family is on a budget. :)

Shane said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Strawberries? Already?! Wow! :)

Eating locally is definitely a good way to go, especially on Earth Day!

JDaniel4's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love your meal ideas! The bread looks delicious!

Shawn said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great post, Rebekah! We do most of these things but this is great inspiration for doing a full blown meal for earth day weekend when we will be doing many other things to celebrate as well.

Stacy of KSW said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

love this idea Rebekah, have you heard of Picnic for the Planet? http://www.nature.org/earthday/index.htm I wanted to have an earth friendly picnic this year. Wonder if there is one convenient for us both to attend? we should check them out & see -- or start one!!

Stacy of KSW said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

by the way, your new site in action makes me so happy -- the golden gleam girl is PERFECT!!

Growing a Jeweled Rose said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a great way to celebrate our Earth! I don't have a green thumb either. I think i should get some mint to add to my tiny garden. Some of my garden is flourishing, and some, not so much lol

Didi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is an excellent list of tips for parents to help them teach their kids to be stewards of the Earth. I am sharing this as a featured post at the Kid's Co-op this week.

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