Monday, March 23, 2015

Meatless Monday loves World Water Day

When resources are running low, and the earth is being depleted at an exponential rate, we have to start thinking about the choices we are making.

Meat products take incredible amounts of water to produce, whereas as vegetables take far less. Which is the better choice when it comes to sustainability? If we want to sustain life on this planet, we need to make choices that will benefit us in the long-term. The sustainable choice is to opt for the plant based diet.

Why does meat take so much more water to produce than plants? Well, animals are higher up in the food chain than plants. So first, we need to grow all of the grain and plants that cattle eat. Once all of that water is used to produce the grain, we then feed it to cattle. Cattle have to eat a lot of grain. Add in all the extra water that cattle have to drink, and this adds up to a huge amount. In reality, we could just eat the grain and plants used to feed the cattle and a whole step would be taken out of the process!

This inefficiency can be seen in whats called the feed conversion ratio. The ratios are 7:1 for beef, 5:1 for pork and 2.5:1 for poultry. These numbers represent the amount of feed needed to produce an output of beef. For instance, 7 units of feed are needed to produced 1 unit of beef. These units of feed can consist of corn, soybeans, wheat, etc. All of which are edible to humans. Instead of using water to grow all of this feed, that is then fed to cattle only to produce a small amount of food, we could simply eat the plants ourselves. A fraction of the water that it takes to produce cattle, could go towards producing enormous amounts of plant based foods that we could consume.


Meatless Monday is the perfect way to participate in World Water Day, because it because it decreases our water footprint. You don't have to be a vegetarian to make sustainable choices when it comes to food. Knowing the facts and making smart choices through out your day is the best way to incorporate sustainability into your life.

Try going Meatless every Monday!

Happy World Water Day!
- Jackie
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Sources:
http://www.gracelinks.org/blog/1143/beef-the-king-of-the-big-water-footprints
http://foodtank.com/news/2013/12/why-meat-eats-resources
http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/meat-wastes-natural-resources/

Monday, February 9, 2015

National Pizza Day!


It's easier than you may think to go meatless on monday. A lot of classic meals can be made meat free! And in honor of National Pizza Day, why not go for a pizza topped with delicious veggies. Some traditional veggie toppings include peppers, onions, tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, pineapple, roasted red pepper, and spinach. If you want to go extreme with the veggies, you can even make the crust out of cauliflower instead of dough! Check out this recipe for an awesome Cauliflower Pizza. Enjoy!


Cauliflower Pizza  You'll never go back to a regular dough pizza after trying this!

Ingredients:
- 2 cups finely chopped cauliflower
- 1/4 (heaping) cup hummus - I recommend garlic hummus!
- 3/4 (heaping) cup mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup egg white
- 1 tsp. oregano
- Pizza toppings of your choice (cheese, veggies, sauce, etc.)

Directions:
- Preheat oven to 450
- Finely chop the cauliflower until you have 2 cups worth
- Cook the cauliflower by steaming it, or putting it in the microwave for around 8 minutes. Cauliflower is done when is turns translucent.
- In a food processor, combine your hummus, cheese, egg and oregano until smooth.
- In a bowl, mix the cooked cauliflower with the blended ingredients. The mixture will be slightly runny.
- Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet, and then thinly spread the mixture on the parchment paper. If you do not have parchment paper, you can grease the cookie sheet (the pizza may stick to the pan a little if you do it this way - but nothing too bad).
- Bake the crust for 25-35 minutes. The top should be golden. When poked with a fork, the crust should be somewhat soft, but not gooey.
- Take the crust out, and top it with your ingredients.
- Broil the fully topped pizza for a few minutes, until the your cheese is melted, and the crust is crispy on the edges.
- Enjoy! This recipe will make a large sized personal pizza.


Monday, February 2, 2015

Teen Wolf for Meatless Monday!

Actress Holland Roden, from MTV's Teen Wolf, has recently pledged her support for Meatless Monday. Check out why she thinks we should all go meat free one day a week: