Today is Earth Day and millions of people around the globe are engaging in activities to help lower our carbon footprint. In Argentina, volunteers from the Surfrider Foundation are cleaning up the local beaches and planting evergreens and Tamarisk shrubs to help prevent wind and water erosion. In Milan, Italy, thousands of people are gathering for the Earth Day Italia Festival to learn about environmental issues and spur action on local green initiatives. In Veracruz, Mexico, Tortugas Fundacion Yepez is mobilizing volunteers to protect the habitat of sea turtles by cleaning up the local beaches and organizing a reforestation campaign. What are you doing on Earth Day?
To celebrate this day, we’re posting our list of recipes featuring vegetables and fruits:
Browsing through Pinterest (isn’t it addictive?!) I saw quite a few pins on slow cooking meals and frozen meals. I could certainly use the help this stew freezer method of cooking brings to someone with a tight schedule, like me. I tried a couple of recipes and let me tell you, this method IS a lifesaver. And not only that, the recipes are really delicious. I wouldn’t do this every day, but I do like to prepare them at least once a week, especially for my busiest day which is Monday.
First thing to do, is defrost your meat. I do that on Sunday, at noon. Prepare the recipe, which in my case, yields for two meals because you divide the whole thing into 2 resealable freezer bags and each bag is enough for 4 servings. Mark each bag with the cooking instructions (see my photo). At night I throw all the ingredients from one of the bags into my slow cooker, I turn it on Low at about 10pm before I go to sleep, and on Monday morning my meal is ready. I can forget about it and not worry about how I’m going to squeeze in the time to make lunch between house duties, office duties, picking Kristen up from school and taking her to swim class. (I have to get to all that before lunch time, which on Monday’s is at 2). I know a lot of us have hectic days like those, so I hope you will give this method a try.
The key is to organize yourself. Pick out at least 2 recipes and get the ingredients you need for one day of chopping and mixing. You’ll have a month’s worth of once a week freezer meals ready to help you out on your busiest days.
Recipe adapted from Mama and Baby Love
Yields: 2 freezer bags, 4 serving each.
3 cups chopped onions
2 cups coarsely chopped green bell peppers.
2 cups of sliced mushrooms
2 cups of carrots, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup of cooked peas (fresh or frozen)
2-3 pounds beef stew meat, cut into one inch cubes
2 500 gram cartons of crushed pureed tomatoes
2 tablespoons of paprika
2 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup of white wine
Note: When you’re ready to cook, and you have transferred your prepared meal to your slow cooker, add some fresh herbs: 1 bay leaf and 1 spring of thyme.
With the Holiday Season behind us, as we start the New Year we want uncomplicated comforting recipes and better yet, healthy ones that will help us with what I am sure most of us have made one of our resolutions: eat healthier meals.
This Cauliflower Soup is a breeze to make, and with the cold weather still very much upon all of us it is a comforting recipe indeed.
Yields: 8 cups of soup
Recipe from About.com
1 Tbsp. butter, plus 2 Tbsp. for optional garnish
1 onion, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 head cauliflower, chopped
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 tsp. freshly ground white pepper
1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
2 cups low-fat milk