April 2022: Earth Friendly Eating

April 2022: Earth Friendly Eating

Happy Springtime! We had a wonderful second kitchen of the year! We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to connect with everyone, and cook together once again. April’s theme was “Earth Friendly Eating”. These recipes, handpicked and adapted by our team, include a variety of dishes that promote eating in an earth friendly way. This included plant based dishes, green dishes, and zero waste/minimal waste dishes!

Each recipe features something different, read the descriptions, and try them out for yourself.

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Lentil “Guacamole”

This is a great high-protein appetizer and spin-off of traditional guacamole. Lentils are an underutilized pantry item and one of the most earth-friendly foods in terms of environmental impact. They are also high in dietary fiber, potassium, and folate and may help lower cholesterol for heart health. This dish is easy and simple to prepare and can be dressed up with just a few extra ingredients. Bring a new favorite dip to the next potluck or BBQ with friends.


Participants and Team Members enjoying the appetizer of Lentil “Guacamole” together!

Fridge Fried Rice

Do you have day-old rice or a bunch of leftover vegetables you need to repurpose? Whether they are fresh, frozen, or previously cooked, fridge fried rice is the perfect way to make sure they don’t go to waste! The flexibility of ingredients allows you to customize this dish to whatever you desire or have on hand. The quick cooking time also makes it ideal for a weeknight meal and helps you reduce food waste.


Roasted Carrot Tart

This recipe is a great spring or late summer dish. It utilizes the entire carrot by making a carrot top pesto. The carrots are the star of the show here so if you see nice carrots at the farmers market this would be a great way to use them. Substitute the herbs for whatever you have on hand: basil for a more traditional pesto or parsley and mint for a Middle eastern twist. Use a mortar and pestle to make the pesto instead of the food processor to better control the texture, if desired.


Mixed Greens Salad with Spring Dijon Vinaigrette

Homemade dressings are easy and inexpensive to make. Use them on any combination of lettuces, herbs, and vegetables you like. They keep in a sealed container (such as a mason jar) for about a week (or longer if there are no dairy ingredients).

Simple Red Lentil Soup

A hearty and wholesome soup that embodies Earth. Spiced with traditional flavors of the East such as cumin and curry. This soup is simple to prepare, and delicious to eat, even when reheated. Pair with some pita to add depth to your meal. An incredibly satisfying, rich, and simple soup for you to enjoy.


Protein Brownies

These black bean brownies are a warm treat to share with the ones you love. Beans in your brownies might seem odd, but they add fiber and healthy plant protein without compromising the moist deliciousness that you expect from a brownie. Top with fresh fruit and you’ll have the perfect dessert.

Chocolate Pudding “Dirt” Cups

This recipe truly brings the nostalgia of childhood. A plant-based pudding recipe with no added sugar, is a great dessert to satisfy that sweet tooth. Dates are naturally sweet, high in fiber and rich in antioxidants, which are good for gut and immunity health. This recipe doesn’t require a lot of ingredients and is a fun, healthy alternative to make to a popular dessert.

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Earth Friendly Eating Recipe Packet

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