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Eating in Harmony with the Planet #Healthy Eating #Weekly Menu Plan

Healthy Harmonious Lunch
Healthy Earth Friendly Lunch

Happy Earth Day!

This blog is subtitled, "Simple Living, Healthy Eating with the Mediterranean Diet." Eating the Mediterranean diet is very earth friendly. It is low in animal products. The production of meat and dairy is very polluting to the environment. It requires more resources to produce meat, cheese, and milk than the if the same amount of land was used to grown fruits and vegetables.

So how do you eat in an environmentally conscious way?

Eat low on the food chain. Fill your plate with mostly fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and beans. Eat vegetarian as often as possible. Use dairy and meat sparingly, don't make these items the center of your meal. Make them a small part, a beef stir fry vs a steak dinner. You will be healthier and thinner if you eat this way too. It also costs a lot less to not buy expensive dairy and meat.

Buy Organic. With the money you save eating less meat and dairy you can afford to buy organic produce which does not pollute the earth and our precise fresh water supplies like pesticide ladened commercial produce. I really have the same, actually a little lower, food bill as my friends who eat meat daily and don't buy organic. The trade off is well worth it for your health and the planet's health.

Buy only what you need. American's throw out 40% of the food they buy. My guess... economy buying. Yeah, the cost per item is lower when you buy a larger amount, but where is the savings if you only end up throwing it away?

Compost your waste. Keep valuable feed for your garden out of the trash where it can't break down properly and return it's nutrients to the soil. Take a look at my post on Simple Home Composting it is not really hard to do and you will be shocked by your trash reduction.   

Weekly Menu Plan:

Sunday: Scarole & Beans

Meatless Monday:  Swiss Chard Pancakes

Tuesday: Low fat hot dogs, Sauerkraut, Baked Beans

Wednesday: Frittata with leftover veggies, rustic homemade bread

Thursday: Trader Joe's Chili, Cornbread, Salad

Friday: Brown Butter Sole, Quinoa, Green Beans

Saturday: Sushi Take Out

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  1. I agree Diane. I've only been buying what we need lately and am saving a small fortune and throwing next to nothing out (not that I ever threw much away before).

    Anne xx

    1. My mom grew up during the Depression... I really hate to waste anything especially food. You really do save money.

  2. I need to look at food prices again and see what I can change so we are eating more veggies. Hopefully we have a good garden this year too.

    1. Organics have gone down in price but even buying local is good. A lot of small farms are pretty much organic but they find it too expensive to actually be labelled organic.

  3. Anyone can go to www.localharvest.org and put in your zip code. It will give you a list with all the needed information for all the local organic farmers and CSA partnership farms as well as local stores selling organic foods in your area. A great resource!

    1. That's fantastic thank you so much for sharing this info with us.

  4. Diane, just letting you know that your link to Food on Friday: Soup was featured in my Need Some Inspiration? Series today. Hope you are having a good week.

    1. What a surprise thank you so much. I love that soup.

  5. Food waste is one of the main ways I think that people can reduce their food cost. Buy only what you will eat, and eat what you buy! I've become so much more conscious of our food bill and although we never wasted much food to start with, we're darn near 0% right now! There's no sacrifice, we eat well, we just don't throw it away! Thanks for sharing this post (Visiting from Frugal Days Sustainable Ways)

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas

    1. Yeah, between my depression era mom and my peasant grandmother who would literally call it a sin to waste food... I am heartbroken when I see people throw away food...make a soup, freeze it, throw it in quiche.. but garbage?


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