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Recipes That Save the Planet

recipes for Earth Day

Earth Day is the perfect time to reflect on our food footprint. Aside from the obvious: eating locally—as locally as your own backyard—if you can, and filling your basket with in-season fruit and vegetables, what else can you do? The recipes and ideas here are a good start. Saving the planet never tasted so good.


Arctic Char with Olives and Potatoes

Eat Sustainable Fish: Arctic char is a fish you can feel good about eating. It’s fast-reproducing and a good, sustainable alternative to Atlantic salmon, which it resembles in flavor and texture. View more recipes for sustainable fish.

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Roasted Eggplant & Tomatoes with Cucumbers & Yogurt

Un-Brown-Bag Lunch: It’s hard to eat at your desk when the crew hits the drive-thru for lunch—but not with this sexy update to the brown-bag lunch. No need to drive or accumulate wrappers: prepare ahead, then simply take the components out of recycled containers and dig in. View more outside-the-box lunch recipes.

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Chicken Tostadas with Black Beans & Cilantro Cream

Recycle Those Leftovers: What can you do with the leftovers from Sunday’s roast? Lots! Think pizza, chicken salad, chicken chili, stuffed peppers, and more.

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Juicy Bison Burgers

You Are What You Eat: Bison meat is flavorful and lean, and since bison are predominantly grass-fed, you can give beef a break and feel good about that old adage.

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Potato Skin Curls with Fresh Herbs

Use Everything: Don’t throw those beautiful potato skins away when you can use them to make these addictive, better-than-chips potato skin shards cooked in oil and infused with the fresh herbs.

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Quick Shrimp Pad Thai

Make it from Scratch: Who really needs all the plastic and Styrofoam that comes with grab-and-go food? Make your favorite take-out dishes at home. They’re easier than you think, there's no waste, and you don’t have to worry about the tip. View more take-out recipes you can make at home.

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Slow Cooker Pulled-Pork Sandwiches

Cook Low and Slow: Save some energy and give your oven the night off. The saucy pulled pork in these sandwiches cooks on low until the pork is fork-tender and melt-in-your-mouth good. View more slow-cooker recipes.

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Chicken Thighs with Red Onions & Baby Red Potatoes

Double Duty Dishes: The side-by-side roasting method here means that you can cut your oven time and still have a delicious complete meal. View more all-in-one roasts.

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Spaghetti Frittata with Arugula & Fresh Herbs

Eat Less Meat: There are lots of good reasons to eat less meat, and this dish—which also puts leftovers to good use—proves that what’s good for the environment and good for your health, can be downright delicious, too. View 10 more strategies for eating less meat.

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