The most eco-friendly foods can be picked straight from the ground or off of a tree. If the food you buy comes from a factory, chances are there is a ton of hidden carbon that comes with that snack. As a rule, buying local is always the best way to go. Here are the top climate-conscious recipes to enjoy, that you can feel good about!
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1. 6 Minute Green Pea Soup
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This 6 Minute Green Pea Soup by Rosalie Livingstone is one of the best ways to get near-instant gratification. It takes only six minutes to get this light and tasty meal on the table. It’s great as-is, or you can jazz it up with some herbs, spices, and other add-ins.
2. Sweet Potato and Sage Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
This Sweet Potato and Sage Lentil Shepherd’s Pie is a complete meal! You have your protein/base and yummy potatoes on top. This rendition by Kristen Genton has a mushroom and lentil filling with a creamy sweet potato and sage topping!
3. Tomato Basil Roasted Red Pepper Lentil Soup
This Tomato Basil Roasted Red Pepper Lentil Soup by Stephanie McKinnie is a comforting treat that can be served any time of the year. The red lentils provide the heartiness and the roasted peppers, tomato and basil bring in comfort!
4. Bean and Tomato Chili
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5. Masala Mushroom Bhuna: Indian Spicy Sauteed Mushrooms
This recipe by Rinku Bhattacharya for Masala Mushroom Bhuna: Indian Spicy Sauteed Mushrooms is easy to make, it won’t take you more than 15 minutes! The best thing though, it tastes like it’s been simmering for hours – so you’re definitely in for a treat with this dish. The result is a tender sauce that is perfect next to rice or flatbread!
6. Sauteed Mushroom Farro
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This is such a hearty side to any dish, and it’s also easy to make! Sauteed mushrooms, nutty farro, and fragrant thyme are mixed to make this Sauteed Mushroom Farro by Maggie Jones perfect for a chilly day when you need something comforting!
7. Hot and Sour Mushroom Soup With Bok Choy
Just look at how meaty this Hot and Sour Mushroom Soup With Bok Choy by Raymund Macaalay is! The soup uses several different types of mushrooms to give the broth an earthy depth of flavor and the bok choy provides a nice crunch to every bite.
8. Broccolini and Shiitake Stir-Fry
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This dish is filled with shiitake mushrooms tossed in a sesame chili soy sauce, and it’s perfect to pair with some rice, noodles, or greens! All the mushrooms and the sauce makes Jessica Gavin‘s Broccolini and Shiitake Stir-Fry pop with flavors!
9. Seaweed Salad With Toasted Sesame Dressing
If you’re looking to incorporate more sea vegetables into your diet (and you should because they’re so good for you!), this Seaweed Salad With Toasted Sesame Dressing by Rhea Parsons is a great place to start! Chewy ribbons of seaweed are coated in a sesame ginger dressing that’s so flavorful, you’ll want to lick the bowl!
10. Grilled Zucchini and Green Bean Salad
This Grilled Zucchini and Green Bean Salad by Taylor Kiser is a mish-mash of simple, whole-food veggie nutrition with charred and smoky flavors slathered in the most addictive date balsamic vinaigrette. It’s a great way to make your salad more interesting and creatively use whatever veggies are laying around in your fridge! Grilling near-death vegetables is one of the surefire ways to make them delish and avoid that awkward wilted situation that old vegetables have going on.
11. Spicy Kale and Quinoa Black Bean Salad
This Spicy Kale and Quinoa Black Bean Salad recipe by Shannon Leparski is just so amazing. It is full of so many complementary flavors and will be sure to fill you up. Plus you can stuff it in a taco, add some avocado, or douse it in hot sauce, it is your call!
12. Fava Bean and Za’atar Potato Salad
Potatoes are filling, versatile, and just plain delicious. Mix up your traditional potato salad with this Fava Beans and Za’atar Potato Salad recipe by Marta Ansaldo and Mimma Sangiorgio features caramelized red onion and green olives. The salad is well-seasoned with za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice blend of thyme, sesame seeds, sumac, and more.
13. Mushroom Rice
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Looking for a great side dish? Try this delicious and easy Mushroom Rice recipe by Mireille Aikman. This one-pot dish can be eaten as a side or as a main dish. Rice is such a delicious side dish. Whether it is cooked, fried, or sauteed you can eat rice with just about anything.
14. Roasted Veggies With Buttery Garlic and Spinach Salad
It doesn’t get much simpler than this Spinach Salad by Emily von Euw when you want to prepare a wholesome, easy, delicious meal for yourself. This salad has oven-baked sweet potatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and garlic, all topped off with tomatoes, sunflower seeds, and bell peppers. Yum!
15. Smoky Chickpeas and Kale Over Baked Sweet Potatoes
Versatile, quick, easy, and delicious. You’ll love the flavors in this amazing recipe for Smoky Chickpeas and Kale Over Baked Sweet Potatoes by Crissy Cavanaugh!
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