This week is Climate week and this year it’s all about food! Personally I love food and as a vegetarian I think I can safely say that I am already doing a small part to help lower my food emissions. However there are many other things you can do to help without giving up your beloved bacon!
Just think of the three ‘L’s‘
LESS – eat less meat and dairy I’m not saying you need to turn veggie like me but a lot of meat and dairy products have a high carbon footprint. Even trying a veggie meal once or twice a week can make a difference. Go on, give it a go!
LOCAL – eat local, seasonal ingredients.Eating local, seasonal, produce is a great way to guarantee flavoursome, fresh food. Plus, because they change all year round, you never have the chance to get bored of eating the same old thing! This month, why not try some delicious purple sprouting broccoli, forced rhubarb or mussels. You could even give homemade nettle soup a go. It’s delicious and as a bonus, you’ll attract beautiful butterflies to the garden if you leave the nettles to grow over the summer months.
LEFTOVERS – eat food that would otherwise be thrown awayWhy not turn yesterday’s dinner into today’s lunch or supper. Instead of throwing it in the bin, there are lots of ways to revive it in a tasty dish, from the ubiquitous curry to good old bubble and squeak, the opportunities are endless and to top it off it’s great money saving tip too!
So, what’s stopping you from trying a low-carbon meal tonight? Remember if it can all go in one pot it not only helps the climate it helps you with the washing up as well - and remember to keep the lid on!
Have you got your own low-carbon cooking tips? Do share them in the comments below if you have. Happy cooking!
Every so often I make vegetable soup with all the odd bits of broccoli, carrots etc. that are lurking in the fridge salad drawer rather than throw them away or chop them up & add some sesame oil, soy sauce & noodles to make a stir-fry. I also grow assorted salad leaves in pots in the garden which you can 'cut & come again' instead of buying prepared bags.
Thank you for sharing your great green menu tips Sue. Simple, scrumptious and a great way to save money too - I’m definitely going to give them ago!