Meatout Mondays - Kick the Meat Habit One Day at a Time!
April 19, 2010
Recipe
Eco-Friendly Lettuce Wraps

Earth Day is April 22nd, but every day of the year you can make a difference through your meal choices. These wraps are truly environmentally friendly... they're easy on animals and the earth, especially if you use organic, locally grown ingredients. With a hint of Mexican spiciness, this refreshing meal is one you won't soon forget.

Ingredients:

2 very ripe avocados
3 tomatoes, diced
½ jalapeno pepper, diced
2 Tbs. yellow onion, diced
3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
kernels from one ear raw corn
2 tsp. fresh lime juice
6-8 large lettuce leaves

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, mash the avocado.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well mixed.
  3. Spread 2-3 Tbs of the mixture onto lettuce leaves and wrap.

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Resource
E/The Environmental Magazine

Do you know that eating a vegan diet is one of the most important things you can do each day to help the environment? Find out this and much more in E/The Environmental Magazine! Now in it’s 20th year, this intriguing magazine is a bimonthly clearinghouse of information, news, and resources for people interested in compassionate living. Printed on recycled paper and published by the nonprofit Earth Action Network, Inc., E is independent of any membership organization and has no agenda to promote. In this month’s issue, you’ll find the article "Earth Day in Action," where readers are encouraged to honor Earth Day on April 22.

Find out more and sign up for the e-newsletter at www.EMagazine.com!


Environment
Vegan for The Planet

It’s no secret that vegan eating reduces your carbon footprint. In 2006, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization released a report stating that animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, even more than automobiles.

More recently, World Watch Magazine (a publication of the Worldwatch Institute) released a report claiming that animal agriculture is actually responsible for more than half of all human-made greenhouse gases. The article says that methane and carbon dioxide have been undercounted and misallocated, totaling billions of tons of additional greenhouse gases that should be attributed to livestock.

Globally, people are consuming more meat and dairy every year (projected to double by 2050). The United States is by far the largest per capita consumer. Cutting out meat and other animal products from our diet will have the largest impact in our efforts to reduce global warming.

Find out more at www.BiteGlobalWarming.org and www.AWellFedWorld.org!


Inspiration
Help Kids Get Healthy Lunches!

Help kids get healthy plant-based school lunches! Congress is writing a new law that would help schools provide healthier food for their students. On Wednesday, April 21, become a citizen lobbyist and call to ask your representative in Washington to support H.R. 4870, the Healthy School Meals Act of 2010.

The Healthy School Lunch Campaign, sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), has a simple message: Foods served in schools should promote the health of all children. The campaign encourages schools to offer more healthy low-fat, cholesterol-free options.

Menus in most school lunch programs are too high in saturated fat and cholesterol and too low in fiber- and nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Major changes are needed to encourage the health of the nation’s youth and to reverse the growing trends of obesity, early-onset diabetes, and hypertension, among other chronic diseases, in children and teens.

Ask your member of Congress to support the Healthy School Meals Act by contacting him or her directly on Wednesday, April 21. The more people who call Congress on April 21, the greater the impact we can have!

Find out more and sign up at www.HealthySchoolLunches.org!

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