One year ago, mother of four Melanie Smith decided she wanted her kids to grow up with lower environmental footprints. One year later, Melanie dishes about the small, eco-friendly steps that changed the way she feeds her family.
Queen of Green: one vegetarian meal a week
MS: We've taken it up a notch, now doing two to three veggie meals a week (and nobody notices). I use AllRecipes.com and Kraft.com. They're easy sites to navigate and the recipes have simple, kid-friendly ingredients. A weekly staple was spaghetti with meat sauce. I replaced the ground beef with colourful sautéed peppers—the kids love the colours and don't miss the meat. Other quick and easy dishes that my kids will eat with no complaints are the veggie and pasta toss recipes, and cheddar-broccoli and salsa quiches.
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Queen of Green: more organic foods
MS: You'll now find organic apples, carrots, grape tomatoes, juice, cereals, sugar, jam, and more in our fridge or pantry. I make it a habit to cruise the organics aisle at the grocery store to pick up things when they are on sale—many are the same price as non-organic ones—now, if they would only come in the large family packages! My city, St. Albert, Alberta, doesn't always have the best selection available, but I try to buy organic varieties of the things the kids eat a lot, like applies and tomatoes. I don't use plastic produce bags anymore either. Now, I just put fruit and veggies right into my cart or load them in the fantastic organic cotton mesh produce bags I bought.
Do you have a "Smiths" in your life? Maybe a friend or relative who claims to be "green" but only recycles? Melanie knew there was more she could do, she just had no clue where to start.
Who will you coach through a "green" makeover?
Post a comment on this blog about your plan and enter to win two locally made, natural cotton cloth bags donated by Me and You... (one for you and one for your "green" makeover candidate)! Tell me how it went, and I'll also post your story.
Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green