One thing I have been attempting in the kitchen for breakfast meals is “dressed up” home fries/hash browns and having that be the main dish to work with. Even though these hash browns aren’t formally dressed up, they still deserve a shout out for playing such a crucial role in curbing your carb-loving, morning appetite.
These hash browns consist of onions, tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and smoked paprika. Toast has always been such a compatible breakfast option so I decided to add these carbs to the menu and dress them up as well. This (Country White) pair includes an avocado spread covered in nutritional yeast and topped with clover sprouts. Simple yet delicious and somewhat fancy!
Salads don’t have to be boring…especially full blown, plant based salads! There are limitless options to keep them exciting. This one was literally created on the whim.
Romaine lettuce with broccoli sprouts, cucumbers, tomatoes, yellow corn, red onions and cubed up vegan spicy meatless Quorn patties.
I placed all the ingredients in this container to make it easier to shake up with the dressing. I started with the lettuce, sprouts, then added cranberries and sunflower seeds which are always staples in my salads. Then I threw in everything else before pouring my cruelty free ranch dressing all. over. it.
The outcome was amazing even though I was missing another staple, onion crisps. The hubby loved it and it filled us both up for dinner. Keep the creativity in the salads and they never have to be boring. And may I just say, being vegan doesn’t mean you’re missing out on any meals. Luckily, everything can be veganized these days and the animals don’t have to suffer… That’s the best part!
1. DITCH THE PLASTIC H2O!- Invest in a few eco friendly water bottles for your on-the-go hydration needs. Try your best to choose these when possible. Granted, there will be times when convenience will win or you forget to bring your refillable bottle with you. Don’t beat yourself up over it… just be aware of it and try again next time. I remember getting so excited when the 24 pack of Poland Spring were on sale 3 for $10. That’s 72 plastic bottles in one shopping trip that would last about two weeks. Now I cringe when I walk by the water isle and see all that unnecessary plastic that will soon end up in a landfill or in our waters, wreaking havoc on our planet.
2. CHOOSE REUSEABLE OVER DISPOSABLE- Refrain from using everyday disposable dishware. I know this convenient method saves time on washing dishes, but the environmental impact this waste has is definitely worth changing some habits over. Use reusable dishware whenever possible and try to leave the disposable stuff for large gatherings and parties. I went from buying plastic Solo cups and paper plates every few weeks, to using glass mason jars and dishes at home instead. I even started investing in reusable sandwich bags for Isaac’s lunches. This change is definitely pro zero waste living and budget friendly, yet doesn’t feel like a huge sacrifice. Save your money while saving the planet!
3. INVEST IN REUSABLE BAGS- This one is probable a no brainer to most. I think the most difficult thing about this is actually remembering to bring your bags with you when you shop. Keep a stash in your trunk as well as your pantry. Go a bit further and also invest in reusable produce bags to eliminate having to use those fussy little plastic bags as well. For the most part, this is one of the easiest things I’ve gotten in the habit of doing for a greener planet. What I find however, is the grocery plastic bags being useful for my dog and chicken poop waste. Sometimes I would purposely forget my reusable bags when we were really low on plastic ones. To solve this dilemma, I’m working on investing in bio degradable poop bags whenever possible. I stocked up recently when I found some at Burlington Coat Factory for cheap. It made my day!
4. SWITCH TO BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSHES- These have become more and more convenient to find and are by far the more eco friendlier choice than regular toothbrushes. Your local TJ Max, Marshalls and Home Goods (for my East Coast peeps) carry them at super cheap prices. I paid $3.99 for a 2-pack with charcoal bristles. I’m in love. I also bought a 5-pack for $9.99 and how cool is this…each toothbrush has different color bristles so you can easily tell them apart! They are worth the switch, trust me.
5. BUMP UP THE PLANT BASED MEALS- Last but certainly not least, work on adding more plant based meals to your diet. This is the most important thing you can invest in for a greener plant and healthier you. Animal Agriculture leaves the biggest carbon footprint on our dying planet and also leaves such a stain on our “civilized” society. The deplorable animal cruelty behind farming animals doesn’t happen because we need to eat their dead bodies to survive, but because we choose habits, convenience and greed over their suffering. Since most people center all three of their daily meals around animal products, baby steps and slow transitions are key. Try adding 1 or 2 plant based dinners every week and work towards 3-5 plant based dinners per week. Then maybe try adding a plant based breakfast or lunch throughout the week too. Small changes make big impacts. Strive to make plant based meals a common thing, yet go at a slow and steady pace that works for you and your family.