I’m super excited because I’ve got 3 very special valentines. Perhaps they aren’t what you’d expect — handsome young men with flowers, jewelry, and chocolate — but they are very important to me. My valentines will be the Planet, Animals, and Myself. Okay… and one handsome man
V-Day is all about love, romantic or otherwise, so Sweet Potato Soul is choosing to honor a different kind of valentine. I’m going to show you how you can give love to the planet, its animals, and your beautiful self too!
Today we’re starting with loving the planet. Monday, the animals, and next Thursday is going to be all about loving yourself. Since food is my most favorite way to show love, expect recipes and tips for eating a love-filled diet! You’ll be surprised by how easy it is to show your love, all year round.
As you know, the planet is in peril. The population is growing quickly, and developing countries are dwarfing our greenhouse gas emissions. All the while, we’re experiencing the shocking effects of climate change first hand. A third of all manmade greenhouse gas comes from animal agriculture, more than that of all transportation combined.
Then there’s the water issue. Did you know that 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into producing 1 pound of beef? At about 10 times more than what’s used to produce a pound of tofu, is that sustainable? Factory farms also pollute the waterways around them, filling streams with drug-resistant, bacteria-laden excrement, and toxic chemicals.
With all of the landmass, water, and energy that goes into raising animals for slaughter, we could be feeding millions of starving people, and building a healthier future for ourselves. You can call me a dreamer, but I call myself an optimist. Despite the bleak predictions, there is A LOT you and I can do to help make a difference.
How to love the planet & make a difference (it’s EASY!):
Step two: Commit to a plant-based diet. Check out my online program, the 21-Day Vegan Blueprint, for vegan meal plans, recipes, vegan cooking videos, and plenty of guidance!
Mother Earth is in need of your love. Eat like you care!
Heat your oil in a large skillet. Add the onions, and cook until translucent. Add the garlic jalepeño, water, and squash. Stir well, and cover with a lid. Cook for 15 minutes, until the squash is tender. Add the beans, followed by the cumin and chili powder. Stir well. Add the cilantro, then season to taste with salt and spices.