You read that title right. Too good to be true? I came across this neat little campaign called the PB&J Campaign that is urging people to eat more Peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches. Or so it seems at first glance. When you read a little more, you see that it is actually about getting people to eat more plant-based meals. I mean, what is more appealing to people than a PB&J! So if you could switch out your turkey sammy for a PB&J and help the world, wouldn’t you?
They have some interesting facts that may make this even more appealing to you.
For instance, if you eat a PB&J instead of a red-meat lunch sandwich like a hamburger, you can actually reduce your carbon footprint by almost 3.5 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.
Also, if you eat just five PB&Js or other plant-based lunches per month, you would save more water than switching to a low-flow showerhead. About 133 gallons worth of water!
Pretty neat huh? I took the pledge, and it turns out that by eating my plant-based diet, per week I save:
- 2734.2 gallons of water
- 497 square feet of land
- 51.5 lbs of green house gas emissions
If I weren’t on this
darn amazing juicing fast, I would whip one up right now. However, I will need to save this delectable meal for later. But I do recommend organic peanut butter, strawberry or raspberry jam on Ezekiel bread. Instant satisfaction.
It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time,
I have an incredibly laid-back husband and I feel completely blessed about that. But, there is one thing that he takes super seriously. So much so, that I don’t even attempt to make it for him for fear that I will mess it up.
Yep, this man loves his popcorn. But don’t you dare buy him some from the store and put it in the microwave. Oh no. You gotta heat up a pan and pop it the way corn was meant to be popped – the old fashion way. We received an ear of popcorn in our CSA share last week. I was only excited because I knew Andy would be excited. So when I came home from strawberry picking, I saw that Andy had already dove in and started the process by literally taking each kernel off the cob.
In a large pan, put about 3 to 4 tablespoons of Canola oil and let it heat up for a few minutes. Then add the kernels.
(Please ignore the hideous wallpaper in the kitchen. It is a work in progress.)
Cover the pan and shake it on the burner to mix the kernels. You should hear them start to pop. Keep up that shakin’ until the pops are about two to three seconds apart. Once you hear that, it means that most, if not all, of your kernels have made their transformation! Carefully pour the popcorn into your favorite bucket and salt to taste.
I am not one who considers herself a huge popcorn fan. But I must admit, that if I do eat popcorn, I prefer it this way. Even my dog, Clark, is a fan.
In my quest to look for the perfect 3:00 p.m. snack, I discovered the ultimate delicious concoction. Ok, so I didn’t so much discover it as I knew it existed, but rather, I decided to give it a chance. And boy, oh boy, am I so glad I did. Tabbouleh (or tabouli) is traditionally an Arabic dish filled with all things delicious and healthy.
So what is in this delectable dish? Let’s take a peek shall we? The most common ingredients are:
- Olive Oil
- Lemon Juice
Of course, you will find a variety of recipes with all sorts of different ingredients. But these are the ones that will be in almost every one. All those yummy and healthy ingredients for about 20-30 calories per 2 tablespoons. Try it with some pita bread, rice crackers or blue corn chips. It is a light dish that will fill you up without giving you that “oh I had a snack and now I need a nap” feeling. Now, unfortunately, I did not attempt to make it, but that is my goal for this weekend! I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes. In the meantime, here are some awesome recipes I found in case you wanted to try it out.
Food.com Tabbouleh Salad
Martha Stewart Tabbouleh
If you try one of these or have your own recipe, let me know about it in the comments. I’m anxious to hear about it!