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Monday Bunday – Challenge Answered!

A while back The Cat Realm challenged all to “Come up with one creative, fun, useful way to save the environment and put a picture of yourself doing it on your blog!” We took up the challenge!

Here are some super easy things you can do.

(1) Adopt an organic garbage disposal (or two) from your local shelter. Not only do they provide around 10 years of unconditional love, laughter and joy – but they are also great at cleaning up all green scraps from the kitchen.

Organic garbage disposals

Organic garbage disposals

(2) Don’t toss veggie scraps in the garbage. Make homemade stock! Not only do you save money… you a get delicious base for your cooking without chemicals and stuff you don’t want in you like hydrolyzed soy protein, monosodium glutamate & disodium guanylate which are in most commercial canned and boxed stocks. Plus, you minimize your daily OD of sodium by 510mg per serving! The American Heart Association recommends for every 1,000 Calories of food consumed, the sodium intake should be 1,000 mg. The average intake in the United States is between 4,000 and 5,000 mg of sodium per day!

Here is one super easy tip to get ready for stock cooking day. Set up a storage bin (like a big empty Tupperware) in your freezer and as you cook toss in all of your scraps like carrot and potato peels, tops and bottoms of celery, zucchini and green bean trims, sad looking mushrooms and, if you eat meat, chicken and turkey carcasses. Then once a month make stock! DKM made stock this weekend.

Stock cooking away!

(3) By Local. Do it for your veggies and do it for your animal based proteins like meat, eggs and dairy. Sure it’s tempting to run to Wal-mart and pick up 10 pounds of ground up mystery parts of beef which have been slaughtered by who knows what means for .99 cents a pound… By buying local you not only support local ranchers and farmers, you get quality products. Sure the cost is more than your regular grocery prices, but if you challenge yourself to eat two days a week vegetarian, I promise your food bills will go down. 

Market Score

(4) Eat vegetarian for two days a week. No, I’m not going to push a vegetarian or vegan agenda on you all, but by just eating vegetarian two days a week you decrease greenhouse gasses produced by the meat industry. Did you know “A 2006 United Nations report found that the meat industry produces more greenhouse gases than all the SUVs, cars, trucks, planes, and ships in the world combined” WOW! Learn more by clicking here.

SF Tuesday Market

(5) Legumes people!  Embrace the legume! A better value for your protein money than meat could ever be!

Soak well little babies!

Garlic beans

Celebrating the Freedom to Read

In addition to book banning – people still burn books. Information from Wiki:

New Testaments in city of Or Yehuda, Israel
In May 2008, a “fairly large” number of New Testaments were burned in Or Yehuda, Israel.Conflicting accounts have the deputy mayor of Or Yehuda, Uzi Aharon (of Haredi party Shas), claiming to have organized the burnings or to have stopped them. He admitted involvement in collecting New Testaments and “Messianic propaganda” that had been distributed in the city. The burning apparently violated Israeli laws about destroying religious items.

Iraq’s national library, Baghdad 2003
Following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Iraq’s national library and the Islamic library in central Baghdad were burned and destroyed.
The national library housed several rare volumes and documents from as far back as the 16th century, including entire royal court records and files from the period when Iraq was part of the Ottoman Empire. The destroyed Islamic library of Baghdad included one of the oldest surviving copies of the Qoran.

Harry Potter books (in various American cities)
There have been several incidents of Harry Potter books being burned,
including those directed by churches at Alamogordo, New Mexico and Charleston, South Carolina.

DKM Bento

Bento 9/29

Yogurt for breakie, tomatoes and goat cheese for a salad, carrot coconut soup & mushroom marsala on penne for dinner.


23 responses

  1. plcpc

    I’m totally with you on all your ideas. Now, if I can convince my pet human to get some buns. I’m sure I would be nice to them. Forget that my last name is “The Huntress.”

    I also like your idea to ask people to go veg 2 days a week. Most people can’t get into the idea of going cold turkey (hehe), but they don’t mind cutting back.

    And the soup…..my pet human is drooling.

    Skittles, The Huntress

    29-September-2008 at 1:13 am

  2. Our humans have been aiming for a vegetarian day or two each week. Their favourite is spinach and ricotta ravioli, with roasted tomatoes.

    You have the best disposal units! We really want a pair of buns, but they’re illegal in Queensland. Unless mum becomed a magician (seriously), we’re out of luck.

    -Fui, Suey and Evie.

    29-September-2008 at 1:36 am

  3. Good ones. I wonder if we could get Mom to do veggies 2 days a week. She’s kind of a carnivore too. And a chocky-vore.

    Anyways, we did Monday Bunday at our place too.


    29-September-2008 at 1:55 am

  4. We want a bunny!!!!

    29-September-2008 at 2:01 am

  5. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA – “an organic garbage disposal” – I LOVE it! Thank you so much for accepting the challenge – and thank you sooooo much for putting the idea of eating vegetarian out there for the humans! We make our staff eat vegetarian ALL the time, while still forcing them to buy stew beef for us, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
    Great job, guys!

    29-September-2008 at 2:38 am

  6. KC

    Mine mommy said this post is grrrreat.
    Hers eats veggytarian at least half of tha time (an feels so much better), especially once she gived up dairy (hers laktoes inntolerunt).
    She’s loved tha idea of saving tha trimmings fur soup stock.
    Buying local is fun, you saves money an learns a lot.
    You hafs garbage disposal units you can hug and hug you’s back. Hee hee.

    29-September-2008 at 3:30 am

  7. Are buns color blind? Cuz them looks like orange scraps to us! Good job goin’ orange . . . um, green!

    29-September-2008 at 4:14 am

  8. The two of you are so cute, and those are great suggestions! We buy from local markets as much as possible. :)

    29-September-2008 at 6:43 am

  9. We always buy local when we can and we eat veg at least twice a week.
    That was a great post!

    29-September-2008 at 8:05 am

  10. That was a pawsome post!! I liked the ‘organic disposal’ too :)
    Buying local is the best way to save the planet :)
    Purrs Mickey

    Book burning!! Oh horrors!!!!!!

    29-September-2008 at 10:12 am

  11. Momma says she wishes that there were more local farmers markets in our area….


    29-September-2008 at 11:51 am

  12. What a timely post! Mom and Dad just called their local Community Supported Agriculture farm (http://www.localharvest.org/csa/ to find one yourself) just this weekend about buying local.

    It really is a shame about the book burning. The written word should be cherished, even if you don’t agree with it, because once it’s gone those ideas are gone forever. Just a pity.

    29-September-2008 at 1:20 pm

  13. We gotcha: bunnies, local, organic, lots of vegies(unfortunately our bodies don’t do well at all with a full veg diet), and reading what ever we want ! Those heirloom beans look very yummy!

    29-September-2008 at 2:16 pm

  14. —-the meat industry produces more greenhouse gases than all the SUVs, cars, trucks, planes, and ships in the world combined—

    We had no idea!!
    This is a great post today!

    ~ Bandit and The Bunch

    29-September-2008 at 2:20 pm

  15. Yum! Mom always LOVES your food posts! Mom isn’t much of a read meat eater, but loves chicken and fish! Lots of veggies served at our house. Lots!

    29-September-2008 at 2:53 pm

  16. You have the bestest ideas..not only helpful, but oh sooo delishious..and getting Buns is always a gweat idea
    smoochie kisses

    29-September-2008 at 3:18 pm

  17. Great post. I eat meat or chicken ONLY on hard training days or very special occasions. A mostly-veggie diet is cheap, environmentally friendly, and healthy. Going veggie is best done in stages though, so your suggestion of meatless days instead of all-veggie, all at once, is wise.

    29-September-2008 at 4:25 pm

  18. Mom would love a bun, so would we…but fur difrint reasons. Mom has dad up to vegie only for three days a week and he doesn’t even realize it. Den der are three days of oultry only fur supper and only one day of red meat and den only if he asks fur it. It’s weerd, but he usually only occasionally asks fur beef on dat seventh day.

    29-September-2008 at 5:07 pm

  19. Not outry, poultry, chicken or turkey, duh.

    29-September-2008 at 5:08 pm

  20. Yes, Orlando and Fiona, get that DKM onto the Sticky Buns, she can make ’em however she wants: sweet or savory, even vegan. Sydney sez she never learned to eat bananas because she spent so much time in foster homes and wonders if you would teach her, she is sure she is a rabbit, though picas are very cute (and disapproving).

    29-September-2008 at 6:56 pm

  21. Hmmm, I doubt I could convince mum to do an organic garbage disposal, but she is very good about not wasting stuff. Buys local stuff when she can, specially fruits and veggies. An orchard run is coming soon, I know it. Mum believes in quality and will pay for it.

    29-September-2008 at 10:44 pm

  22. Go Orlando and Fiona!

    30-September-2008 at 12:11 am

  23. Bravo! You’ll have a lot of buns on your side with that first suggestion.

    1-October-2008 at 12:49 am

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