Seasonal Eating: In many cultures, it is a cardinal rule that you cook and create only foods that in season. For enviro-friendly cooking, this is one the best things you can do. In fact, to create a meal made from local in-season ingredients, your meal will taste better too.
Shop Local: To buy in-season local ingredients, you’ll need to shop local. This not only gets you the freshest in-season food which will help you with enviro-friendly cooking, you’ll also be supporting local businesses and farmers. You also reduce the amount of fuel you use driving around and you’re not supporting big businesses that are shipping across country, or even across the world, burning fuel.
Go Organic: Enviro-friendly cooking is using organic foods that are grown without a lot of chemical pesticides and treatments. Artificial fertilizers, genetic modification, ionizing radiation, sewage sludge, synthetic pesticides and more are eliminated from your diet by going with organic food.
Free-Range, Hormone-Free, Organic Animal Products: When you buy dairy, eggs, meat, and poultry products for your enviro-friendly cooking, look for the labels that the item was raised in an environmentally, ethically ran conditions. This means the animals go outside and are fed balanced, nutritional diets. They are pasture fed animals and not treated with antibiotics or any growth hormones.
Seafood Selectiveness: The finned foods we eat are some of the best sources of minerals, protein, and vitamins that our bodies need. They are low in calories, cholesterol, and saturated fats. For enviro-friendly cooking, some of the best dishes for you are herring and salmon, both of which have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Fish to be cautious eating are sharks and swordfish. These are often contaminated with chemical pollutants and mercury.
Go Vegetarian: You don’t have to go completely vegan to do enviro-friendly cooking. Just use more recipes that call for less animal and fish ingredients. One or two meatless meals a week is a big step toward enviro-friendly cooking.
Extra Packaging: This is one of the first steps to enviro-friendly cooking is buying your groceries. As much as possible, select food products with minimal packaging and if possible, bring your own packaging. There are some cool looking cloth bags these days you can use instead of getting a plastic bag every time you shop.