Happy Earth Day, guys! Wondering how else you can give Mother Earth a little more love this year?
I’ve got the perfect thing for you: A totally plant-based, super easy and delicious recipe that you can throw together in minutes. This one is always a winner at our house.
Now, you might be wondering what this has to do with Earth Day. Actually, quite a lot. According to the Environmental Working Group:
Americans’ appetite for meat and dairy – billions of pounds a year from billions of animals – takes a toll on our health, the environment, climate and animal welfare. Producing all this meat and dairy requires large amounts of pesticides, chemical fertilizer, fuel, feed and water. It also generates greenhouse gases and large amounts of toxic manure and wastewater that pollute groundwater, rivers, streams and, ultimately, the ocean. In addition, eating large quantities of beef and processed meats increases your exposure to toxins and is linked to higher rates of health problems, including heart disease, cancer and obesity.
So, if you want to give your mother a little extra love this year, consider taking a look at the foods you consume - and where they come from.
A plant-based diet (based mainly on eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) is generally more Earth-friendly than the alternative. Bonus points for paying attention to how far your food has to travel to get to your table. This is super important. Local is best!
Here's a recipe you can feel good about - that loves you back and is easy to put together fast!
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos
3 cups sweet potato, diced small
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained
2 avocados, diced
1/2 cup red onion, diced small
4 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp raw honey (or use agave or maple syrup if you prefer)
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cayenne
1 tsp sea salt
We like to use soft, organic corn tortillas for our tacos.
- To steam diced sweet potato, add 1/2 inch of water to the bottom of a medium/large pot, sit steamer basket in the pot, and add sweet potato. Steam, covered, on medium/high heat until tender. (About ten minutes.)
- While the sweet potato is steaming, place black beans, corn, avocados, and onions in a large bowl. Once tender, add the diced sweet potato.
- In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, raw honey, cumin, cayenne, and sea salt until well combined.
- Pour dressing over filling, and mix gently to combine well.
We use a cast iron pan to warm our tortillas. Low-to-medium heat does the trick. The tortillas will soften quickly. Give them a flip to be sure they've warmed throughout. Add as much filling as you like - and enjoy!
So, what do you think? Easy enough, right? And it does not disappoint. I would love to know what you think – and I’d love to hear what your go-to healthy meal is. Let me know in the comments below!