30 days & ways to greater green – We are what we eat (or what our food eats)

When I tell people I’m an ecotainer and that I produce “green” events, I tend to get the evil eye from the carnivore contingent who make the assumption that “green” means, well, greens only. I will admit that I’m not a frequent meat eater in my personal life but my events are a different animal (had to). Whether ecotaining at home or at an event, I’m a bit of a farm fanatic – I want to know what farm the meat is coming from as that tend to be the greatest indicator for the “green” factor. For those who actually follow my blog, you know that I’m a big Whole Foods believer. Well – simply put – I am because I know that when I go to pick up a piece of chicken, pork, beef or fish, the farm is clearly indicated and, if I choose to, I can have a conversation with the folks behind the counter to learn more. Believe me, I’ve had extensive conversations with numerous folks, at many different WFM across the country, about their local farms, their favorites, their recommendations and, to me, there is no price tag on education & information because, like it or not, we are truly what we eat…and, more importantly, what our food eats.

I could go on and on but why read my babble when you can see the beauty of the farm & hear for yourself why an animal’s best advocate is the farmer himself…Meet the Farmers & Ranchers Whole Foods Market Partners With…

And because I’m rounding out my 30 days & ways to greater green with a selection of great, green recipes to head into Spring & Summer…here’s one courtesy of WFM for Summer Sliders…

1 1/2 to 2 pounds ground round
Salt and pepper to taste
8 small buns
Extra virgin olive oil
4 leaves romaine or green leaf lettuce
1 large tomato, sliced
1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced

Preheat the grill. Divide and gently shape the meat into 8 small patties. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Grill meat to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side over a medium hot fire.

If you’re a cheeseburger fan, add the cheese as soon as you flip to the second side. Meanwhile, brush buns with olive oil and grill just until lightly toasted. Dress burgers with lettuce, tomatoes and onions and serve.

Per serving (1 burger/about 6oz/176g-wt.): 360 calories (170 from fat), 19g total fat, 7g saturated fat, 70mg cholesterol, 440mg sodium, 24g total carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 3g sugar), 23g protein

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