(Recap) Sustainable Saturday: Fresh Ingredients

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My favorite part about the summer is making fresh pesto. I can imagine sitting outside on the porch with my family, each of us with steak pesto sandwiches in one hand and fresh iced tea in the other. This was my absolute favorite summer meal as a kid; my mom would grill steak, slice a very fresh baguette and slather it with homemade pesto made from ingredients fresh from our garden. I am salivating just thinking about it; it never ceased to disappoint.

This year I tried my hand at growing a basil plant in the window of my apartment and it was incredibly successful. With this basil plant I was able to make fresh pesto and caprese salad every week, because it produced so many leaves. My new found success with the basil plant has made me try my hand at other herbs.

When at my parent’s house I love to help out with their garden, and reap its benefits. My mom grows everything from sage to huge plump tomatoes. And we also have three fruit trees in my back yard! I love to make fresh cherry pies and peach preserves straight from off our trees. The fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruits taste so amazing and are just what your body was made to eat. Not only are they great for your body, they are also sustainable products.

Now I’m not asking you to buy an acre of land and start cultivating it. Start off slow. Maybe just get a few herb plants to grow in your window seal like I did. The great thing about growing your own foods, is that it is the gift that keeps on giving!

A lot of sustainability practices can be expensive because buying organic, local products can add up. Although all of these costs are undoubtedly worth it, this tip will save you money. I was able to make pesto at least once a week from my one plant, which saved me a fair amount of money in the long run. Buying leaves of basil or packaged pesto would have been much more expensive. And this was all from one plant!

I promise once you start growing something you will want to grow more. Your body will thank you because home-grown foods are not only delicious but also easy to process. Oh yeah, we can forget about the reduction in your carbon footprint. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Check out Foodem’s blog for recipes with fresh ingredients and ideas on how to make your life more sustainable.

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