Meatless Monday: Zucchini Frittata

Frittatas are one of the quickest meatless meals you can make, and you can use any vegetables you have.

Easy Frittata
Easy Frittata

Zucchini Frittata

1 zucchini

¼ cup sliced onion

3 eggs and 2 egg whites

1/3 cup oatmeal

1/3 cup water

½ tsp sea salt and pepper to taste

¼ cup goat cheese

¼ cup parmesan cheese

1 tomato

Olive oil

This can be made as a crustless quiche. Follow directions below and place in an oiled glass pie plate. Bake 35 minutes at 360 degrees.

Or make in an oven proof fry pan:

Saute the onion and zucchini about 10 minutes.  Beat the eggs, oatmeal, water, salt and pepper in a separate bowl.  Sprinkle the goat cheese over the zucchini and onions. Then pour the egg mixture evenly over the zucchini/onion and cheese.  Cover with sliced tomatoes and then parmesan cheese.  Cook on stove top at medium heat covered for about 10 minutes, then place in the oven uncovered at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.  Serve hot with open face melted cheese toasts and thick barley soup.

Vegetable Barley Soup

Cook one onion in olive oil until wilted, add 3 chopped celery ribs, and 4 sliced carrots.  Simmer for 1 hour with 2 vegan bouillon cubes, 1 can diced tomatoes, 6 cups of water, ½ cup of barley, 1 bay leaf, 5 sun-dried tomatoes cut up, 2 garlic cloves chopped, and 1 tsp dried oregano.  Basil and parsley are great additions if you have them fresh.

On the Southshore of Lake Superior

English: Chestnut-sided Warbler (Dendroica pen...   Chestnut-Sided Warbler

Superior  Views June 3, 2013

In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.
Aldo Leopold

After a rainy cold May, plants and trees welcome any sun and warmth.  The trees with their tiny leaves are weeks behind, but budding trees make June bird watching easier.  Marsh marigolds, star flowers, woodland anemone are beautiful, and the forget-me-nots are just beginning to bloom.

Marsh Marigold
Marsh Marigold

The birds are exciting.  Many of the birds that nest here are back:

Black-throated Green Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Redstarts, mourning warblers, yellow rumps, chestnut-sided warbler, white throated sparrow, black and white warblerblack throated green, northern parula, common yellow throat,  hermit thrush, and yellow-bellied sap suckers and of course the hummingbirds.  And the list grows on every walk.

Yeah, the first Monarchs just arrived, the Painted lady, Mourning Cloak, and a few cabbage whites are some of the butterflies fluttering around in the sunshine.

Painted Lady
Painted Lady

SW Minneapolis: Helping businesses to Recycle MORE!

English:
English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Message in a Bottle

The Recycling Association of Minnesota  (RAM) has a program called “Message in a Bottle.”  RAM will place a recycle barrel at your business and schedule vocational centers to pick up the recyclables.

Are you a business in Southwest Minneapolis?    I would like to help you apply for a customer recycling barrel to capture your customer’s bottles and cans that are now thrown into the trash.  These barrels would be placed near your trash containers.  Please contact me at health4earth@gmail.com and I will start the application process.  Limited barrels are currently available so get back to me as soon as possible.

There is no cost to participating businesses, and it should save you money by reducing your trash!

Recycle It, Don't Trash It! Screen
Recycle It, Don’t Trash It! Screen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Can We Save Our Bees and Our Butterflies?

“Can anyone believe it is possible to lay down such a barrage of poisons on the surface of the earth without making it unfit for all life” Rachel Carson

A Fritillary on Menardia
A Fritillary on Menardia

Our pollinators are declining at a rapid rate.  Yes, there are things that each one of use can do.  Calling for more research is a waste of valuable time.  It is time for everyone to act.

Below is a good commentary on the loss of our bees:

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/206997751.html

So what can you do?  We are so awash in chemicals we aren’t even aware of them anymore. Below is a list of things that can make a difference for pollinators and for your health, also.

1. Reduce all yard chemicals, and reduce the size of your mowable yard with flowers that pollinators love.

2. Plant more flowers that attract a variety of pollinators.  My favorite for Minnesota and

English: Culver's root, Veronicastrum virginic...
English: Culver’s root, Veronicastrum virginicum. Shot from above at around 4pm, Leland IL. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wisconsin are: Bee Balm, Culver’s Root. Cone Flowers, Hyssop, chives, Russian Sage, Liatris (blazing star), wild geranium, and golden rod.

3. Buy organically produced food, and reduce the beef you eat.

4. Reduce the amount of chemicals in your home for cleaning and construction.

5. Support candidates and elected officials that believe in global warming.

6. Never throw chemicals, worms or fish(they can be invasive) into our streams, lakes or storm drains.

7. And..basically anything you do to for clean air, clean water. and save energy  helps all wildlife and humans.

http://www.queenofthesun.com/get-involved/10-things-you-can-do-to-help-bees/

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/26/environment/pesticides-suspected-in-minnesota-bee-deaths

http://www.xerces.org/bringbackthepollinators/

http://www.restoringthelandscape.com/

http://www.backyardbrevard.com/2013/05/celebrate-national-pollinator-week-in-june/

I Tried to Reuse my Subway Salad Bowl.

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If I have a choice when I travel, I try to eat at real plate restaurants.  As you travel across the USA this not always possible.  Subway is the only place from which I will purchase fast convenience food.  They have fresh food, and most of their packaging is tolerable, except for their plastic salad bowls and ALL the plastic bags they distribute!!  Yesterday, I tried to reuse my washed bowl for my Subway salad.  I thought they would reuse it, but they wouldn’t. Yes, I support good health practices!! But..my reply to them was, “Then, you should be recycling these bowls!”  Subway also should be recycling all the plastic bags they distribute.

We can comment to businesses we patronize that they should do more to recycle, and always choose business that have the best environmental policy.

We collect our recycles as we travel and lug them home to put in our home recycling, and we bring our own reusable dishes for hotel breakfasts.

Recycling in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Superior Views-Beginning of May

English: Hermit thrush
English: Hermit thrush (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But winter lingering chills the lap of May.  Oliver Goldsmith                               

April brought 50 inches of snow to these shores and…

Snow on May 2,  snow, and freezing rain on May 3  Yes, the weather is depressing, but the new birds arriving daily are delightful. Some will nest here and others will move further north, east or west to nest.

The eagles soar outside our window playing in the wind currents off the lake as baby eaglets squeak in a nest nearby. Many migrating white throated sparrows and hermit thrush jump in the leaf litter until a sharp-shinned hawk appears. Kinglets and yellow rump warblers flit from branch to branch. Grouse drum their wings, and flicker woodpeckers, pheobes and brown creepers are busy looking for food.  A group of 17 loons wait in Lake Superior for other lakes to “ice out”

Zonotrichia albicollis (White-throated Sparrow)
Zonotrichia albicollis (White-throated Sparrow) (Photo credit: Arthur Chapman)

Thoughts On Gobal Warming

                                            DSC00364Thoughts from Minnesota Senator John Marty, Chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, on global warming  “Our children and their children, and the entire human race, are dependent upon the earth for our survival. There is no other planet that we could move to if this planet cannot sustain human life. We need to dramatically reduce our consumption of fossil fuels very quickly, or our children and their children will face catastrophic changes in the environment.
No matter how bold we are in responding this year to the problem, twenty years from now people will wonder how we could have been so timid. It’s time to take thoughtful, yet bold action to develop a framework that will bring Minnesota to a sustainable energy system. “

The whole article below:

http://apple-pie.org/ttp/default.asp

So…What can you do as individuals and families to reduce global warming on our planet?  This is too serious to wait for everyone else and government to take steps to reduce fossil fuels.  What can you do today to nurture our earth?