From the Plant-Rich Diet Team — September Food Facts & Recipes #2

From the Plant-Rich Diet Team — September Food Facts & Recipes #2

Why eat a plant-rich diet? 🌽

Beyond helping to mitigate climate change, we know that eating fewer animal products is also better for our personal health. Unfortunately, that choice is not available to everyone in our country. Food deserts have an outsized impact on BIPOC communities.

U.S. food systems have had catastrophic health effects on people of color, contributing to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity, to name a few. These negative health outcomes are a direct result of industrial food systems saturated in animal-based products.

The power of our food choices has the ability to help dismantle systemic racism. Above all else, plant-based eating is an attainable solution that combats the climate crisis and inevitably helps everyone on the planet, not just a select few.

So we invite you to eat more plant-based meals — for your health, for the health of others, for the health of the planet.

You can start by trying some of the delicious recipes on our Meatless Monday page, including soups and salads, pastas, stir fries, casseroles, and the soul warming recipe below.

Italian Bean + Kale Soup 🍲

Ingredients
  • 1 t. olive oil
  • 8 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 med. onion, chopped
  • 4 c. chopped raw kale (remove hard rib in center)
  • 4 c. chicken or veggie broth
  • 2 15-oz cans white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp. each dried rosemary and thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  • Heat olive oil in large pot. Add garlic and onion and sauté until soft.
  • Add kale and sauté, stirring until wilted.
  • Add 3 c. broth, 2 c. beans, and all of the tomato, herbs, salt and pepper.
  • Simmer 5 minutes.
  • In a food processor or blender, mix the remaining beans and broth until smooth.
  • Stir into soup to thicken. Simmer 15 minutes.

Bon appetit!

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