Sunday, April 22, 2012

Supper Recipe for a Greener Planet

Tonight I made supper for my sister and I. I'm a "green" person by nature, loving our planet, recyling always, using my one mug for water or a old soda bottle for water.

I cook like that, too, using leftovers, dabs of this and that, staying away from red meat and large carbon footprint animals like beef. My sister loves cheese. I use it for her. Here's what we had tonight:

Glorified Potatoes and Cheese

Heat a large frying pan with 2 tablespoons of your preferred oil or margarine, butter, or spray coating. I used margarine, for the flavor, what we had in the fridge.

Chop two green onions and several hand fulls of fresh spinach and add to the pan. Saute lightly.
Slice 4 small, washed potatoes into the pan. Salt and pepper the potatoes. Once you have all the potatoes sliced, turn the heat down, flip the potatoes, and cover with a nice tight fitting lid.

You'll be flipping the potatoes every so often, watching the heat so they don't burn. The lid helps them cook faster, with less heat. Save the planet.

After the potatoes are fork tender, if you want a one dish meal, you can push the potatoes to the edge, forming a nice open center. I used two eggs, breaking them into the center, stirring with my spatula. Once the eggs begin to set up, stir into the potatoes.  Cover and let cook until the eggs are firm.

We had a whole wheat roll. I sliced it in half, microwaved that, called her for supper.

While that was going, I opened the lid of the frying pan, sprinkled cheese on her half and recovered it.

All the ingredients to this one pot supper could be produced on a small one acre plot of land. A person could raise chickens and goats, have a nice garden and produce food without creating a huge carbon footprint.

I know there are many ways of solving the same problems. Not everyone can do the farming thing.  Some say with Yellowstone sitting on top a huge volcano, who cares about the green house effect anyway?

All good questions. I leave for Yellowstone Thursday morning. I'll be there until October. Guess I still want to be nice to the earth, no matter what.


  1. Yum! This sounds wonderful! The recipe and the philosophy!

  2. Thanks, Ellie. I'm such a simple cook, sometimes. One pot meals for the busy woman, one dish to wash (if you made one serving, just eat right from the "personal skillet!)

  3. So much is learned backpacking :-)

    I'm starting tomorrow for Round 2 of Ellie Tackles the Appalachian Trail. Hopefully to complete the northern half and thus, finally, the whole Trail! Follow me on ! There'll be a time lag as I mail my journals to my daughter to transcribe whenever she has time.