The Sustainable Diets Blog

Eating, Wellness, Gardening, Recipes and Loving our Planet. By Teri Underwood.

Sustainable Food Labels

The average grocery store carries 50,000 items. If you are shopping for sustainable foods the choices can be bewildering.

Red Quinoa with Corn and Peppers

This is a delicious main entree or side dish loaded with plant protein. Quinoa, an ancient gluten-free grain has more complete protein than most grains. Corn complements the amino acid profile and turmeric adds potent antioxidants. It can be served warm or chilled.

Edamame Asian Vegetable Salad

This salad is easy to prepare and features protein packed soybeans (edamame) and pumpkin seeds. Most soybeans and corn in the United States are genetically modified so make sure to choose organic soybeans for this dish.

Food and Ecology

“Look deep into NATURE and then you will UNDERSTAND everything better.”  Albert Einstein

Nature is made of more than a million species of life and elements that interact with each other in network pattern called an ecosystem.

Egg and Dandelion Green Salad


Dandelions are not weeds, they are a super food, a gourmet food. I think after you taste this salad you will agree! They help your liver detoxify environmental chemicals and they are loaded with health giving nutrients that boost the immune system.

Stanford Study on Organic Food


This week there was wide media coverage of a study performed by Stanford University asserting that organic foods are no better for your health than conventionally grown foods.

Berry Smoothie

Use any berry that you have available for this smoothie. Strawberries work well, as do blueberries, or raspberries. To get the freshest taste, the most nutritient-dense, and environmentally-friendly berries I can find, I source berries locally or grow them in my garden.

Pumpkin Oat Bran Muffins

Moist, satisfying and SOOOOO good, a perfect addition to a smoothie for breakfast. High in soluble fiber, the kind that is known to lower blood cholesterol. Soluble fiber also promotes healthy digestion, acting as a prebiotic.

Tomato Lentil Stew

Lentils require no soaking and cook quickly in comparison to other legumes. They are a staple in my pantry because they are versatile and flavorful, high in protein, and a great source of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber assists healthy digestion and lowers blood cholesterol.

Quick Tempeh Curry

Tempeh is a super healthy food! It has been a staple in Indonesia for several hundred years. A cultured food, like yogurt, tempeh is made from fermented soybeans. As with yogurt, tempeh can benefit gastrointestinal health. Tempeh’s protein content rivals meat and other animal proteins.

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