Did you know that livestock emits almost 64% of total ammonia emissions and is, therefore, a significant contributor to ecosystems' acidification? Furthermore, according to the US National Center for Biotechnology Information, livestock is also a highly important source of methane emissions, contributing between 35 and 40 % of methane emissions worldwide.
Is meat production hurting our planet?
It is fair to assume that meat production will increase even more in the coming decades as the world population grows. A reasonable question to ask at this point is – can our environment take it? In recent years the events closely connected to global warming have shown us that our behavior has to be changed dramatically in order to preserve the planet for the next generations. But how far are we willing to go? Are we ready to give up meat?
Don't worry; you don't have to change your diet overnight, but you might consider including more plant-based recipes into your menu. To make things easier for you, we have prepared a great idea for a plant-based recipe that is not just really tasty and healthy but also very easy to make. This can be the very first step towards a more considerable change in your lifestyle.
Plant-based recipe for a mushroom burger
Contrary to popular opinion, you don't need meat to make a hearty burger. Instead, you can use equally nourishing mushrooms.
Here's how it goes: heat the olive oil in a pan, add the shallot and sauté. Wait one minute until it gets soft; add mushrooms and a pinch of salt. In about seven minutes, the mushrooms should get soft and brown; stir in the tamari, vinegar, mirin, garlic, smoked paprika, and sriracha. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool slightly.
In a food processor, mix the sautéed mushrooms, walnuts, flaxseed, brown rice, and ½ cup panko. Grind until everything is well mixed. Then transfer the mixture to a larger bowl and stir in the remaining panko. In the next step of this plant-based recipe, form the mixture into patties. Their size is entirely up to you.
Preheat a grill to medium-high heat, spray it with nonstick cooking spray, then drizzle or brush the patties with olive oil. Grill the patties for about five minutes per each side. Remove from grill, brush with the sauce of your choice and serve with desired side dishes.
Pretty tasty for a plant-based recipe, right?
What to do with leftovers?
Did you make too much burger mixture? Don't worry. It can happen to anyone new in the world of plant-based recipes. It is hard to imagine that meat-free meals can make you feel so full, right?
If you often find yourself with a ton of food leftovers, you might consider starting home composting - another great way to impact the environment positively.
All you need is a composter bin like Bokashi Organko 2 or Bokashi Organko 2 Ocean to load it up with leftovers. Don't worry; this will not take much of your time since the whole process is very simple. You just need to sprinkle bokashi bran (a unique substance containing special microorganisms) after every layer. These microorganisms will make sure the bio-waste ferments instead of decay which will result in a nutritious fermentation mass you can use in your garden or balcony pots.
Moreover, during this process, Bokashi Organko will also produce a super useful bokashi liquid that can be used for two things - as an organic cleaner for your kitchen sink drain or - when diluted with water - as a nutritious fertilizer for your plants.
What a great way of contributing towards a better world for everyone, right?