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Eco-Challenge: Eat less red meat for a greener planet

 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

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As part of our commitment to Earth via our Laudato Si’ Action Plan, we are inviting everyone who shares in our charism to take a monthly Eco-Challenge with us.

Eat less red meat

In 2019, our congregation committed to “Go deeper. Journey farther. Respond boldly. Dare to be prophetic.” We cannot tire of reading and hearing those words. We are still on the journey.

Part of that commitment is to implement Laudato Si’ and respond to the crisis of Earth and global warming, a crisis that can seem overwhelming. Each month, we issue an Eco-Challenge with more for us to do. Are we tempted to say “enough!” or for another month, can we be open to “the more”?

We have previously issued two Eco-Challenges related to eating less meat:

A significant number of our sisters and charism partners have already committed to eating less red meat. If that was true, why are we doing this again? 

Then I thought about the daily news. Recently there was a shortage of eggs due to the ongoing bird flu outbreak. Most of the birds affected were egg-laying hens. More recently, wildfires in Texas consumed acres of agricultural land, killing thousands of livestock. Along with the rest of the population, we experience and will experience a real impact on our pocketbooks and our menus.

Eating Less Meat Is the Most Effective Way to Fight Climate Change, Sentient Media

Knowing all this, I have renewed my commitment to grow my file of recipes for meatless meals. I asked family and friends for their favorite recipes (find some below). I cook at least two meatless meals each week. And I remember and pray for my neighbors and our sisters and brothers around the world who don’t have the resources I do. 

Here we are in April. Lent is over. We are Easter people. We go deeper…

This ancient tradition could be a key climate action for US Catholics, EarthBeat

Favorite recipes from my loved ones


Lisa Marie Pollaci

Quesadillas with grilled onions, mushrooms and peppers inside. Rice, beans, and a slaw on top made from chopped cabbage, lime, cilantro, salt and pepper.

Zucchini soup

Lisa Marie Pollaci

Chop zucchini into chunks. Sautee in a pot with garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper until tender (you can mash with a fork). If it needs liquid, add a little vegetable or chicken broth, but not a lot. Cook until mushy, then blend in the blender until creamy and smooth. You can add a dollop of sour cream or creme freche on top, but you don’t even need it—it’s delicious; let the zucchini shine!

Zucchini Rice Casserole

Mina Gaskell, CSJ

  • 1 ½ lbs zucchini
  • ¾ cup chopped parsley
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Slice zucchini into ¼-inch rounds. Steam until done but still firm. Mix rice with lemon juice, parsley and seasonings. In a greased casserole dish, make a layer each of rice mixture, cottage cheese and zucchini. Top with grated cheese. Bake uncovered for 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Baked Sweet Potato

Darlene Kawulok, CSJ

Choose a sweet potato of any size. Cut off the ragged ends, cover with canola oil, wrap in foil and bake at 350 for 60-90 minutes. Sauté spinach, onion and seasoning of choice in a skillet. You can add canned garbanzo beans or other beans you prefer. When all is prepared, crack open the sweet potato and top with the sauteed veggies and beans. The final touch is tahini (sesame seed and oil paste) to drizzle on the whole thing like dressing on a salad.

Take the Eco-Challenge

  • Commit to eating meatless meals twice a week or more.
  • Ask your family and friends for their favorite meatless recipes and share yours with them. Tell them why you’re eating less meat.
  • Share a favorite recipe for a meatless meal in a comment below.

Spread the word

  • Leave a comment about how you’re taking the challenge below.
  • Invite others to take the April Eco-Challenge by sharing our post on Facebook and/or Instagram.

1 thought on “Eco-Challenge: Eat less red meat for a greener planet”

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    We try to eat a meatless meal at least once a week. We have become very fond of using a recipe Called the Impossible pie. it uses Bisquick, eggs and cheese. Really simple and when you load it with good fresh vegtables it is a simple one dish meal.

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The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet are a congregation of Catholic sisters. We, and those who share our charism and mission, are motivated in all things by our profound love of God and our dear neighbors. We seek to build communities and bridge divides between people. Since our first sisters gathered in 1650, our members have been called to “do all things of which women are capable.” The first sisters of our congregation arrived in St. Louis, Missouri in 1836, and we now have additional locations in St. Paul, Albany, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Japan and Peru. Today, we commit to respond boldly to injustice and dare to be prophetic.


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