Saturday, September 26, 2009

Reducing carbon dioxide emissions on Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is this Sunday night/Monday, which for me means no cars in the streets! Each year I'm blown away by how amazing it is to walk through a city with literally not a single car, save the occasional ambulance and police car doing regular patrols. The air quality is a lot better, kids play in the middle of the streets, and I go for walks on the main highways. It's awesome! I'll definitely be posting pictures of the no car phenomenon we can all thank Yom Kippur for.

Back to food...along with cars, cows are a huge producer of CO2 gases. In the spirit of trying to reduce CO2 emissions, here are a few recipes, perfect for breaking the Yom Kippur fast, that are meat free.

Zucchini Carpaccio w/Crumbled Feta

2 zucchinis
Olive Oil
Feta cheese - several ounces

1. With a mandolin or carrot peeler, slice the zucchini lengthwise to get very thin slices. Lay out on a plate with as little overlap as possible.
2. Drizzle with olive oil, sa
lt and pepper.
3. Crumble feta cheese over the carpaccio strips and let the strips marinade for 30 minutes.
4. Serve and enjoy!

Southwestern Salsa Stuffed Avocado

5-6 Avocados
Corn - kernels of two freshly cooked stocks or half a can
1/2 Red Onion - finely diced
Jalapeno - half of one pepper, finely diced
Cherry Tomatoes - one package, quartered
Lemon juice - 1 lemon

1. Cut the avocados in half, lengthwise and throw away the pit. Place on a serving tray.
2. Mix the corn, red onion, jalapeno, cherry tomatoes. Add lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
3. Place a spoonful or two of the salsa mixture in the avocado and serve.

No cars on the streets! (Tel Aviv, Yom Kippur 2008)


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