Vegetarian recipes for a climate-conscious holiday dinner


We challenged ourselves to come up with a dinner that’s delicious (multiple test subjects confirmed this), simple (we made it in under two hours), cheap (we spent about $60 on three courses for four people), and low-carbon (yep)!
Yes, we know you have dietary restrictions. This menu can easily be made gluten-free or lactose-free and vegan.
Here is a link to the recipes and modifications:

4 climate-conscious holiday recipes you’ll actually want to make (we promise)

Our sources:
University of Michigan, 2018
Wynes and Nicholas, Lund University, 2018
Hawken, Drawdown, 2017
Marty Gots a Plan Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
And here’s a link to everyone’s favorite environmental advice columnist:


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  1. Don't forget that rice farming is a significant contributor to global methane emissions, so rice is not as low-impact as its carbon dioxide footprint suggests.

  2. What a charismatic human. I am entertained and edified. While fretting over my assorted carbon-based sins would watch and/or read more of madam Umbra.

  3. if you really want to help the environment … its really simple… give up on all exotic foods… coffee bananas oranges avocados… go full local… because of the huge demand for those things they are ever more being grown on land that used to be rain forest or some other habitat… so you are directly sponsoring destroying habitats and species some of which havent even been discovered yet

  4. Since I use ranch dressing a lot year round I make my own to save money:

    1 cup Just Mayo or Veganaise
    1/4 cup non-dairy milk
    2 tsp Dijon mustard
    1 Tbsp lemon juice
    2 tsp apple cider vinegar
    1 1/2 tsp onion powder
    1 tsp garlic powder
    1/2 tsp sugar
    1/8 tsp dill
    1/4 tsp parsley

    And stir

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