ORGANIZE A HEALTHY AND ECO-RESPONSIBLE HOLIDAY MEAL
The excitement of the holiday season can quickly lead to unbridled consumption and waste. It is still possible to organize a New Year’s Eve or Christmas Eve dinner that respects both the environment and your health. To achieve this, we’ve brought together some tips.
The pre-dinner organization
An eco-friendly holiday dinner starts at its organization. Indeed, it is always preferable to promote small circuits by consuming local and certified organic products. You will reduce transport and therefore greenhouse gas emissions! If you are buying on the net, try to focus your purchases on the same website in order to mitigate the impact of various deliveries on the planet. In any case, favour products with little packaging, so prefer your local market or butcher’s shop to supermarkets. On the table side, plan reusable cutlery instead of plastic to limit waste and pollution. Finally, to prevent waste, buy the products in fair quantities for your number of guests.
The choice of meat: which poultry is the most eco-responsible?
Holiday dinners are often centered around meat. Of these, some are better for the planet and for you than others. The production of beef and sheep requires large amounts of water and emits a lot of greenhouse gases. In addition, red meat is considered carcinogenic. Poultry are much more environmentally friendly. In terms of diet, they all provide protein and B3 vitamins. On the other hand, they can be divided from their fat content. Turkey is the leanest poultry with only 3% fat. The guinea fowl is not far behind, since it has 6%. Duck and poularde are both satisfactory with 11% fat. Finally, the capon is the fattest poultry, its fat concentration amounting to 17%.
How about a green alternative?
Another valid choice would be not to include meat in his New Year’s Eve menu. Indeed, more and more festive vegetarian or vegan recipes exist so that everyone can find shoe at their feet.
What to do with the leftovers ?
On Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, it is not uncommon to find leftovers from the previous dinner prepared in large quantities. First, be sure to keep them in the refrigerator or freezer at the end of the meal, to prevent them from rotting. In the refrigerator, leftovers can be stored for up to four days. In the freezer, they can last up to three months. It is possible to recycle leftovers easily by making a gratin, a pie or even a salad with them.
If you’re not sure how you’ll be able to recycle some leftovers, read these ideas to limit your waste.
The bones of the meat can be used to make a broth.
Alcohol, such as wine or champagne, can be stored in the freezer in an ice cube tray and reused for sauces.
The aperitif cookies can be used as breadcrumbs.
Thus, a healthy and eco-responsible New Year’s Eve or Christmas dinner is within everyone’s reach! By making every effort, we can preserve the planet in a sustainable way.