September 30th, 2012

How to Have a Sustainable Garden Party

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Groovy Green Livin eco-friendly Dinner party

Ask a group of friends to come over for a sustainable garden party and they will come. I know from firsthand experience. Not exactly knowing what they were in for, they showed up out of sheer curiosity and a knowing that food would be involved!

What is a sustainable garden party?

About a week ago I was asked by DailyBuzz Healthy Living (I’m a contributor to the site) to throw a sustainable garden party in honor of  Lightlife‘s new Frozen Veggie Burger. I’m a big fan of veggie burgers and try to always keep them in my freezer so I’m prepped and ready for a Meatless Monday meal. I searched high and low for these new burgers, but to no avail. Since they are a hot new product they are just beginning their distribution and haven’t made it into my neck of the woods yet.

Since the burgers weren’t an option I was given the go-ahead to test out any Lightlife product. I’ve always seen Lightlife products next to the tofu and tabbouleh at Whole Foods, but have never tried them. I picked out a few Lightlife products and brought them home-ready to get creative.

Groovy Green Livin Lightlife chicken

Now onto the sustainable portion of the party. In addition to testing out some new products I knew that I was going to keep this party as ec0-friendly as possible.

Using reusables

We started off setting the table with reusable napkins. Reusables were used for the entire party-no plastic cups, paper towels, plastic utensils or single-use plates.

groovy green livin reusable napkins

Energy efficient lighting

Throughout our house we’ve gradually switched most of the bulbs to either compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or light emitting diode bulbs (LEDs)CFLs use 75% less energy and produce 75% less heat than incandescent light bulbs. Our refrigerator, shown in this video clip uses LEDs. LEDs last for years and use only 2-10 watts of electricity (1/3rd to 1/30th of incandescent or CFL bulbs).

Recycle

There were empty glass bottles decorating my counters from beer, wine and a few fancy drinks that we tested out in our Blendtec blender. Recycling was a breeze and everyone pitched in. We all made the effort to throw anything that can be recycled into our recycle bin.

The food!

Now the best part: the food! Everyone brought something to share.  We kept this meal vegetarian and I don’t think anyone went home hungry.

Groovy Green Livin potato carrot dish

I had quite a few boxes of the Lightlife Chick’n Style Seasoned Veggie Strips so we decided to whip up a batch of stir fry. They are made from soy and are vegan, GMO-free, fat free and packed with protein (14 grams per serving).

Lightlife Chick’n Seasoned Veggie Strip Stir Fry

This recipe is extremely simple. Use the veggies you have in the fridge and cut them into bite size pieces. I happened to have broccoli, peppers, carrots, squash,  and sugar snap peas. I always love having the opportunity to use my veggie crinkle cutter.

Groovy Green Livin veggies in bowl

Take your wok and heat up with 1-2 tbsp of oil and add the  Lightlife Chick’n Style Seasoned Veggie Strips. Then begin to add the vegetables. Don’t over cook the vegetables. Make sure you add vegetables first that need a little longer to cook.

Groovy Green Livin stir fry veggies

Stir fry sauce

Mix together:

  • 4 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (add another clove if you want more)
  • 1/4 c. water

Add soy sauce mixture to the the vegetable Veggie Strip mixture and cook until everything is lightly coated.

Groovy Green Livin stir fry veggies with couscous

Serve over couscous. The dish was so simple and a big hit! Enjoy.

Have you ever hosted or been to a sustainable garden party?


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This series is brought to you in partnership with Lightlife, Live long. Travel light. To learn more, click here http://www.lightlife.com.

DisclosureAs a part of the DailyBuzz Food Tastemaker program, Lightlife provided me with a stipend and product for sampling.

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4 Responses to “How to Have a Sustainable Garden Party”

  1. It sounds like a great party. The food looks delicious!

  2. Thanks Marsha. It was fun to test out a few new products and eat A LOT!

  3. Looks fun! You’re right about reusing things like cloth napkins. It’s not as hard as it sounds. Now this post is making me hungry…
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  4. Hi Anne, Once you get into the groove of reusing it becomes part of your routine and then becomes second nature! It’s fun testing out new products and ideas with a group of friends.

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