Earth-friendly recipe inspirations

Today is the first day of Go Green Salford! 

It’s also the beginning of the Food Waste Action Week, so that’s exactly what this week is all about – food: how to make it, how it affects the planet, and how to stop wasting it. 

According to WRAP’s advice on sustainable eating, pulses, grains and vegetables are the cornerstones of a sustainable diet. To help everyone make their meals more Earth-friendly, we’ve put together a list of resources where you can find lots of vegetarian and vegan recipes and inspirations for all kinds of occasions – from quick lunches to indulgent desserts. 

Healthy Living with James

James Wythe is a qualified Health Coach who creates simple and healthy recipes. On his websites and social media you can find ideas for meals suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and people with allergies and food intolerances. His inspirations come from his own journey to a healthy life. 

Full day menu ideas: 

Breakfast – Mighty Mushrooms on Toast

Lunch – 10-minute Spicy Pasta

Dinner – Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry

Dessert – Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Max La Manna – Zero Waste (Vegan) Chef

Max creates simple but innovative recipes with sustainability at heart. He made it his mission to help others avoid wasting food, by reframing the way we think about our leftovers. Apart from recipes, on his website and social media you can also find great zero waste food tips.

Full day menu ideas: 

Breakfast – Chickpea Whip Granola

Lunch – ‘I Have Nothing In My Fridge’ Stir-Fry

Dinner – Meatless Mushroom Meatballs

Dessert: Vegan Apple Crisp

Pick Up Limes

Pick Up Limes is run by Sadia, a Canadian dietician living in the Netherlands. Her recipes can be summarized in three words: plant-based, nourishing, simple. Apart from food inspirations, she also shares useful resources on wellbeing, vegan nutrition, and food prep hacks. 

Full day menu ideas: 

Breakfast – Baked Berry & Pecan Oatmeal

Lunch – Spicy Garlic Tofu

Dinner – Sun-dried Tomato & Roasted Vegetable Tart

Dessert – Ooey-Gooey Cinnamon Buns

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth are a community with a mission to improve the wellbeing of our planet and everyone on it. They lead campaigns and provide resources to encourage everyone to do their part in creating a sustainable world. As part of this effort, they put together a list of simple and cheap vegetarian recipes.

Full day menu ideas: 

Breakfast – Vegetarian Scrambled Eggs

Lunch – Vegan Bean & Vegetable Stew with Herb Dumplings

Dinner – Gluten-free Vegetarian Lasagna

Dessert – Vegan Fig and Apple Pudding

Connoisseurus Veg

Connoisseurus Veg is a blog run by Alissa, who started it in 2013 with the aim of inspiring others to share her passion for cooking. Her recipes are a plant-based mix of healthy and indulgent.

Full day menu ideas: 

Breakfast – Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Lunch – Easy Tempura Vegetables

Dinner – The Ultimate Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Dessert – Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake


We hope you find these helpful! We’d love to see your creations, so please share them with us using the hashtag #GoGreenSalford. This way, you can also take part in our challenge, at the end of which you can win a sustainable prize! You can read all about it on our social media.

Please only share pictures you are happy to be re-shared on the University of Salford Environmental Sustainability Team social media. Please also note that if you’ve got a private account on Twitter or Instagram, we won’t be able to see them – but you can instead send us the pictures, and we’ll share them.

Photo credit: Healthy Living with James Facebook, Max La Manna Facebook, Pick Up Limes website, Friends of the Earth Website, Connoisseurus Veg Facebook.

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