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Could you live on this diet?
The diet to save lives, the planet and feed us all?
By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News
A diet has been developed that promises to save lives, feed 10 billion people and all without causing catastrophic damage to the planet.
Scientists have been trying to figure out how we are going to feed billions more people in the decades to come.
Their answer - "the planetary health diet" - does not completely banish meat and dairy.
But it requires an enormous shift in what we pile on to our plates and turning to foods that we barely eat.
What changes am I going to have to make?
If you eat meat every day then this is the first biggie. For red meat you're looking at a burger a week or a large steak a month and that's your lot.
You can still have a couple of portions of fish and the same of chicken a week, but plants are where the rest of your protein will need to come from. The researchers are recommending nuts and a good helping of legumes (that's beans, chickpeas and lentils) every day instead.
There's also a major push on all fruit and veg, which should make up half of every plate of food we eat.
Although there's a cull on "starchy vegetables" such as the humble potato or cassava which is widely eaten in Africa.
If you served it all up this is what you would be allowed each day:
The diet has room for 31g of sugar and about 50g worth of oils like olive oil.
It's not the season, but thanks to my freezer, I am now enjoying a rhubarb/strawberry crisp. Really good.
Joan, I use a Guardianware cast aluminum pan. (According to some, that could be why so many of my brain cells are leaving the building.)
Randy, looks like a great pancake recipe; probably has a different texture and taste.
Bertold, I have had Dutch pancakes before but not "baby" one. Did you make them in a cast iron skillet, or in cast iron muffin pan, or...?
Patricia, I like the idea of preparing the flax seeds beforehand and freezing them. An easy way to add flavor and texture.
I grind flax seeds & freeze them.....I use it in my breads, buns, pancakes, & sometimes a filler in meat or seafood patties.
Those pancakes sound great, Randy. We like to make the baby Dutch pancakes you bake in the oven.
Coincidentally, I had oat meal yesterday. I like apple butter or pear sauce in mine. I may have to try your method, Daniel.
I experimented with my pancakes this morning. Instead of an egg, I dissolved flax seeds in milk and pear sauce. They say flax makes a good egg substitute as an binder. The pear sauce served as my "oil". With added pecans, you know what?--the pancakes turned out to be my best ever! Who would have thunk?
Daniel, thanks for the overnight oatmeal recipe. That sounds perfect for me.
Randy, glad you had some good turkey!
I've been cooking dog food for Rufus, using a crock pot. I'm vegetarian but he is a dog so his food includes meats. His last batch contained ground turkey as the meat base. He liked it!
I've been making overnight oatmeal. You combine the old fashioned oats, milk and some other ingredients and leave them in the fridge overnight. I like the result. It's basically 1/4 cup oats (I've used steel cut, old fashioned, or instant), a tablespoon of seeds (I've used flax seeds or chia seeds), a cup of milk, a little sweetener (I used maple syrup), and 1/4 cup dried fruit (I used raisins) and 2 tablespoons of chopped nuts (I used mixed nuts). There are many variations. You don't cook it, just mix up in a bowl, cover and leave in fridge overnight or a couple of days.
The recipe came from the NY times, although there are lots of other recipes around.
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