Veggie-forward Party Menu for 8 People

Veggie-forward Party Menu for 8 People

At our recent OPL Summit, we had a three-course, veggie-forward potluck dinner for eight people, and it was a party for the senses. We used the Planetary Diet as our guide for the party menu and let each amateur chef chose a favorite recipe to share. The EAT-Lancet Commission created the Planetary Diet is an eating approach that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and plant proteins, such as beans and lentils. Meat, dairy, sugar, and starchy vegetables play a minor role on the plate.  To learn more, read our blog, Now is the Time to Adopt the Flexible and Healthy Planetary Diet.

Eight OPL staff members each made a dish, and the resulting Planetary Diet menu was inspiring. Of course, every meal is complemented by great conversation and a pleasing environment, and we had the perfect makings for a memorable dinner party!

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As an inspiration for your next gathering, we are happy to share our One Planet Life Summit Veggie-forward Potluck Recipes with you. Below are links to our recipes. We hope you try one, some, or all of these delicious recipes and let us know the result. Please share your stories and pictures with us in the comments section below. Bon appetit!

Mediterranean Pinwheels

Mediterranean Pinwheels

Mediterranean Pinwheels are an easy-to-make and delicious appetizer. Serve them at home or take them to your next potluck party.

Shane Crab Cakes

Shane's Crab Cakes with Capers and Cilantro

These crab cakes are mouth-watering delicious and fit into the Planetary Diet that’s good for you and the planet.

Vegetarian Eggplant Parmesan

Vegetarian Eggplant Parmesan

This dish is so flavorful you may find you like this vegetarian eggplant parmesan version better than the traditional recipe.

Kale Walnut Salad

Surprisingly Delicious Kale Walnut Salad

When you mix kale, apples, cranberries, and walnuts together you get a surprisingly delicious, double-helping worthy salad.

Spicy Corn Salad

Easy Spicy Corn Salad with Queso Fresco

This spicy corn salad with queso fresco is a perfect weeknight side dish. It is easy and adds just enough kick to enhance your meal.

Southern Broccoli Salad

Family Secret Southern Broccoli Salad

This southern broccoli salad has the perfect combination of flavor and crunch to be the meal or complement to an entree.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

It’s dessert and vegetables at the same time! This chocolate zucchini cake is moist and delicious and perfect for any occasion.

famous banana pudding

Magnolia Bakery's Famous Banana Pudding

This recipe for famous banana pudding is from the Magnolia Bakery cookbook. It’s a sweet and satisfying dessert.

OPL Plant-rich Recipes

Eating more fruits and vegetables is good for you and the planet.  Find more delicious OPL-recommended plant-rich recipes here.

A Plant-rich Diet is Good for You and the Planet

A Plant-rich Diet is Good for You and the Planet

Changing to a plant-rich diet can change you and the planet for the better!

Did you know that our eating habits are increasing greenhouse gases and harming our health? You hold the key. It is time to open this door. Changing to a plant-rich diet can change you and the planet for the better! Yes, nourishing ourselves with plants can change everything.

The Western diet comes with a steep climate price tag.

The Western diet comes with a steep climate price tag. The most conservative estimates suggest that raising livestock accounts for nearly 15 percent of the global greenhouse gases emitted each year; the most comprehensive assessment of direct and indirect emissions say more than 50 percent.” #1

At the same time overconsumption of animal protein also comes at a steep cost to human costs. On average a person requires 50 grams of protein a day. A plant meal can contain the protein we need. Many in the United States eat more than 90 grams of protein per day. This overconsumption goes hand in hand with health problems.

What would be the benefits if the world changed to a plant-rich diet?

Studies have shown that if 70% of the people adopted a vegan diet and 63% adopted a vegetarian diet (includes cheese, milk, and eggs) the combined impact would be huge! There would be a 70% reduction in emissions. That means if we take the low end of the current emissions above at 15% it would be reduced to 3.75%. The models show that it would also reduce global mortality by 6-10%. This reduction in emissions would save lives and reduce medical costs. Wow, this is definitely worth the changes. #1

What is a good planetary diet?

Well the EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health brought scientists together from around the world and asked the question: “Can we feed a future population of 10 billion people a healthy diet within planetary boundaries?” The answer is yes! We can! To do this, we need to move to a healthy eating approach which is symbolized by a plate that is half full of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. The other half contains whole grains, plant proteins (beans, lentils, etc.), unsaturated plant oils, and modest amounts of meat, dairy, sugars, and starchy vegetables. (>eat-lancet-commission). It is very different from our food consumption today and will require us to make a series of changes.


Five things you can do to reduce your footprint and increase your wellness.
  1. Eat more vegetarian meals. To help, we shared two fabulous vegetarian cookbooks: How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman and The Modern Cooks Year by Anna Jones. 
  2. Shop local farms and farmers’ markets.
  3. Enjoy nature and support it: walk in parks or forest, grow trees and native plants (or support organizations doing so).
  4. Reduce waste, especially plastic: reusable bags, straws, recycle, and compost.
  5. Reduce driving/flying and increase walking and biking.

#1 Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, Edited by Paul Hawken; section Food, page 39.

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