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a year of greener thinking


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Homemade Cards

As you can tell from my foray into cardmaking, I’m hard at work on my Islamic law paper this weekend. However, you can only spend so much time in the library stacks before you need a break — and what could be better than an arts and crafts project that doubles as a gift for friends? (Don’t worry; I’m not putting these on my fridge.)

The cards are an easy and inexpensive way to add a homemade touch to presents. All you need to create them is a stack of construction paper, a scissors and a jar of rubber cement. Channel your inner elementary school teacher (or five-year-old), and start drawing!

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Pasta with Broccoli, Edamame and Walnuts

The most difficult time of day for me to eat healthily and cheaply has always been lunchtime. Not only can it be difficult to gin up the energy to actually pack your lunch the night before, if you are not a morning person, it also can be difficult to remember to bring that lunch with you the next day. (Sometimes the problems are even bigger. Yesterday I left my apartment without my backpack.)

Not so this week. Thanks to the Moosewood Restaurant, I’ve been dining like a champion on this simple and healthy pasta recipe. (I’ve also been packing my lunch in glass containers, which will undoubtedly prove catastrophic when I drop it someday, but, for now, is a handy way to avoid BPA. You can read more about BPA’s potential health risks here.)

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Notre Dame President Father Theodore Hesburgh and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., singing "We Shall Overcome" at a 1964 civil rights rally at Soldier Field in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of the University of Notre Dame.)

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality . . .  I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Carrot Ginger Soup

Baby, it’s cold outside. That means it’s officially soup weather. This recipe for carrot ginger soup, adapted from The 30-Day Vegan Challenge, has plenty of veggies to keep you healthy and will warm you up on those chilly winter nights. The next time I make it, I plan to toast pumpkin seeds to sprinkle on top.

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Rosemary Sweet Potato Fries

When I get home from school I usually want a snack in as little or less time than it takes to open a bag of chips. But the other day I noticed that the sweet potato on my counter was starting to sprout miniature sweet potato plants and decided it was (past) time to use it. These sweet potato fries are an easy, healthy alternative to packaged food. They also would make a great side dish!

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