This delicious vegan Velvety Kale Soup with a Cashew Cream by Spork Foods will help you get your greens, is easy to make, and is easy on the planet! The Spork Foods sisters Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg are creative and upbeat, with gorgeous and decadent recipes for everyday and special occasions.
The carbon footprint of the major ingredients for this recipe (and a dairy-based soup for comparison) are as follows:
|This recipe||CO2-eq (grams for this recipe, 4 servings)||Dairy-based soup||CO2-eq (grams per recipe, 4 servings)|
|Vegan milk||56||Dairy creamer||651|
Creaminess in soups can come from any combination you may have on hand of potatoes, cashews, and vegan milks. The carbon footprint is much lower than a dairy-based soup due to the high greenhouse gas emissions involved with production of any ruminant animal product (beef, lamb, cheese, dairy). These emissions come from methane production from the ruminant digestive process, the feed required to raise the animal, and manure management The numbers speak for themselves. For example, according to a review of the literature by Heller and Keoleian (2014), average values for the carbon footprints of butter and vegan butter are 11.9 and 1.36 grams of CO2-eq per gram, respectively.
Spork Foods kindly gave us permission to use this photo and recipe on the meals4planet.org site. Be sure to check out their website at sporkfoods.com for cooking classes and amazing recipes. Their cookbook, Spork Fed, has wonderful recipes for everyday and special occasions.
Heller and Keoleian (2014) Greenhouse gas emission estimates of U.S. dietary choices and food loss. Journal of Industrial Ecology. 19(3):391-401.
Meier and Christen (2013) Environmental Impacts of Dietary Recommendations and Dietary Styles: Germany as an Example. Environmental Science and Technology, 47: 877-888.
Some words from the Spork Sisters
Hello! We’re Heather and Jenny, the sisters and co-owners of Spork Foods.
We founded our company over a decade ago as a way to share our love of vegan cooking with the world – helping people make healthier, more compassionate choices. Vegan cuisine is our passion and it’s our mission to bring simple, yet delicious recipes into as many peoples’ lives as possible.