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To show your Mother (Earth) that you care and are concerned about her long-term health, here are 10 things you can do to help make a difference:
1. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
2. Drive less. Walk, bike, share a ride, or take the bus.
3. If you must drive, keep your vehicle’s tires properly inflated and avoid idling.
4. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
5. Buy energy efficient appliances.
6. Move your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter (to 68 degrees) and a few degrees higher (to 78 degrees) in the summer.
7. Install low-flow showerheads, faucets and toilets.
8. Eat at least one meatless meal per week.
9. Unplug electronic devices, like your cell phone charger, when you’re not using them.
10. Plant a tree or two or three.

To assist you in accomplishing number eight on this list, Green Vegetarian Cuisine & Coffee, now located in the Full Goods Building at The Pearl and 10003 NW Military, Suite 2115, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week.

I visited the North Flores location twice and the new Pearl location once, and I have to give the restaurant a big green thumbs up. Not too many restaurants in San Antonio can say they grow the food they serve. And for the sustainably minded among us, you’ve got to appreciate the restaurant’s reuse of an 1896 structure, their rainwater catchment system, and their large bike rack. On top of all of this, their food is quite tasty. I had a monk’s bowl (quinoa, tabouli, beans, kale, and chipotle aioli) the first time I went, and I had their lasagna special on my second visit. On my third visit (at the Pearl), I had a Portabella Burger that was yummy good.

Brothers Mike and Chris Behrend and their mother, Luann, are the brains behind Green. Mike became a vegetarian in 2005, and Chris jumped on board in 2010. It seems that more and more people are appreciating the goodness of meatless meals.

Check out Green’s website for their hours. Both locations are closed on Saturdays.

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