Katie Cizewski - Meatless Monday - Saving the Planet with Mexican Corn on the Cob

Meatless Monday - Saving the Planet with Mexican Corn on the Cob In case you haven't heard, lots of chefs, restaurateurs, and foodies (just like you!) are making a difference by serving vegetarian options at their restaurants or by not eating meat on Mondays. The goal is to cut meat consumption by 15% and to promote personal health and the health of our planet. Don't think eating a veggie burger instead can make a dent? Well the scientific evident is overwhelming but suffice it to say that the production of beef, pork, and poultry burns more fossil fuel, uses more water, produces more methane gas, and leads to the destruction of more forest land than the vegetarian calorie and nutrition equivalent - by many times over. What's more, if the grain that was used to feed livestock in the United States was instead used to feed everyone in America, we'd all be full and there would still be enough grain left over to feed everyone in India, that's three hundred million people here and a billion people there. But enough with the preaching! If you are reading this post, chances are that you've already decided to go meatless on Mondays - congratulations! - all the cool kids (and cool chefs like Marcus Samuelsson) are doing it. So what's on the menu for this Monday?

Street food and gourmet street food have been making a good case for themselves this summer. Why not bring the street flavor home?  Better yet, why not bring the flavors of the streets of Mexico all the way home? One of my all-time favorite street eats is Mexican corn on the cob. This snack (if you eat one) or meal (if you eat a couple) is so delicious that saving the planet probably won't even come to mind, but you'll still be doing your part. And making Mexican corn on the cob is really easy. Here are all the ingredients you will need:

  • 4 ears of corn
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Grilling the corn on the cob gives it that smoky street food flavor but if you prefer boiling it on a stove top that is fine too. While the corn is cooking, combine the mayonnaise and the lime juice in one bowl and all the dry ingredients in another. When the corn is ready, brush the lime juice mayonnaise all over it and sprinkle the dry cheese mixture over top.  Then all you have to do is eat! See how easy it is to save the planet?