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Green Oklahoma’s Best of 2016

Green Oklahoma's Best of 2016

Happy Earth Day! Today we celebrate the earth and work to encourage good environmental stewardship. We also want to celebrate some of the great local businesses and organizations that are helping Oklahoma go green.

This is the forth year of Green Oklahoma’s Reader’s Choice Awards and we are so excited about the response we had. We have so many great green businesses and organizations in Oklahoma.


We are excited to announce the winners of Best of 2016.

Best of 2016 Winners & Runners-up

Best Retail Store: Okie Crowe
Runner-up: STASH

Best RestaurantThe Earth Cafe & Deli
Runner-up: Elote

Best Bakery– Waving Wheat Bakery
Runner-up: Queenie’s Cafe & Bakery

Best Farm– 10 Acre Woods
Runner-up:  Greenwood Farm

Best Store– Oklahoma Food Cooperative
Runner-up: Native Roots Market

Best Service– 2 Green Chicks
Runner-up: Katie’s Peachy Clean

Best Organization– Keep Oklahoma Beautiful
Runner-up: Sustainable Tulsa

Best Green Blog- Oak Hill Homestead
Runner-up: Little Sprouts Learning

Thanks to everyone for your nominations and votes. Be sure to check out all of the winners and runner-ups.

Also check out all of the great Earth Day events going on around the state this week.

Best of 2016 Voting

Green Oklahoma's Best of 2016

Here are the nominations for Best of 2016. Thanks to everyone who nominated their favorite local, green businesses, organizations and blogs!

Now is time to vote for your favorites and get your friends to vote as well. Voting is open until April 21st. Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22nd.


Retail Stores:

Restaurants:

Bakeries:

Natural Farms:

Natural Grocery Stores:

Green Organizations:

Green Services:

Green Blogs:

Voting is now closed. Click here to see who won.

Best of 2016- Nominations

Green Oklahoma's Best of 2016

It’s time for the forth annual Green Oklahoma’s Reader’s Choice Awards. It’s your chance to tell us about your favorite local green businesses and services.

Nominations are open now through April 13th. We are taking nominations for the following categories.

  • Retail Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Natural Farm
  • Natural Grocery Store
  • Green Organization
  • Green Service
  • Green Blog (not including us, of course)

The top 5 nominations in each category will be finalists and the finalists will be voted on by the public. Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22nd.

 

Nominations are now closed. Voting is now open, click here to vote

Green Oklahoma’s Best of 2017

It’s time for the fifth annual Green Oklahoma’s Reader’s Choice Awards. It’s your chance to tell us about your favorite local green businesses and services.

Green Oklahoma's Best of 2017 Reader's Choice Awards

Here are the nominations for Best of 2016. Thanks to everyone who nominated their favorite local, green businesses and organizations.

Now is time to vote for your favorites and get your friends to vote as well. Voting is open until April 20th. Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22nd.

Retail Stores:

Restaurants:

Bakeries:

Natural Farms:

Natural Grocery Stores:

Green Organizations:

Green Services:

 

Voting is now closed. Check out the winners and runners-up.

35+ Delicious Apple Recipes

It’s apple season and a great time to try some new apple recipes. Try one of these delicious recipes today with some local apples. 

Apple Recipes, Natural Apple Recipes, Fall Recipes, Autumn Recipes

It’s time for apples here in Oklahoma and much of the US. Trying some new apple recipes is a great way to support local apple farmers and to get in the mood for fall.


With so many types of apples, the number of things you can make with them is endless. Everything from sweet treats to savory dishes are perfect with apples.

Be sure to look for apples at your local farmers’ market. It’s a great time to support local farmers.

Delicious Apple Recipes

Apple Recipes, Natural Apple Recipes, Fall Recipes, Autumn Recipes

Apple Recipes, Natural Apple Recipes, Fall Recipes, Autumn Recipes

Apple Recipes, Natural Apple Recipes, Fall Recipes, Autumn Recipes

Additional Resource: How to Can Apples for Baking

Apple Recipes, Natural Apple Recipes, Fall Recipes, Autumn Recipes

Apple Recipes, Natural Apple Recipes, Fall Recipes, Autumn Recipes

Apple Recipes, Natural Apple Recipes, Fall Recipes, Autumn Recipes

Apple Recipes, Natural Apple Recipes, Fall Recipes, Autumn Recipes

Apple Recipes, Natural Apple Recipes, Fall Recipes, Autumn Recipes

Addition Resource: Apple Picking Tips

Apple Recipes, Natural Apple Recipes, Fall Recipes, Autumn Recipes

Apple Recipes, Natural Apple Recipes, Fall Recipes, Autumn Recipes

Additional Resource: Get an Instant Pot

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Meatless Instant Pot Recipes

The Instant Pot isn’t just for cooking meat. It’s great for meatless meals as well. Whether you are a vegetarian or reducing your meat intake by taking part in Meatless Monday, the Instant Pot can help.

Meatless Instant Pot Recipes, Vegetarian Instant Pot Recipes, Vegan Instant Pot Recipes, Meatless Monday

Reducing your meat intake can help reduce your impact on the planet and can also be better for your health. One popular way to do this is with Meatless Monday.It’s a great way to make sure you are reducing your meat intake without too much effort.


If you are new to Meatless Monday or a vegetarian lifestyle you are likely on the hunt for some delicious recipes that will make sure you don’t miss the meat.

Don’t worry you don’t have to eat salads everyday and you can make these delicious meals quickly and easily with the Instant Pot. A lot of people like to use their Instant Pot because it cooks meat quickly but it’s not just for meat. It’s great for cooking grains faster, veggies, and more.

What is the Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker as well as a slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, and you can even saute in it. It can take the place of a lot of appliances making it a great space saver. People even make cheesecakes in it! They are for sale on Amazon and if you watch they go on sale pretty often.

There is somewhat of a learning curve but there is a lot of great info out there, one place you can ask questions and find great info is the Instant Pot Fan Club group on Facebook.

Meatless Instant Pot Recipes

Now for some great recipes you will want to try in your Instant Pot. Even your meat loving friends are sure to love these recipes. Many of these recipes are also vegan friendly.

Meatless Instant Pot Recipes, Vegetarian Instant Pot Recipes, Vegan Instant Pot Recipes, Meatless Monday

Meatless Instant Pot Recipes, Vegetarian Instant Pot Recipes, Vegan Instant Pot Recipes, Meatless Monday

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Meatless Instant Pot Recipes, Vegetarian Instant Pot Recipes, Vegan Instant Pot Recipes, Meatless Monday

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How to Reduce Food Waste

Food waste is a big problem that is costing us a lot of money and is bad for our planet. There are some easy ways to reduce this waste and save money.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

In the US, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted! That’s more than 20 pounds of food per person, per month. Not only does that waste contribute to pollution, it also is wasting us a lot of money.


Things like meal planning, labeling and dating leftovers, planning your shopping trips, and even once a month grocery shopping can help prevent food waste.

There are so many other great tips to help you reduce food waste. Below are some bloggers’ top tips. They are sure to help you stop the food waste and save money.

Top Tips for Reducing Food Waste

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

We’ve all had lettuce go bad. Sometimes it seems like the day after you bring it home it’s already going bad. Victoria at A Modern Homestead used to deal with this issue but not anymore. She learned a tip that can help keep lettuce fresh for up to 5 weeks.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

Merissa at Little House Living shares a lot of great tips for helping make your produce last. Produce is something that gets wasted a lot because of improper storage so be sure you are storing your’s correctly

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

It’s never fun to be craving guacamole and go to the fridge and find it brown and gross. Paula at Dinner with the Rollos find the secret to keeping guacamole green longer and it’s simple!

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

No one likes a soft apple but don’t throw them out just yet. Habiba from Craftify My Life has an apple sauce recipe for using up old apples.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

All food waste is bad but there is something extra sad about throwing away desserts that have gone bad. Thankfully Jennifer at The Jenny Evolution has tips on freezing cookies and desserts.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

You don’t even have to waste your citrus peels. They are great for cleaning your garbage disposal. Over on Retro Housewife Goes Green you can learn how to deep clean your garbage disposal with citrus peels.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

You can also use lemons that are past their prime for cleaning. Bren at Bren Did has 15 all-natural homemade lemon cleaning products that are perfect for those lemons you need to use up.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

Another way to prevent wasting lemons and limes is by juicing them and freezing the juice. Kalyn at Kalyn’s Kitchen shares how to properly freeze fresh lemon and lime juice. She also has great tips for freezing fresh basil.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

Did you know you can also freeze kiwi? Stock up when they are in season and freeze them for smoothies later. Pam at Sidewalk Shoes shares an easy way to freeze kiwi.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

Garlic scapes are a food that is often wasted before we can ever end up with it. They are often cut off to allow the garlic bulb to grow larger. If you garden or can find some at a farmers’ market Ellen at Confessions of an Overworked Mom has some tips for preserving garlic scapes.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

What about once you have cut fresh fruit, can you still keep it fresh? Yes, there are ways to prolong the life of cut fresh fruit as well. Kim at Two Kids and a Coupon has great tips for keeping cut fruit fresh.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

Did you know you can also freeze milk? Spoiled milk isn’t something any of us want to deal with so Victoria at A Modern Homestead shares how you can freeze milk and thaw it perfectly.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

If you have chickens or just don’t always get around to eating all of your eggs, you may be wondering what you can do to avoid wasting them. Karrie at Happy Money Saver shares how you can freeze eggs.

When Food Does Go Bad

Even following the above tips you will likely end up with some food that is forgotten. For non-animal products the best way to deal with this is by composting. It helps keep more food waste out of the landfill and creates useful compost that can be used in food or flower gardens.

Helpful Composting Supplies


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Natural Cleaners You Can Make Yourself

Making your own DIY homemade natural cleaners isn’t hard and can save you a lot of money!

DIY Homemade Natural CleanersConventional cleaners often contain ingredients that can be harmful. Many of the ingredients are endocrine disrupters, which can cause adverse reproductive, neurological developmental and immune effects. These risks are especially high during prenatal and early postnatal development.

Making your own cleaners allows you to have control over the ingredients. It can also save you money. Buying the ingredients may cost a bit in the beginning but once you have the supplies on hand you can make these cleaners for less than you are spending now, in most cases. If you plan to make them often check out bulk ingredients on Amazon to save a little money.


There are many great homemade cleaners out there to try. Pinterest has endless options. These are just a few that use really good ingredients and are great products.

Homemade Natural Cleaners

DIY Homemade Natural Cleaners

Daily Shower Spray from Retro Housewife Goes Green

Dish Detergent for Hand Washing from Bren Did

Dusting Spray from Frugally Blonde

Stainless Steel Cleaner from The Crunchy Chronicles

Grapefruit Soft Scrub from Mommypotamus

DIY Homemade Natural Cleaners

Liquid Laundry Detergent from Retro Housewife Goes Green

Dishwasher Detergent from Bren Did

Bleach Alternative from One Good Thing by Jillee

Granite Cleaner from Root and Revel

Toilet Bowl Cleaner from Mom 4 Real

DIY Homemade Natural Cleaners

Citrus Refrigerator Deodorizer from Retro Housewife Goes Green

Lemon Infused Disinfectant Spray Cleaner from Bren Did

Dryer Sheets from View From The Fridge

Floor Cleaner from Hello Glow

Laundry Stain Remover from Bren Did

DIY Homemade Natural Cleaners

Sleep Linen Spray from Retro Housewife Goes Green

Scented Cleaning Vinegar from Bren Did

Bathroom Cleaner from Remodelaholic

Glass Cleaner from Pins and Procrastination

Lemon and Lavender All-Purpose Cleaner from Mommypotamus
If you are just getting started or like a more simple approach you can clean most things with castile soap, baking soda, or vinegar. Keeping these ingredients on hand is a great start. They are also featured in many of the recipes above.

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Looking for vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes? These are delicious and perfect even for your non-vegetarian friends. 

Vegetarian Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes, Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes, Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

No matter if you are vegetarian, flexitarian, or just trying to reduce your meat intake, these recipes are perfect for your Thanksgiving meal.


Many of these recipes are also vegan-friendly. None of them are short on flavor. Everything from main dishes to a tasty dessert is on this list.

Many are also gluten-free so everyone at your Thanksgiving meal will have something delicious to eat.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Vegetarian Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes, Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes, Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Vegetarian Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes, Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes, Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Additional Resource: Thanksgiving Planning Guide

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Additional: How to Freeze Mashed Potatoes

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Vegetarian Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes, Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes, Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

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Looking for even more meatless recipes? Check out Meatless Instant Pot Recipes

How to Help the Tornado Victims in Oklahoma

The Moore tornado and the other tornadoes that hit Oklahoma during this latest outbreak, are heartbreaking. If you can help there are a lot of great ways to donate. While the Moore tornado is getting a lot of attention Little Axe, Bethel Acres, Shawnee and Tecumseh also need help. We have gathered a lot of donation information for you so you can decide the best way to help. Click the links for more information.

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Frontline Church– volunteers, prayer teams, Red Cross needs list, and more.

Journey Church– Collecting donations


Moore Recovers– volunteers and donations

Pet Food Pantry of Oklahoma– pet supply donations

Regional Food Bank- Text FOOD to 32333

United Way of Central Oklahoma– donations

List of Drop-Off Locations

American Red Cross– Central and Western Oklahoma

The Salvation Army– Donations

Heart 4 Children Ministries– Donations

Diaper Drive– Diapers and other baby items

Photo Restoration– Donate time restoring photos for victims

HopeMob– Donations

Feed the Children– Donations

Global Giving– Donations

 

Products That Support Relief Efforts 

Storm Assist Oklahoma T-Shirt

Oklahoma Necklace

Moore T-Shirt

 

If you know of other ways to support relief efforts please post in the comments below or on our Facebook page

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