Green Guru: Eating Bugs

Green Guru: Eating Bugs

Insects are an eco-friendly meat alternative.

By Susan Cosier
Published: July-August 2012

1 1/2 teaspoons Beau Monde

1 cup dry-roasted rootworm beetles


Blend the first three ingredients in a blender or food processor. Place in a mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and chill.


Chocolate Chirpie Chip Cookies



2 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

1/2 cup dry-roasted crickets

1 12-ounces chocolate chips

1 cup chopped nuts


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla; beat until creamy. Beat in the eggs. Gradually add the flour mixture and insects, mixing well. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.


Mealworm Fried Rice



1 teaspoon oil

1 egg, beaten

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup chopped onion

4 teaspoons soy sauce

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1 cup minute rice

1 cup cooked mealworms


Heat the oil in a saucepan, and scramble the egg, stirring to break it into pieces.

Add the water, onions, soy sauce, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil.

Stir in the rice. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand for five minutes.

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Susan Cosier

Susan Cosier is former senior editor at Audubon magazine. Follow her on Twitter @susancosier.

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We better take this matter of

We better take this matter of climate changing very seriously, I really don't want to eat bugs!

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