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Plant-based ground faux pork from Chi. Courtesy of Chi Foods

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Plant-based ground faux pork from Chi. Courtesy of Chi Foods

Have you resolved to eat a more plant-based diet this year? Or, perhaps you’re looking to reduce your use of plastics in the kitchen. Here are some suggestions:

Plant-based ground ‘pork’

California-based Chi Foods makes the nation’s first certified organic line of plant-based faux meats and offers three varieties of plant-based ground “pork.” The key ingredient is the sacha inchi from Southeast Asia. The nut is a complete protein source, and is high in omega fatty acids. We tried the company’s original flavor in larb, and the Italian herb flavor in a sauce for lasagna. Those who knew they were eating a plant-based meat substitute loved it, and the others didn’t realize that what they were eating didn’t contain anything from a pig. The company website includes recipes for stir-fries, shepherd’s pie, lettuce wraps and more. Next, we can’t wait to make maple sea salt breakfast patties.

$11.99 per 10-ounce package. Available at Sprouts and chifoods.us.

Compostable cling wrap from Great Wrap. Courtesy of C. Hawks

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Compostable cling wrap

If you are vowing to use fewer plastics this year, you should know there is an alternative to plastic cling wrap. Jordy and Julia Kay are the co-founders of Great Wrap in Australia. Their lab created a cling wrap from potato waste — the skins and bits of potatoes that don’t make the cut in other products, such as chips. You use the wrap, then compost it. It breaks down in a compost pile in six months, about the same amount of time as citrus peel. There’s nothing that will wind up in the local landfill. The refillable holder is made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate bottles, has an easy-to-use slide button for cutting the wrap (no more danger from sharp cutters!) and comes in four different colors. Like any cling wrap, it’s not designed for use in a microwave, but it’s perfect for storing foods and keeping them fresh.

$39 for the starter kit, with a holder and two 98-foot rolls of cling wrap. $19 for two 98-foot rolls of cling wrap. Available at greatwrap.co.

Salad dressings from Plant Perfect. Courtesy of Pivotal Foods

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Salad dressings

When you look at the ingredients in most salad dressings, it can be a shock. There frequently is lots of dairy, which also can mean lots of cholesterol and sugar. Nevada-based Pivotal Foods is owned by vegans, and makes Plant Perfect shelf-stable, creamy salad dressings in some pretty interesting flavors, using sunflower oil and organic white vinegar seasoned with vegetables, spices and herbs. There are five flavors, including Caesar, green goddess and chipotle lime. All have no cholesterol and 2 grams or less of carbohydrates per serving. The dressings come in bottles that have an easy-pour cap. We liked these dressings on green salads, but found ourselves using them in place of mayonnaise on pasta salads, as well.

$8.99 per 8-ounce bottle. Available at the Midtown, Ponce de Leon, Northside Buckhead, Chamblee and Sandy Springs locations of Whole Foods and Atlanta Sprouts. Information: eatplantperfect.com/dressings

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