There’s been a chill in the air this weekend and on the way home from camping at the amazing Blogstock festival, with all it’s blogging and foodies delights, all I could think about was making a big pot of healthy stew and dumplings. Last week I was missing summer, and I can’t wait to recreate some summer moments, but I am secretly happy to embrace Autumn, and some of my favourite vegetables. I feel like I know where I am with Autumn cooking.
We try and eat organic when we can, over the years I have built up lots of reasons for trying to, so here are my top reasons to eat organic. The most important fruit and veg to eat organic are the dirty dozen plus, the foods with the most pesticide residues.
The Dirty Dozen Plus, foods to eat organic
- Sweet bell peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
- Snap peas (imported)
Boost your Vitamins
The Soil association calculated that organic veg can boost your Vitamin C intake by 27%, so if you are trying to up your 5 a day, it is also worth thinking about turning to organic fruit and veg.
Better for Animals
Organic farmers have higher standards of animal welfare, giving animals space and fresh air to thrive and organic farmers are helping to protect nature on their farms.
Better for nature
Organic farming doesn’t uses pesticides, organic farms protect and encourages wildlife.
To me organic food tastes loads better and so I enjoy it more.
Support Farmers Directly
When I buy organic veg from a box scheme, I really love hearing stories from the farmers who produced the contents via the newsletter, it’s great to know exactly where your food came from and that you are supporting farmers directly, rather than them being forced to sell at unfair prices to supermarkets.
Avoid the chemicals
Food labelled organic isn’t just grown organically, free from chemicals, it is never combined with ingredients which could be dangerous, or GMO ingredients.
Support the future
Organic is a powerful way to support not just our own health, but the future, of nature, wildlife, animals, our children and our planet.
Getting round the cost of organic food
I have found that less really is more, I find I have to plan more carefully and treat organic veg with more respect, so it goes further. People often over estimate what they need food wise and it results in waste, so organic food can be a great mindset. Small swaps over time are easier to budget for and slow down your cooking habits for, rather than changing to organic overnight. Plus it tastes better, so less really is more for your money.
I once read that in the UK we spend a lot less on food than the French – it really changed my perspective, I would rather have good food than other supposed luxuries, eating well is so central to my mood, health and ability to function, as well as all all I believe in for the rest of the world.
The Soil Association have 30 great tips to help here, I’m really interested in swapping in more organic beauty products next.
Organic recipes from Fab Food Bloggers
Helen, from the The Crazy Kitchen who shared those fab Strawberry and Cream Dessert pots last week, has a veggie chilli, which sounds incredible. Aly from Bug Bird And Bee is a real expert on vegetable dishes in a slow cooker, I love that she made slow cooker lasagne. And if you are looking for pud, try Cass from the Frugal Family’s Slow Cooker Tea Cup Chocolate Cupcakes, you actually bake them in the tea cups!
I have one Chef-O-Matic Multifunction Cooker slow cooker to giveaway to a lucky reader this month.
The incredible 12-in-1, multifunction, compact countertop cooking machine that roasts, sears, grills, bakes, fondue’s, sauté’s, poaches, steams, boils, deep fries, warms and re-heats… all in just one machine. Making homemade healthy and delicious meals has never been easier. Just dial in the cooking temperature, set the time and that’s it. Chef-O-Matic heats up in half the time of a fan assisted oven and cost 50% less to run. Flash fry an amazing sea food stir fry or slow cook all day while you’re away, and then come home to meals that are hot and ready to serve.
Just fill in the rafflecopter and tell me your favourite organic product or slow cooker recipe! And do check out the coffee morning giveaway
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What are your top reasons to eat organic?
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