• In The Kitchen

    Organic Kids Meals

    Organic Crunchy Tacos

    • 1 lb organic lean, ground beef, buffalo, venison, or turkey
    • 1 packet organic taco seasoning
    • 12 organic taco shells
    • 1 cup each of your favorite toppings:
      – organic grated cheddar cheese
      – organic chopped tomatoes
      – organic shredded lettuce
      – organic chopped onions
      – organic sliced black olives
      – organic salsa or taco sauce

    Follow taco seasoning packet directions for browning and seasoning the organic meat of your choice.

    Heat the taco shells in the oven according to the package and place your toppings in serving dishes. Remove meat to serving dish. Remove shells to serving dish.

    Let everyone layer their taco shells with any combinations of toppings they like. Serves 4-6 kids

    This meal usually takes me about 20 min to throw together. Making it what I would call organic fast food.

    Organic food prices are well worth the remarkable improvements in your kids’ overall health and future well being. It’s been proven in numerous studies.

    Organic Oven Fried Fish Sticks or Nuggets

    • 1 lb frozen wild caught fish fillets or steaks, thawed
    • 1 organic egg, beaten
    • 1/2 cup organic breadcrumbs
    • 1/4 cup organic butter, melted

    Preheat Oven 500*

    Cut fish into sticks or nuggets, dip in egg, coat in breadcrumbs. Place fish on well greased stainless steel baking sheet. Drizzle with butter.

    Bake for approx 6-9 min, until golden brown. Serve with organic ketchup and/or organic tartar sauce (recipe below). Serves 3-4 kids.

    Organic Tartar Sauce:

    Combine 1/4 cup organic mayonnaise with 1 tbs organic sweet pickle relish. Flavors meld nicely if allowed to marinate in the fridge at least 30 min.

    My guys always liked french fries with their fish sticks.

    Warning: Do not feed your kids shellfish. Lobster, shrimp, oysters, clams, crabs, scallops, and mussels.

    All shellfish can be a serious health risk.

    They are high in mercury, heavy metals, and industrial contaminants from their environment because they’re bottom feeders that eat the ocean’s waste.

    I’m sure I don’t have reiterate how damaging these heavy metals and toxins can be to your family’s health.

    Organic Oven Baked French Fries

    • 2-3 organic potatoes, cut into wedges
    • Organic expeller-pressed oil spray (Canola or Olive)
    • Sea salt to taste (optional)

    Preheat oven 450*

    Cut potatoes into wedges. Spray a baking sheet with oil, place potatoes in a single layer and spray with oil.

    Bake for 45 min, till golden brown. Sprinkle with sea salt. Serves 4-6 kids

    Because you are preparing organic foods, your appetite will return to what it should be – making organic food prices a non issue. You and your kids will be eating less and feeling full.

    Organic Mini Cheese Pizzas

    • 1 tbs organic butter, melted
    • 1/2 tsp organic garlic powder
    • 6 (6 inch) organic pita rounds
    • 1 cup organic shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried organic basil
    • 1 small organic tomato, diced
    • 2 tbs organic grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/2 cup organic pizza or spaghetti sauce

    Preheat oven 400*

    In a small bowl, combine butter and garlic powder; brush over pitas. Spoon and swirl sauce over pitas. Sprinkle with tomato, basil, and mozzarella cheese.

    Place on an ungreased stainless steel baking sheet. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serves 6 kids

    Talk about organic fast food this recipe takes a total of about 10-12 min!

    Plus it utilizes very small quantities of your organics, so the organic food prices get spread out over several meals.

  • In The Kitchen

    Organic Rice Recipes

    Organic rice recipes are a delicious way to add nutrition and fiber to any meal. Rice provides fast energy and is easily digested. It is good for bowel health, is an important source of vitamin B1 and encourages stable blood sugar levels.

    Choose brown rice over white rice, as the nutrient-rich outer layers of the rice is stripped in the refining process. Look for Fair Trade rice which ensures the workers are treated fairly and paid a decent wage for their labour.

    The sales of rice produced by these farmers provide them with much needed income just for basic survival in poor countries. Rice can be grown in the poorest of land conditions and is an important staple in many cultures. Recipes for rice are a low-cost, affordable way to feed an entire family!

    Some delicious organic rice varieties are Basmati, Sweet rice, Arborio, and Jasmine rice.

    Organic Wild Rice and Pecan Casserole

    • 1/2 cup organic butter
    • 1 cup organic mushrooms, sliced
    • 1 organic onion, chopped
    • 2 tbs organic green pepper, chopped
    • 1 organic garlic clove, minced
    • 1 cup organic wild rice
    • 1 cup organic pecans, chopped
    • 3 cups organic chicken broth
    • sea salt and organic black pepper to taste

    Preheat Oven 350*

    Heat butter in large pan, add mushrooms, onions, green pepper, and garlic. Cook 5 mins. Add rice and pecans to pan and mix well. Add broth, and sea salt and pepper. Turn into greased casserole, cover and bake 1 hour. Serves 8

    Get creative! Organic rice recipes are easy to add your favorite tidbits to.

    Organic Rice Pilaf

    • 1 cup organic long grain rice
    • 4 tbs organic butter or cold pressed organic olive oil
    • 1 sm organic onion, finely chopped
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • 1/2 tsp organic black pepper
    • 1 tsp organic thyme
    • 2 1/2 cups steamed distilled water, boiling
    • melted organic butter to taste
    • organic parsley, chopped to taste

    Preheat Oven 350*

    Heat butter and saute onions until soft. Add rice and saute for 5 mins over med heat. Add salt, pepper, and thyme.

    Add boiling water, stir. Transfer to casserole dish, cover, and bake for 20 mins, or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Add melted butter and a sprinkling of parsley if desired. Serves 4-6

    Organic Curried Rice

    • 1/4 cup organic onion, chopped
    • 1/4 cup organic celery, thinly sliced
    • 2-3 tsp organic curry powder
    • 2 tbs organic butter
    • 1 cup organic long grain rice
    • 2 cups organic beef broth
    • 1/4 cups organic raisins
    • 1/4 tsp sea salt
    • 1/2 cup organic cashews, chopped

    Melt butter in sauce pan, cook onion, celery, and curry powder till celery is tender. Add rice. Stir in broth, raisins, and salt. Cover, and bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer 15 mins or until rice is tender. Let stand, covered, for 10 mins. Stir in cashews. Serves 6

    Wondering what to do with leftover veggies? Add them to some rice and sauce and create your own organic rice recipe for stir fry!

    Organic Confetti Rice

    • 5 cups steamed distilled water
    • 2 cups basmati rice, cooked
    • 4 tbs cold pressed olive oil
    • 1 1/3 cups organic onion, chopped
    • 2/3 cup organic yellow summer squash, sliced
    • 2/3 cup organic zucchini, sliced
    • 1/4 cup organic green pepper, chopped
    • 1/4 cup organic red pepper, chopped
    • 2 organic garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 tsp organic basil
    • 1/2 tsp sea salt
    • 1 lg organic tomato, diced
    • 4 tsp organic parsley, chopped

    Heat oil in skillet, saute onion, for 1 min, stirring constantly. Stir in sqash, zucchini, peppers, garlic, basil, and salt. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until veggies are tender, about ten mins. Stir in tomato and rice. Cook, covered, 10 mins longer, stirring frequently. Sprinkle with parsley. Serves 4

    Your only limitation when it comes to organic rice recipes is your imagination. Rice recipes are easy to expand on, adding flavor, texture and more nutrition with your own favorites.

  • In The Kitchen

    Organic Fish Recipes

    The fish you choose for your fish recipes can impact the health of ocean life.

    When a particular type of fish goes extinct, or close to it, it can disrupt the habitats of both its predators and its prey. Which wrecks havoc on the ecosystem.

    You can always stick to Alaskan salmon, Mahi Mahi, Pacific halibut, striped bass and tilapia.

    Look for “wild caught” fish for your organic cooking. The “farm raised” variety is fed non organic feed and are crowded in man-made “ponds”.

    Any fish you eat should have both fins and scales. Only these are safe to eat.

    Catfish (which I love but no longer eat), have fins but no scales, they are bottom feeders. They eat everything that falls to the bottom of the lake including pollution, like heavier than water mercury.

    An organic food diet should avoid toxic fish.

    Organic Trout Amandine

    • 4 wild caught trout fillets or steaks
    • 1/2 cup organic butter, melted
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • 1/4 tsp organic black pepper
    • 1/4 tsp organic paprika
    • 2 tbs organic lemon juice
    • Amandine Sauce
    • 4 tbs organic butter
    • 3/4 cup organic, slivered almonds

    Preheat oven 450*

    Grease stainless steel baking sheet. Combine butter, pepper, paprika and lemon juice. Place fish on baking sheet and brush with mixture. Bake for 4 min, turn, brush with mixture, bake 4 min more. Do not over cook.

    While fish is cooking prepare your sauce. Heat butter in pan and saute almonds until slightly golden. Pour sauce over fish and serve. Serves 4

    Don’t eat shellfish for the same reasons as other bottom feeders, they are toxic.

    Fish from the oceans are better than fish from our sadly polluted lakes.

    If you want incorporate organic cooking into your life, then your organic fish recipes should not include shellfish.

    Organic Oven Fried Fish

    • 2 lbs wild caught fish fillets or steaks
    • 2 organic eggs, beaten
    • 1 cup organic bread crumbs
    • 1/2 cup organic butter
    • 2 tbs organic lemon juice

    Preheat oven 500*

    If necessary cut fish into portion size. Dip fish in egg, then bread crumbs. Place fish in a greased (organically of course), shallow baking pan. Drizzle fish with melted butter and lemon mix. Bake until fish flakes easily with a fork (about 5-6 min for each 1/2″ in thickness).

    Fish recipes that include fish with fins and scales improve brain function because of the omega-3 fatty acids.

    Facts:

    • Omega-3 fatty acids are good for all types of arthritis.
    • Improve immune response.
    • Lowers the risk of stroke or heart attack.

    Organic Salmon with Tarragon Butter

    • 4 1″ thick wild caught salmon fillets
    • 6 tbs organic butter
    • 3 tbs fresh squeezed, organic lemon juice
    • sea salt and organic pepper to taste
    • 3 tbs fresh organic tarragon, minced (or 2 tsp dried)

    Preheat broiler

    Melt butter with lemon juice over low heat. Remove from heat and add a generous amount of pepper. Place salmon skin side down on broiler pan. Brush with half of butter mixture. Sprinkle with salt. Broil until just cooked through. Add tarragon to butter and heat. Spoon tarragon butter over fish to serve. Serves 4

    Important Tidbits: Buy frozen fish. Unless you live in a coastal area, the fish is often transported for days before reaching the market.

    When fish is frozen, it’s frozen within hours of being caught. This deters bacterial growth and spoilage, giving you a safe start to your fish recipe.

    Organic Tuna Steaks

    • 1 lb wild caught tuna steaks (4)
    • 1 tsp organic dried thyme
    • 1 tbs and 1 tsp cold pressed olive oil
    • organic pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 350*

    Combine thyme, oil and pepper into a smooth paste and rub into each piece of fish. Place fish in a glass baking dish and bake uncovered until cooked through. 30-45 min depending on thickness. Serves 4

    Organic cooking is the same as conventional cooking but without the added chemicals, pesticides, growth hormones, genetically modified organisms and other unknown additives found in modern commercial foods.

    An organic food diet will add taste and nutrition to your menu with no additional effort!

    Fish recipes should be included regularly in your weekly menu planning, in fact if you could eat more fish than meat you will improve your organic health diet immensely.

  • Celebrity Endorsements,  Organic News

    “Organic” Celebrities: Julia Roberts, Oprah, and more

    Organic celebrities help spread the word of organics and green living by being in the limelight.

    Julia Roberts showed off her composting skills, Gorgeously Green author Sophie Uliano gave some great green tips, actress Sandra Bullock, and the man with the plan Al Gore were all on hand to help spread the word of organic and green living.

    Oprah rallied the troops for Earth Day 2008 by inviting her celebrity friends on her show to share some of their organic and green tips. She is a great spokesperson for the organic movement. She is always out there spreading the word and has all the right connections to help even more. Not to mention she’s rolling in “green”.

    Organic celebrities spend big bucks to green up their lives. But this celebrity put in three organic nurseries! That’s right, three.

    Halle Berry spent $60,000 to green up all three baby rooms. Everything from sheets to stuffed animals made with organic cotton.

    It seems Halle is obsessed with organics. You go, organic girlfriend! Halle had baby girl, Nahla, on Sunday March 16, 2008 09:20 PM EDT. It is Berry’s first child, at 41 years old.

    May you and your family have continued organic good health, Halle!

    You don’t have to be Halle Berry to embrace organic living. Living a greener healthier life, for your family’s sake, is only a click away.

    Actress Soleil Moon Frye has an on-line organic baby store! You may remember Soleil from the T.V. shows “Sabrina The Teenage Witch” and “Punky Brewster”.

    Soleil has two organic babies and offers a nice selection of baby items including toys, clothing and bedding. You can check out Soleil’s The Little Seed community here.

    These celebrities are “organic”, what about you?

    I appreciate organic and green celebrities for their efforts in promoting green and organic living. Organic happenings all across the country get a lift from these inspirational and influential people.

    Some celebrities appear in person to promote a good cause, really giving a big boost to the necessary awareness campaign.