• 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.

  • In The Kitchen

    Hidden Dangers In The Kitchen

    Reducing the household pollutants in your kitchen will protect your organic foods from harmful chemicals and therefore help protect your family.

    Remember everything takes time. Read up on an organic lifestyle on this site and make changes as you see fit.

    Every little bit is worth it. As I’ve said before I was not making a lot of money when I resolved to be as organic as I could.

    One tip that helped along the way was letting friends and family know about my decision.

    Over the years I’ve gotten gifts of glass containers, gourmet organic foods, organic food coupons and organic cotton clothes!

    So let every one know what you have decided and they can help you in reducing the hidden household dangers and maybe their own!

    Another money saver…try garage sales and flea markets (watch out for leaded crystal).

    Organic cooking deserves the best back up routine and that means using safe cookware, utensils and storage.

    Aluminum Pots and Pans

    Get rid of any aluminum pots and pans. It is TOXIC!

    Not only has aluminum been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, but colic, rickets, gastrointestinal problems, interference with the metabolism of calcium, extreme nervousness, anemia, headaches, decreased liver and kidney function, memory loss, speech problems, softening of the bones, and aching muscles can all be caused by aluminum toxicity!

    Use stainless steel, glass, or cast-iron cookware for your organic cooking.

    One of the advantages of cast-iron is that it can provide small amounts of iron to your diet.

    Taking small steps in the right direction will dramatically reduce your families exposure to dangerous household pollutants in the kitchen.

    Teflon

    Get rid of any Teflon cookware.

    I cringe when I think about the condition of some Teflon pans I’ve seen in people’s cabinets. They are poisoning their food and themselves without even realizing it.

    Teflon pans can release at least six toxic gases, including two carcinogens, two global pollutants, and MFA, a chemical lethal to humans at low doses!

    If that’s not a household pollutant I don’t know what is.

    They become cracked and worn after being exposed to heat and detergents, leeching potent chemicals into your food and air!

    Stick with stainless steel, cast-iron and glass cookware.

    Plastic Utensils

    Eliminate plastic utensils from your organic kitchen. Plastic melts when it gets hot, and guess what…cooking usually involves heat!

    A hot frying pan is not a good choice for a plastic spoon or spatula.

    Choose instead stainless steel utensils, wooden spoons or spatulas, bamboo items, and glass or metal measuring cups.

    Plastic Containers

    Many plastics start to break down as they age and when they are heated, scrubbed or subjected to harsh detergents.

    Bisphenol A is the main ingredient in polycarbonate plastic, which is commonly used to make reusable milk bottles and reusable water bottles.

    Bisphenol upsets natural hormone levels and causes genetic damage and miscarriages in lab mice.

    Household pollutants are unfortunately hiding everywhere in our homes.

    To minimize your exposure to the chemicals found in plastics, start by buying as little plastic as you can from the grocery store.

    Remove the plastic packaging and wrap all your cheeses and meats in freezer paper or waxed paper before putting them in a plastic storage or freezer bag.

    This keeps your food from coming in direct contact with the plastic and absorbing the chemicals.

    Transfer other store bought items into glass or stainless steel containers.

    Re-pour milk and water into glass jugs. A stainless steel funnel helps with this.

    Metal Containers

    Acidic foods such as tomatoes, sauerkraut, fruit, lemonade, carbonated beverages, tea and wine can react with metal in containers and become poisonous.

    Avoid canned juices, opt for glass bottles instead.

    Zinc: Galvanized metal containers may leach toxic amounts of zinc into the food.

    Copper or brass: Makes lemonade, wine, tea, coffee and tomato sauce toxic.

    Lead: Traditional pewter contains 25% lead. Many antique ceramics have lead glazes. Also be wary of lead crystal.

    Use glass containers for your drinks. Glass pitchers and jugs are widely available, inexpensive, and look nicer than plastic.

    Use only modern sealed ceramics.

    Excerpted from “Organic Housekeeping: In Which the Nontoxic Avenger Shows You How to Improve Your Health and That of Your Family, While You Save Time, Money” by Ellen Sandbeck (Scribner, 2006)

  • In The Kitchen

    Organic Soup Recipes

    Organic soup recipes to warm you up in the winter and cool you down in the summer! Soups are good way to add variety to your vegetable intake.

    You can sneak in the veggies you don’t care for, so you are gaining the nutritional benefit without the torture of eating a big serving of something you don’t like.

    Try cutting them into tiny pieces too. This works for me with peas, I don’t care for them, but I put them in my soups and stews, so I hardly notice they are there. Most any veggies can be added to any basic vegetarian soups recipe to add some extra nutrition.

    Organic soup recipes are easy to throw together in a big pot or slow cooker to give your organic food diet added punch.

    Organic Mulligatawny

    • 4 cups organic chicken or vegetable broth
    • 2 cups chopped cooked organic chicken
    • 2 cups organic tomatoes, cut up
    • 1 organic apple, diced
    • 1/4 cup organic onion, diced
    • 1/4 cup organic carrot, chopped
    • 1/4 cup organic celery, chopped
    • 1/4 cup organic green pepper, chopped
    • 1 tbs organic parsley
    • 2 tsp organic lemon juice
    • 1 tsp organic sugar
    • 1 tsp organic curry powder
    • 1/8 tsp organic ground cloves

    In a large stainless steel pot combine all ingredients, add sea salt and organic pepper to taste, if desired.

    Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a slow simmer. Cover and simmer for approx. 20 mins. Turn off heat and let sit for approx. 20-25 mins. Serves 6-8

    Veggie Facts:

    • Onions are packed full of fiber and antioxidants.
    • Green peppers contain more vitamin C than citrus fruits.
    • Parsley aids in digestion and improves function of the kidneys, bladder, and prostate.
    • Organic soup recipes are easy to delete or add ingredients of your choice to suit your own tastes!

    Organic Minestrone

    • 9 cups organic vegetable broth or other broth
    • 1 can organic navy beans (you can use dry beans, cooked)
    • 1 cup organic carrots, chopped
    • 1 cup organic onion, chopped
    • 1 cup organic celery, chopped
    • 1 clove organic garlic, minced
    • 4 cups organic tomatoes, chopped
    • 2 cups organic cabbage, finely shredded
    • 1 med organic zucchini, sliced
    • 2 cups organic peas (use frozen not canned)
    • 1 tsp organic dried basil
    • 1/2 tsp organic ground sage
    • 1 1/2 cups uncooked fine noodles

    Add carrots and beans to broth and simmer till carrots are firm-tender.

    Cook onion, celery, and garlic in organic oil of choice till almost tender.

    Stir onion, celery, garlic, tomatoes, cabbage, zucchini, peas, basil, sage, noodles and sea salt and pepper to taste, if desired, into soup.

    Simmer slowly till noodles are done. Remove from heat and cover. Let sit for approx. 20-25 mins. Serves 8

    More Veggie Facts:

    • Garlic is a potent immune enhancer.
    • Cabbage kills bacteria and viruses and heals ulcers.
    • Peas lower blood cholesterol, control blood sugar, and lower blood pressure.
    • Use as many fresh vegetables as possible, rather than canned or frozen, in all your organic soup recipes.
    • Fresh veggies have far more nutrition.

    Organic Salmon Chowder

    • 1/2 cup organic onion, chopped
    • 1/2 cup organic green pepper, chopped
    • 1/2 cup organic celery, chopped
    • 3 tbs organic butter
    • 1 1/2 cups organic potatoes, diced (peeled if you prefer)
    • 1 cup organic carrots, diced
    • 2 cups organic corn
    • 1 cup organic zucchini, diced
    • 1/2 tsp organic black pepper
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • 1/2 tsp organic dill weed
    • 2 cups organic chicken broth
    • 1 1/2 cups organic evaporated milk
    • 1 wild caught salmon fillet, steamed and flaked

    Saute onion, green pepper, and celery in butter. Add potatoes, carrots, spices and chicken broth.

    Cook until tender, approx 30 mins.

    Add corn, milk, salmon and zucchini. Heat thoroughly. Serves 6

    More Veggie Facts:

    • Potatoes help balance alkalinity and acidity in the body.
    • Corn is a bone and muscle builder.
    • Zucchini help reduce hypertension and the risk of stroke.
    • Organic soup recipes can be made in big batches and then refrigerated or frozen for later. The flavor is often times even better after the flavors are given a chance to meld.

    Organic Gazpacho (Cold tomato soup)

    • 6 large organic tomatoes, skinned, cored and chopped
    • 2 cups organic tomato juice
    • 1 medium organic cucumber, seeded and chopped
    • 1 medium organic onion, finely chopped
    • 1 small organic green pepper, finely chopped
    • 1 small organic garlic clove, minced
    • 1/4 organic cold-pressed olive oil
    • 2 tbs organic rice vinegar
    • Few drops of organic hot pepper sauce
    • Organic croutons

    To skin tomatoes easily – plunge into boiling water for 30 seconds, then immerse in cold water. Slip skins off, core and chop.

    In a large non metallic mixing bowl combine all ingredients except croutons. Add sea salt and pepper to taste if desired.

    Cover and chill.

    When ready to serve, top with croutons. Serves 10-12 appetizer servings or 5-6 bowl servings.

    More Veggie Facts:

    • Tomatoes aid in cleasing toxins from the body.
    • Cayenne peppers are good for circulation and help disslove blood clots.
    • Organic soup recipes go great with a nice leafy green salad and a whole grain rustic bread.

    Cold Cucumber Soup

    • 3 medium organic cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and chopped
    • 3 organic scallions (green onions)with tops, cut into 2 inch pieces
    • 3/4 cups organic sour cream
    • 1/4 cup organic canola mayonnaise
    • 1 cup organic chicken or vegetable broth
    • 1 1/2 tsp organic dried dill weed
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • 1/4 tsp organic ground white pepper
    • 1/2 cup organic milk
    • thinly sliced organic cucumber for garnish if desired.

    In food processor or blender, combine cucumber and scallions. Blend until finely chopped and transfer to a large bowl.

    Add sour cream, mayo, broth, dill, sea salt and pepper. Mix well.

    Blend in milk and chill for several hours. To serve, garnish if desired. Serves 4-6

    To make the cucumber soup lower in fat: Substitute plain organic yogurt for the sour cream, use low fat mayo and/or skim or low fat organic milk.

    More Veggie Facts:

    • Cucumbers are high in vitamin C.
    • Green onions help cleanse the blood and contain trace amounts of iodine.
    • Hot or cold organic soup recipes add a lot of nutrition and flavor to your diet. Be creative!