Maria Rainer is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education, where recently she’s been researching different types of mechanical engineering degrees and blogging about student life. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop. She has written a post that I’m sure you will find as useful as I do; we all have trouble keeping meals organic on a budget, so here are some ideas to help your menu and wallet!
Everyone knows that eating organic is good for your body. From organic beef and poultry to fruits and vegetables, it’s know for its chemical, hormone and preservative-free benefits. But the downside of eating organic is that it can really put a dent in your wallet.
Although organic food was introduced in the 1960s and 1970s, it has really become popular over the past twenty years. And while it seems like the high demand for organics should drive the prices down, unfortunately that’s not the case. In fact, on average organic food costs typically 50 to 100 percent more than its non-organic counterparts.
But don’t despair! It is possible to eat organic for less. In fact, a lot less. Here are five organic meals that will make your body and your bank account healthier.
This hearty and healthy meal is packed with flavor. Your best bet is to hit your local farmer’s market for fresh veggies like zucchini, summer squash and asparagus. Sautee the veggies lightly in some olive oil and garlic, toss with cooked whole wheat pasta, sprinkle lightly with parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper. Delish!
Black Bean Soup
A few cans of organic black beans and veggie broth can go a long way in this fiber-rich meal. Start with one cup of organic salsa and cook over medium heat about five minutes. Then add 2 cans of black beans and 2 cups veggie broth and heat until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Spoon half of the mixture into the blender to puree and return to the saucepan and heat through. Sprinkle with cheese and serve with whole wheat tortilla chips for an added crunch.
Double Stuffed Potatoes with Broccoli
This meal is a childhood favorite turned healthy. Bake organic russet potatoes until soft, about 40 minutes. In the meantime, steam florets of organic broccoli. Scoop out potato filling and mix with one cup low-fat sour cream and cooked broccoli. Return filling to potato jacket and top with cheddar cheese. Bake for 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted.
Bean and Cheese Burritos
This simple meal doesn’t just cost under $5, it also take about five minutes to make too. Simply heat up a can of organic refried beans. Spread a healthy amount on an organic whole wheat tortilla and add fresh organic lettuce and tomato. Top with organic salsa, a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheese. Yum!
Chicken and Broccoli Stirfry
This delicious stir fry is a healthful way to spice up dinner. Add three ounces cubed organic chicken breast to 3 tablespoons canola oil and ¼ cup soy sauce. Marinate for thirty minutes. Chop a small onion, broccoli and garlic and add to a hot skillet. Toss regularly until chicken has cooked through. Serve with whole grain rice and season with salt and pepper.
See how affordable cooking organically can be? With some planning ahead and keeping the best organic deals in mind, eating well for less is easier than ever.