Showing posts with label organic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label organic. Show all posts

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hearty Meatless Meals/ Cheesy Hash Brown Quiche

Meatless Quiche
The Best Thing I Ate in France
Remembering my first taste of quiche as a teen in France, I picked up a loaf of Country French Bread at the local grocery to eat with this dish. It was a huge hit. My hubby ate leftovers for breakfast and took a second helping in his lunch. If you prefer a more traditional recipe then use the filling and put it in a prepared pie crust; bake it longer at the lower temperature.

Cheesy Hash Brown Quiche

2 cups Simply Potatoes Shredded Potatoes

1/2 stick organic butter, melted
3 Large organic eggs
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup organic milk
1 small organic zucchini, chopped (According to the Non-GMO Project, zucchini is a high risk produce, always buy organic zucchini.) You can also substitute any fresh green veggie of the same consistency that you prefer.
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup thick sliced mushrooms (slice them thick so they bite like soft meat)
1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
Olive oil

Toss potatoes with melted butter and press in pie plate just like a pie crust, sprinkle with salt. Bake in preheated oven @ 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Saute zucchini, mushrooms and garlic in a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt. In large mixing bowl mix eggs, milk, cheese, spices and veggies, take crust out of oven and add mixture to crust; return to oven and bake an additional 30 minutes @ 350 degrees. It took me back to that little French bistro that looked something like this...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Finding Non-GMO Labels

Finding Non-Gmo Labels
Finding Non-GMO Labels
Looking for non-gmo (genetically modified organisms) has been overwhelming to say the least. So many of our foods are genetically modified, even fresh produce and whole grains, and previously the only way to spot non-gmo with the naked eye is an organic label. After careful research, I am so pleased to provide you with two additions to looking for the organic labels.

Both Greenpeace and the Non-GMO Project have compiled a comprehensive list of non-gmo brands. Brand listing is so helpful because frankly that is how most of us shop. Think about how bombarded we are with business logos. Both of my children materialized there first steps to reading by the recognition of logos before age 2. Logos are a huge part of our culture.

Greenpeace has made gmo free brand recognition easy with a downloadable color coded list of good, moderatly good and bad brands to look for while you shop. You can also link the list to your facebook account for easy viewing from your smartphone.

There is also a new label in town, The Non-Gmo Project label. This is not only a new label to look for, you can search the website for your favorite brands. The website will tell you what brands have been approved as well as those pending approval. The Non-GMO Project website has also compiled a list of non-gmo wholesalers to watch for when reading labels.

I will be watching for these non-gmo brands when I am shopping today. Watch for my reviews in future blog posts.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Teaching Kids Sustainability

Teaching Kids Sustainability
Teaching Sustainability
After viewing the movie Food Inc., I wanted to include my kids in changing our lifestyle and teach them a little more about sustainability. This wasn't a huge task as we already practice sustainability and healthy eating, we already include our children in the education process. I just wanted to take it to the next level. 

A Search for Organic Produce

We started with a trip to the local supermarkets looking for organic meat and produce. I gave my daughter a clipboard with a list of foods we normally stock; I divided the list up by supermarket and instructed her to keep track of what we find and how much it cost. I will be posting a supermarket review later in the week. This led to a day long discussion about what Certified Organic really means.

A Discussion About Sustainability

A discussion in the car about sustainability brought up several movie titles you may want to make sure your kids watch. The movie Wall-E, "The Bee Movie" and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." All three of these movies address the topic of sustainability from a child's perspective.

 A Few Movies Later

After mentioning "The Bee Movie" my five year old gave me a great working definition. He said, "Oh yeah, stay-ability, if we mess with the bees then we won't have any flowers." I realize this is a very simple breakdown of a complicated topic but it is a great start.

So, my advice on teaching your kids "stay-ability" is to let them have fun with it. Let them watch these movies, involve them in your lifestyle changes and then let them plant a garden and do some recycled crafting. They catch on faster than we do sometimes.

Monday, January 9, 2012

When spending more saves big

Spending more saves big when you buy organic. It saves your health, your environment and your freedoms in life. I have seen clips and read bits from the movie Food Inc. over the past few years but I never scraped up the courage to watch it until this weekend. Wow, almost didn't make it through the whole movie at once. It is sooo powerful, if you have not watched it yet, I encourage you to.

The movie had such an impact on us that I will probably be blogging about the changes that we are making for a couple of weeks. Surveying the Internet has been discouraging because there remains a shortage of organic business even in a big city like Phoenix. So today I will be hitting the grocery isles and comparing prices at local retailers.

In response to the movie here is a list of immediate changes we intend to make:
  • Eat Vegetarian more often
  • Buy organic meat when we eat meat
  • Buy organic corn
  • Buy as many organic products as we can possibly find
  • Eat at restaurants that buy organic meat and produce

You can look for new posts including a page of hearty Vegetarian dishes as they get the families approval, ideas of where to buy and save on organic products and forthcoming reviews of organic businesses. After watching the movie some previously favorable reviews may be edited or disappear from my site completely due to laws that would prevent a more critical review. Yes, you heard me correct...we have laws in our food industry that prevent us from talking about what not to eat. This movie is not just about eating healthy, it is about the eroding of our constitutional freedoms.

Here is the trailer...

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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