Eating organic on any budget

Trying to go organic without going broke? Here are eleven ways to squeeze organics into any budget – big or small:
1. Buy Store Brands
A growing consumer interest in organics has prompted many grocery chains to launch their own organic product lines. Make the switch to store brand, and you could shave an easy 25% off of your bill.

2. Look for Coupons
While you probably won’t find many coupons for organics in your Sunday paper (yet), coupons for organics do exist. Here’s a list of manufacturers offering coupons:

3. Grow Your Own
Plant a garden in your yard and grow your own organics. You may spend a bit more for organic seeds, but otherwise it won’t cost you any more (and may even cost you less) to grow organic produce.
4. Seek Reduced Produce
The organic trend is still new, and that means many stores haven’t figured out how much to order. Look for reduced prices on produce (and other goodies) that need to be used today or tomorrow, and you could snatch up organics at or below the price of traditionally grown produce.

5. Buy in Bulk
Warehouse stores like Sam’s and Costco are a great source for bargain-priced organics if you’re willing to buy in bulk, as is Amazon.com – a newcomer to the grocery market.

6. Buy Unprocessed Foods
Processed foods are more expensive than whole foods, whether they’re organic or not. Spend the bulk of your grocery dollars on basic foods – fruits, vegetables, dairy, grains – and you’ll be able to afford more organics for your money.

7. Shop Locally
Farmer’s markets are a great source for value-priced organics. No markets in your area? Then, look for locally grown organics in your grocery store. Since local produce doesn’t have to travel far, the prices are often lower.

8. Shop Seasonally
Foods–organic and otherwise – are cheapest when they’re in season. Here’s a guide to what’s in season now:

9. Join a Co-Op
Farm Co-ops and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) groups allow you to buy a share in a local farm in exchange for a portion of the food that the farm produces – a real bargain. Locate an organic co-op or CSA in your area through Local Harvest.org, and enjoy more organic fare for your money.

10. Stick to the Dirty Dozen
Can’t afford to buy all-organic produce? Then, stick to the twelve fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide levels. According to The Environmental Working Group, this includes: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, imported grapes, pears, spinach, potatoes.

Source:

http://frugalliving.about.com

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Here are a few organic recipes we thought you would enjoy.

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

A quick and easy recipe that will leave kids and adults alike begging for seconds!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. elbow macaroni, fusilli, or other small pasta
  • 8 oz. Horizon Organic shredded cheddar cheese
  • 12 oz. Horizon Organic cottage cheese
  • 8 oz. Horizon Organic sour cream
  • ¼ cup Horizon Organic parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

    Preheat oven to 350 F. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil, add pasta and cook until done. Drain. In a 9×13 inch baking dish, stir together the pasta, shredded cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Bake 30 to 35 minutes.

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Cranberry Apple Muffins

A delicious breakfast choice, the tartness of the cranberries compliments the sweetness of the apples.

Ingredients:

•    3/4 c. chopped cranberries
•    1/2 t. shredded orange peel
•    1 c. shredded apple
•    1,1/2c. all-purpose flour
•    1/2 c. sugar
•    1 t. ground cinnamon
•    1/2 t. baking soda
•    1/2 t. salt
•    1/4 t. baking powder
•    1 beaten egg
•    1/2 c. Lifeway Nonfat Plain Kefir
•    1/2 c. vegetable oil

 

Directions:

 

Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease twelve 2 1/2 inch muffin cups or line with paper bake cups. In a small mixing bowl stir together chopped cranberries, orange peel and shredded apple. In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Make a well in the center of dry mixture. In another medium mixing bowl combine egg, Lifeway Nonfat Kefir, and oil. Add cranberry mixture and Kefir mixture to the dry mixture. Stir till batter is moistened and lumpy. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups 2/3 the way full. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden.

Source: Organic Recipes

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