Monday, April 4, 2011
One of the ways to make your family happy is by cooking delicious meals. Yes, healthy food and great taste can go hand in hand, as opposed to the misconception that healthy foods are bland and downright tasteless. Most kids could care less if it’s nutritious as long as it tastes good. Cooking with organic products offer more flavor and you can feel confident the food you’re serving has the nutrition they need.
Cooking the Healthy Way
The key to cooking a healthy and delicious meal is partially in the process, but mostly in the ingredients. The only way that you can be assured that you have the most nutritious ingredients is to be certain they are organic. Organic ingredients were grown without using synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.
When you buy the ingredients you need for organic cooking, make sure that the products you pick are those that have the USDA Organic certification on them. This is the label given by the US Department of Agriculture on products that have successfully passed organic standards. When you see the USDA label, you can rest assured that you are buying organically grown food.
If you haven’t tried cooking organically before, the internet has a wealth of information and you can check out various recipes. Or, you can try an organic cookbook. Either way, you should pick a couple of organic recipes to serve as your guide while experimenting with cooking organic meals.
Having an Organic Kitchen
Some homeowners choose to grow their own organic vegetables right at home. That way they can be assured that there haven’t been any harmful chemicals or pesticides used in growing the vegetables. This offers an inexpensive source of organic products. The dried leaves and other waste materials from the vegetable garden can also be made into compost, which will benefit the soil. This process is common in nature and is a truly sustainable option.
Other Ideas for Organic Cooking
Organic cooking also compliments the idea of buying locally. This is a great way of supporting local farmers and helping them to continue to provide healthy products for local consumers. Food that is locally grown doesn’t require large long haul trucks to transport it from the source to the market. Transporting foods can increase the CO2 emissions in the environment, thereby contributing to its deterioration.
These are just a few organic ideas that you can apply at home. They are very easy to do, but the small contribution you make can greatly help your family and the environment