Do you ever wonder if the cost of organic food is really worth it? I do! 🙂 It takes more planning and cooking to eat an organic food diet on a budget.
Oh and money; it takes more money too. But not much more!
Here are some of the ways I maintain our nearly 100% organic food diet while still maintaining a reasonable grocery budget.
1. Stock the pantry with organic staples! When cooking from scratch, pantry essentials provide the foundation for so many meals. I’ve actually been amazed at the variety of dishes that can be whipped up using a combination of basic pantry items and fresh produce! I buy our pantry supplies in bulk from Azure Standard to get the best prices!
2. Order organic food online (as much as you can). Let’s face it, eating an organic food diet requires planning and cooking. But who has a lot of time? No one. Swap time spent at the grocery stores for time spent in the kitchen. I currently run a grass-fed beef co-op which delivers a monthly supply of grass-fed, organic beef to my front door!
3. Get creative with organic potato recipes. Organic potatoes are really delicious, and purchased in bulk from Azure Standard they only cost $.52 per lb.! There are TONS of potato recipes out there; roast ’em, bake ’em, mash ’em, just to name a few. In the Fall and Winter, serving more potatoes has become one of my favorite ways to make a meal go further!
4. Dust off those counter-hogging kitchen tools. My blender, T-fal bread machine, 2 crock pots, and rice steamer have become my new best friends since I began cooking organic meals on a budget. Using these guys is the ONLY way I can cook organic food on a budget without spending all day in the kitchen!
5. Plan ahead, but keep it simple! Cooking almost exclusively 100% organic on a budget does mean more time spent cooking than if I were to buy more expensive convenience foods. The only way to make this work without spending all day in the kitchen is to KEEP THE MEALS SIMPLE! I have found that since organic food is so much more flavorful than conventional food, simple meals aren’t boring or depressing because they are so tasty! For example, one of our favorites is Olive Pasta. It’s just cooked spaghetti tossed with chopped olives, salt, pepper, and a bit of olive oil. So easy; so tasty! NOTE; the olives are imported and BRINED so they are very delicious. They taste nothing like the grocery store olives.
What about you? Got any tips to pass along? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below! Don’t be shy! 🙂