I hear all the time from friends and clients, “It’s too expensive to eat organic!” If you eat packaged foods, buy gluten free or organic prepared foods, of course it is expensive. You pay for convenience. But change your perspective, make most foods from scratch and you will be able to lower your food bills, even eating organically.
1 whole organic chicken 10.00
1 pound grass-fed hamburger 6.00 a pound from JD Beef at RAM
18 eggs- Grassroots Market 5 Points– 3.99
1 pound Applegate Farms turkey bacon 3.79- Publix has it for 1.80 less than health foods stores!
½ pound salmon 4.99
1 pound butter 5.89
1 pound carrots 2.99
3 large onions
¾ pound coffee 3.00 a week (6.00 a pound, organic and free trade from Green Mountain Coffee- delivered to my door every 5 weeks).
3 green peppers bell peppers
1 bag celery 1.99
1 pint blueberries 3.99
1 bunch kale, Swiss chard, spinach, Malabar spinach or broccoli
3 large sweet potatoes 2.99
3 beefsteak tomatoes
2 Garlic bulb
2 limes .99 and 2 lemons 1.10
45.73- total grocery bill to meet all my nutrient and calorie needs
The items in red are the things I grow in sub-irrigated containers; I used 5 gallon buckets, soil, perlite and made sub-irrigated containers. Growing from seed is cheap.
If you have a backyard, or a deck for container gardening, or grow lights indoors, you can save further in ways that processed food eaters can’t: Almost all year I grow salad greens, herbs, braising greens of some kind and cucumbers and tomatoes. (The salad herbs oregano, thyme, mint, basil, cilantro and parsley never quit here in any season!)
Items I make myself; almond butter made in the Champion juicer, coconut milk yogurt, mayonnaise, salad dressings. These things are very inexpensive to make, very easy to do…not much labor.
Starting on the day I shop, here’s how I eat and cook all week, very simply, but extremely healthy.
First Night; I roast a whole chicken by rubbing butter all over it, salt and peppering it, maybe some garlic or lemon juice and zest. Then roast it for 30 minutes on 450°. Then turn the oven down to 300° and bake for 30 minutes. Now turn the oven back up to 400° and roast that bird just 165°, checking for temp in the thickest part of the breast, not hitting the bone. Save the pan drippings for cooking, save the carcass for stock. Here’s a link to making stock- https://optimumnutrition.wordpress.com/2009/08/12/chicken-stock-101/
That is dinner the first night; a leg and thigh and some breast meat, pour pan drippings over it, using fat and gelatin in roasting pan. With some sautéed peppers and onions and a few slices of ripe tomato, here’s a great dinner.
Breakfast is usually 2 eggs, fried in butter or coconut oil, 3 slices of turkey bacon, some coconut milk yogurt and a handful of blueberries. And 6 ounces of Turkish coffee, ground and brewed each morning. Some mornings I have Ezekiel bread.
Lunch is usually whatever I’ve had for dinner the night before, or an Ezekiel bread sandwich, with meat, fresh olive oil mayonnaise, or almond butter. Maybe Ezekiel with almond butter and sauerkraut, toasted. Usually a cup of meat stock and/or coconut milk yogurt.
Second night; take the rest of the meat off of the chicken, make stock. Have a great chicken soup that night, add sautéed celery, carrots, bay leaf. Maybe some kale sautéed in chicken fat, some gelatin from chicken pan drippings, onions, mushrooms. Sliced tomatoes.
Third night; 1/3 pound hamburger patty, sautéed onions and peppers, 8 ounces chicken stock, sliced tomatoes, coconut milk yogurt.
Fourth night; fresh salmon with dill, Dijon and fresh lemon juice, sautéed peppers, mushrooms and onions, sliced tomatoes. A cup of chicken stock.
Fifth night; Chicken meat prepared however you want, sautéed kale, ½ sweet potato, sautéed mushrooms. Coconut milk Crème Brule and a few blueberries.
Sixth night; 1/3 pound hamburger patty, pan gravy, ½ sweet potato with butter, kale with onions.
Seventh Night; Rest of hamburger with peppers, onions, tomato, salsa, avocado and fresh corn tortilla.
Shop again, or have leftovers, or breakfast for dinner.
Extras I buy if I can afford them; cherries, plantains to fry, dark chocolate, steaks, roasts, Ezekiel bread, wine.
Things I always have in the kitchen; raw butter, Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil and their coconut cream (to use in recipes that call for heavy cream or for decadent desserts) Dijon mustard, olives, herbs and spices, an array of vinegars, olive oil, sesame oil, masa harina, coconut oil, lemons, limes, Kava tea, organic coffee, Yerba Mate Tea, quinoa, rice, teff, coconut and tapioca flours, coconut milk, curry sauces, olives.
Bear in mind that this is a very basic dinner menu, showing how to meet all of your calorie and nutrient needs affordably. These dinners reflect basic eating, by adding other ingredients I can get real fancy, and I do at times.
From Bon Appetit
Last week, a biased but fairly thorough analysis revealed that Massachusetts is the best state in the nation. Even if the weather can get a little miserable, the Bay State tops (or is at least close to topping) the charts in education, health, and wealth, and recently pushed California out of its number one spot as America’s most energy-efficient state.
And it looks like it’s going to keep that energy-efficient crown for a while. Starting in 2014, large institutions including hotels and restaurants are going to be banned from throwing away their leftover food. Instead, the food waste will go to composting sites and specially-designed treatment plants to convert the scraps into energy, heat, and fertilizer.
The specially-designed plants use bacteria to break down the leftovers into methane, which is then burned like natural gas to make electricity. This kind of system is already in place in parts of Europe, and state officials hope to expand it to home and small restaurant waste, too.
There has been many articles about the dangers of red meat; that it leads to heart disease, cancer, diverticulitis, weight gain.
I have a huge problem with this advice. These experts NEVER distinguish between factory red meat and grass-fed red meat. Factory red meat is raised with the use of chemicals, fed unnatural feed sprayed with pesticides, and often bizarre feeds like chicken manure, donuts, and candy bars still in their wrappers. Grass-fed meat is raised on green living grass, without the chemicals, and unnatural feed. The difference between these two types of meat is huge, as they are very different in their content and composition. The studies used by these experts for the basis of their opinion NEVER distinguish between factory meat and grass-fed meat, treating them like the same substance. Since over ninety-eight percent of the red meat eaten in the U.S. is factory meat, those studies really only apply to factory meat, not grass-fed.
Our ancestors barbecued red meat all the time. In fact, a huge portion of the meat enjoyed by humanity for thousands and thousands of years was cooked with fire. But until modern times, nearly all of this meat was grass-fed.
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Full Post is at Tender Grass Fed Meat
According to Scientific American you can use more than 40 gallons of water by letting the faucet run while washing the dishes.
Here’s how to use only use about 3 or 4 gallons;
Wash dishes with 2 dish pans in the sink, one for hot soapy water, one with warm rinse water. Do glasses first, pause a moment to let the soapy water drip off, then move to rinse water. Stop when rinse water is almost full and rinse quickly. Repeat with silver, plates, then pots and utensils. All with 2 dishpans full of water. Then I pour the soapy water, with all that organic matter, onto my plants in the garden. It helps repel pests and loosens the soil. And good for the biceps when you carry it outdoors.
Other ways to save water;
1) Use very low flow shower heads. Ace Hardware has a 1.5 GPM with a shut-off valve. Take a 3 minute shower!
2) Use grey water from shower(I keep a 5 gallon bucket in shower and use it throughout the day to flush the toilet, take what’s left to the flower beds. If you can’t lift a 5 gallon bucket, use a 3 gallon one. You’ll work up to a 5 gallon one in no time, just keep doing it!
3) NEVER buy bottled water. I bought a Kleen Kanteen for each person in the family, we refill and take with us. I’ve had mine over a year.
4) I have an outdoor solar heated shower that I built. May not save water bit is saves electricity!
5) I water my garden with buckets from the rain barrels that are under the eaves of my garage. 10 feet from my garden. The front flower garden gets watered entirely from the dish water.
6) I feel VERY strongly that it is awful to put sewage back in to fresh water. I use a sawdust toilet thus putting no sewage in the system..and makes for great compost (ONLY for high heat composting!).
We think there are dozens of reasons to hang out, but these are a few of the most compelling reasons. Project Laundry
10) Save money
9) Clothes last longer
8) Pleasant Scent
Clothes and linens smell better without adding possibly toxic chemicals to your body and the environment.
7) Saves Energy, Preserves Environment, Reduces Pollution
Conserve energy and the environment, while reducing climate change.
6) Healthy Work
It is moderate physical activity which you can do in or outside.
5) Get the Sunshine Treatment
Sunlight bleaches and disinfects.
4) Replace another appliance
Indoor racks can humidify in dry winter weather.
3) Avoid a Fire
Clothes dryer and washing machine fires account for about 17,700 structure fires, 15 deaths, and 360 injuries annually. The yearly national fire loss for clothes dryer fires in structures is estimated at $194 million. See a diagram of the critical danger zones of the dryer.
2) It is fun!
And can be an outdoor experience that is meditative and community-building. It may also help you avoid depression.
1) It is truly patriotic
Demonstrates that small steps can make a difference. You don’t have to wait for the government to take action!
I posted about Soap Nuts a few years ago, but wanted to update and spread the word about this awesome, all natural solution for laundry soap. I discovered Soap nuts about 5 years ago and am still using them. It is a nut that grows on a tree, is safe, natural alternatives to harmful chemicals. Soap nuts release saponin (an effective, hypoallergenic, biodegradable organic cleaning agent. If you suffer from allergies, have sensitive skin, use cloth diapers, or want to do your part for a greener earth, soap nuts fit the bill. Soap nuts leave laundry clean, fresh and soft; dishes, pots and pans sparkling clean; your hair and scalp healthy – plus offer a plethora of green household cleaning uses.
I use them for laundry primarily. In cold water I just put them in a small muslin bag (comes with the nuts) and wash a few loads with them. For hot water washes I make a liquid by pouring boiling water over a handful of nuts and let it sit over night. It makes about a quart, which I keep in the fridge. That amount will do about 20 loads of laundry.
You can use this liquid for a Mosquito Repellent, for hand soap or shampoo.
From Laundry Tree
Here’s a Guide on Growing Soap Nuts
I have asked both Grassroots Market and Whole foods to carry these..so far no luck. BUT, if you ask each time you go in and they continue to get requests, perhaps they will get them in for us!
By Susan Freinkel
In a study published last year in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers put five San Francisco families on a three-day diet of food that hadn’t been in contact with plastic. When they compared urine samples before and after the diet, the scientists were stunned to see what a difference a few days could make: The participants’ levels of bisphenol A (BPA), which is used to harden polycarbonate plastic, plunged — by two-thirds, on average — while those of the phthalate DEHP, which imparts flexibility to plastics, dropped by more than half.
The findings seemed to confirm what many experts suspected: Plastic food packaging is a major source of these potentially harmful chemicals, which most Americans harbor in their bodies. Other studies have shown phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) passing into food from processing equipment and food-prep gloves, gaskets and seals on non-plastic containers, inks used on labels — which can permeate packaging — and even the plastic film used in agriculture.
Binchotan active charcoal has been used in Japan as a water purifier since the 17th century. It reduces chlorine, mineralises the water and balances the pH. The binchotan active charcoal can be used for up to 6 months and amazingly recycles for many different uses after this.
Over 22 billion plastic water bottles are discarded around the world every year. We want to reduce this by making tap water taste better and encourage people to stop buying bottled water.
BPA free tritan, cork, stainless steel, silicon
includes x1 binchotan active charcoal filter (6 months life)
8.5 x 24cm – 800 ml / 27 floz
In a thread of hack events from the Anonymous group, the most recent target has been Monsanto.com. Anonymous, which briefly knocked the FBI and Justice Department websites offline as well as Music Industry websites in retaliation for the US shutdown of file-sharing site Megaupload, is a shadowy group of international hackers.
Click here to see the videos- http://www.organiccommonsense.com/organic/anonymous-takes-down-monsanto-com/
Anonymous Message To Monsanto: We fight for farmers! – Video Transcript
To the free-thinking citizens of the world: Anonymous stands with the farmers and food organizations denouncing the practices of Monsanto We applaud the bravery of the organizations and citizens who are standing up to Monsanto, and we stand united with you against this oppressive corporate abuse. Monsanto is contaminating the world with chemicals and genetically modified food crops for profit while claiming to feed the hungry and protect the environment. Anonymous is everyone, Anyone who can not stand for injustice and decides to do something about it, We are all over the Earth and here to stay.
To Monsanto, we demand you STOP the following:
- Contaminating the global food chain with GMO’s.
- Intimidating small farmers with bullying and lawsuits.
- Propagating the use of destructive pesticides and herbicides across the globe.
- Using “Terminator Technology”, which renders plants sterile.
- Attempting to hijack UN climate change negotiations for your own fiscal benefit.
- Reducing farmland to desert through monoculture and the use of synthetic fertilizers.
- Inspiring suicides of hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers.
- Causing birth defects by continuing to produce the pesticide “Round-up”
- Attempting to bribe foriegn officials
- Infiltrating anti-GMO groups
Monsanto, these crimes will not go unpunished. Anonymous will not spare you nor anyone in support of your oppressive illegal business practices.
AGRA, a great example:
In 2006, AGRA, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, was established with funding from Bill Gates and The Rockefeller Foundation.
Among the other founding members of, AGRA, we find: Monsanto, Novartis, Sanofi-Aventis, GlaxoSmithKline, Procter and Gamble, Merck, Mosaic, Pfizer, Sumitomo Chemical and Yara. The fact that these corporations are either chemical or pharmaceutical manufacturers is no coincidence.
The people of the world see you, Monsanto. Anonymous sees you.
Seeds of Opportunism, Climate change offers these businesses a perfect excuse to prey on the poorest countries by swooping in to “rescue” the farmers and people with their GMO crops and chemical pesticides. These corporations eradicate the traditional ways of the country’s agriculture for the sake of enormous profits.
The introduction of GMOs drastically affects a local farmers income, as the price of chemicals required for GMOs and seeds from Monsanto cripples the farmer’s meager profit margins.
There are even many cases of Monsanto suing small farmers after pollen from their GMO crops accidentally cross with the farmer’s crops. Because Monsanto has a patent on theri brand of seed, they claim the farmer is in violation of patent laws.
These disgusting and inhumane practices will not be tolerated.
Anonymous urges all concerned citizens to stand up for these farmers, stand up for the future of your own food. Protest, organize, spread info to your friends!
We are Anonymous
We are legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
We all been outraged at Monsanto’s aggressive, even illegal, certainly immoral marketing and pollution practices lately. we have all bitched voraciously all over the Internet. Go HERE to read about their deplorable business practices.
So what can we do about it? Yes, sign the petitions, re-post, re-blog..spread the word! And then?
Again’ VOTE with your Dollars! Buy certified organic food, grow your own food… purchase heirloom seeds and organic seeds. Learn how to grow from the seeds of your own food you raise. I bought seeds 4 years ago, am still using the same seed packets or have seeds from my last crop of tomatoes, Malabar spinach, lettuces. The seed packets tell you to “broadcast the seeds” then thin the plants. That is ridiculous! Of coarse they want you to waste the seeds, and buy more next year. I sprout each seed or direct plant into perlite and then soil.
So let’s put Monsanto out of business, let’s do what they re most scared of; make our voices heard load and clear. AND stop supporting them,, buy organic food, cleaning products, clothing..etc. Stop supporting chemical companies, not just Monsanto. Stop buying plastic, stop getting shopping bags (bring your own), stop getting take-out.
Learn to live with less, buy better quality when you do. Re-use as much as possible.
It is possible to drastically lower your carbon footprint. This in turn impacts big business.
Every single choice you make has an impact.
And go to Millions Against Monsanto and speak out.