By: Jacqueline Gomes, RDN, MBA
March 1st, 2019
As trends push us towards a more simplistic way of eating, it’s no surprise that there are more products labeled “organic” now more than ever.
So what is it? Let’s take a deeper look…
Organically grown produce is grown and packed without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or irradiation and is certified by a USDA accredited third-party certifying organization. Organic farmers use earth friendly methods and rely on natural fertilizers and crop rotation to re-nurture fields.”
Many factors influence the decision to choose organic. For some it’s the taste and for other it’s the concern around potential consequences of fertilizers or pesticides.
How to shop Organic:
Shopping for organic items in our stores is easy with our Eat Well Shelf Tag. Simply look for the tag labeled “organic” at shelf! You’ll find everything from spices to cereal and Dairy!
Is it healthier?
Overall health status is determined by meeting our dietary requirements. All foods- organic or not- contain a similar amount of calories and nutrients; thus choosing one form over the other is a personal choice. Either way, it is best to do your own research that way you can make an informed choice when selecting what foods to consume!
Consider the following factors when deciding whether organic is right for you and your family.
NUTRITION: There is no conclusive evidence that organic food is more nutritious than conventionally grown food.
PESTICIDES: Conventional growers use pesticides to protect their crops from molds, insects and diseases. Some people buy organic food to limit their exposure to these residues. Most experts agree that the amount of pesticides found on fruits and vegetables pose a very small health risk and is therefore safe to consume.
QUALITY: Organic foods meet the same quality and safety standards as conventional foods. The difference lies in how the food is produced, processed and handled.
ENVIRONMENT: Organic farming practices are designed to protect the environment by reducing pollution and conserving water and soil.
TASTE: Taste is subjective, so decide for yourself. Choosing the freshest foods available may have the biggest impact on taste.
Source: Mayo Clinic. Organic foods: Are they safer? More nutritious? www.mayoclinic.com
Turkey Tomato Sauce over Pasta
Total Prep: 25-30 minutes
Makes: 4 Servings
- 1 lb 93% lean Organic Ground Turkey
- 1/2 cup diced sweet onion
- ½ Red bell pepper, diced
- 8 ounces tomato puree
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup Greenway® Organic peas
- ½ teaspoon Greenway® Organic Garlic Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Greenway® Organic cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 teaspoon Greenway® Organic Oregano
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- Salt & pepper to taste
- ¾ lb linguini or other pasta shape you enjoy
- Using a medium-sized dutch oven heat olive oil over medium heat and sauté onion and pepper until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes. Increase heat to high and add Ground turkey, cook stirring constantly and breaking up bits of turkey. 10 to 15 minutes.
- Once all liquid is absorbed, reduce heat to low and stir in tomato sauce and peas. Add all spices, salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 10 minutes on simmer.
- Meanwhile, boil a large pot of water and cook pasta according to package directions.
- Serve meat sauce over pasta and enjoy!
Recipe & Image by: Jacqueline Gomes, RDN