Green Tip #6 - Going Green In the Kitchen - Part I
Last week I began talking about going green in the kitchen and how it can save money and provide better health. There’s so much to talk about on that topic, so I’ll stay there a little longer.
Green Tip #6 Going Green in the Kitchen
I think it’s now universally known that going green helps save and, hopefully, repair our environment, resulting in improved health for ourselves. Your body is 100% organic, so let’s talk about the foods we put in our sacred temples. Single ingredient foods are not only healthier, in that you save your body from the shock of “utamates” and “oses”, but will save you money in the long run. Not to mention the fact they just taste better and open your kitchen and your mind to experimentation and the creativity of producing a meal your family will love!
Today, I’ll talk about fruits, vegetables and herbs.
Using fresh herbs, as opposed to dried, provides better flavor and texture to your foods. They also are a natural complement to your fresh veggies and meats! Fresh herbs can be expensive if you buy frequently. Why not grow your own? They can be grown from seed, or you can buy starter plants from any garden center. You don’t need a lot of space to grow herbs. They can be grown in a windowsill, window boxes, the ground, or in pots. When growing your own, choose herbs you use frequently. You’ll save money in the long run and your foods will taste so much better! I have parsley and chives growing in a couple of whimsical planters in my front yard. Did you know that parsley is Nature’s toothbrush? Instead of leaving the parsley garnish, so often served with your meal in restaurants, eat it when you finish your meal. Parsley cleanses your mouth and freshens your breath! Great practice if you can’t brush your teeth after eating, such as while at work. When packing your lunch, be sure to include a few sprigs of parsley.
Fruits and Vegetables
If you have the space, try growing some of the more expensive fruits and veggies, or the ones you use most often. I have 12 pineapple plants in my back yard and am trying my hand at growing Red Bliss potatoes. Pineapples are easy to grow, they multiply themselves and demand little care. Simply twist the spiny head off a pineapple and poke it in the ground, spiny end up! Mine are growing in a sandy area of my property under speckled light conditions; oak and camphor trees provide a canopy from direct sunlight. Feed them banana peels once in a while and let Mother Nature do the rest! Pineapples, however, are slow to bear fruit, taking about 17 months to produce. But so, so worth it! They are much sweeter and juicier than what is available in the store.
I’m experimenting with the potatoes. I researched the process and a mounded bed is recommended. However, I wanted to see what results I’d obtain by skipping the mounding step. I simply cut 2 potatoes into quarters (make sure the potatoes have grown eyes), set them out for a few days to “brown over” the exposed flesh, then placed them an inch deep into the ground with the eyes facing up. I now have six 12” tall potato plants! They seem to be a fast growing root.
Before I leave you today, I will provide a list of fruits and veggies that should be bought organically, due to the typically high level of pesticide residue, along with a list of those with low residue and safe to buy in the non-organic form. Some of the latter are considered to be safe for the simple reason their thick skins are peeled before consumption.
Fruits and Veggies to Buy Organically
To avoid ingesting pesticides, the following should be bought in organic, farm to table form:
- Bell Peppers
Do you eat organic foods?
Fruits and Veggies to Buy Conventionally
Consuming organic foods is the healthier option, However, foods that have an outer skin that is removed before eating can be purchased in non-organic form, such as the following:
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas
- Sweet Potato
Until Next Time
I’ve gotten quite wordy in this post, so I’ll leave you for now. I hope you’ve enjoyed the information and I’d love to see you try your hand at growing your own! Write to me if you do; I’d love to hear your story!
Shauna L Bowling
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