Here are some tricks to make organic foods a bit more affordable.
Organics vs. Your Budget
Organics pose a particular predicament. On one hand, choosing organic is a sensible way to avoid exposing your family to pesticide residue. It brings you peace of mind. But then, organic is typically more expensive than conventionally grown produce.
It's good to know, then, that not all organics are entirely equal. Some conventionally grown produce carries less pesticide residue than others. Among the conventionally grown fruits and veggies with the lowest levels of pesticide are those that require removal of the outermost layers. Think bananas, avocados, onions, and oranges.
So you really can have it both ways! Buy organic with fruits and vegetables that run the highest pesticide risk. Go conventional with those that are on the low-residue list.
Candidates for Conventional
These foods have less pesticide residue:
Beans and Whole Grains
Beans and whole grains are another smart way to save money on organics. And remember, the combination of beans and rice in a dish provides a complete protein, so you can save money by skipping meat entirely or by reducing the amount of meat (often the most expensive part of the meal) that you add to the dish.
Beans and grains are highly versatile ingredients that adapt well to seasonings. Use them in stews, soups, pasta dishes, to extend meat dishes, or form them into patties for croquettes or meatless burgers.
Lentils (brown, green, and red)
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