I know I post a recipe every Tuesday, but I thought I’d share some information about the ingredients I use for my recipes, and how you can buy organic without breaking the bank!
Go in with a Plan
DH and I try to eat only organic, non GMO Foods when we eat at home. This can be extremely expensive if you do not shop wisely (before we learned to keep ourselves in check, our grocery bill could be up to $200 a week!). So, make sure you go in with a plan and a list of things you absolutely must have. I find that a loose plan works for me. I plan my recipes and grocery list around the sale section. That way I’m not married to having something on a specific day. I won’t buy ground meat for pasta if it’s $7.99 a pound that day, but a roast is $3.99 a pound. I just adjust my plans.
Buy Meat on Sale
DH and I will not compromise on meat (See Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: I finally understand) – the meat must be from Whole Foods or an organization with humanely raised and humanely killed meat products. Because of this, our meat bill can take up most of our grocery bill. I minimize the effects on our grocery bill by purchasing meat in bulk when it is on sale.
Read about Whole Foods animal welfare standards here: Animal Welfare at Whole Foods.
Limit Organics to the “Dirty Dozen”
Since we have had HB, I have moved towards purchasing mostly organic products — especially the “Dirty Dozen” vegetables:
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Hot Peppers
- Sweet Bell Peppers
Buy Vegetables In Season, Frozen, or Canned
In order to ensure that my bill isn’t too high, I always buy in season. If a vegetable isn’t in season, I buy the Whole Foods 365 Brand frozen and canned veggies. I prefer frozen veggies to canned, but I buy all my tomatoes canned.
Subscribe to the Whole Deal for Specials on Tofu, Meat, and Other Products
Because HB was allergic to soy and products that included soy for the first 6 months of her life, I researched soy products. Soy is in everything from garlic bread to baby formula which wouldn’t be very concerning except for the fact that 90% of the soy in these products is genetically modified. Genetically modified soy beans have been linked to “disrupting hormones, allergies and digestive issues.” See What are the safest non-GMO products?
But I like soy, and I like soy products — especially tofu. Because I purchase a lot of tofu (I love tofu, and so does HB!), I have recently switched to non-GMO tofu from Whole Foods. I buy non-GMO tofu on sale because it can also be expensive. Usually, I will browse the tofu section to see if it is on sale, and if it is, I will pick it up, but there are ways to plan around it. Subscribe to the Whole Deal and your local Whole Foods newsletters, and you will be notified when these products are on sale. I also go a step further and “like” my local Whole Foods Facebook Pages and follow their twitter feed. You can get extra notifications of deals here.
Do you have tricks for buying organic cheaply? Do you shop at Whole Foods? The Farmer’s Market? Where are your favorite places to shop for meat and veggies?