When I switched to Organic food from the GMO fare I was used to, I tried to mimic my old choices.
I ordered Wolfgang Puck Organic Free Range Chicken Soup with Egg Noodles instead of Campbell's Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup. The Wolfgang Puck soup is really good. I cook it slowly for an hour or two, till my whole house smells like grandma's doing the cooking.
I love that once on Twitter Wolfgang Puck replied to me when I said I love combining his free range chicken soup with diced green chilies.
For awhile I was totally addicted ~ I had to have it every day ~ I'd look forward to it all day long, and it never failed to exceed my expectations.
Next I tried Muir Glen organic diced tomatoes. They became the basis of so many different dinners. I could do spaghetti, casserole, minestrone or any of an array of different soups, not to mention stews.
When I add fresh Greek Oregano from my garden the flavor is superb, but I can't always pick fresh so I ordered organic oregano to have on hand. Lots of it! It gives meals a zest that makes them more interesting, more satisfying. And, if I ever try some taste combination that fails, I can do a quick save by adding oregano and more olive oil.
The basic ingredient in most of my meals is organic short grain brown rice. That's really how I started my weight loss, and how my health began to improve.
I tried buying brands other than Lundberg, and found them vastly different. I mean not even remotely as good. Plus, I love the little velcro-closing-bags ~~ I use them for all different things because they're so easy to open and reseal.
Short grain brown rice is often called sticky rice because it gets sort of thick and stuck together, sort of like dumplings when you cook it with chicken.
One reason I gravitated to Campbell's then Wolfgang Puck chicken soups is that when I first ate brown rice I cooked it with chicken breasts and it was SO good, plus, the protein helped reduce major pain I was having.
Today when I know more about factory farms and their over-the-top use of antibiotics to keep the crammed together chickens alive, I don't fancy chicken the way I once did, so no more buying packs of chicken breasts.
But, I do like Better than Bouillon ~ Organic Chicken. I'm afraid I'm wrongly interpreting "Organic" in this case to mean "Free Range." Thing is, it's so cost friendly and delicious that it has me giving it the benefit of the doubt. Plus, the jars work great in my yogurt maker, they are about two teaspoons of yogurt larger than the ones that came with, so if you've broken an original jar, try this.
Pacific Naturals Free Range Chicken Broth comes in cost effective packs of four, but it's still not as cheap as the Better than Bouillon. So for the moment I'm keeping my "free range" blinders on.
What makes Pacific Naturals Free Range Chicken Broth so "best of all" is that it makes my home smell like rotisserie chicken while it's cooking. It smells so good I had long exchanges with Pacific Naturals about whether or not it was really Organic. I mean, it was so good smelling it seemed like it couldn't be that PERFECT.
I ordered all different kinds of organic pasta and decided I like the Bionaturae organic fusilli the best. Yes, it's like the pasta in Campbell's and Puck's soup, so maybe that's why I like it, but I think it's my favorite because it keeps a nice texture ~~ it stands out in the rice, it looks cute. And it has a sort of fun feeling in my mouth, amid the sameness of the rice.
Colavita olive oil is my favorite, by far. I love the bottle, too. Olive oil, what can I say? It's a total YUM. It's amazing how if I get the ratios of ingredients a bit wrong, I can add more olive oil and bring the whole dish back to tasting Great.
7/15/2013 ~ My dinner tonight was so savory and delicious that I'm writing about it so I can continue enjoying it.
I started with brown rice in less water than usual because my candle (I cook over candles) was not hot enough due to having less paraffin than makes for a good, hot cooking flame. I immediately added a healthy shake of turmeric ~ I keep it in a Parmesan jar with wide holes for shaking out a goodly amount, and a nice pour of Olive oil, plus about eight shakes of finely powdered allspice. I prefer the kubabas ~ the whole allspice ~ but there wasn't any available where and when I was ordering last. Kubabas were a must when my grandmother cooked chicken.
I let those ingredients get nice and hot and simmer for maybe an hour, then I added a half teaspoon, about, of Better than Bouillon Chicken Base.
That began to smell really good in no time at all, so I went outside and picked a couple onion tops, 2 small stalks of celery, a ripe tomato and a good bouquet of collards and Indian spinach plants. I snapped off the roots off the Indian spinach ~~ Indian spinach stems are excellent. If you've kept your Indian spinach watered the stems are crispy like celery, maybe even a bit more so. If a stem doesn't snap in two, then I try again further toward the top leaves.
I added the goodies from my garden along with a generous handful of organic fusilli pasta. Then I watched a couple of 42 minute episodes, by which time it smelled so good there was no way I could wait any longer to begin enjoying its flavor as well as its savory fragrance.
Just a reminder, it's really easy to grow healthy veggies in a huge pot, or even a large pot, in the sun on your deck or next to your kitchen door.
The difference in flavor between the veggies I grow and those I buy in cans is enormous. I know everyone says that but tasting brings the truth home to your tastebuds.
If you're hanging back from buying organic food, you may be interested to hear that in the first two to three months after I switched I lost 20 pounds, and that's without doing anything else like exercising more or cutting out this or that. Sadly the weight loss didn't continue... but 20 pounds is certainly celebration worthy!
I love my weight loss so much my excitement eclipses the improvements organic food made to my health. The improvement was significant. Lots of it isn't good for a food page, but it's important so I'll put a link here to GMO vs Non-GMO.
Organic food improved my health and created a significant savings in my vitamins and supplements budget. In the long run the switch seems to have saved me money overall.