From the Forums: Can't Afford Organic


A lot of people talk about how eating organic is too expensive, and how making that switch to healthier food is just not possible. While it is true that organics can costs more than typical food found in the grocery store, when you consider your health, the question really becomes how can you not afford it?

I propose that many people can afford to eat healthy and here's my example.The image above is from our weekly food delivery from our local organic supplier. It feeds two people a week with some food left over. Each week we get fruits and veggies and every other week includes veggies/fruit, bread, and dairy. This week included a half gallon skim milk, one pound of butter, two loaves of wheat bread, one loaf of ciabatta, a dozen eggs, green beans, apples, pears, bananas, minneolas, lettuce, cauliflower, potatoes, broccoli, radishes, kale raab, mushrooms, peppers, onions, carrots.

Total Cost: $54

Now this doesn't include some meat and other staples we'll pick up at the store, but it is the bulk of our diet. Having our veggies delivered keeps us from weekly trips to the grocery store, and keeps our healthy diet on track by preventing us from buying things we don't need. Here's part of this weeks menu so you have an idea how much you can make from this:

Homemade pizza with sausage, mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, parm, fresh arugula (from the garden), and lemon (last weeks delivery).

Vichysoisse (cold potato soup) with star anise and leeks

Chilled Cous Cous with broccoli (cooked) and spanish almonds

Grilled Cauliflower with some type of meat

Meat bolognese with whole wheat pasta

Fruit Smoothies

Egg Salad

Pancetta, kale raab & radish greens with fresh homemade pasta

Grilled chicken with green beans and roasted pine nuts and garlic.

Grilled sausages and roasted pepper on toasted ciabatta with potato salad

And that's a small sample. We generally have stuff left over into the next week.

So I propose that eating organic by joining a CSA or finding a local organic distributor is not a as expensive as one might think. If you cut lots of the bad foods from your diet, the food that's better for you becomes more reasonable and let's face it, it is the right thing to do for you and your family. I think Americans often put convenience above quality because cooking is no longer seen as joy but a dismal task.

Has anyone else out there switched to organics? Are you interested? Have questions?

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