We’ve been working on an exciting project recently finding out more about the Organic UK campaign #OrganicUnboxed and taking part in the cooking challenge.
My challenge being to make a delicious organic meal from a fantastic mystery box of organic goodies. Honestly I couldn’t wait to find out what was in the box – I LOVE a cooking challenge.
And this little lot definitely didn’t leave me disappointed. Packed with delicious organic food from some of my favourite organic brands Mr Organic, The Well Hung Meat Company, Rachel’s, Yeo Valley, Doves Farm and Holy Cow.
But why choose organic?
- Organic crops are exposed to fewer pesticides – which for me personally and as a mum to three young children is always something I’m conscious of, the less toxins I feed myself and the family, the better.
- Organic livestock is truly free range, meaning they have space to roam and enjoy high welfare standards.
- Organic dairy cows are free range and pasture fed which all makes for tastier dairy produce.
- Organic farming is more environmentally friendly.
- Recent research has shown that organic crops are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants (1) and that both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids (2).
- Organic food may sometimes cost a little bit more, but the health benefits make it worth while. As someone who shops for a family of five I know that if I do an organic shop – using box schemes, local farms and bits from supermarkets, although the food item for item tends to cost more, I revert to making more things from scratch, I don’t pick up any pre-packaged foods or convenience food so overall I find I spend less money.
So with a table full of lovely organic food I’ve planned out some delicious recipes to try out. I’m thinking…
- lamb meatballs in a rich tomato sauce with spaghetti
- raw beet salad with zingy yogurt dressing
- cheese steak sandwiches with the gorgeous feather steaks.
- oriental spiced belly pork with brown rice
- mini baked potatoes with Holy Cow cottage cheese and fresh herbs
- maybe some chocolate spelt pancakes
- and any vegetables leftover I’ll work into soup, risotto or perhaps a quick chutney.
- oh and that gin… I’m thinking summery gin and tonic with fresh fruit.
… I’ll need to add a few ingredients but I’ll be sure to source organic where possible. Check back later in the week to see how we got on and get the recipes.
You can check out more about the #OrganicUnboxed campaign and see what Madeleine Shaw cooks up with her organic food box on the video below.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post promoting Organic UK #OrganicUnboxed campaign. For full details of my disclosure policy please read here.