A sneak peek into my fridge and pantry
My choice to feed myself and my family a fresh, wholefoods, certified organic food stems from my experience with infertility.
Infertlity led me to a holistic fertility centre where my naturopath helped me to discover the negative health affects we can experience from consuming foods with artificial additives, antibiotics, hormones, pesticides and other chemical residues.
Certified organic foods have a higher nutritional content and are much kinder to the environment. Today, nothing is more important to me than keeping myself and my family safe from these toxins.
Here is a rundown of some of my favourite produce and products which proudly wear the trusty Australian certified ‘bud logo’ and I’ve shared a few recipes which incorporate them.
Certified Organic fruit and vegetables can be purchased from your local health food store. It’s worth asking which fruit and vegetables may not be supplied by Organics Growers of Australia (a small producer initiative from Australian Certified Organic), because not all are. Some OGA suppliers to my favourite health food store About Life are Champion’s Mountain Organics
On those super busy days when I’m running really low on produce, I occasionally pop into Woolworths or Coles to pick up the odd thing or two but the fact that the produce is wrapped in plastic really bugs me. I understand that they do this to keep the produce from contaminates when it’s in the warehouse, and through delivery as they are larger supply chains, but I still use them for emergencies only.
Here are a couple of recipes to help you use up all those beautiful seasonal fruit and vegetables.
It’s super important to me where my meat comes from and I only buy chicken and meat from sustainable farms which allow their animals to graze freely on pastures and live and eat as nature intended. Meat accumulates all the toxins in our environment, yet another important reason to buy Certified Organic.
My favourite chicken is from Inglewood Farms and we’ll have a roast chicken every week, keeping the bones to make another round of chicken stock. Inglewood chicken can be found in health foods stores, speciality shops and some supermarkets.
Here’s a delicious quick and easy Sticky Orange Chicken recipe my family just loves!
Coconut oil has got to be my absolute favourite pantry staple. Not just for it’s taste, health benefits but for it’s versatility. I use it fry frying, sautéing, and in bliss balls
and add it into smoothies too.
Coconut oil is also my everyday skin moisturiser, makeup remover, hair de-frizzer and more! Buying organic ensures that it contains no synthetics and no insecticides and also that no chemicals are used during the extraction and processing of ACO coconut oil.
Tamari is a wonderful flavour you can add to most dishes from stir fry, to soups, dressings and I even add it to my Mexican dishes. Spiral brand is my trusted favourite.
Photo credit: Spiralfoods.com.au
Absolute Organic brand of raw honey is much loved by the kids. Raw honey is a great choice of sweetener, particularly if eaten raw (not cooked) because it contains all it’s enzymes, vitamins, nutrients and minerals. (unlike refined sugar or pasteurised honey which has all goodness stripped out of it). Raw honey is our favourite sweeter to use in my famous Notella.
Often I’ll find I’ll stock up on Global Organics passata, especially when I find it on sale. I avoid buying anything in tins due to the chemicals in the BPA cans, but especially tinned tomatoes because the acid from the tomatoes reacts with the BPA causing it to leach into the tomatoes. So not feeding that to my kids! We use it in Mexican, Italian, soups, stews, slow cookers. It’s divine in this Slow Cooked Lamb Shank and Barley Soup
We are a cheese-lovin’ family and have a healthy rotation of variety in the fridge, but our everyday cheese is Barambah Dumeresq Organic Cheddar which comes from a farm whose farmers cares about the wellbeing of it’s calves and cows and allows them to graze on mixed pastures and are mostly grass fed. My kids love this cheese melted on some buttered sour dough bread in the grill, or grated onto some baby spinach and ham wraps which we then toast.
And something else you’ll find in my cupboard is the old vodka. Nothing beats sitting down with a certified organic vodka, soda and fresh lime as the hubby does a bbq after a big weekend of shopping, kids activities and a big cooking. Ahhhhhh!
What are some of your favourite pantry staples?