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Organic Recipes

Here are some recipes that highlight research on particular food types.  We’ll cover nutritional benefits of organic ingredients, the importance of avoiding pesticides, and environmental impacts of different food types.  We’ll post new recipes every month, so keep an eye out for the latest on food-centric science!

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Oven-roasted asparagus with parmesan and lemon

The Science Spring is almost here, and one of the first vegetables to emerge in the garden is asparagus!  This recipe only works with fresh asparagus. Also, make sure to choose organic if it’s not coming from your backyard. A recent study published in Food Analytical Methods sought to determine if organic cultivation systems resulted in... Read More ›

Grandma’s Rice Pudding

Pair this delicious rice pudding with a mug of hot coffee or tea to get you through this last stretch of winter! Organic agricultural production has been shown to be more resilient to climate change, and organic rice production is no exception. The Science A recent study published in the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food... Read More ›

Hot Ginger Lemon Tea or Refreshing Ginger Lemonade

This is a simple and delicious beverage that you can enjoy year-round regardless of whether it is January or June or you live in Canada or Florida.  All you need are four ingredients to get you through the winter and usher in the summer. When buying lemons for this beverage, be sure to choose sustainably... Read More ›

Whole Wheat Pancakes

Piping hot pancakes may be one of the best breakfast traditions of all time. Try this healthy but delicious spin on an old classic by using whole-wheat flour and remember to increase your nutritional content even more by choosing organic when purchasing your flour. The Science A recent study, published in the scientific journal PLOS... Read More ›

Blueberry Oat Cobbler

Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you need to give up summer desserts. This blueberry cobbler can be made with fresh or frozen blueberries.  It is simple to make and certain to impress. To increase your antioxidant intake, make sure to choose organic blueberries for this dish. The Science A study... Read More ›

Watermelon Agua Fresca

The summer is almost over! Enjoy your final steamy days cooling down with a refreshing watermelon agua fresca. This recipe uses real fruit (of course!), and you can adjust the sweetness according to your preference. When you head to the store or farmers’ market for your watermelon, make sure to do your part to conserve... Read More ›

Super Easy Raspberry Sauce

Summertime means berry time and there are few berries that are more coveted for their supreme flavor, beautiful color and versatility than the raspberry. This simple fruit sauce is ridiculously easy to make, and can be used to top just about anything. Use it as a dip for chocolate cookies, pour it on top of... Read More ›

French Onion Soup

French onion soup is a comfort food classic! In it’s most basic form this soup is an elegantly simple combination of onions, beef broth, bread and cheese.  Here we give you all the know-how you need to make this French bistro staple in your own kitchen – from your own homemade beef broth to a... Read More ›

Refrigerator pickled carrots

If you like crispy pickles in the summer, then you are going to love this new take on an old classic! Pickled carrots are absolutely delicious and lend a burst of color to any plate. Because these pickled carrots are refrigerator pickles, they much simpler to prepare than when using traditional canning, and allow the... Read More ›

Sesame-Soy Brussels Sprout Slaw

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner and that means it’s finally the season for cookouts and summertime salads!  Mix things up this year, and try this variation on a classic summer dish, coleslaw.  This salad is inspired by Asian flavors and leaves out the heavy mayo.  Remember to choose organic when... Read More ›

Sesame Green Bean Egg Salad

This delicious green bean salad provides the perfect combination of veggies and protein.  It is simple but flavorful, and toasted sesame seeds and sesame seed oil give it a nutty twist. When making this recipe, make sure to use organic eggs to increase the protein content! The Science Recent research published in the journal Poultry... Read More ›

Simple Roast Chicken with Root Vegetables

Try this classic meal alone with your family or make it for guests!  This simple, one-pan dish is sure to impress and takes hardly any effort. When making this recipe, remember to choose organic chicken to avoid exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Science A study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology tested organic and conventional... Read More ›

Caramelized Onions

Caramelized onions are both sweet and savory, and the perfect topping for just about anything.  Use these to top your sandwiches, meats, salads, and soups… even ice cream!  Just remember, when you choose your onions, be sure to choose organic. The Science A study published in Science of Food and Agriculture found that organically grown... Read More ›

Old-Fashioned Caramel Apples

Fall has arrived and apple season is in full force. Celebrate the changing season this year with a classic treat—caramel-coated apples. When making this recipe, use your favorite variety of apple. Choose apples that are firm, unbruised and grown in an environmentally sustainable fashion – aka certified organic. The Science  A recent study published in... Read More ›

Lemon-Ginger-Grape Granita

The end of summer has arrived, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still hot outside! Celebrate your final warm evenings with this delicious and easy dessert, and remember to choose organic grape juice to increase your antioxidant intake! The Science A study published in Food and Chemical Toxicology compared the difference in antioxidants found in... Read More ›

Vegan Velvety Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Whether you’re in charge of bringing desert to the next BBQ or satisfying your own sweet tooth, this chocolate peanut butter pie is for you! It is rich and creamy, may possibly be one of the easiest deserts ever to make, it’s much higher in protein and lower in fat than most chocolate peanut butter... Read More ›

Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Buttermilk and Browned Butter

Nothing says comfort like a creamy bowl of mashed potatoes! Try this classic dish with a spin, and be sure to choose organic potatoes when making this dish to increase your antioxidant intake. The Science A recent study published in PLOS ONE investigated the effects of conventional and organic cultivation systems as well as cooking... Read More ›

Tomato garlic soup

Tomato season is upon us! This delicious and simple soup recipe highlights the most delicious produce of the season, and can be stored in the freezer for several months so that you can enjoy the flavors of summer even when it’s not tomato season anymore. To increase your vitamin C and antioxidant intake, remember to... Read More ›

Homemade Yogurt

Homemade yogurt is cheap and easy to make, healthy and absolutely delectable! Once you start making your own, you may never buy it in the store again. Remember, when you try out this recipe, use organic milk to increase the nutritional content even more!  The Science A new meta-analysis that examined 170 published studies found... Read More ›

Homemade Yogurt

Homemade yogurt is cheap and easy to make, healthy and absolutely delectable! Once you start making your own, you may never buy it in the store again. Remember, when you try out this recipe, use organic milk to increase the nutritional content even more!  The Science A new meta-analysis that examined 170 published studies found... Read More ›

Masala tea spiced plum preserves

Try this sweet and spicy plum preserve to add a little adventure to your morning toast or as an accompaniment to roast chicken or pork tenderloin. In order to increase your intake of beneficial bioactive compounds such as antioxidants, remember to choose organic plums. The Science A study published in PLOS ONE compared the bioactive... Read More ›

Roasted broccoli with garlic parmesan cream sauce

If you’re looking for an easy way to increase your vitamin and antioxidant intake, including a broccoli side dish with your meal is the way to go. Broccoli is rich in nutrients including vitamin C and vitamin K. Maximize your intake of bioactive compounds even more by choosing organic! The Science A study in the... Read More ›

Middle Eastern lentil soup

The holidays are over but we still have ways to go until spring. This delicious lentil soup will help keep you warm until the weather does. This lentil soup recipe is easy, hearty and healthy. You can make it even healthier by choosing organic lentils. The Science A study published in Organic Agriculture measured the... Read More ›

Candied Lemon Peels

The holiday season is upon us, and that means it’s time for a smattering of gastronomic specialties ranging from special beverages to desserts to main courses. If you’re looking for an easy and elegant way to spruce up the presentation of your dishes, try these beautiful and delicious candied lemon peels. If you can restrain... Read More ›

Red Orange Sorbet

Looking for a simple elegant desert to serve at your next dinner? Look no further. This delicious red orange sorbet is sure to wow the crowd with hardly any effort! Remember: increase your intake of antioxidants, anthocyanins, ascorbic acid, and phenolics by choosing organic red oranges. These naturally occurring chemical compounds found in plants have... Read More ›

Decadent Garlic Shrimp with Spinach and Pasta

Tonight make a dinner that your entire family will love. This simple garlic shrimp and spinach pasta dish is easy to prepare and so delicious that you won’t have to convince anyone to eat their greens tonight. Remember, in order to pack in as many nutrients as possible, choose organic spinach for this dish! The... Read More ›

Slow-roasted tomatoes with garlic and herbs

Looking for a new way to use fresh tomatoes from the farmers’ market or the herbs from your garden? Try our slow-roasted tomatoes with garlic and herbs! Baking tomatoes slowly concentrates the sugars, giving them irresistible flavor. These gems can be served on top of crusty bread as an appetizer or used to spruce up... Read More ›

Sour Chana Masala (Indian sour curried garbanzo beans)

If you are looking for an easy recipe to spice up your menu, try this delicious dish. This robust vegetarian curry, commonly served on the streets of Northern India, is robust enough that it will satisfy both vegans and meat lovers and it is loaded with flavor, thanks to the array of delicious spices. Be... Read More ›

Blueberry Crumb Bars

Summer is in full swing and what better way to take advantage of sweet and seasonal fruits than with these scrumptious blueberry crumb bars. Whether you pick your own blueberries or get them from a farmers’ market or grocery store, make sure that you reduce your exposure to synthetic pesticides and support healthy soils by... Read More ›

Strawberry Rhubarb Nests

Summer is here, and that means it’s strawberry season! Enjoy this delicious pastry in the morning with your coffee or as an after-dinner desert. Remember to always choose organic strawberries to reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals. The Research A recent report released by the European Food Safety Authority compiled pesticide data from 29 European... Read More ›

Roasted carrots with honey ginger glaze

As a tribute to honey bees, one of our most important pollinators, this month’s recipe features honey! Even your children will be begging for more of these sweet and savory roasted carrots. The secret to this delectable dish is the honey ginger glaze. When choosing your ingredients for this dish, make sure to avoid synthetic... Read More ›

Earl Grey Shish Kebab

The spring is finally approaching, but just because it’s getting warmer outside doesn’t mean you need to give up the exotic aroma and flavor found in your piping hot mug of Earl Grey tea. This innovative recipe from Numi Tea uses its Aged Earl Grey tea to infuse the flavors of aged organic Assam black... Read More ›

Southwestern fiesta salad with peaches, black beans and avocado

This delicious salad is the perfect mix of sweet and savory with just a little kick!  It’s hearty, healthy and can be served as a main course, as a side to any meal, or as a party snack with tortilla chips. Remember, those delicious peaches add much more than a little bit of sweet to... Read More ›

Coconut water mojito

Spring may be a long way off but that doesn’t mean the winter blues need to get you down.  Draw yourself a warm bath, close your eyes, and take a sip of this coconut water mojito (delicious with or without alcohol) to instantly transport yourself to a tropical beach. Coconut water is rich in vitamins... Read More ›

Cranberry-orange holiday relish

 Welcome the holidays to your table with this refreshing side dish that will compliment any holiday meal. Cranberries are not only delicious, they’re healthy, but make sure that when you’re in the grocery store, minimize your pesticide exposure by choosing organic cranberries! The Research Conventional cranberry bogs rely on a large number of insecticides, fungicides... Read More ›

Banana Walnut Oat Bread

Get ready for the holidays with our decadent Banana Walnut Oat Bread. This easy sweet treat is great as a dessert after dinner or first thing in the morning with your coffee. It’s so delicious you’ll hardly believe how many nutrients are packed into one slice. Bananas are rich in potassium, walnuts provide loads of... Read More ›

Ginger Apple Cobbler

Fall is finally here and what better way to welcome changing leaves and chilly evenings than with a hot apple cobbler. When picking out apples for this dessert, choose tart apples for their flavor and organic apples for their antioxidant properties.   The Research A report published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry... Read More ›

The Silver Jubilee

For those of you (over 21 years old) looking for the perfect organic summer cocktail – look no further!  This recipe for The Silver Jubilee from Choice Organic Teas and Bluewater Organic Distilling is a fresh take on using ice tea to mix fantastic cocktails that will help you withstand the heat of summer.  ... Read More ›

Quick and Easy Quiche

Use organic eggs to avoid pesticide resistant bacteria   The Research   Several studies have shown that using antibiotics in poultry rearing can increase the number of antibiotic resistant bacteria on eggs.  Researchers swabbed the outside of  conventional and organic egg shells to test for bacterial antibiotic resistance, and found that bacteria on the conventional... Read More ›

Buckwheat Pasta with Tofu and Sesame Vegetables

 The Research Despite its name, buckwheat is not a grain.  It’s actually more closely related to sorrel and rhubarb than wheat!  The seeds of buckwheat plants are ground into flour, and are known for having high levels of flavonoids.  Some of these flavonoids are more concentrated when the plant is grown under organic conditions.  For... Read More ›

Spicy Indian Chicken with Chickpeas

I like to spice things up in the kitchen; for variety’s sake, and health’s sake too. Turmeric has been shown to help with digestive disorders, the aches and pains from arthritis, and even prevent certain types of cancer. The Research As always, use organic ingredients wherever possible.  This goes doubly for the chicken in this... Read More ›

Easy Weeknight Chicken and Rice Casserole

Chicken and Rice Casserole This was inspired by a recipe I found in my grandmother’s recipe box after she passed away.  It’s perfect when you’re crunched for time but need a healthy, hearty meal.  Use organic ingredients whenever possible. The Research One of the reasons I eat organic is to avoid accidentally consuming genetically modified... Read More ›

Quinoa Tabouli – a light and delicious summertime treat

Quinoa Tabouli Salad With the summer heat in full swing, we thought you might enjoy this cool recipe you can make with left-over quinoa.  It also features quinoa rather than the more traditional cous-cous, making it healthy and gluten free! The Research Quinoa is one of the most healthy grains out there (or pseudo-grains, anyway... Read More ›

Easy Kamut Bread

This kamut bread is one of the easiest to make, delicious fresh and as toast alike.   The Research Kamut khorasan wheat is an ancient grain that is full of protein and nutrients, not to mention delicious!  Several studies have come out recently comparing kamut to durum wheat, consistently finding that the kamut had health... Read More ›

Harvest Pie with Apples, Pears, and Cranberries

The Research You may not think of pies as healthy, but apples have a lot of nutritional value.  Also, according to a study published in the International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, eating apples may help prevent and treat colon cancer.  The researchers found that oligosaccharides (complex carbohydrates) in apples decrease the number of tumors, size... Read More ›

School Lunch Box–Go Organic!

It’s that time of year again—back to school, which means you’ll be doing a lot of shopping–new school supplies, clothes and shoes, and those important lunch box items for growing kids.  Remember to get your kids involved in the selection of your organic foods so they too can understand the importance and, let’s face it,... Read More ›

Seared Wild Salmon in Lemongrass Broth

with Pad Thai Noodles, Shitakes, and Tat Soi This recipes is courtesy of Chef Nora Pouillon of Restaurant Nora–America’s first certified organic restaurant!   The Research One reason to choose organic salmon is that it’s a sure fire way to avoid genetically modified (GM) fish.  A recent study found that GM salmon could be posing a... Read More ›

Recipes for Strawberry Season

Strawberry season is here! Before I tell you about my 5 favorite organic strawberry recipes, here is a little about the research behind why you should choose organic strawberries to add a little healthful nutrition to your treats: The Research Professor John Reganold teamed up with eight other researchers to examine the differences in fruit... Read More ›

Salad Bites: endive boats with apple and cheddar

Looking for a quick, easy, and healthy appetizer to bring to a potluck? Try endive boats. These perfect little salad bites are sure to be a big hit and break up the mix of all of those heavy dips and nachos at the party. As always please use organic ingredients whenever possible–for the health of... Read More ›