Growing up we saw my mom’s side of the family more often than my dad’s. Mostly because they lived slightly closer to us. Partially because the mom’s usually set up the get-togethers so naturally she and her sisters leaned toward each other. There were several dishes that I would consider staples at our family gatherings. One of the big ones is this now famous taco dip. It wasn’t always the same person making it, but the dip was always there and always well-loved. Read more
If you haven’t heard, tomorrow, July 11 is Amazon Prime Day. Over the past few years, this day (Amazon’s ‘birthday’) has grown in popularity because of the amazing deals featured, sometimes even better than Black Friday prices! The only catch is they are available to Amazon Prime members exclusively.
If you are not already a member, I can give you plenty of reasons but it all boils down to the fact that you can find pretty much anything on Amazon, usually at a very competitive price and with Prime it will be on your doorstep in 2 days…for free. This is the perfect time to Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial and get all the great deals! Special prices have actually already started to trickle in and Amazon.com states the official start time for Prime Day will be 9:00 pm on July 10 (tonight)! Read more
We have all been there – you plan to start a meal in the slow cooker before you leave the house in the morning but life gets crazy and it doesn’t happen. You get home with limited time until dinner and 100% of the meat in your house is frozen solid. This is when we usually turn to take out or pizza, but there is a better way! I am sure you have heard about the super popular kitchen gadget the Instant Pot. The hype is true, you can honestly have dinner on the table straight from the freezer in under an hour. Much less depending on the recipe including this fast and easy Instant Pot salsa chicken. Read more
April showers brought May flowers, along with the greening and blooming of everything. Now that we are into June you might think the opportunity to start your home garden has passed. Not true! In fact late spring is the perfect time for much of the country to start a garden. It’s not too late to grow your own organic produce! Read more
You know that feeling when you try to serve your family something new? Something healthier? You don’t immediately call it out, but kind of hold your breath a little as they take the first bite. That was the situation for me the first time I made these Spinach Ricotta Lasagna Rolls. Read more
Here at Organic Meal Mechanic I focus mainly on food. However when my husband recently asked me ‘what do you want for mother’s day?’ it dawned on me that my answers might be worth sharing. If you have a special mom/aunt/daughter/wife/grandma/sister who is interested in living a more natural and organic life, I have some great organic Mother’s Day gift ideas to help celebrate them this weekend.
I used to think it was a waste of time to make my own taco seasoning when it is so easy to buy pre-mixed packets in the store. Obviously the store mixes, especially the conventional ones, have extra ingredients, fillers, and preservatives that you don’t need and probably don’t really want in your body. Once I tried it myself, I realized it is so easy and quick to make up your own organic taco seasoning mix. Plus it saves money in the long run which is a huge bonus.
If your spice rack/drawer/shelf is anything like mine it is a total hodge-podge of little plastic containers. Some which have only been used a handful of times. Several that I purchased more years ago than I would like to admit. Let’s just say there is a good chance I have spice jars older than my children. A few years ago I discovered how easy it was to buy bulk organic spices. Seeing what a difference it makes in flavor and to my budget, I am hooked! Buying “in bulk” doesn’t mean you are purchasing a large amount. You are taking only what you need from a larger supply instead of the pre-portioned jars that you have no control over. Read more
Chili is a one meal I never thought I would get my young kids to eat. No matter how little chili powder I use, they love to proclaim how ‘spicy’ a dish is (it’s not!). Once I finally convinced them to give it a chance, they realized they actually really like it! Since then we have been able to try all kind of varieties. This organic quinoa chili has proven to be one of our favorites that I keep coming back to.
Making the switch to eating organic will make a difference to your wallet. Organic foods, in general, do cost a little more. Sometimes quite a lot more. Chances are if you are putting effort towards eating organic, you already have reason and belief that they are worth the extra investment and health benefits. You pay for what you get. Still, every penny counts no matter how limited, or not, your grocery budget is. There are a lot of things we can do to to eat better while saving money. I’ll be sharing tips that I have learned, some might seem obvious and others may be new to you. We all can use help stretching our organic budget as much as possible.
The budget tip for today is: Don’t be afraid of canned food! A lot of people have the misconception that canned foods are somehow less nutritious than fresh. That simply isn’t true, as long as you know what to look for. Canned foods don’t necessarily lose any nutritional value in the canning process but they can sometimes have added salt. And although it is increasingly rare, especially in organic, some cans are lined with a coating that contains BPA. The dangers of BPA have been widely publicized and it should be avoided. Luckily, I have yet to see an organic canned good that has a BPA lining. In fact a lot of brands do a good job of making their non-BPA status known on the label.