Eating organic food has always been important to me, not only because I believe it is better for our health but also because it’s better for the environment. So when a few weeks ago, Organic UK asked me to take their #OrganicUnboxed challenge, I jumped at the chance of being part of this exciting campaign.
I was sent a generous box of organic vegan products and asked to create a recipe with some of them. Perfect timing really, for an eco-minded foodie like myself who has signed up to Veganuary.
There was a lot of excitement around this box arriving on my doorstep, so much in fact that instead of one recipe, I actually created three! Make sure you check back with the blog over the upcoming weeks.
I am sure you are all curious to see what was in my box and which recipes I have lined up for you. Watch the video below to find out more about the content of my #OrganicUnboxed box as well as my first recipe, a vegan Organic Beetroot Cake with Coconut Orange Frosting.
I always make sure I buy organic dairy, eggs, meat, flour, grains and pulses. For fruit and vegetables I tend to follow the advise of the EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™
Why is organic important?
- A More Natural Choice – when it comes to organic, you know exactly what’s in your food. GM crops and ingredients are banned in organic farming, as are hydrogenated fats and artificial pesticides, and it does not allow aspartame, tartrazine and monosodium glutamate to be used.
- Protects The Environment – organic farming uses fewer pesticides which benefits the health of the soil. A good soil promotes healthier crops with stronger natural resistance to pests and diseases, and encourages natural predators so avoids the need for almost all pesticides.
- Reduce Our Carbon Footprint – organic farming releases less greenhouse gases.
- Encourages & Protects Wildlife – organic farmers help look after our wildlife by managing and maintaining habitats, which is a vital part of a successful organic farm. This helps organic farms support up to 50% more wildlife – that’s more of our great British bees, birds and butterflies for us all to enjoy!
- Higher Animal Welfare – the philosophy behind The Flexitarian is not only about eating less meat but also eating better meat when you choose to. Animals raised to organic standards are given plenty of space and fresh air to thrive and grow more naturally, guaranteeing a truly free-range life. Free-range systems encourage healthy animals and this means fewer drugs or antibiotics.
- Great Tasting Food – healthy, fertile soil is key to growing produce that is bursting with flavours.
Here are the two organic recipes I created for #OrganicUnboxed.