The clean fifteen that I promised a while ago

Fresh corn at the Farmer's Market

Fresh sweet corn, freshly picked

While there are foods that you should absolutely buy organic, in turn, there are some foods,  the “Clean Fifteen”, that had the lowest pesticide load, and consequently are the safest conventionally grown crops to consume from the standpoint of pesticide contamination. This is really good news for those of us that cannot afford to buy everything that is grown organically.

I am grateful for groups such as Environmental Working Group. They provide this list and update it on a yearly basis.

While buying organic is not necessary, I still encourage you to buy local, the probability that the pesticide and chemical load will be less. Because the product doesn’t have to travel to a different location, possibly across the country or from a different country they don’t need to be treated with chemicals that preserves it. Plus it is wonderful to support local businesses.

Here are the clean fifteen:

  • Onions
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapples
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet peas
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe (domestic)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Papayas
  • Mushrooms

To help promote the health of the planet as well as your own health, it’s best to buy organic whenever possible. Watch this video to understand why you should care about this topic.

Since we are at the beginning of the growing season, consider growing your own lettuce and tomatoes, at the very least. They both can be grown in containers if you have no yard space. I also recommend supporting Farmer’s Market as often as you can. You will find a wonderful selection of products besides produce. I have seen baked goods, grass fed beef, hormone free poultry, handmade soaps, jelly, cheese and jewelry. These are local businesses that need your support, so support.

A perfect meal looks like this!

Trout, ginger sweet potatoes and peas

The perfect meal

A perfect meal looks like this!

It really couldn’t get any better or healthier. This meal has delicious omega-3 rich trout, ginger sweet potato puree and a vegetable. I only recently discovered this trout at my grocery. It has such a beautiful color and it was priced so reasonably I would simply look at it, until… I did some research at Seafood Watch. This is the organization that provides recommendations Continue Reading →

This Portuguese chicken is a misnomer. Fall chicken is more appropriate

Fall chicken

Rich and hearty chicken.

I found this recipe in an old bon appetit magazine that turned up during my move. I remembered that it was a big hit at home, although it was only made once. My daughter in particular loved it, so naturally I invited her over for dinner to share this delicious chicken. Continue Reading →

Cabbage tomato soup, it’s healthy and vegan but you’d never know it

Sweet and sour cabbage tomato soup

Cabbage tomato soup, sweet and sour, vegan and no fat

During my days as the chef of a vegetarian restaurant I was in charge of creating soups and desserts. At that time there just weren’t that many recipes available that were vegetarian and/or vegan. Continue Reading →