Eating Organic on a Budget!

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Eating organic may sound pricey, but you can do it on a budget! Holistic Health Coach Renee Hastings from, shared tips on how to eat organic on a budget along with a recipe for Quinoa and Black Bean Salad!

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

2 cups cooked black beans
1 cup rinsed quinoa
2 cups water
1/2 red onion diced
1 red pepper diced
1/4 cup cilantro or parsley
Juice of 2 limes
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 TBS maple syrup
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp cumin, sea salt to taste.

Rinse quinoa. Bring quinoa and water to a boil. Cover and simmer on low flame for 12-15 minutes or until all water is absorbed. In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa with beans, red onion, red pepper, and cilantro or parsley. Whisk limes, red wine vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, cumin and sea salt. Pour dressing onto black bean and quinoa salad and mix thoroughly.

The Dirty Dozen
Produce that should be purchased organically:

1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Cherry tomatoes
4. Cucumber
5. Grapes
6. Hot peppers
7. Nectarines (imported)
8. Peaches
9. Potatoes
10. Spinach
11. Strawberries
12. Sweet bell peppers
…Plus collards & kale
…Plus summer squash & zucchini

The Clean Fifteen
Produce that is safe to purchase conventionally:

1. Asparagus
2. Avocado
3. Cabbage
4. Cantaloupe
5. Corn
6. Eggplant
7. Grapefruit
8. Kiwi
9. Mangoes
10. Mushrooms
11. Onions
12. Papayas
13. Pineapples
14. Sweet peas (frozen)
15. Sweet potatoes

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