I was invited by Waitrose to go organic for at least one meal for a week, and to see what Organic food is like. We were sent a voucher so that we could go to Waitrose and purchase some organic foods to try for the week. I have always liked the idea of Organic food, but on the whole we don’t buy much organic food mainly due to the price. Seeing as it is Organic September, and as I am trying my best to keep to my diet and eat healthily, it seemed a great opportunity.
Firstly, I didn’t realise how many foods are organic. In Waitrose, there is a big range of organic foods, and they are easily identifiable by the organic logo and different coloured labels which means the organic foods really stand out. Of course, fruit and veg has a good organic range, but there was at least one organic item on nearly every shelf in the store. I would say though that when we went in to buy our food it was in the evening, and a few organic vegetable items were out of stock, which was a little disappointing.
I stuck as close as possible to what we usually shop so that I could compare. Price wise, yes organic is more expensive but I do think it depends on what you buy. The fruit and veg was more expensive, and for example the carrots were really expensive compared to my normal standard carrots. Other items such as long life foods were not much more expensive.
So, what am I going to eat?
This is my meal plan for this week (I am just highlighting here which meals we switched to organic):
Monday: Dinner: Pasta and Pesto with cheese
Tuesday: Lunch: Feta Salad with Pitta Bread
Dinner: Sirloin Steak with Oven Chips, Salad, Mushrooms and Cherry Tomatoes with Garlic Butter
Wednesday: Dinner: Pasta Bake
Thursday: Dinner: Stuffed Peppers with Couscous
Friday: Lunch: Chickpea and Couscous Salad with Pitta Bread
Dinner: Tofu Stir Fry with Rice
Saturday: Breakfast: Baked Beans on Toast
Dinner: Vegetable Curry with Rice
Sunday: Breakfast: Poached Eggs with Mushrooms and Tomatoes
Already two days into my Organic week and I can really taste a difference.When I started this week, I was not convinced that organic food would be any better than ‘normal’ range food,other than it was grown in better environments and so on – but the first thing I have noticed about organic food, is the smell and the taste.
The fruit and veg smell gorgeous, and just make you want to eat them. There is an earthy smell to the vegetables and the taste is definitely better. The cherry tomatoes we bought were absolutely delicious, much more flavour than the usual we buy and they really added something to all the meals I have used them in so far. The organic garlic is much stronger and the smell hits you as soon as you unpeel them.
Even the oven chips we bought tasted different – the potatoes are definitely superior and it really does show. I am so surprised at this, as I really didn’t expect it.
I am really excited about the rest of this week, and I will do another post at the end of the week to show you what we have created with our organic buys. Although organic is expensive, there are definitely some items I think I will buy organic in the future, even if I can’t buy everything organic, I think a few replacements in my shopping is worth it for the taste alone.
Waitrose are celebrating Organic September and have some organic recipes online– worth taking a look if you need some organic inspiration.
I was sent a voucher by Waitrose to purchase Organic Foods in order to undertake this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.