15 Fresh Recipes You Don't Need to Buy Organic
In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have to worry about where food is sourced and farm-to-table wouldn’t be a buzzy phrase but a way of life. Unfortunately, as this year’s Environmental Working Group Dirty Dozen report makes clear, it’s more important than ever to buy organic. Not convinced? Ninety-eight percent of strawberries, the biggest offender on the list, tested positive for pesticide residue. That’s not all. The EWG reports a single strawberry can house up to 17 different types of chemicals. Luckily, there’s the Clean 15—a list of the best fruit and vegetables to buy non-organic. Keen to rid your diet of pesticides? We’ve made it easy with a lineup of Clean 15–inspired recipes and a handy grocery list to save for later.
Clean 15 ingredient: Avocado
Avocado shells act as a natural shield against some of the harmful chemicals sprayed on crops. This panko baked avocado taco recipe puts a vegetarian spin on the Mexican classic, with avocado slices doused in Japanese bread crumbs.
Clean 15 ingredient: Peas
Peas are one of the best low-pesticide vegetables to add to a dish—as long as they’re frozen, according to EWG. If your childhood years make you turn up your nose at the thought of eating peas, try this flavor-packed recipe. Crumbed veal cutlets are giving a healthy dose of greenery with a pea, parsley, and fresh mint topping.
Clean 15 ingredient: Cantaloupe
Originating in Italy, this crisp flavor combination will transport you to the Amalfi Coast with one bite. The nutritionists at NourishRDs created this colorful summer-ready recipe with grilled cantaloupe for an unexpected smoky flavor.
Clean 15 ingredient: Asparagus
Spring is asparagus season, and it’s no secret that we love adding the green stalks to a dish. This green salad recipe by From the Kitchen combines a ton of vegetable goodness, including basil, mint, peas, spinach, and, of course, asparagus. Consider it your healthy deed for the day.
TOSS THOSE GREENS:
Clean 15 ingredient: Pineapple
Short on time? Ten minutes is all you’ll need to whip up pineapple black bean tostadas. Just chop the salsa ingredients, sprinkle on the tostada shell, and enjoy.
Clean 15 ingredient: Eggplant
These bite-sized appetizers incorporate an EWG star ingredient: eggplant. Finely slice the vegetable lengthways, grill, and wrap around the ricotta mixture for a seriously impressive cocktail party dish.
Clean 15 ingredient: Grapefruit
A naturally sweet, tart fruit, grapefruits are best served in a juicy fresh fruit platter, like this Martha Stewart recipe, or paired with avocado, spinach, and Dijon salad dressing.
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Clean 15 ingredient: Kiwi
Need a five-minute breakfast recipe that won’t derail your diet? Chop fresh kiwi and mango, and combine with shredded coconut, Greek yogurt, and muesli for a high-energy option.
Clean 15 ingredient: Sweet corn
Hearty and protein-packed, this Mexican salad tosses sweet corn kernels in the mix for a healthy and colorful topping. Sweet corn took the second place on the EWG Clean 15 list, making it a safe ingredient to buy non-organic.
Clean 15 ingredient: Mango
Mangos are one of those ingredients that add an instant punch of summer flavor to a smoothie or salad. Try this mango ginger kale green smoothie to kick-start your new-season detox.
Clean 15 ingredient: Papaya
Rich in fiber, potassium, and folate, papaya isn’t just a smart option because it’s EWG-approved. This genius tropical papaya boat idea calls for a day spent by the pool with friends. Top with other fresh fruit from the list for bonus points.
Clean 15 ingredient: Honeydew
A combination of honeydew, mint and jalapeño, this fresh and spicy salsa is the perfect summer topper over salmon. Visit Delish for the full recipe.
Clean 15 ingredient: Cabbage
Red cabbage is the star ingredient in this super-simple quinoa slaw. According to EWG, tests yielded low pesticide levels, so it’s totally safe to opt for a non-organic variety. Drizzle with Asian honey vinaigrette for a healthy mid-week meal.