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Plan a week of organic meals

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Organic meal planning

With the growing variety, availability and affordability of organic foods, you can easily enjoy a different and delicious organic meal every day of the week. We encourage you to shop your local farmers’ market, co-op and grocer’s organics and make our week-long organic meal plan and accompanying recipes part of your family’s healthy move to go organic.

Organic meal planning

A week of organic meals

Meal planning: 7 Days of Organic Breakfasts

Give your family a healthy start to the day with a hunger-satisfying organic breakfast. If you've just started adopting an organic diet, you can easily convert your family's conventionally-sourced morning meals to organic by simply buying organic varieties of pancake mixes, breads, cereals, fruit, vegetables and dairy.

  • Sunday brunch: Organic Pancakes with Fresh Berries
  • Monday: Homemade Granola with Organic Yogurt
  • Tuesday: Organic fruit smoothies made with organic tofu, yogurt or soy milk or almond milk
  • Wednesday: Homemade Organic Oatmeal
  • Thursday: Your family's favorite organic cereal and milk
  • Friday: Quick Organic Omelet with Fresh Vegetables
  • Saturday: Organic French Toast with Organic Maple Syrup

Meal planning: 5 organic Workday & schoolday Lunches

A balanced midday meal will keep your family energized and full through the afternoon until dinner. Here are five organic lunch ideas that you can pack in green lunch totes and food containers to make your midday munch even more eco-friendly.

  • Monday: Organic Tuna Nicoise Salad
  • Tuesday: Grilled Chicken Breast on Organic Whole Wheat Bread with Marinated Organic Vegetables
  • Wednesday: Organic Egg Salad Sandwich
  • Thursday: Organic Chef's Salad
  • Friday: Organic Quiona and Lentil Salad

Try these fun, eco-friendly lunch bags

Meal planning: 7 organic family Dinners

Organic meal planning

Sitting down as a family to eat an organic meal is not only a great way to bond, it is also the perfect meal to teach your kids about organic foods.

  • Sunday: Organic Pasta with Fresh Organic Pesto Sauce
  • Monday: Roasted Organic Chicken with Organic Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus
  • Tuesday: Organic Vegetarian Lasagna
  • Wednesday: Grilled Organic Salmon with Herbed Yogurt Sauce
  • Thursday: Organic Beef Tacos with Homemade Guacamole
  • Friday: Homemade Organic Vegetable and Cheese Pizza
  • Saturday: Organic Shrimp and Vegetable Lo Mein

Tips to go green in the kitchen with your kids

Organic family Recipes

Whether you've decided to go completely organic or are simply incorporating more organic foods into your family's meals, you can decide how many of the following ingredients are conventional or organically-grown.

Homemade Granola with Organic Yogurt

Makes 4 servings

2 cups rolled organic oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup shelled sunflower seeds
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup dried chopped dates
1/3 cup carob chips
4 cups organic vanilla yogurt

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, combine oats, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, honey, brown sugar and vanilla. Drizzle the honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir well to combine.

3. Mix the pecans and sunflower seeds into the mixture. Spread mixture on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

4. Sprinkle raisins, dates and carob chips over granola and bake another 15 minutes. Let granola cool then crumble and spoon over yogurt.

Organic Quinoa and Lentil Salad

Makes 2 servings

1 cup organic lentils, rinsed
2 teaspoons salt, divided
1 cup organic quinoa, rinsed
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons organic extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons sea salt, divided
1 whole organic plum tomato, diced
1 whole organic avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, diced
1 to 2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons lemon zest

1. Place lentils in a pot and add enough water to cover them by 2 inches. Stir in 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender.

2. While lentils are cooking, cook quinoa with remaining salt according to package directions.

3. Drain lentils well and transfer to a bowl. Add quinoa and stir to combine. Let cool.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk together vinegar and olive oil to make a vinaigrette.

5. Add tomatoes and avocados to lentil mixture and drizzle with vinaigrette. Sprinkle with cilantro and lemon zest to serve.

Organic Vegetarian Lasagna

Organic meal planning

Makes 6 to 8 servings

12 organic whole wheat lasagna noodles
3 cups organic cauliflower, chopped
2 organic carrots, sliced
1 large organic white onion, sliced
2 organic red bell peppers, seeded, sliced
2 organic summer squash, sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup organic whole wheat flour
3 cups organic low-fat milk
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, grated
3 cups organic baby spinach leaves
32 ounces organic ricotta cheese
3 cups shredded organic mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9x13-inch casserole dish.

2. Cook lasagna noodles until al dente according to package directions. Drain well and set aside.

3. Steam cauliflower, carrots, onions, peppers, squash and garlic until tender, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

4. Meanwhile, combine flour and milk in a saucepot and heat until simmering. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.

5. Gradually stir in Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper. Add spinach, stirring until wilted, about 5 minutes. Remove pot from heat.

6. Arrange one layer of noodles on the bottom of the prepared dish. Layer spinach mixture, ricotta cheese and vegetable mixture on top. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese then top with another layer of noodles. Continue with a second layer, ending with mozzarella.

7. Bake lasagna for 35 to 40 minutes or until cooked through and bubbling. Let cool before cutting.

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