Sunday, 1 September 2013

Organic September

Sainsbury's are supporting National Organic Month, or Organic September which is all about encouraging people to think organic and buy organic, even if it's just one item in the shopping basket, so collectively we can start to make the planet a greener place for both people and wildlife to enjoy.

A few of these items I received from Sainsburys will appear on my blog this month though I've got a question for you - "do you seriously believe I can save a bar of organic plain chocolate long enough to write a blog post about it?"

The chilli jelly is nearly all sugar and something I would rarely buy but I know one member of my family that adores it and I will keep it for her to try. The spaghetti isn't gluten free so I can't use that but I'm sure I can find a good home for it.

The honey will be appearing in a recipe for a guest post at the end of the month and the blanched almonds will be used in a savoury dish. I haven't decided what I'll use the tomatoes for but today I'm going to write a little bit about the kidney beans.

Organic Beans

I was so very happy to receive a carton of organic kidney beans in the hamper because we've been buying the SO cartons of organic beans and lentils for many, many years since my son first started out on The Specific Carbohydrate Diet - they contain only organic beans and water, nothing else! If you are a newbie to the diet, I suggest that you follow the instructions for cooking beans which are on the website but we've had no problems with how these have been prepared for years now!

We've always got plenty of packs in the cupboard - so convenient if you don't have time to soak and cook beans.

Uncooked kidney beans  contain a high concentration of phytohaemagglutinin, a toxic substance also known as kidney bean lectin. Soaking kidney beans for at least five hours and rapidly boiling them for ten minutes is required to destroy the high levels of this toxin so it's great to be able to find organic cooked kidney beans already prepared. 

I've used these Sainsbury's organic kidney beans a few times in my blog posts:

and just last week in my Mixed Bean Salad.

I hope you will be enthusiastic and happy to support Organic September. It's easy to get involved and not overly expensive. Just by swapping one of your everyday products for the organic equivalent you are making a difference!
 "By choosing organic we can all support a kinder, greener and better food system – from more bees and hedgerows, better animal welfare, and shorter more trustworthy food chains." The Soil Association.

Disclosure: I received these products from Sainsbury's for review purposes. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

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  1. Thanks for highlighting that it's National Organic Month. I think it's great that Sainsbury's are raising awareness of the importance of Organic. I try and buy organic as much as possible but when I'm living at home, as I have been this summer, I'm not paying for the shopping so can't insist on organic everything...
    Your latest chili kidney bean salad looks fantastic.

    1. I wouldn't have known about it if it wasn't for Sainsbury's Emma and I'm so pleased they are raising awareness too!

      I but organic whenever possible especially certain vegetables like celery but it's not always possible and sometimes quite expensive!

      So pleased you like the salad!

  2. Awesome product! I have terrible reactions to canned beans so I've been looking for an alternative and preferably organic alternative. Thanks!!!

  3. Delicious!!! ;)
    I also love the beans in the carton ;)
    I have not seen them anywhere in Canada and the other day I was saying how if I had the money I would create a brand of beans in cartons! well, now I see I don't have to ;)
    Hope all is well!
    xo ella

    1. I think cartons are so convenient! Haha this is the UK, you could still bring out your brand in Canada!

  4. I try to use non canned version. But this organic products may be good.

    1. I use these as a convenience, I don't have time to soak and cook always and these are organic with no preservatives added , perfect for quick meals!

  5. I remembered seeing them at a market in Asia ;) Awesome they are doing organic! The Spicy Bean Burgers look fantastic!