Easy Weekly Dinner Menu #167: Why buy organic?

3 minutes
August 4, 2022
Andi Gleeson

Thank you to Foster Farms® Organic Chicken for sponsoring today’s dinner menu and a discussion of “why buy organic?”

This week's menu talks about "why buy organic" and features tasty recipes like Greek Chicken Salad, Roast Beef and Gravy, Spinach Quesadillas, and more!

If you’re like me, you might wonder “What does organic mean?” when it comes to our food. To me, the word organic means fewer chemicals and more humane treatment of animals, but I know there’s more to organic farming than that. When we’re in the grocery store deciding between regular and organic ingredients, how do we decide whether or not to spend extra money on the organic version? I thought it would help to really look at the definition of organic. I found a fact sheet about USDA organic agriculture that was very thorough and interesting. It may be more detailed than you want, but it is a good read if you are interested. It explains how organic farming is focused on the wellbeing of the land and environment as well as livestock.

To be honest, sometimes it’s hard for me to buy organic because of the but I always try to choose certified organic meat and dairy products when I can. For one thing, I feel better feeding my family (and myself!) products from animals that weren’t raised with antibiotics or fed a diet with genetically modified ingredients. It’s also very important to me to know that the animals that provide meat for my table were treated humanely.

That’s why I like Foster Farms® Organic Chicken. Their chicken is humanely raised without GMOs right here in Northern California, and I can easily find it at my local Safeway store. It’s worth it to me to pay a little more for high quality, fresh, locally grown chicken that I feel good about serving to my family! I have already shared one recipe with you so far using Foster Farms® Organic, the Greek Chicken Salad featured in today’s menu. I also have one more quick and easy organic chicken recipe coming up soon that you will love for Spring. Stay tuned for that! Now, let’s get to your dinner recipes for the coming week!

  1. Organic Greek Chicken SaladThis easy chicken salad is made with organic ingredients and with a Greek twist!
  2. Spicy Spinach Quesadillas (Add diced, cooked chicken if you’d like!)Spicy Spinach Quesadillas - wearychef.com
  3. Easy Roast Beef and Gravy over Roasted PotatoesThis easy recipe for roast beef and gravy served over potatoes and onions is perfect for Sunday dinner or busy weeknights!
  4. Spinach Artichoke LasagnaBake up a pan of this spinach artichoke lasagna for a vegetarian meal you'll love!
  5. Citrus Salmon and Kale SaladKale and Quinoa Salad with Salmon (or chicken!)
  6. Fast Skillet Cheeseburger Macaroni25-Minute Cheeseburger Macaroni by The Weary Chef
  7. Main Dish Scalloped Potatoes with ChickenAre you in the mood for something carb loaded, cheesy, and delicious? I've got just the thing! Feast your eyes on this Scalloped Potatoes recipe. Then, go make it for dinner!

Thank you again to Foster Farms® Organic Chicken for sponsoring today’s post. 

Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


Cathy Trochelman
8 years ago

What an awesome roundup! We are trying to do more and more organic….it’s so much better for us all!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

It really is. It’s hard to pay more for it, but I feel so much better about the food I’m eating and serving when it’s organic!

Nutmeg Nanny
8 years ago

I definitely love buying organic but sometimes I choose local over organic because that organic label is so expensive. It’s a delicate balance of local vs. organic. This whole round up of recipes looks totally delicious!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Sometimes it’s hard to find local AND organic, which makes this chicken so nice since it’s both. Thanks so much!

Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog
8 years ago

Cheeseburger Mac – sounds so good! Actually, everything sounds good :)

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thank you, Sharon <3

8 years ago

This is a great collection of organic meals! My kids are picky eaters but I think even these would appeal to them!

Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
8 years ago

It is so important to know where our food is coming from and what is being done to it. I cannot wait to start my veggie garden, but buying my meats from the store will always be a priority! What a great lesson on organics (and these recipes look so good!)

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