BPA, bisphenol A, is a synthetic estrogen and a dangerous chemical found in the epoxy coatings of canned foods and in plastic bottles. It has been linked to possible health effects on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.
Like many of you, I use canned tomato products. Lately, I have been using exclusively Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand tomato products, because they are organic and reasonably priced. But are their cans BPA-free? I did some research on the Internet and found several articles saying their cans were BPA-free. I wanted to be absolutely sure, so I contacted Costco myself. To my surprise, I got received an email response very quickly from Jason B. of the Member Service Center. He said, “Yes, the cans used for our Kirkland Signature brand tomato products are indeed BPA free cans.”
This is so good for me, but what about the people who are not members of Costco? So I went to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website, and found several commonly found brands that are “BPA-Free Brands.” Some of these brands are Health Valley Organic, Amy’s, Muir Glen, Sprouts Farmers Market and Tyson. For their complete list, please go to their website, EWG.com. I hope that some of you find this helpful!
It’s September, the weather is starting to get cooler in some parts of the country. It’s football season! It’s the perfect time for some chili! I got my inspiration from Ellie Krieger’s “Three Bean and Beef Chili.” I changed the recipe a bit and used almost all organic ingredients.
- 1 tablespoon organic extra virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, diced (1 cup)
- 1 organic red bell pepper, diced (1 cup)
- 2 organic carrots, diced (1/2 cup)
- 2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 pound organic lean ground beef (85% lean)
- 2 (14.5 ounce)) cans organic diced tomatoes, mashed
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, seeded and minced
- 2 teaspoons adobo sauce from the can of chipotle chile
- 1/2 teaspoon dried organic oregano
- Sea salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1 (15 ounce) organic pinto beans
- 1 (15 ounce) organic kidney beans
- Garnish with lite Mexican cheese blend (optional)
Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over moderate heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and carrots and cook for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the cumin and cook for about 1 minute. Add the ground beef. With a spoon break up the meat and cook until it is no longer pink. Stir in the tomatoes, water, chipotle, adobo sauce, oregano, salt and pepper. Simmer and stir from time to time, partially covered, for 30 minutes. Add the beans and cook for another 20 minutes. Finally, add salt and pepper to taste. Serves 8.
Editor’s note: I got most of my ingredients from Trader Joe’s, because they have the best prices. The organic ground beef was bought at Costco.
It should be no surprise that Costco has the best prices for organic chicken, ground beef, eggs and greens! The warehouse membership stores are located across the United States with warehouses in Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and Spain.
My favorite things to buy:
- Taylor Farms Organic Superfood Power Greens (Chard, Kale & Spinach)
- Taylor Farms Organic Superfood Baby Kale
- Ready Pac Organic Spring Mix
- Organic Baby Spinach
- Organic Strawberries
- Townsend Farms Organic Triple Berry Blend (frozen)
- Townsend Farms Organic Dark Tart Cherries (frozen)
- Kirkland Organic Salted Butter
- Kirkland Organic Chicken Stock
- Kirkland Organic Diced Tomatoes
- Kirkland Organic Tomato Sauce
- Kirkland Organic Tomato Paste
- Amy’s Organic Soups
- Garofalo Organic Pasta
- TruRoots Organic Quinoa