A few weeks ago, one of CDSM’s Facebook followers named Angela S. requested a Weekly Round Up GMO-free recipes. This was right at the beginning of the huge uproar over Monsanto, the Genetically Modified seed giant and the food it produces. The seeds have been scientifically engineered to “resist insecticides and herbicides, add nutritional benefits or otherwise improve crop yields and increase the global food supply.” Most of the soybeans, corn and cotton grown in the U.S. are genetically modified. Critics of GM food say that it hurts the environment and can lead to serious health conditions, though the government and scientists swear it is safe. GMO critics are calling on our government to label when there are GMOs included in their foods.
Because of the lack of GMO labeling and actual knowledge about how genetically modified seeds and foods can lead to health problems, many find themselves trying to follow a GMO-free or Non-GMO diet. It can be fairly difficult to find recipes actually labeled as GMO-free, but keep in mind that many times anyone can do a non-GMO recipe as long as they buy local and check out the history of the foods they are purchasing (many companies have public information about whether they use GMOs in their recipes on the internet).
Here are a few really tasty-looking Non-GMO recipes:
Homemade Lara Bars via The Pickled Herring
(Note: The maker of Lara Bars disclosed their bars have GMOs)
Homemade Chicken Nuggets via Six Sister Stuff
Ricotta Crostini Party Foods via Honestly Yum
Homemade Ranch Dressing via It Starts with Me
Black Bean Chili w/Roasted Butternut & Celeriac via Cedar Circle Farm
I don’t have anything on my blog specifically Non-GMO, but be sure you purchase Certified Organic Non-GMO (ones that are actually labeled or do your own research) and almost all of my recipes can be Non-GMO. Here are a few that would be really easy to modify to fit into a GMO-free diet.
I wanted to point out that we do try to buy as organic, and use gluten and grain-free foods as possible, which tends to lean toward companies that are more likely to be Non-GMO anyway, such as Annie’s Homegrown. I do not know enough about GMOs and can’t make a judgement about it personally, but these foods seem really healthy and I’d definitely make them for my family and knew that I’d love to share them. Let me know how they are and if you know of any other specifically Non-GMO recipes that are your favorites 🙂