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Ever since my first baby was born, I did all I could to learn about chemicals that are added into our foods. I was determined to keep my baby as toxin free as possible, and it seemed necessary that our food choices would need to be changed in order to make this possible. It’s easy to find organic produce in most major supermarkets in my area of NYC, and we even have a few dedicated shops to organic foods, but when it comes to meat, there really is no “organic” meat.
This is what I look for when I’m shopping for meat – it should be antibiotic and hormone free. This goes for eggs, poultry, beef, pork, and dairy products. Even our own pediatrician said that if you can only afford a few “organic” things, it should be your meat and dairy products, since children consume so much of them. Another thing to think about is what the livestock are feeding on. If their diet consists of fillers and other animal byproducts, then this is what you are consuming as well.
When I make dinner for my family, I want to feel good about the options that are on our table. I try as often as possible to bring a good variety of whole grains, organic veggies, and always choose hormone/antibiotic free meats. With an increase in knowledge and information, people in my area seem to be demanding more of these options and they are becoming more easily available to find at the supermarket.
NatureRaised Foods® is dedicated to bringing natural food to the table. They feed their chickens a vegetarian diet and no antibiotics ever. This is a decision you can feel good about – knowing your family will not be exposed to unnecessary antibiotics and added hormones. Also, you should know that all animals naturally produce hormones so there will be some traces present in your food, but there are no hormones added to the chicken. Many companies will inject their chickens with hormones to fatten them up or produce bigger breasts, but not NatureRaised Foods. They also give their chickens room to roam and are cage free, making happy chickens!
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
• 2 tbsp oil
• 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
• 1 small can water chestnuts, chopped
• 3 tbsp chopped onions
• 1 tsp minced garlic
• iceberg lettuce leaves
Stir Fry Sauce
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
1. Bring oil to high heat in a wok or large frying pan.
2. Saute chicken breasts until thoroughly cooked.
3. Remove chicken from the pan and cool
4. Prepare the stir fry sauce by mixing the soy sauce, brown sugar, and rice vinegar together in a small bowl.
5. Keeping the oil in the pan, add water chestnuts garlic and onions to the pan.
6. When chicken is cool, chop it up in to small pieces and add to the pan.
7. Saute for a few minutes and serve it in the lettuce ”cups”.