I recently visited the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Reading the information on the exhibit signs heightened my awareness of why we should choose organic food whenever possible. Agricultural runoff pollutes the rivers, oceans and lakes. It depletes oxygen from the water, making it difficult or impossible for some aquatic species to survive. Yet some other species, such as jellyfish, thrive in the new environment, both because they can live in the polluted conditions and because their predators, such as sea turtles and fish, are diminishing in number. Did you know that jellyfish populations are increasing at alarming rates in the ocean? Choose organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible to help maintain our aquatic ecosystems.
I make lentils frequently and have posted recipes in the past. I often use instant or prepared broth. The other day, I wanted to keep the animal products out of my meal, and I had run out of the vegetable bouillon I often keep in my pantry. Luckily, I had dried mushrooms in my pantry, and lots of basic vegetables in the refrigerator. The result was a broth more delicious than store-bought, and easy to make. It made a big difference in the final dish.