While major corporations battle grassroots groups over the labeling of genetically modified foods, consumers are left in a bit of a lurch. If Prop 37—the proposition to introduce labeling in California—passes in November, there is a good chance the rest of the nation will soon follow suit, meaning a more transparent food system for us all. Until then, though, consumers who care about keeping their diets GMO-free have to do a little digging to the get the information they want. Want things a little easier? Try one of these 10 certified GMO-free lunch ideas, approved by the Non-GMO Project.
Bold Organics Meat Lovers Pizza
You don't have to go veg to find GMO-free options. Bold Organics calls this pizza "a carnivore's delight" for its uncured pepperoni and juicy Italian sausage.
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Field Day Pastas
Great for lunch on the go, these organic pastas are appropriate for kids and adults alike. Pack a can of cheese ravioli for you and a can of spaghetti rings for your kiddo.
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Fry's Vegetarian Chicken-Style Nuggets
Dip these nuggets in organic ketchup, barbecue sauce, or ranch for a bite-size lunch that's full of protein and sans GMOs.
Hilary's Eat Well Adzuki Bean Burger
Hilary's uses real, organic ingredients to satiate your hunger. They promise even carnivores will love these GMO-free burgers.
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Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Couscous
Made with 100 percent whole wheat durum flour, Hodgson Mill's whole wheat couscous can be prepared in loads of ways. Add organic spices, veggies, or tofu for a tasty lunchtime meal that's also heart healthy.
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Jaali Bean Soups
These soups are ready-made and veggie-friendly. Try them in Zesty Yellow, Creamy Black, or Hearty Red flavors for a GMO-free protein fix.
Photo: Jaali Bean
Lundberg Eco Farm Butternut Squash Risotto
Mix up a batch of risotto and you'll have great lunches that are easy to take on the go. Bonus points: This GMO-free risotto is also gluten-free.
Photo: Lundberg Family Farms
Minsley Organic Brown Rice Bowl
These organic rice bowls are an easy addition to any meal, or they can serve as the main course. Top with organic stir-fried veggies or add fresh ingredients like organic avocado, carrots, and tahini dressing.
Photo: Minsley Organic
PJ's Organics Southwestern-Style Burrito
Made with organic chicken, beans, rice, cheese, and corn, this burrito is perfect for the GMO-conscious meat-eater. Spice it up with some organic salsa and eat up knowing you're doing your body good.
Photo: PJ’s Organics
Sol Almond Grain Burger
Made with organic whole soybeans, organic okara, almond butter, carrots, onions, green lentils, this burger is not only GMO-free, it's low in saturated fats and high on protein.
A sucker for sustainable agriculture and a good farmers market, Megan likes writing about food almost as much as eating it. If you don't want to know what's in your fruit/milk/meat, don't invite her to lunch.@babybokchoy | TakePart.com