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Causes We Love in 2017: It’s Just Commonsense!

21 December 2017

Commonsense is founded on values of organics, environment and community. We're proud that every year, at least 10% of our profit goes to supporting initiatives that share our values. We're the primary sponsor of Porirua School Gardens, and our Store Managers also support one-off and regular initiatives at their discretion...

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Christmas Gingerbread House Recipe!

12 December 2017

This recipe may seem quite technical, but trust us, it contains everything you need to get your foot on the Gingerbread property ladder. These houses are a great way to keep kids (and adults!) entertained and a delicious treat to enjoy on Christmas day...

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Lucy's Christmas Mincemeat

1 December 2017

This is definitely not a traditional mincemeat recipe (which uses suet and fewer varieties of dried fruit) but no one in my family seems to be complaining...

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Boomerangs and Borrow Bags - Our pledge to eliminate single-use shopping bags in our stores.

30 November 2017

As we look around us we see that plastic is choking our oceans, littering our world and finding its way into the air we breathe and the food we eat. Our shopping bags have been plastic free for over 10 years and we’re always thinking about what more we could.....

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Chickpea Coconut Curry with Peshwari Naan

30 November 2017

This curry is so simple and super cheap to make and the naan breads are delicious, impressive and so simple! This recipe is a must for coconut lovers and people in need of some healthy comfort foods...

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Your Quick Guide to Paleo-Friendly Groceries

30 November 2017

Paleo eating is growing in popularity in New Zealand, but finding paleo-friendly products can still be hard. So we've done the work for you and written up a list of some of our favourite paleo-friendly groceries. Our online shop also has a Paleo section - check it out...

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The Commonsense Kitchen: Chocolate, Beetroot & Ginger Muffins

30 November 2017

As the weather starts to grow colder, an afternoon spent in a warm kitchen starts to look increasingly tempting. These muffins are a Commonsense lunchbar favourite: the sharp spiciness of the ginger perfectly juxtaposes the rich creamy chocolate and earthy beetroot...

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Deliciously Healthy: 7 Seaweed Recipes You’ve Never Thought Of

30 November 2017

In celebration of this year’s Sea Week, we decided to focus on our favourite oceanic vegetable – seaweed! Not only does it taste delicious, it's also laden with nutrients. ..

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Keeping Healthy Chickens

30 November 2017

Here is some great information about how to keep your chickens healthy and happy. Catherine Collins, our resident gardening and chook expert, has shared her knowledge with us...

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Simple, Fresh, Seasonal: Buster's Vegan Christmas Inspiration

17 December 2016

Here at Commonsense Organics, we cater for a range of dietary requirements such as gluten free, dairy free, paleo and vegan. We asked staff member Buster Caitcheon for some inspiration for creating a delicious plant based meal...

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