Non-GMO Hand Pies, St. Patrick's Day Irish Pasty

Non-GMO On the Go

It can be a challenge to find healthy non-GMO choices when you are on the go. So our team at the Non-GMO Project is always looking for tasty options that we can make at home and have ready when hunger strikes.

The hearty hand pie, derived from the traditional Cornish pasty is the newest darling of the desk-bound lunch bunch. Savory or sweet, vegetarian or meat-based, this hand-held, pastry-sealed meal-in-one seems to be popping up everywhere, from unassuming food trucks and farmers’ markets to upscale bistros, bars and restaurants. This modest little palm-sized package has been elevated to a new culinary level, yet remains simple enough to offer a filling and fitting alternative to the customary sandwich fare.

Hand Pies = Endless Non-GMO Variety

Though different cultures dictate different versions and different name tags (Mexican empanadas, American fruit turnovers, Polish pierogis, Italian calzones), the general concept of the hand pie is the same — nourishing, portable single-serving meals (or desserts), made in the style of a substantial filling wrapped in a crimped pastry crust.

Since filling options are endless and adaptable, you can easily use your non-GMO meal leftovers as the tasty center of your pie. A perfect candidate for batch cooking, hand pies can be prepped and frozen in numbers, easily toted to the office and later thawed and reheated.

Choose Verified or Organic to Avoid GMOs

If you eat animal products and plan to use them in your hand pie a handy mantra to keep in mind is “you eat what they eat”. When shopping for meat, eggs and dairy products, be sure to look for Non-GMO Project Verified items since the primary ingredients of commodity feed: soy, cotton, corn, canola, sugar beets, and alfalfa are overwhelmingly genetically engineered.

For the vegetables in your hand pie, finding non-GMO options is a bit easier. With the exception of five GMO high-risk crops: corn, Hawaiian papaya, soybeans, zucchini and yellow summer squash, most fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables are, fortunately, non-GMO. However, if they are processed, check the label for additives like canola oil, corn syrup and beet sugar. Choosing Non-GMO Project Verified or organic products is your best defense in avoiding GMOs.

Hand Pies, Simple to Make and Simple to Eat

Simple to make and simple to eat, hand pies meet all our requirements for a substantial, convenient and healthy meal on the run — no utensils needed! Simply take, bake and tuck into a new twist on an old tradition.

As a nod to St. Patrick’s Day, try a recipe for Irish Hand Pasties, made with corned beef and veggies wrapped in gluten-free pastry.

You can find products and retailers on our Non-GMO Project Verified products list where you can search by product name, category or brand name. Additionally, you can download the free Non-GMO Project shopping guide app to conveniently scan barcodes and search an up-to-date list of products that have been verified through the Non-GMO Project’s Verification Program.

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