Friday, March 03, 2006

Cheap Food

by Skald

Soba is one of my staples. Soba are Japanese buckwheat noodles. Cheap. SUPER easy to make. They are even simpler than spaghetti... no need to heat up a big batch of sauce. The best complement to soba noodles is dashi.. a kind of mild soy sauce.

In the past, I shunned cooking because it seemed too complicated, messy, and time consuming. But Im finding that food can be simplified, just like other areas of my life. No need for complex recipes. No need for time-consuming preparation.

Raw foods are the simplest, of course. An apple requires no prep whatsoever. Noodles, especially wholewheat, buckwheat, and the like.. are also very quick and easy.

With a tiny investment, you can buy a cheapo rice cooker and greatly expand the possibilities. When I cook rice, I usually add a package of tofu to the pot... and maybe veggies & soy sauce too. Hit the "on" button, and in thirty minutes you've got a meal...

This kind of cooking is far healthier than using over-processed microwavable crap. That shit is loaded with salt, sugar, and/or fat. Same goes for fast food restaurants.

Also, cooking like this is far cheaper. You pay a big price for processing. While organic whole foods may be a bit pricier than their pesticide-laden counterparts.. they are much cheaper than the packaged/processed stuff most people now eat.

Eat simply. Live simply. Be healthy.


Anonymous said...

have you considered the paleo diet? Seems a little extreme, but makes a lot of sense philosophically. The one think I cant get past though, is that Japanese people seem incredibly healthy yet eat enormous ammounts of rice, barley, buckwheat (as you mention), soy, and other "forbidden" foods. I loved eating in Japan... ate all I could and still lost weight. And that was including kakinotane and beer!

Anonymous said...

I find that the Paleo Diet is a good guideline for ( living simply and healthily.

Ryan Garou said...

Rice, beans, and some decent salsa.

Also wrap em up in a tortilla, throw some cheese and veggies in there, make a nice little RBS burrito.

I've also recently heard that stone-ground corn contains the same complex protein .... anyone happen to know if that's true?

Plark said...

My philosophy of cooking too.

Yum yum yum...

Anonymous said...

if you have access to a deep pot you can make a load of vegetable soup. a few carrots, a head of broccoli, 1 decent sized leek (or a couple onions), several potatoes, vegetable boullion if you can afford it, salt, pepper. throw everything in the pot, add as much water as you want, cook for 20-30 minutes, eat for 3 or 4 days for a total cost of 3 or 4 dollars.
note: adding meat tends to spoil to soup after only a day, so its best to leave it out.