As one who lodges at an address below sidewalk level, you’re most likely marshalling your strength, saving your money, scheming for a brighter tomorrow, and possibly in occasional need of a little cheer-up -- so you require food that is nutritious, inexpensive, easy to prepare, and tasty.
Healthfulness starts with water. And vegetables -- vegetables chock full of vitamins, minerals, specially formulated anti-bummer agents, and fiber. Put them both together and what do you have? Soup.
Thriftiness means planning ahead, to a time five minutes or five hours in the future when you’re starving. There’s a place where all are welcome, where the sun is always sunny and the children never weep. It is the bulk aisle. And if you’re remotely located or a little lazy-ish, there’s also Amazon.com. A little up-front money can make you rich later. Buying in bulk will literally save you billions of micro-dollars.
Imagine you’re a surfer shopping for clothes. You want comfort, durability, and style. In a somewhat similar fashion, take a moment to envision in your pretend surfer brain a kitchen full of minutes-to-make basics that all combine well with each other. Dood!
Here’s a little secret: Herbs and spices help make food taste like delicious food.
Might as well choose from the world’s healthiest foods, eh?
: Quinoa ($
), whole grain pasta
), potatoes, squash, oatmeal. These carbs are the most nutritious, tastiest, least-expensive, easiest to prepare, easiest to combine with other foods, and best re-heated. Protein
: If you find that meat and dairy are too fraught with moral, nutritional, and preperational complications, stick to plant proteins (even a 1/2 cup of broccoli has 3 grams). When not scarfing pintos or garbanzos, you may drink your protein. You may! Pea powder ($
) tastes like nothing so blends with anything. You can also get a lot of mileage out of toasted walnuts, almonds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds Fruit and vegetables
: Bananas, apples, frozen berries. Raisins. The hardest-working vegetables are broccoli, kale, chard, collards, carrots, celery. Other
: Multi-vitamin with B12 and D. Veg bouillon. Olive oil for soups, salads, and so on, safflower oil for sauteing. Flaxseeds for omega-3s (you’ll need a little coffee grinder). Tips
Keep your crock pot on: You can cook almost everything overnight.
Keep your immersion blender handy: Essential for smoothies and souping ($).
Always cook three or more servings: Make the most of your fridge and freezer to make the most of your time and money.
Clean as you go: You’ll do your best scheming when cleaning.
Cook a pound of pasta, four cups of quinoa, a pot of red sauce, and a vegetable soup, and you have 5 different ways to eat about 10 separate meals: pasta+red sauce, quinoa+red sauce, pasta+soup, soup+quinoa, red sauce+soup=tomato soup.
Shopping time: Since you buy your staples in bulk, you only need weekly trips for fresh food.
Cost: Rest assured, this is the cheapest way to eat, short of fregan-ing.
Prep time: Almost nothing -- time to chop the vegetables and open a few cans, plus clean up.
Flavor: Did you add some spices and herbs?