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budget freezer recipe suggestions?

Hi, all! I'm a graduate student with a minor quandry: I'm currently profoundly bored with most of my stock of freezable recipes. I'm trying to eat well on a (fairly minimal) budget, and I'm running up against some problems that I suspect a lot of folks have, which are that a) it's very hard to cook for just one person, and b) food is expensive! If anyone has some budget recipes up their sleeves, I would profoundly appreciate links.

Pertinent information:
1. I have access to a co-op grocery store that's very pricy, plus some less expensive Big Box food type places. I'll hopefully be able to go a local farmers' market later in the spring, once it opens. I also live in the southwest, so my access to good fruits and vegetables can be a little limited.
2. Non-vegetarian is preferable, but veggie is fine too! I am open to just about anything.
3. Given that there's only one of me and I don't eat a whole lot, recipes I can freeze in portions to eat throughout the week would be particularly welcome.

Thank you!

regulation vs artisanal food

This article from The Economist on California's over-regulation of artisanal food vendors reminded me a bit about Joel Salatin's criticisms of regulation that is designed for large companies and ridiculous for small ones: Beware of the yogurt.

ada corporate sponsors


yes, the good folks at the ada, who tell us and our hcps what foods are supposedly healthiest to eat, are proudly supported by such *cough* healthy food manufacturers as coke, pepsi, mars, and hershey...
Sadly, we haven't been able to plant anything these past two years. I'd tried to grow tomatoes a few years ago, but that was a flop, and this year, by the time we actually had time to start considering what to plant, it was too late to start. We'd like at least a couple pots of herbs, but for some reason the gardening store where we get our starter plants (starting from seed is a touch too fickle for me) cut back on their herb section.

But I'm also a little excited: I discovered the earthtainer a couple days ago and, if you can make it through the PDF, looks really easy. What better way to eat organic and get heirloom produce? Plus, you don't have to worry about inadvertently supporting Monsanto--it's all built from stuff you can get from WalMart ;-)

I'm also surprised at what we get for answers on this energy quiz. Try it and see for yourself. You might be surprised at what you learn, and how much you might save.


This is perhaps the penultimate reason as to why HFCS is bad for you. Not that I was ever under any delusion that it was good for people, but he lays out, in painstaking biochemical detail, how it all works. It was originally linked to in this NYT article, which is, in itself worth reading.

Happily for us, this coincides with my boyfriend's deciding to cut back on sugar intake. But I'm going to check the labels on our chips and snacks just to be sure...anybody know what "high fructose corn syrup" is in Dutch?
Hey all, I just popped the seal on a jar of active dry yeast. Where should I store it now, and about how long of a shelflife has it got?


BECAUSE (a relevant rant)

“BECAUSE” (spoken word piece by Pablo Das)

"Because what we consume is the most intimate relationship we have to our environment.

Because having grown up on Pop Tarts, Big Gulp and television my generation has no reference point for what connecting with our true nature even looks like.

Because a transformation in your relationship to food, or anything else in life for that matter comes from paying strict attention, to a system of self inquiry, through mindfulness, to the karma or results of your actions .

Because access to quality foods seems has something to do with the neighborhood we live in and the color of your skin.

Because this society has seriously manipulated you about body image, especially women, you have been fucked with hard core.

Because most scientific studies are done on isolated nutrients, but we don’t eat isolated nutrients; we eat nutrients in the context of a system called food.

Because the results of any such study do not trump the direct experience of the individual --EVER.

Because, after 1000’s of years of evolution, do we really require a scientist to tell us what to eat?

Because teaching our children that they only have to eat vegetables when they are hidden in macaroni and cheese is a total disservice, Jessica Seinfeld.

Because there is not a disease in the world whose root cause is a pharmaceutical deficiency.

Because my mother died of cancer, because my father died of heart disease, because they both had diabetes.

Because Michel Pollan rules.

Because Sanjay Gupta does not rule.

Because vegan boys are hot.

Because the angriest people I know are vegan boys.

Because any conflict between a belief system and what our body actually needs will cause tremendous protracted suffering.

Because if you are really concerned about terrorism, then may I suggest the war on factory farming?

Because GMO, because cloning, because antibiotics, because steroids, because hormones, cause cancer cause depression, cause anxiety, cause osteoporosis, cause obesity, cause diabetes , cause autism , cause MS, cause bulimia, cause anorexia, cause gastric bypass surgery, cause restless leg fucking syndrome.. those bastards would totally invent a disease just to sell you their drugs.

Because we are most influential culture on the planet.

Because Howard Lyman said I didn’t have the right to know what I know and not act.

Because a bald guy with funny glasses not only told me I could change the world, but he showed me how it’s done.

Because Annemarie Colbin reminds me that this discussion itself is a luxury; for many people in the world , the biggest problem is not what to eat, its can I?

Because all of this, I have decided it is my life’s work to help people come into a clearer seeing, and subvert this industrialized food system, and cultivate a wiser relationship to what they consume, and in doing so create the conditions for more balance, and happiness, and for less suffering - not just for ourselves but for all beings going out in all directions.

Because of all of this, I started a community called the American Food Rebel Network, and I would like it if you had my back…."


Pablo Das: mindfulness based wellness, nutrition and recovery coach and Buddhism inspired indie-folk (antifolk) musician.
http://www.myspace.com/pablodasnyc/music (also look on youtube for more of Pablo's music)

Jessica Seinfeld: pop-media mom, author (or plagiarist) of the “Deceptively Delicious” cookbook.

Michael Pollan: activist and author of The Omnivores Dilemma, In Defense of Food, and professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sanjay Gupta: media personality on health-related issues.

Howard Lyman: former Montana cattle rancher, renowned public speaker, author, and animal advocate.

Bald guy with funny glasses : the Dalai Lama.

Annemarie Colbin: maverick nutritional theorist, internationally recognized health educator, author, consultant and speaker, specializing in food and its effects on health. She is the author of Food and Healing.
With spring approaching in the northern hemisphere, I finally feel able to splurge a little on the remaining fruits I have frozen from last summer. Made these muffins today, and oh my word, they're so delicious.

Original recipe here: my adaptations are in my notes, below.


1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup cooked steel-cut oats
1 cup blueberries tossed with 1 teaspoon flour

method and notes beneath the cutCollapse )
From yesterday's NYTimes:

demand for quinoa (pronounced KEE-no-ah) is soaring in rich countries, as American and European consumers discover the “lost crop” of the Incas. The surge has helped raise farmers’ incomes here in one of the hemisphere’s poorest countries. But there has been a notable trade-off: Fewer Bolivians can now afford it, hastening their embrace of cheaper, processed foods and raising fears of malnutrition in a country that has long struggled with it.


Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.

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