Low Spoons Food Thread

Discussion in 'General Advice' started by Vast Derp, Apr 22, 2015.

  1. Gingersouldrinker

    Gingersouldrinker New Member

    When I was really depressed a couple years back and could barely feed myself each day, I ate a lot of what I call "dog food for people". It's just canned refried beans, canned cooked chicken, drain the chicken, dump in a bowl with the beans, mix and heat a bit in the microwave, portion it out with rice. Season as you like, its bland but inoffensive on it's own.
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  2. Astrodynamicist

    Astrodynamicist Adequate Potato Goblin

    Thank you! I have been eating this in burrito form all week.
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  3. PotteryWalrus

    PotteryWalrus halfway hideous and halfway sweet

    Oh, also, I just remembered my favourite appalling-levels-of-calories food from when I was trying to actively bulk up again after I nearly died and was an 80lbs skeleton of a person determined to never have that small a fat reserve ever again!


    Honey, peanut butter, and Nutella on white bread. Extremely tasty and filling, but if you're Diabetic like me remember to take enough insulin to counter it!
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  4. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Peas are useful because you can swallow them in handfuls without chewing.
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  5. vuatson

    vuatson [delurks]

    a salad (slaw?) I have been eating recently:

    - a couple forkfuls of peanut butter mixed with enough sesame ginger/asian salad dressing to make it nice and creamy and mixable, plus a little lime juice if you want
    - veggie slaw mix (shredded green cabbage + red cabbage + carrots. can also get extra shredded carrots to add if you want)

    and any or all of the following:

    - sliced green onions
    - cilantro (could also use cilantro paste)
    - fried garlic
    - sesame seeds
    - chopped peanuts
    - crispy wonton strips

    delicious, covers several food groups, puts a vegetable in your face, takes less than 10 minutes to make and only dirties a salad bowl and a fork (plus knife and cutting board if you do the green onions or cilantro, but they barely get dirty). strongly recommend
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  6. Verily

    Verily surprised Xue Yang peddler

    So it turns out you can steam kale in the microwave for sandwich filler. It has so much less volume. More greens in less space, and less wrangling to get them to stay put while eating. :P

    I poured probably less than a centimeter of water, quarter inch, in a microwave safe plastic container with the lid resting on top but not closed. I used a couple handfuls of kale. This was not science, just an estimate of how much would be a fairly generous amount even after it was steamed. I also cut a slice of red onion and stuck that in there on top of the kale to steam too, for more flavor and because I like onions. I think I zapped it for a minute and a half? No fancy power settings, just regular. It could probably have been perfectly fine for two minutes, but if you’re not sure, you can pull it out, check how it’s looking, and put it back in if it doesn’t seem steamed enough. I drained what water was left, which wasn’t much.

    You can do whatever you like with the rest of the sandwich. It probably isn’t very exciting by itself unless you really love steamed kale, but I was actually surprised at how little flavor it contributed beyond Kinda Leaf. The dijon mustard may have helped with that. I’ve found that spices and other flavorful things can overwhelm kale real fast, which is probably for the best. It does taste pretty Leaf. Citrus doesn’t seem to overwhelm it exactly, but a bit of lemon juice can make the bitterness more palatable I think. If you don’t have sandwich meat, veggies and cheese still make a perfectly good sandwich.

    One completely unrelated thing that’s been extremely helpful with being able to cook more often is that we got a new skillet. It’s Blue Diamond and I love it. I’m not sure how much it was, or what other similar options there are. But if it’s doable, a skillet with a really good nonstick coating is so, so helpful. It can’t go in the dishwasher, but it’s so damn easy to clean that I don’t know why I’d do that anyway. It doesn’t loom in my mind as this awful task that I have to do after eating to give the skillet enough time to cool down before pouring water on it. It takes like a minute of barely any effort to rinse it off, soap it, and rinse it again. There’s no stuck food. The food sticks to itself instead of the pan, which is also very nice when you’re trying to stir things together. It doesn’t solve all my problems with cleanup, but it helps a lot.
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  7. Deresto

    Deresto Foolish Mortal

    A recent low spoons and (in my area) ridiculously cheap snack our fam has found is popcorn! Before you say "that's not cheap in a consistent diet" or "I've heard popcorn before, it's boring" let me introduce you to this sucker:


    It's a collapsible popcorn bowl, it works great, and is stupid easy to clean up and put away. If you can make this 10 dollar investment, you can get the unpopped, unflavored bags of kernels and go to town! You put a bit in, add the oil of your choice (just a teeny bit, just enough to coat the kernels) stick it in the microwave and you've got a snack that can be flavored a jillion different ways with what you've got around the house. My personal faves are:

    • Classic salt and pepper
    • Brown sugar
    • Parmesan
    • Butter
    • Valentino and shredded cheese
    • This one's my fave, just a bit of garlic and red pepper flakes
    Its good and I love it.
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  8. vuatson

    vuatson [delurks]

    I am once again posting my soup recipe


    dump in a pot without draining, season to taste, cook until it's the texture you want it to be. I'm eating some right now and it's god damn delicious
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  9. Lizardlicks

    Lizardlicks Friendly Neighborhood Lizard

    That looks like the start of some good chili to me, just add a little ground beef or chicken.
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  10. vuatson

    vuatson [delurks]

    It doesn't actually taste that similar to chili - the cumin is the primary flavor, the chipotle is just there for the smokiness and a little bit of a kick if you want one. I usually add like a half teaspoon at most. It's more sweet than anything with the natural sweetness of the squash, tomatoes, and hominy, plus a tiny bit of brown sugar. It's plenty filling on its own, too, I don't think it really needs any meat (though a little goat cheese on top is delicious)! Comes out looking like this:

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  11. Lizardlicks

    Lizardlicks Friendly Neighborhood Lizard

    Oh I always add cumin to my chili. Cumin is king. I think the flavor combo missing is garlic+sautéed onions. The squash and hominy are definitely interesting and very good flavors, bit not so out of the ordinary to be shocking or surprising.
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  12. vuatson

    vuatson [delurks]

    true, I add cumin to chili as well. it's right up there with cinnamon in terms of favorite spice. garlic and onion would be pretty out of place in this though :P but you could definitely use it as a jumping off point to make a good chili! I just like the original version too much to have tried it lol
  13. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    I need to eat less meat, but fake meat tastes horrible. What'd you recommend for vegetable protein sources? I have pulses, tofu, and nuts, am I missing anything useful?
  14. Wingyl

    Wingyl Allegedly Magic

    egg, cheese

    ETA: wait you said VEGETABLE not vegetarian
  15. Astrodynamicist

    Astrodynamicist Adequate Potato Goblin

    Beans and seeds? Which you may be folding under pulses/nuts already
  16. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Pumpkin/squash makes passable chips that can be baked or air-fried like potato ones, and provide more fibre.
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