I hear that Occam! I’ve tasted that. If we were to make a scale to rate the strength of a flavor, we’d need to include negative numbers! How do they do that technically? I do not know. How do they do it morally? I do not know, how can they serve people a meal like that, haven’t they ever eaten a decent meal before, don’t they know? Maybe they don’t. And time and time again I’ve seen the news broadcast how valuable it is… to clip coupons. No it isn’t if you care about quality (nutrition, flavor, color, variety, culinary skill). Okay, I like the double-ply toilet paper coupon, but the food coupons are all bad.
I’ve been to the bottom of the barrel and back, after high school I ate Carl Budding’s cold cut sandwiches and MaMa Rosa’s frozen pizzas, I recently was in a rush and ate some of Perdue’s Chicken Breast Tenders that a family member offered me. God bless ‘em. These monstrosities cannot possibly contain food.
The restaurants are no better, from fast food to $20 restaurants, they do no better, they pull the same tricks. A few restaurants are getting the point and playing it strait, serving healthful and delicious meals, but they are the exception.
Here’s a salad, not just some burger toppings, but a real meal. Start with a base of: 1 medium green lettuce leaf, 2 small red potatoes, 1/5 of a green pepper, 2 green onions. For more color and flavor add red tomato slices, 2 shelled walnuts, 10 raisins, half of a fresh medium red apple, oil (canola, peanut, or light olive oil). For the people with more educated pallets, you could add tender green pepperoncini, queen green brined olives (instead of oil), fresh rosemary. A piece of bread, soft rye will do, or a good hearty crusty white would be better. You’ll need protein: chicken breast, a can of black-eyed peas, tofu… which one is your favorite? Cheap and tasty Pompeian Red Wine Vinegar.
Prep: Start with a 1-1/2 qt mixing bowl, nuke the potatoes for a few minutes until soft, use the peels. Prepare the protein: skin/clean/cook the chicken, or strain/rinse the beans, or unzip the tofu. Chop and toss the veggies and fruit into the bowl, put the protein on top of that, break the bread into big chunks adding it on top, add the vinegar and 1 table spoon of oil last, get the bread wet. After a half-hour sit and eat. This is an easy salad: easy ingredients to shop for, familiar flavors for many, easy to prepare, a well balanced satiating meal, and the per-meal cost is low.
I am no skilled chef, this is a rustic caveman meal, nothing elegant. But the point is to talk about a way to encourage lots of people to start eating well with familiar ingredients in a simple way. Scientifically speaking it is a low glycemic index meal.
Now compare that to your favorite frozen dinner: more food, low cost with value for every penny spent, more nutrition, gobs more color, gobs more flavor, gobs more food volume, you send no money to people who serve bad meals, you can feel happy and healthy instead of disgusted. The salad is a hands down winner! Try it TV dinner people, and have a great meal!