I just want real food.
August 9, 2012 10:23 AM Subscribe
I want to eat like it's 1909 and have no idea how to plan meals. I will learn to cook. Does anyone have advice and/or resources for me?
posted by Urban Winter to Food & Drink (63 answers total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
Online recipes are full of ingredients like "X-Brand Low Fat Cheese" and "Canned Y in Syrup." I don't want to eat that crap, and I don't know enough about cooking to pull apart all the crappy ingredients and make something good - nor do I have the inclination to do so.
I want to eat like it's 1909. Take vegetables, cut them up, cook them, eat them. Same with fruit (well, minus the cooking). Same with meat. I want to eat only about two meals a week with meat in them - for my purposes, eggs are not meat, but fish and poultry is. I want to reduce my contact with dairy (not eliminate). I like bread, I like pasta, and I like rice, and I intend to continue eating them (though I could certainly stand to eat less pasta).
I'm not a picky eater. I like food other people would consider bland. I don't like frying things up in grease, and I'm very sparing with my spices. I know about as much as any college student about cooking: I can use the appliances without breaking anything, but when it comes to making any meal that takes longer than 10-15 minutes to prepare (including time for the water to boil) I'm clueless. I'm also on my own here. The other people in my house fill the fridge/freezer with soda, meat, frozen pizzas, etc, and the pantry is filled with microwave-ready just-add-water dishes, chips/cookies, and cereal. I am buying food for one single person (and one without a large appetite at that). I also don't mind eating leftovers, however.
So. How do I do this? How did grandma do it, or great-grandma? I don't want to "go on a diet." I just want to eat real food without an "ingredients" list on the back. Broccoli is made of broccoli. Flour is made of flour. I want to eat food where the ingredients are the food.