I’m a cheap wad most of the time. There are certain things I always buy name brand of because generic ain’t gonna cut it… toilet paper… hand soap…
nose picking floss Kleenex. That last one was uncalled for… I see that now. So, when I saw this book in a bargain bin at K-Mart for $2.00 a few months back, I didn’t give a crimeny puff that I had zero people children and zero family or that it had the grotesque “D” word I despise on the cover, I bought it anyway because at $2 it matched my cheap wadly status nicely. I mostly bought it to peruse the recipes and because I was curious what kind of magical plants she could make into donuts… crossing my fingers that recipe is totes in the book, y’all!
Eating clean refers to eating from the land, i.e., food in it’s natural state. I’ve mentioned before on this here rambling site, that sodium is my arch nemesis. I hate it… it hates me and we all live peaceably in the land of make believe. The biggest sodium hog? Processed foods… forever and ever and ever AMEN! Cooking with processed food is so much simpler, though. I’d rather go buy a box of crackers at the store than slave for 8 years making homemade… and for those kinds of things I draw the line. Reading this book just made me want to go take a nap… the lady makes EVERYTHING she eats… from scratch. Cheese… for crying outloud!! The lady buys some yogurt from a yurt in Bolivia, coddles it next to her chest for 4 days, drains it using the organic cloth of a monk in Budapest, and somehow it turns into cheese after she makes a pilgrimage to the land of honey and wheat. OH MY LANDS ALIVE!
That might not be totally accurate seeing as I fell asleep during the cheese-making process chapter! That aside, because of this book and my aforementioned water retention issues, I’ve been making a conscious effort to eat less processed stuffs over the last few weeks. Get my sodium intake per day well below the 2500 mg mark… and if possible well below the 2000 mg mark. It has required careful planning and finagling and a lot of extra cooking. For example… this past weekend during my usual marathon cooking session in which I make all my meals for the entire week, I had 12 recipes… count them… TWELVE recipes to make… for one person to eat over 5 days. I’m also a serious refrigerator space hog… but that just means I care whether or not I get Salmonella poisoning.
I’ll probably go into the recipes that worked and what didn’t throughout the week, but clean eating lady… you got me on one point. I’ll buy my dagnabbed cheese from the store, but you’ve inspired me to be less lazy when it comes to cooking. I’ll give you that!
Question of the Day: Do you buy generic or name brand? Are there certain things you won’t buy generic?