02/07/2014 by syrbal-labrys
First — switching the Food Blogging to Friday, ok? Since weekends are “work dawn to dusk” time right now! We all know processed food is bad for us, right? Even if we avoid the massive sugar-added things, processed food is tweaked in a dozen ways to fool us into thinking we are eating something good for us. Me, I don’t eat a lot of sugar in ordinary stuff — I save it for candy and cookies and cake in old school over-the-top events of gluttony! Pretty much the sugar debauchery is down to holidays and birthdays now.
But there are other sins of edible commission, right? Like this: Right?? No? Well, come on then –what IS it with you? Lipton Noodle Soup, a can of Campbell’s bacon & bean soup? Confess! Everyone has a favorite junk food and this one is mine. I mitigate the crap by adding a can of tuna or salmon and it is bliss made with hemp milk instead of the lactose loaded stuff. Yes, I DO know how to make homemade mac & cheese, thank you. But that doesn’t take SIX minutes, does it? THAT isn’t ready even at midnight without an oven, is it? And hey, it doesn’t require giblets to make giblet gravy to go on mashed Swedes & Sweets — my other main-squeeze comfort food!
Seriously, aside from the odd box of orange poison, I cook and have cooked almost entirely from scratch for decades. I make the household jam, even Seville marmalade. I baked all our bread for years and years and possibly will return to that this year (tell you next week!) as I am playing with the idea of a sourdough starter again. I didn’t use canned soups; I once even made and froze all broths. Now, I admit, I cheat in the health food aisle with quarts of ready-made. But broth cubes of msg-enhanced crap were banished, exorcised. I could count all the cake mixes used in my marriage and have fingers left over. I think cookie dough was purchased TWICE in 37 years — an experiment we did not repeat.
But modern life and cooking it all from scratch don’t always blend well. (Feel free to insert your best crock pot savior stories here!) Everyone needs a cheat now and then if they don’t want to spend entire weekends cooking and freezing. Since I HATE defrosting and actually love to hate my inferior small microwave…I rarely do that except to prepare lunches taken frozen to work by family members. So, isn’t a reasonably GOOD quality fast thing a good thing? And if it is also a COMFORT food? OMGs!
Now, that box right there? That is a miracle. I LOVE pancakes — especially sourdough pancakes. But those have to be well thought out BEFORE, like a whole night before! The gems of the griddle from that box are FAST! And if you are out of eggs, no big deal — out of milk, no big deal. You can make them with simply WATER! And get this, made with only water, 3 smallish ones (3-4″) have about 14 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber to 30 grams of carbs! If you add a egg and make them with milk? The protein count goes to 21 grams! And best of all, for me? My allergens are not tweaked! It is made with wheat flour, oat flour, wheat protein, whey protein, milk protein, egg whites, buttermilk powder, brown sugar and sea salt. NO Soy!! And they are delicious!
So, come on — folks said “Yes, let’s talk food.” So let’s do it! Tell me a sinful food cheat you cannot resist and then tell me a reasonably GOOD product you’ve found to help you over the “Oh, Hel’s Bells, we need to eat, huh?” moments.