Posted on : 8:55 AM | By : Nic | In : diet
Not Dabbling In Normal has presented a challenge to only eat real food. This is something I've been working towards anyway, so I am going to do this too. The rules are to cut back on commercially processed foods and only eat food made from ingredients in their simplest forms.
Now that we are living in our bus as of two days from now (roughing it while we finish it), there are certain foods that I can no longer make myself. I can't make my own bread, or bake anything at all really. I have a crockpot, a toaster, a toaster oven, and an electric grill. I can, and do often, buy handmade breads from markets locally, and even the local grocery store has fresh baked bread made from real ingredients. We eat dry beans cooked in the crockpot, BC grown chicken and eggs, fish, BC grown fruits and veggies, and bulk foods like nuts and raisins. The bulk foods are not necessarily local, but they are whole foods. I have yet, however, to develope the ability to make tortillas and pitas. Mine always turn out hard and poofy, not at all like a tortilla, and I've tried all sorts of 'guaranteed' recipes. I also love chips and salsa, so I buy organic Vancouver chips and the tortillas are usually made in Vancouver too (Vancouver is 50 miles away by ferry). I usually make my own salsa unless I find a really good deli-made salsa. Actually the deli is a great source of pre-made foods, for some things.
We don't eat much pasta, just rice or potatoes. Our diet is very,very simple, which makes it both cheap, and Real. What are you doing to eat Real Food? I think I am doing pretty well, but I better make an inventory of processed foods we do eat:
organic corn chips
bulk shelled nuts
soy or rice milk
That's the processed foods we do eat, some of which I use because we can't eat dairy. I add the mayo sauces to make them creamy, and the soy cheese to scrambled eggs because we just miss cheese so much. We don't need it, but it's hard to let go of. Let's see how they grade for being local, and unprocessed...
The tofu is Sunrise Soya (extra firm) made in Vancouver with non-GMO soybeans grown in Canada or the US.
Like I said before the chips are from Vancouver too.
The MySoy Cheese is made by Paradise Island in the same city as me and I had no idea!
NOTE: when I first posted this there were so many grammatical errors... never post in a hurry!
The condiments are not so great. I have a Jamie Oliver ketchup recipe I want to try, and it's not that difficult. I can do without the Cheerios, they just make an easy baby snack but I have other stuff she can eat as well.
I am using Hellmann's mayo for all kinds of things... to make creamy sauce and soups, spread on sandwiches, to make egg salads and tofu salads. It doesn't have dairy, and satisfies our cravings for creaminess, lol. It is made with eggs, oil and vinegar, and while they are moving towards cage-free eggs only, it is made by Unilever. And why do they call them cage-free eggs instead of free-run eggs? Unilever is not a company I want to support, so I'm going to have to make my own, except that I'm paranoid of uncooked egg yolk so I'll have to think on that. The Hellman's stuff is pasteurized. Hmmm....