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« on: August 07, 2007 09:45:34 PM »

I know there is a huge thread on the regular cooking board, but I thought I'd see if people wanted to start a similar thread here, so that they didn't have to wade through pages of ideas for rotisserie chicken. 

My first contribution would be the "I'm sick of pasta,  but I'm still broke, and I have all this pasta sauce" alternative to pasta.   Boil polenta (Cheap as dirt when  bought bulk)   
Put it on a big plate, pour some pasta sauce over it and add some grated cheese or parmesan (you can also add parm to the polenta at the last stages of boiling it)  then nuke it or put it in the oven till the cheese is melted.  15 minutes and without the cheese costs under a dollar.
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2007 11:58:20 PM »

CHEESE?!! Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2007 01:57:26 AM »

You can get great almond/rice/soy/other protein cheese as well if you aren't the lacto-ovo type. Smiley

Another for pasta sauce- Triscuit Pizza- sauce, cheese or appropriate substitute, and the cracker of your choice.  Make sure to coat crackers evenly and nuke for about two to three minutes.  Much yummier than you would think from the pic on the box.

Also, lentils and couscous are your friend, as is stir-fried tofu. Smiley

Oh, also, you can make miso soup for very cheap- get the broth powder, Dashi, from a Japanese food store, and you can get the rest of the ingredients from most health food stores.  In mine, I use wakame (a specific kind of seafood), kikkoman soy sauce, green onions, very firm tofu, white miso, and non-MSG dashi.  Dump it all into a bowl and nuke until it has been boiling a minute or two.  Highly yummy.  Dashi comes in fish and seaweed varieties, so make sure you get the kind you want, and check for MSG, a lot of them have it.
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2007 10:14:03 AM »

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Oh, also, you can make miso soup for very cheap- get the broth powder, Dashi, from a Japanese food store, and you can get the rest of the ingredients from most health food stores.  In mine, I use wakame (a specific kind of seafood), kikkoman soy sauce, green onions, very firm tofu, white miso, and non-MSG dashi.  Dump it all into a bowl and nuke until it has been boiling a minute or two.  Highly yummy.  Dashi comes in fish and seaweed varieties, so make sure you get the kind you want, and check for MSG, a lot of them have it.
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Just thought I would let people know that fish often hides in miso under the name "bonito"
Also good to know is that you should never boil miso.   Fresh miso has a lot of enzymes as well as probiotics, but if it is brought to a boil these are killed.   Make the miso soup, scoop a cup out, dissolve miso in this and then add the miso at the last second making sure not to boil it.

I eat miso soup probably once a wee,  just miso paste and noodles.
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2007 10:22:53 AM »

Just thought I would let people know that fish often hides in miso under the name "bonito"

Yeah, I only discovered that recently... O_o

Anyone know how long miso paste lasts in the frig?
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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2007 12:48:42 PM »

Just thought I would let people know that fish often hides in miso under the name "bonito"
Miso itself is fermented soybeans, and to my knowledge never has animal products (they would rot).  However, many of the kinds of broth used in Japanese soups are fish-based.  According to the gentleman at my Japanese food store, three of the four most common kinds of dashi are fish- avoid anything labeled Bonito (as mentioned), Katsuo, or Niboshi.  Kombu is the most common kind of seaweed dashi you will find in stores.  There is also Shiitake dashi, but I haven't seen it around.

Anyone know how long miso paste lasts in the frig?
If it's in a jar, miso keeps indefinitely.  It's kind of like a cross between pickles and yogurt- it will get stronger-tasting if you keep it a really long time, but as far as I know, live miso never really goes bad.  I once had one jar, open, for over a year with no noticeable change in condition.  If it is in some sort of packet (I have seen some that comes in packs similar to tofu), you might have a hard time keeping it from drying out, though.

Oh, and I make my miso soup about half again to twice as strong as the instructions on the dashi packets say- about 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of miso per serving, and enough shoyu to turn it distinctly brown makes for a good meal-hearty miso soup, while the instructions give you something more suitable for being eaten with other food.
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2007 06:02:36 PM »

I'm not a vegetarian, but I enjoy vegetarian food, especially Indian.  I posted a recipe for dhal (lentil curry) a while back; it requires a bit of veggie chopping but it's pretty easy to make.

A good side dish or snack (unless you're vegan) is raita.  Mix up some yogurt with a bit of cumin, stir in some sliced cucumber... yum.
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2007 01:46:38 PM »

Lately I've been living on lentil curries with naan bread. They are ridiculously easy, both recipes I have consist of ginger, garlic, a bunch of spices, sometimes curry paste and lentils, maybe split peas and veggie broth. and onions. I'm not sure of the exact cost but I spend an average of $35Ca/week on groceries, which include fruits and veggies and such also. I get my lentils from bulk barn and I found a cheap grocery store that has a package of 6 naan breads for only $2.50 or so. 
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2007 07:41:27 PM »

Black Beans on rice with fresh raw tomatoes on the side.
this is my daughter's fav meal.
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« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2007 07:48:29 PM »

Veggie sushi is delicious... and all the ingredients are cheap!  Cook your rice, let it sit for a little while so it gets "sticky", then make it into a sort of flat rectangular mass on top of a sushi-rolling mat (or just be cheap like me and use one of those silicone baking sheets).  Then top it with shredded cucumber, carrots, avocado, or whatever else you like, and roll it up!
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