Monday, July 2, 2012

Truths: How To Cook Without Food (or Power)

  • Eat watermelon. Lots of it. Good for hydration, good for cooling, great for a hangover—just in case.
  • Fruit—grapes, blueberries, watermelon, cantaloupe—all pretty good room temperature (even if that room is 85°)
  • Use your grill. Buy meat and go home and cook it (well) outside. If meat is as repulsive to you as it is to me (in the summer), grill up some veggies, corn, zucchini, carrots, eggplant, beets, tomatoes, peppers and drizzle with Balsamic and salt. Or grill up some pineapple, apples, carrots, with some cinnamon and a dash of balsamic. It will keep you full and happy.
  • No leftovers. Buy only what you need to eat that day.
  • Use mustards (skip the mayo)
  • Canned/jarred food that doesn’t suck: baked beans, tuna, olives, black beans (all beans really), pineapple, salsa, tomato sauce.
  • Make hummus—smash those canned beans with some salt, cilantro, a little EVOO, and some lemon juice—hummus doesn’t need much (if any) refrigeration.
  • Guacamole—avocado, lime, salt. Eat it. It’s good for you.
  • Jalapeño stuff: slice jalapenos thin, thin, thin, mix/mottle with salt (more than you would think) and lime juice (less than you would think). Yum. This is better chilled, so put it in your cooler. 

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