I’ve decided that, in addition maintaining it as a virtual inspiration board, I should be using tumblr to document something.
As most of you know, I’m currently out of a job thanks to 1) the janky process of nonprofits keeping people on contract long term and 2) budget cuts. I loved my last job and am feeling some angst on two levels: 1) The loss of community and the privilege of being paid to do what I love 2) No income. Steadily growing medical/life bills.
The plus side: I’ve actually got free time for the first time in godknowshowlong and am starting to cook again, so I’ll be using tumblr to chronicle my culinary adventures (in addition to reblogging pictures of cute cats and burly men.)
For me, this is very much about self care. In the past when I’ve been depressed and unemployed (the two go more or less hand in hand for me) my diet becomes ramen, mac & cheese, and nothing else. I wake up at noon or later, I go to bed at 3AM, I stay in bed and never go outside. I’m trying to head that shit off at the pass, and cooking is one way I can stay really present to my body and health in a good way.
I am neither vegan nor gluten free. I prefer to limit the amount of meat/dairy/gluten that I consume, so many of these recipes will be vegan, gluten free, or both!
I’ll also be approximating how many servings each dish makes and how much I spent on it.
Breakfast: Fail, nothing.
Lunch& Dinner: Gluten free spaghetti and meatballs, massaged kale salad, homemade chocolate non-dairy ice cream
Gluten Free Spaghetti & Meatballs
1 package quinoa pasta ($1.50)
1 lb ground turkey ($3.50)
parmesan cheese (had it already, don’t remember what I paid for it)
2 eggs (had em, think I paid $2.50 for a dozen, so 2ish¢ each = 4¢)
pasta sauce ($2.50)
About 5-6 servings, approx 1.25 per serving
Massaged Kale Salad
I deviated some from the recipe here and added about half a diced onion, way more garlic than suggested, some sesame seeds and sesame oil.
Also, massaging the fuck out of kale is fun. I suggest slicing the leaf off the stalk (unless you like the stalk, weirdo) and cutting or ripping it into large chunks. (Small chunks work too, but I think they get a better texture when you leave the, largeish.)
One bunch of kale ($1.25)
Apple cider vinegar
About 5-6 servings, approx 2¢ per serving
Non-dairy homemade chocolate ice cream
The link below has a recipe similar to the one I use. I fancy it up some by adding a tbsp of silk tofu and a handful of almonds. I am not a big fan of bananas at all, but I love this stuff.
2 frozen bananas (Don’t remember how much they cost exactly, but I think around 10¢ each, so 20¢ total)
1 tbsp dutch process cocoa powder (It’s about $1.50 an ounce in the bulk section where I go grocery shopping, and I got about $3.00 worth. No idea how to calculate what the exact cost of that tbsp was but let’s say 50¢)
About 4 servings, approx 17¢ per serving
Totalled: 5-6 meals plus dessert for about $1.44 a serving. Hooray!