Sunday, July 11
More on minimalist cooking
My mom loaned me the More With Less cookbook. I wish I'd had it four years ago, when I got married and had no idea how to eat or cook nutritious meals.
She has a formula in this book about how dairy should be eaten with grains, and legumes should be eaten with grains. That way you maximize the nutrition and protein of both foods.
Your body doesn't absorb much nutrition from your food anyway (I think about 20% actually goes toward nourishment, while the rest goes toward heating your body and things like that). But you can increase the amount of nutrition absorbed by eating certain things together. Dairy products are high in some nutrients and low in others, while grains (pasta, breads, etc.) are high where dairy is low, and low where dairy is high.
Legumes and grains compliment the same way, so eating rice and beans together is actually quite efficient, nutrition-wise. (Or eating a peanut-butter sandwich, or beans and tortillas, or lentil soup and muffins ... the list goes on.)
So anyway, I made an interesting dinner of mashed navy beans and garlic (white bean spread), toasted strips of salted bread to dip in said spread, and white rice. And it was actually really tasty and filling. We actually ran out of bread much faster than I thought we would, because the bread strips were like long, crunchy croutons, and the kids devoured them.
It's hard having to live on a pretty-much vegetarian diet, but when money's tight, meat is too expensive. We still get eggs and milk, and sometimes cheese.
Thanks to my neighbor and her food care packages for the ministries she works for, I have a pantry stuffed to the gills with beans. So we won't run short on beans. I do wish that I had some soybeans, because those are the highest in protein, but in the meantime I have all the other beans. And life goes on.