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Old 02-19-20, 04:32 PM
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How minimal can you go...

I think I could live on turkey chili (pinto beans) and wine... I'd be a sacrifice though because I'd rather have the toughest chunk of red meat than turkey breast.
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I think I could live on turkey chili (pinto beans) and wine... I'd be a sacrifice though because I'd rather have the toughest chunk of red meat than turkey breast.
Live on? How long? Day, week, month?
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I can see Hondo living on chilli and Natural Light for months.
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Reds, cocaine and vitamin C...
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This might not be' MY 'direction to go, but I have a diet that I used to advise for people that tried to say that food is high priced in the U.S.A.
Go to Sam's club or similar store .Buy a 50 lb bag of beans and 50 lb.bag of rice. Simply add a bit of what chicken, turkey, or beef is on sale. Throw a minimal amount of green stuff or potatoes. and viola! cheap eats.
It is not hard to get spendy on groceries. People --- as often is the case here at our house, eat for entertainment .
I've pretty much gotten away from beer but I'd bet I could narrow the plate down to pizza and beer. lol
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If I had to go long term with one set of ingredients, it would probably be:

Tortillas, beef, pinto beans, Mexican style white cheese, lettuce, onion, tomatoes, Cholula, rice, cilantro . . .

That ought to allow me to turn that into different looking, but basically the same, Tex-Mex food. Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, nachos, you name it. All the same when it goes into my stomach.

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Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
I can see Hondo living on chilli and Natural Light for months.
NO canít stomach the NATTY cheap version of Colorado Gatorade aka Keystone Light or XX and Blue Moon. Chili and tortillas for life I could do ...
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Reds, cocaine and vitamin C...
Now I know why you are so negative!

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Old 02-19-20, 07:25 PM
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Natural toothache remedy and proof some higher power loves or has pity on us humans.



And with chili and rice...

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BEER! The original social media and still the best
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Now I know why you are so negative!
Yeah, because I can't ever get the lyrics right...


What in the world ever became of sweet Jane?
She lost her sparkle, you know she isn't the same
Livin' on reds, vitamin C, and cocaine
All a friend can say is, "Ain't it a shame?"
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Old 02-19-20, 08:21 PM
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I was on a mostly liquid and soft food diet for 2018. That was about as minimalist as I care to go. My thyroid was so swollen it was distorting and constricting my esophagus and trachea. I couldn't swallow pills or most solid food. (Thyroid cancer, fixed with surgery later in 2018, no chemo, all seems well now.)

So I had to make some changes to stay nourished enough to keep working out.

Lots of blenderized stuff with protein powders, fruit, etc. Fine for breakfast and snacks but I got tired of sweet stuff all day.

So I kept a huge crock pot going almost full time with stew, letting the meat get really soft -- great way to use really tough cuts of beef. After awhile it was more like soup than stew, so I'd brown some more meat and let it slow cook overnight.

I usually just kept the crock pot going full time. But if it's left cooking 24/7 eventually the contents taste scorched, so I'd cool it in the fridge overnight, then reheat it the next day.

I had a great soup stock going after several months. Alas, when I was hospitalized in late 2018 for the thyroid surgery they kept me a day longer than expected. I'd left the crock pot on medium for a couple of days and the bottom scorched, ruining the flavor and gumming up the crockery so badly I had to toss the whole pot. But those Rival crock pots are cheap so I'll probably just buy another.

While I can swallow normally again -- took most of 2019 for the esophagus and trachea to straighten out completely -- now I'm considering one of those insta-pot doodads, which appear to be a dual purpose pressure cooker and slow cooker.

On the plus side, I lost 10 lbs of stubborn fat and have kept it off. So I maintained some diet changes, mostly eliminating junk carbs and beer. I still have a beer once a month or less often at a group dinner ride with friends, but I don't keep any at home now.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
I was on a mostly liquid and soft food diet for 2018. That was about as minimalist as I care to go. My thyroid was so swollen it was distorting and constricting my esophagus and trachea. I couldn't swallow pills or most solid food. (Thyroid cancer, fixed with surgery later in 2018, no chemo, all seems well now.)

So I had to make some changes to stay nourished enough to keep working out.

Lots of blenderized stuff with protein powders, fruit, etc. Fine for breakfast and snacks but I got tired of sweet stuff all day.

So I kept a huge crock pot going almost full time with stew, letting the meat get really soft -- great way to use really tough cuts of beef. After awhile it was more like soup than stew, so I'd brown some more meat and let it slow cook overnight.

I usually just kept the crock pot going full time. But if it's left cooking 24/7 eventually the contents taste scorched, so I'd cool it in the fridge overnight, then reheat it the next day.

I had a great soup stock going after several months. Alas, when I was hospitalized in late 2018 for the thyroid surgery they kept me a day longer than expected. I'd left the crock pot on medium for a couple of days and the bottom scorched, ruining the flavor and gumming up the crockery so badly I had to toss the whole pot. But those Rival crock pots are cheap so I'll probably just buy another.

While I can swallow normally again -- took most of 2019 for the esophagus and trachea to straighten out completely -- now I'm considering one of those insta-pot doodads, which appear to be a dual purpose pressure cooker and slow cooker.

On the plus side, I lost 10 lbs of stubborn fat and have kept it off. So I maintained some diet changes, mostly eliminating junk carbs and beer. I still have a beer once a month or less often at a group dinner ride with friends, but I don't keep any at home now.
You have been through some tough stuff! What doesnít kill you will just makes you stronger
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You have been through some tough stuff! What doesn’t kill you will just makes you stronger stranger.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
I was on a mostly liquid and soft food diet for 2018. That was about as minimalist as I care to go. My thyroid was so swollen it was distorting and constricting my esophagus and trachea. I couldn't swallow pills or most solid food. (Thyroid cancer, fixed with surgery later in 2018, no chemo, all seems well now.)

So I had to make some changes to stay nourished enough to keep working out.

Lots of blenderized stuff with protein powders, fruit, etc. Fine for breakfast and snacks but I got tired of sweet stuff all day.

So I kept a huge crock pot going almost full time with stew, letting the meat get really soft -- great way to use really tough cuts of beef. After awhile it was more like soup than stew, so I'd brown some more meat and let it slow cook overnight.

I usually just kept the crock pot going full time. But if it's left cooking 24/7 eventually the contents taste scorched, so I'd cool it in the fridge overnight, then reheat it the next day.

I had a great soup stock going after several months. Alas, when I was hospitalized in late 2018 for the thyroid surgery they kept me a day longer than expected. I'd left the crock pot on medium for a couple of days and the bottom scorched, ruining the flavor and gumming up the crockery so badly I had to toss the whole pot. But those Rival crock pots are cheap so I'll probably just buy another.

While I can swallow normally again -- took most of 2019 for the esophagus and trachea to straighten out completely -- now I'm considering one of those insta-pot doodads, which appear to be a dual purpose pressure cooker and slow cooker.

On the plus side, I lost 10 lbs of stubborn fat and have kept it off. So I maintained some diet changes, mostly eliminating junk carbs and beer. I still have a beer once a month or less often at a group dinner ride with friends, but I don't keep any at home now.
It's it's been said that if you use it for nothing more than cooking brown rice, Instant Pot is worth it if for nothing but that, but... in my opinion the same thing goes for beans only more so-- you don't have to soak them first and can use chicken stock instead of water to reconstitute the beans.

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Lentils, bread and kale!
Definitely, kale for big sh*ts...
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I go backpacking. Which is to say I walk miles, sometimes tens of miles, with my shelter and days of food on my back. Then I pour boiling water (from the creek) into a bag of freezer dried gruel, eat it, and sleep on the ground, preferably on a rock.
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Definitely, kale for big sh*ts...
Have to dig a hole in the ground for that.
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Originally Posted by Olefeller77 View Post
This might not be' MY 'direction to go, but I have a diet that I used to advise for people that tried to say that food is high priced in the U.S.A.
Go to Sam's club or similar store .Buy a 50 lb bag of beans and 50 lb.bag of rice. Simply add a bit of what chicken, turkey, or beef is on sale. Throw a minimal amount of green stuff or potatoes. and viola! cheap eats.
It is not hard to get spendy on groceries. People --- as often is the case here at our house, eat for entertainment .
I've pretty much gotten away from beer but I'd bet I could narrow the plate down to pizza and beer. lol
Wait a minute... there's a heck of a lot going on with "pizza and beer" LOL.

But your earlier suggestion is pretty right on... Rice, beans, and greens... add whatever flavor broth suits you.

Vary the greens, vary the beans (use different kinds) add chili peppers, herbs, whatever... and that is the basic diet of probably "most" people of the world. Ratios of rice and beans change as do spices... but probably 70% of the world population lives on something like that.

Me, I love veggie chilli, which is just various beans, and onions and various greens. Oh, garlic and onions... makes anything tastier.

I also love my slow cooked pinto beans... Mexican spices... BAM! It works.

Navy BEAN soup... simple and tasty.
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I got through college on three for a dollar mac and cheese (the kind you added water to powdered cheese) and cheap suitcases of Bush beer.

Many years ago I was having a flair up of diverticulitis. I had a really bad doctor and went through a month of suffering. I could only eat about a half a can of soup and a few crackers a day. Great weight loss program though.
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Right this moment, Soylent. It doesn't get simpler than that...but I wouldn't be able to maintain it on a permanent level.

Back when I was young(er) the wife and I lived on bologna sandwiches and ramen for a while as we struck out on our own. Prior to that I ate only pizza as it was free working there. A few years ago we ran into a bad time and fed three people on $20 a week for several months. That was pretty basic.

I would think that sustainably my selections would be less than some and quite a bit more than others and likely not considered very minimalist.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I go backpacking. Which is to say I walk miles, sometimes tens of miles, with my shelter and days of food on my back. Then I pour boiling water (from the creek) into a bag of freezer dried gruel, eat it, and sleep on the ground, preferably on a rock.
I prefer a hole in a log, at the bottom of a cold well...
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