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  •  This makes a lot of assumptions (3+ / 0-)

    That you have a lot of time to cook. Like you are not a single mother working 2 jobs.

    That you live in a place with a good food store.

    That you live in a place with a usable kitchen.

    That you have access to that information in the first place.

    I am a single woman with a good job, who eats mostly but not entirely veg, and I spend a LOT on food, not to mention most weekends a lot of time cooking and freezing the week's meals. I could not imagine what I'd do if I had a family of 5.

    Saying healthy food costs more is simply true; as was pointed out elsewhere, a pound of cherries costs the same as a McDonalds meal and no one makes a meal from a pound of cherries and nothing else.

    The problem is food policy that subsidizes crap food and advertising that promotes it.

    •  Agree about some but not all of assumed assumption (2+ / 0-)
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      sillia, Creosote

      It's true that doing my whole plan assumes you have access to a kitchen, ingredients, are healthy enough to cook, and so forth. And I agree that food policy needs to support health, not Big Ag.

      But we don't need to wait for change from above. My plan minimizes the time and equipment needed. For example, my Good Whisk Bread doesn't require kneading or a bread machine.

      If you'll spend just 20 minutes a day, you can cook about 60% of your food from scratch. In just 15 minutes a week, you can make a pot of beans with lots of veggies and some rice to go with it. Cook ahead, freeze some, and you'll even get variety. I'd rather eat this way than have a Big Mac.

      I've got recipes for complete meals that you can make without a kitchen, just with a rice cooker or slow cooker. And I'm trying to gather support for my Good Start project:

      Let’s give people who begin programs like SNAP and WIC a “good start” boost. This small additional payment empowers them to extract the most value out of the funds they receive and make the best use of their own resources. This early investment can pay off in a lifetime of healthy, thrifty meals cooked at home. As little as $20 can mean the difference between making balanced meals or eating fast food. For only $85, someone who lacks access to a stove can still cook, even if “home” is a boarding house or a residence hotel. Save money. Eat well. Make a difference.

      by Cook for Good on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 10:24:02 AM PDT

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    •  Buy beans at any supermarket (0+ / 0-)

      Buy a crockpot at any Walmart.

      Don't let millionaires steal Social Security.
      I said, "Don't let millionaires steal Social Security!"

      by Leo in NJ on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 05:38:57 PM PDT

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