Advice on cooking and grocery shopping?

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  1. JDTAY

    JDTAY Half Pepperoni, All Cheese

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    I go grocery shopping in two hours, which is short notice to ask for advice, but I do go twice a month these days. Any idea what a guy who's looking to cook and lose weight and isn't allowed to have sharp knives should get? I live in a one bedroom apartment with a rather small kitchen, but I do have an oven, stove, pans, and a slow cooker.

    So far my list has... coffee. It's probably more essential to my waking life than most food.
    --- Double Post Merged, May 17, 2019, Original Post Date: May 17, 2019 ---
    C'mon guys, I heard the only ways to stop the progression of my fatty liver were diet, exercise, and coffee. I'm already really good at drinking coffee, I just need a better diet now, and to pretend really hard that I'm going to exercise.
     
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  2. rSl

    rSl **** COMMODORE 64 PYRA V2 **** 4GB RAM SYSTEM

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    coffee is a verry good one to start with! :D
    you could also get different fresh fruits and make a fruitsalad. lots of vitamines ahead!
    this will make your concentration better to stay focused longer.
    also get the darker whole grain bread.

    you could make a casserole with potatoes and cheese, some broccoli...
    possibillities in a grocery store are almost limitless, so focus an the good stuff with the organic-seal. if you're on a budget get less but more quality.
    also eat more often smaller portions so your stomach can shrink down a bit. you will get a lot less hungry with this and still you have enough energy.
    here is a nice yt page with lots of food-tips from macka b, an british reggae legend. ah... and get a cucumba. :cool:
    last but not least, drink a lot fresh water. you could add some tea leaves and make an icetea....
    hope this helps!
     
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  3. TrashyMG

    TrashyMG Sarcasm Dispenser Staff Member

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    My idea of adult cooking for myself is adding microwaved stir-fry vegetables and grilled chicken strips to boil in a bag rice or ramen. So yeah maybe not the best advice...
     
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  4. levi

    levi Still fresh, damnit!

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    If you're not allowed to cut up your own veg with even a fairly blunt knife, then frozen or tinned pre-prepared veg is likely to be a big part of a healthy basket. Some people swear by tinned mushy peas, but I'm a garden pea man and you get those frozen. Mostly if you've got a decently sized freezer*, then buy most things frozen. The only caveat is those bags of diced root vegetables and bits have all been cooked in the same water before being bagged and frozen; you kind of expect everything to taste the same when it comes out of a tin, but for that at least that frozen item it's true as well.

    Other than that you will likely have to go ready meal. But pay attention to the nutritional advice on those packs. I assume they still have those where you live. Some meals will have to be retained for special occasions because of fat or sugar.

    Edit: I'm too late for this weeks shopping trip, but hopefully you got some of that stuff. If not, you're always going again in a couple of weeks.

    Edit again: I missed explaining my starred reference. It should say that since you're American I assume you have a massive freezer anyway.
     
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  5. Tenka

    Tenka Snakes and Fish

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    Bags of frozen broccoli florets, boxes of already chopped mushrooms, and vegetarian protein patties or grounds (both in the frozen vegetable section) are go-tos of mine I can recommend. Sliced tomatoes add a lot to that though especially if you like sandwiches, and I don't know if I've ever seen pre-sliced tomatoes sold, they're a little too watery. Anyway you'd just fry everything in coconut or olive oil on medium or lower heat, a little salt helps. Broccoli should be stirred every few minutes and mushroom slices should be flipped after the first side is browned.
    Oh, baby carrots are great too, don't need to peel or chop those.
     
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    levi Still fresh, damnit!

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    Yes, I'm a big fan of the frozen sliced mushrooms. No idea what variety they are but they're tastier than the normal button mushrooms you can get in boxes and cut up yourself. I usually add them to a risotto, so they don't brown there, but you can add them almost right up to the end straight from the freezer.
     
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  7. FBnil

    FBnil Ready to Champion the Pyra to the World...

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    Well, I go buy lots of veggies (sometimes those 30% discounted eat-today-only) and use peanut oil (can stand more heat than sunflower) to stirfry them, add some ketjap (sweet soy sauce, indonesian). Then make a white rice and mix these 2 together.
    The day before all veggies go bad... I make a pizza and top it (yeah, those frozen broccoli's are delicious) and eat a veggy pizza.
    Then the day after I make pasta, the veggies can boil/simmer a long time in peeled tomatoes, and that kills all bad things.

    For healthy things, try gazpacho (but it needs a blender). Don't forget to peel the cucumber, or the mix with tomato will yield an ugly brown (although it still tastes good). Do not add too much garlic into it.

    For the queen of slow foods (which means, you are full with 2, lots of iron):

    (and no, I did not understand a word of what she says, but it nicely shows the process of cooking and eating it)

    This one is in English, and much shorter (but does not show all the details when eating artichoke):


    I like to eat it with home-made mayo, and lemon. It's an art to make mayo, and I still fail from time to time to make it emulsify.
     
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  8. TeDaDeS

    TeDaDeS Very Active Member

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    If you go once each two weeks I would suggest buying fresh foods for the first week and longer lasting stuff (canned/bottled/frozen) for the next.
    Also get some healthy stuff to snack and don't drink sugary drinks (like fruit juicy), most meals are necessary but snacking usually is just for in between and don't need to contain a lot of calories.
     
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  9. Wally

    Wally I am a banana! Staff Member

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    You could easily prepare a thai curry with frozen vegetables

    2 cans of coconut milk (Make sure you look at the label to see how much coconut milk to whatever is in it 80%+ is the key) - I use the Ayam Brand Blue cans and I would not suggest you use anything other
    1 packet of frozen stirfry vegetables
    500 grams (1 pound) of chicken breast cut into cubes (You should be able to ask the butcher to do this)
    1 Container of thai red / green curry paste (You need 1 tablespoon at a time)
    Rice to serve (Jasmine / long grain works best)

    Sauce:
    1 tablespoon of soy sauce
    1 tablespoon of fish sauce
    1 Tablespoon of sweet and sour sauce.
    1 piece of garlic crushed (You don't need to chop)
    A teaspoon of sugar


    Method:
    Shake Coconut milk cans for about 10 seconds and open, set aside.
    Combine sauce ingredients in a small cup and set aside. (Garlic will need to marinate through)
    Prepare a frying pan with olive / peanut oil on medium - high heat
    Fry the chicken until almost cooked then add Curry paste (1 heaped tablespoon should be enough), stir through paste
    Add about 2 cups of frozen vegetables to the chicken and stir through
    Add one can of coconut milk and stir through
    Add sauce as prepared earlier, stir through
    Add last can of coconut milk and stir
    turn down heat to medium low and let it simmer for ~45 minutes stirring every 15 minutes (The chicken will slice easily with your spoon)
    If you have a bay leaf or some other garnish like basil you can add this now but it's not necessary.

    Prepare rice as you would normally (Rice Cooker or stove with boiling water) - Remember half a cup of rice is enough for 4 servings.


    Serve and enjoy as it's delicious!! :D You could probably slow cook this thing but who knows.

    P.S Experiment with frozen vegetable mixes, I find adding frozen brocolli to frozen stirfry mix (if brocolli isn't in it) a great addition.

    You could also do a spaghetti bolognaise if frozen chopped onion is available, I can provide a recipe for you if you like?
     
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  10. rSl

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    lot's of yummy good tips here.
    *leaves screen temporarily to fetch some food...*
     
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    rygD Nihilistic Mystic

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    Anything I would recommend I would probably find out here are terrible for you. Oh, well.

    Peanuts and granola bars are what I snack on...
     
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    rSl **** COMMODORE 64 PYRA V2 **** 4GB RAM SYSTEM

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    good we are no health-regime here.
    I'm also in love with japanese ramen (too?) often. lot's of strange "E...'s" in there.
     
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