The Extreme Minimalism Project has me humming with activity. I’ve cleaned out the closets, found the hidden extra objects we don’t need and found simple food.
As part of this project I want to include food. This is simply a personal challenge and preference. I don’t have to do this per circumstance. That makes me very lucky. It is never my wish to be offensive with my projects. If anything, it could call attention to such worthwhile causes as The Hunger Project.
My Simple Eating Plan
Breakfast: Oats/Goji Berries/Nuts/Honey
Dinner: Yam/Lentils/Greens/Homemade Bread
I vary the type of beans and what spices I use but it never gets fancy. Sometimes I mix in a can of tomatoes or corn if they are on sale. I don’t use added oils or condiments. I do use common salt and pepper, garlic, and onion soup mix. All of this is easily stored. I buy just what I think I need for the week. I make one loaf of bread for the week. When it’s gone, it’s gone. Sometimes I smash the beans up and mix with some flax to make a burger. In that case I switch it up and eat it with some bread and the apple. Then I’ll have the yam and lentils in a stew with the greens and tomatoes. I only have the tomatoes a couple times a week.
Pinto Beans, black beans, yellow peas, green split peas, lentils, red beans, Navy beans, Garbanzo, or kidney beans. ( I choose four of these at about a pound each)
Black rice, yams or sweet potatoes, and short grain brown rice. 2 pounds each
Spinach, cabbage, collard, or bok choi. ( I choose one each week)
Canned corn, tomatoes, or flax meal. (I choose one each week)
Oats, Goji berries, nuts, and honey. 4 cups oats, 2 cups Goji, 2 cups nuts, 1 cup honey are the amounts I buy of each of these every week.
I buy 7 apples for the week.
Whole wheat flour, white flour, yeast, salt, pepper, garlic, onion soup mix. Each week I take a look at the pantry and see how much of each that I need to make one loaf of bread as well as enough spices and soup mix for prep for the week.
I buy everything in the bulk foods aisle except the canned vegetables. There’s no stocking up or buying the 25 pound bulk bag. I just get what I need for the week.
Everyone’s first questions is always, “Won’t you get bored?’ I think if I didn’t vary the beans, the rice, and the vegetables I would get bored but I do vary things. I could always change the spices too. Do people that have to eat simple food due to circumstance get bored? Or are they just grateful for the food? Perhaps they feel a bit of both. I’m hoping to remain grateful for being able to put food on the table.