My current favourite recipe:
Take one to two bowlfuls of green string beans, clean and wash them, and put them in a pan with 1-2mm of water on the bottom. Add two to four cloves of garlic and 1-2 tsp of salt. Cover with lid and heat on high until you see steam escaping, at which point you can turn it to med-low heat. Shake the pan back and forth a little to move the beans around, and let cook about 3min, or until tender.
Cheap&Convenient: about $1 for a very satisfying amount of yummy beans. And it’s super easy and super quick too!
Healthy: dark green veggies! (15)
Oh, and the chicken. I just threw some spices on that and put it in the oven at 375 degrees until cooked. But it’s a funny thing - I actually enjoyed the green beans a lot more (and they were helluvalot cheaper/easier to make!)
Combine & enjoy with chips. No cooking needed!
Ahhh SO I’m finally posting another recipe, and what’s more I’ve adjusted the page so that it’s more practical and the nutritional information I spew is more accessible (see citations page).
Even better, I’ve made a “My Cupboard” page, which displays the ingredients I like to keep on hand. These are generally cheap, since I am poor/a student, except maybe a few “indulgences” of mine (e.g. I spend a fair portion of my grocery bill on almonds). Sometimes I’ll use one or two ingredients off of the list, but more often than not ingredients used will be within that relatively cheap/short list. And EVEN better, I’ve added numerical citations even in the cupboard page that refer to the health claims (all good!) on the citations page. Yay.
Of course I’ll adjust things as time progresses, but for now this should be fairly straightforward - if something doesn’t make sense, please let me know! Enjoy :D
Hey guys, just a shout out to people following this blog that TMC (previously known as Student Sustenance) is posting, and revamping!
As part of the revamp, I’ll also be making some background/informative text posts these days, so please bear with me while I (briefly) go through this. In return I promise a more useful and accessible healthy&easy food blog!
So anyone who’s been following posts may be extremely confused and disoriented by how the blog has seemingly changed in every aspect (including name and url). My apologies for the confusion… but isn’t it so much prettier?
Anyway, I guess I came to realize that I didn’t like the way the blog looked/was organized, and the concept seemed a bit off to me. So I’ve revamped the whole thing so that it’s simpler (as it should be), and more accessible, with extra pages on background information/tips to make eating well easier.
And in case anyone is wondering why in the name of Jupiter’s moons would you call it “The Monkey’s Cupboard”?? It’s because a) the ingredients used are all natural and attainable, i.e. things a monkey would eat; b) the recipes are easy enough that a monkey could follow them; and c) I’m a sucker for monkeys, since that’s my zodiac sign.
Anyway, more posts/revamping to follow!
This is now one of my favourites, since it’s so quick and yummy and filling.
*Healthy: it’s very fulling, especially considering that there are no saturated fats in here. There is, however, plenty of soy, which as I’ve mentioned is a healthier source of protein than animal sources (3).
Quinoa is currently one of the most over-hyped “superfoods” around, and usually I avoid buying into such fads but I have to admit that it can be ridiculously yummy. This is my standard/favourite recipe that I’ve made so far.
*Healthy: This recipe contains almonds (4) and of course quinoa, which is a great vegan source of protein, having high protein content and being a complete protein source (i.e. it naturally contains all essential amino acids) (29).
So it seems that lately I’ve been on a bit of a DIY-streak. I guess this one will be another addition to the list!
*Cheap: clearly, a bag of milk (<$2 out of a 4L bag) is going to cost you less than the same amount of yogurt - especially if it’s one with probiotics (~$4).
*Convenient: Okay this is a lie. It is not remotely convenient. But it is fun! And if you do it on the side while cooking dinner, it doesn’t even take up that much extra time.
*Healthy: I mostly like the method because I am obsessed with knowing what goes into my food, and this way I know exactly what’s been used (and can eliminate many of the mystery ingredients!). Plus I get cheap probiotic yogurt! Research has associated probiotics with effects such as improving intestinal tract, and immune health, aiding in the absorption of nutrients, reducing symptoms of lactose intolerance, and so forth (26).
Yes, that’s right, ladies and gentlemen. It is indeed possible to make microwave popcorn without using the super unhealthy, saturated/modified fats loaded packages commonly bought in stores. How? Simple.
*Healthy: Admittedly, this is relative; it is definitely not as healthy as a fresh veggie platter, but it’s very cheap and instant. The main thing is that we can avoid the trans+modified oils and miscellaneous ingredients commonly found in packaged microwave popcorn - not to mention that you can control the seasoning/sodium/oil that goes into it!
You know that orgasm we commonly refer to as Nutella? Well, turns out it’s not as healthy as advertised. And we all know that, deep down, despite our willing denial of the fact. But you know what? Turns out there is a way to make your own, homemade Nutella!!!
Honestly, this isn’t especially cheap or convenient compared to buying a jar of Nutella. But it is much, much healthier; very little saturated fat is in this recipe, and certainly no modified oils (e.g. palm) or unknowns.
Add hazelnut butter to cocoa powder, blend; if needed, add more of either ingredient. Add honey to taste. Finally, slowly add a little bit of milk at a time into the mixture until it reaches your desired consistency.
TADA!!! HEALTHY NUTELLA!!!