Lazy-Man Brand Noodle Soup

Don’t have a restaurant nearby? Don’t want to walk 5 blocks, wait 10 minutes, spend $10??

With a little planning, a pantry, and a freezer you can have my version of soup called “Lazy-Man Brand Noodle Soup”.

Acquire the following

  • favorite flavor pho cube (go ahead, sound it out)
  • Green Dragon (or other) wheat/egg noodle pack
  • frozen stir-fry vegetables

Get out the wok. Boil 1 liter of water. Add pho cube to dissolve. Dump in 2 servings of noodles. Cook 3 minutes.

Dump the noodles to a big bowl. Wipe out the wok. Heat it back up with some oil.

Dump in the veggies and cook for about 5 minutes, stir a lot.

Dump the noodle soup back in to the wok. Heat and stir for a minute.

Voila. 10 minutes. About 250 calories per person, 500 if you eat the whole thing (good luck).

Add some used chicken, pork, beef, fresh tofu, whatever if you need extra protein.

pho Cube

About the Food Deserts Locator

In a 2009 report to Congress, Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food: Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences, ERS outlined a number of ways to measure how many people have limited access to food and how many live in low-income areas with limited access. The report used 1-kilometer (km) square grids as the base geographic unit of analysis, measuring distance from the nearest source of healthy foods. Grids outside of a specified distance from a food source were designated as low access areas (separate markers for low access were used for rural and urban areas). Grids with high concentrations of low-income individuals received particular attention.

via About the Food Deserts Locator.

A Myth of Grass-Fed Beef

On the PBS website for the muckraking documentary King Corn—a film that roundly attacks industrial agriculture—the following declaration is made: “Before WW II, most Americans had never eaten corn-fed beef.” This claim, which has become a mantra in sustainable agriculture, is more often than not dispatched to rally support for grass-fed beef—a supposedly healthier and more environmentally sound way to feed cattle—which is to say, in accordance with the rhythms of nature rather than the time clock of industry.

via A Myth of Grass-Fed Beef – Freakonomics Blog – NYTimes.com.