One Pan Annie – Eating Out of the Dirt . . .

By Jan Jackson –

One Pan Annie’s grandmother cooked tasty root vegetables because that’s what she grew in her garden. One Pan Annie doesn’t have a garden, but she buys tasty root vegetables year-round from her grocery store. In the summer she buys them at her neighborhood farmers market.

One Pan Annie seldom washes her cast iron skillet (as her grandmother seldom washed hers) and she uses one plate and only one set of silverware which she does wash (as her grandmother did). One Pan Annie knows cooking healthy for one is cheap, fast and easy and she wants all of you single eaters out there to do it.

Here is what she bought and cooked for her single self and how much she paid for it. One carrot (10-cents), one Brussels sprouts (45-cents), one parsnip (59-cents) three mushrooms (15-cents), and about five cents worth of onion. She cooked the vegetables with a frozen hamburger patty (99-cents), and that brought the total cost of her dinner to $2.34.  A fast food burger meal (burger, medium fries and medium soda) would have been $5.99.

Nothing left to dump in the landfill.

The burger meal is more than 1000 calories while her meal was 450 calories. The time it takes to drive to and wait in the take out line is a lot more than the five minutes it takes her to cook at home in her cast iron skillet. The photo at the left shows she didn’t even have anything left to go to the landfill.

The following lists of ingredients (she doesn’t like all those chemicals) are in  the hamburger bun alone according to

Bun Ingredients

They include: Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup and/or Sugar, Yeast, Soybean Oil and/or Canola Oil, Contains 2% or Less: Salt, Wheat Gluten, Calcium Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Ammonium Sulfate, Ammonium Chloride, Dough Conditioners (May Contain One or More of: Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, DATEM, Ascorbic Acid, Azodicarbonamide, Mono and Diglycerides, Ethoxylated Monoglycerides, Monocalcium Phosphate, Enzymes, Guar Gum, Calcium Peroxide), Sorbic Acid, Calcium Propionate and/or Sodium Propionate (Preservatives), Soy Lecithin, Sesa

One Pan Annie says buy your food as fresh from the dirt as possible (without all those chemicals in it) and cook it quickly in a cast iron skillet. It takes ten minutes tops, its cheap and it is healthy.

She says its sweet to have so much evening left over to do whatever you want.

Bon Apetit

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