“Pizza in the evening, pizza at suppertime.” So goes the acclaimed ballad of Bagel Bites, etched into my mind by Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and the Disney channel during my childhood.
For the long time followers out there (thanks Mom and Dad!) you may know of my exploits into the fine culinary arts in my off campus house last year. Last year, we made dashing meals of roast chicken, butter and maple syrup doused squash, and frying pans full of potatoes, onions and peppers simmered in olive oil. But there’s another, darker side to that story.
Once you live in the senior apartments, like I do now, or off-campus, like I did last year, you have access to a kitchen and your meal plan is reduced to 100 meals per semester. And while I may I have blogged of the finer side of eating, there does, in this world, exist the food budget. Sometimes, on a fine weekend evening you can eat like a king in all its majestic trappings. But then one must become resourceful. In the off campus food budget by Jeb Waters, there are 6 constant food groups: Bagel Bites, Ramen Noodles, Annie’s pasta, local eggs, bacon, and oatmeal. All vegetables and fruits are reserved for lunch in Foss, eaten in the form of a salad or one of their delicious soup du jours.
The food budget pyramid does a wonderful job of keeping one satisfied around the clock. You get healthy proteins: whey in the milk proteins of cheese in bagel bites and Annie’s pasta, and of course the egg whites. Healthy fats in the egg yolks and bacon. Minerals and vitamins in ramen mix-in powder mix and egg yolks. And, of course, a copious of amount complex starchy carbohydrates to keep the energy levels up and running. Eating on a budget can be fun and creative. Who knows if you’ll get pepperoni or cheese Bagel Bites or which flavor Annie’s you’ll choose! Either way, you’ll never be disappointed if you stick to the basic food budget groups. 4-hour chef? Try 5-minutes, Mr. Ferris.