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(NPR)   Fresh fruits and veggies sell out in former fast-food-choked neighborhoods. Just kidding, people skip the salad and keep on gobbling Big Macs   (npr.org) divider line 16
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2014-02-11 12:20:54 AM  
7 votes:
White people spend a lot of time of worrying about poor people. It takes up a pretty significant portion of their day.
They feel guilty and sad that poor people shop at Wal*Mart instead of Whole Foods, that they vote Republican instead of Democratic, that they go to Community College/get a job instead of studying art at a University.
It is a poorly guarded secret that, deep down, white people believe if given money and education that all poor people would be EXACTLY like them. In fact, the only reason that poor people make the choices they do is because they have not been given the means to make the right choices and care about the right things.
A great way to make white people feel good is to tell them about situations where poor people changed how they were doing things because they were given the 'whiter' option. "Back in my old town, people used to shop at Wal*Mart and then this non-profit organization came in and set up a special farmers co-op so that we could buy more local produce, and within two weeks the Wal*Mart shut down and we elected our first Democratic representative in 40 years." White people will first ask which non-profit and are they hiring? After that, they will be filled with euphoria and will invite you to more parties to tell this story to their friends, so that they can feel great.
But it is ESSENTIAL that you reassert that poor people do not make decisions based on free will. That news could crush white people and their hope for the future.
2014-02-11 12:19:35 AM  
4 votes:
Mah 'beetus has a fierce hunger
2014-02-11 01:19:33 AM  
2 votes:

White_Scarf_Syndrome: I'll be honest, I was about to call you an asshole for not cooking with the microwave bit.  I'm a single dad too but nowhere near your level of suck.  shiat man... We should share recipes.  I'm guilty of the microwave chicken nuggets but man the boy went nuts for the rice and chicken vindaloo I made.  Frozen veggies go a long way, get some spinach and some spices and some of that rice paper stuff and make some southwest eggrolls.  Luckily the boy loves green beans straight outta the can.


Sorry, I didn't mean to imply that you're not a good parent if you didn't, I only use that as an example for people who whine about being single parents and not having time.

Wait, Southwest Eggrolls?  I haven't even thought about those.

You gotta email me...switch some recipes.

Oh, shiat.  Does this mean we're gay now?  Well, if we are, any hot women want to come join us?  You know, I doubt you can convert us while we're swapping recipes and crap, but I guess you can try.  Sheesh.
2014-02-11 01:17:36 AM  
2 votes:
Just wait until the poor start trying to eat the rich. Waddling fat people chasing shuffling old people - from a rooftop it'll look like a zombie movie played in reverse.

/Day of the Fed.
2014-02-11 01:05:03 PM  
1 votes:

parasol: White_Scarf_Syndrome: WhoGAS: It's not money, it's education.

I try to provide my kids with fresh foods but when I'm out of money, I can only provide what I can.

HOWEVER, that is not McDonald's.  I keep rice and dried vegetables for emergencies (yeah, it's not delicious but it's survivable) and I never cook with a microwave.  There are foods we can get inexpensively and retrieve the benefits.

The dried veggie packs from those noodle bowls go great with rice, ground turkey and some frozen peas and carrots in a rice cooker.

Noodles without the flavor packs go great with the $5.00 breaded chicken breasts and frozen peas and carrots.

So many poor recipes I can share.  (Two kids, single dad, paying alimony but get no child support...)

Yeah, it's not fresh, but at least it's not McDonald's.

I'll be honest, I was about to call you an asshole for not cooking with the microwave bit.  I'm a single dad too but nowhere near your level of suck.  shiat man... We should share recipes.  I'm guilty of the microwave chicken nuggets but man the boy went nuts for the rice and chicken vindaloo I made.  Frozen veggies go a long way, get some spinach and some spices and some of that rice paper stuff and make some southwest eggrolls.  Luckily the boy loves green beans straight outta the can.

I know this thread has passed its prime, but I'd like to give a nod to single dads who cook for their kids.

I salute you with my oven-gloved hand, gentlemen!

fwiw - google recipes written for kids - they are simple, fairly healthy, and your little ones learn the basics (former latch-key kid, single parent raised, can make a meal out of pantry empty enough to echo)


His Mom tells me we are a rare breed.  Being good Fathers and all.  Putting petty BS aside to go to the playground instead.

I still feel like I'm 17, but that's because of the Melvins thread and now I'm listening to music from 1997.  With a 2 year old.
2014-02-11 10:48:12 AM  
1 votes:
fusillade762:

I think only in America will you find poor people who don't know how to cook.

Been in the kitchen of any restaurant lately?


In any case, it depends on the species of poors you are talking about. Your fresh imports, like you will find in NY, LA, and Miami, are some of the best cooks around. They know fresh food and cooking from scratch because thats what they are used to.

Now, old-stock poors, who have gone stale, those are the ones that don't know how to do anything unless it involves the microwave.
2014-02-11 08:38:26 AM  
1 votes:

Muta: I do think it comes down to education. I say that because I don't buy the 'not enough time' or 'it's too expensive' arguments for cooking healthy at home. With a crock pot you can take 10 minutes in the morning putting together a lentil soup and you've got a great start to a meal that will last all week. A whole chicken usually costs about $1.30/pound and again, to you can cook it all day in the crock pot. Kale is nutrient rich, delicious and dirt cheap. It really does take no time to make a salad. Oatmeal (the stuff out of a cardboard tube, not an instant envelope) costs close to nothing and, since most of its preparation time is waiting for it to steep, takes no time to prepare.


Salads aren't a good option if youare broke.

While crockpot and oatmeal are cheap, the prep takes planning. Something that is tougher to do when you are poor and stressed.

brimed03: Until very recently, and extending back for years, there was ONE food supermarket in the entire city of Newark, NJ.

ONE.

I should know, I shopped there semi-regularly. Thankfully, I had a car, because there were no train lines nearby. No car? You carried what you could on the bus. Assuming you had the time to take a bus from across the city.

I bet you smirked at your own cleverness when you wrote "those poor Americans living in food deserts in Japan."

You truly know nothing


elysive would have loved that. he could have ran to the grocery store to get in his workout, between his three jobs and cooking all meals from scratch.
2014-02-11 03:27:41 AM  
1 votes:

brimed03: doglover: Notabunny: I will bet a spinach and zucchini frittata breakfast, a lentil soup with a walnut and cranberry salad lunch, and a dinner of pasta with asparagus and prosciutto and some toasted focaccia with olive oil and pesto for dinner. All cheap. All easily prepared in a school cafeteria.

Who is this for? And why a school cafeteria? And do I even have to ask why it's vegetarian? Chicken is a wonderful source of everything and cheaper than focaccciaccaia-whatever that is.

LOL focaccia is a type of cheese. And as much as I'm teasing Notabunny about vegetarianism, if the point is to teach the kids about eating fruits and veggies instead of McChicken McNuggets, why not focus on fruits and vegetables.


Cheese? Where the hell did I come up with cheese? I've eaten focaccia, for farks sake. Get a small plate, put a little oil and fresh-cracked pepper, maybe a little rosemary, dip the bread in... Mmm. Not bacon, but still really good.

Bread? The hell, man....

/It's after 3am here, lemme alone
2014-02-11 02:55:07 AM  
1 votes:

Notabunny: Well, my bet was with baconbeard, the dishes are vegetarian because access to fresh produce was the point of the conversation, school cafeterias were chosen because the infrastructure is in place, and focaccia is a yummy bread made doubleplustasty when toasted with olive oil and pesto.


Vegetarian is more expensive than just "with vegetables" school are not set up to double as soup kitchens, and many lawmakers oppose the free lunch philosophically, not just financially.

I think the best idea was to change the subsidies. We pay a TON to cattle people when really we shouldn't. We need more apples, carrots, and aspa- actually no. No asparagus. That shiat stinks.
2014-02-11 02:42:33 AM  
1 votes:

brimed03: Well, let's be honest: your personality has a lot to do with it, too.


Not as much as you'd think.

Honest, I'm not half as godawful off fark.
2014-02-11 01:46:23 AM  
1 votes:

avanti: When I know I have $50 to sustain myself I will spend it on broccoli.


Good god, I'll never touch broccoli again! Had a bowl of some last month and I felt like I was going to die all that night. My body wanted to go to sleep so very badly, but it was trapped on the john, feeling every single one of those demonic little florets slowly and painfully rasping it's way throughout my intestinal tract.
2014-02-11 01:21:54 AM  
1 votes:
Up until now, I always read it as "food desserts" and had no idea what anyone was talking about.
2014-02-11 12:52:49 AM  
1 votes:
Might have something to do with taste. Veggies are mostly blech, while meat and cheese and a deep fryer are tasty, tasty.

You'd have to rewire brains to make broccoli and cabbage taste as good as a cheeseburger. With bacon.

www.rawfoodlife.com
2014-02-11 12:51:24 AM  
1 votes:
When I know I have $50 to sustain myself I will spend it on broccoli.
2014-02-11 12:27:48 AM  
1 votes:

albuquerquehalsey: White people spend a lot of time of worrying about poor people. It takes up a pretty significant portion of their day.
They feel guilty and sad that poor people shop at Wal*Mart instead of Whole Foods, that they vote Republican instead of Democratic, that they go to Community College/get a job instead of studying art at a University.
It is a poorly guarded secret that, deep down, white people believe if given money and education that all poor people would be EXACTLY like them. In fact, the only reason that poor people make the choices they do is because they have not been given the means to make the right choices and care about the right things.
A great way to make white people feel good is to tell them about situations where poor people changed how they were doing things because they were given the 'whiter' option. "Back in my old town, people used to shop at Wal*Mart and then this non-profit organization came in and set up a special farmers co-op so that we could buy more local produce, and within two weeks the Wal*Mart shut down and we elected our first Democratic representative in 40 years." White people will first ask which non-profit and are they hiring? After that, they will be filled with euphoria and will invite you to more parties to tell this story to their friends, so that they can feel great.
But it is ESSENTIAL that you reassert that poor people do not make decisions based on free will. That news could crush white people and their hope for the future.


Hey man, I'd rather shop at Walmart than Whole Foods.  I can shop at the first Whole Foods built ever and the people there make me want to puke more than the people at the Walmart.  I farking hate this city sometimes.  The smug is oppressing sometimes.

It's a convenience thing.  If someone ran a drive through with decent food, maybe it'd take off.  But it'd cost too much.  Hell, I paid almost $8 for a combo burger meal at Jack in the Box.  Burger, fries, and drink.  I couldn't help myself, I went for just two tacos for $2, but there was a big picture of a burger and it said "bacon built right in!"  So, you understand I had to get it.

I'm fat inside.
2014-02-11 12:02:58 AM  
1 votes:
But more than that, he says, many people, particularly in low-income food deserts, just aren't used to buying or preparing healthy meals

I think only in America will you find poor people who don't know how to cook.
 
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