"In which I try to make healthful, affordable, easy meals:
in other words, throwing together ingredients in hopes of creating gold."
A remnant from Lent. I'd had a difficult time finding vegetable stock, out of which I make my staple fasting soups, but I did get some onion-flavored Oxo gravy granules. It sounds sort of icky, but it's basically a bouillon cube all powdered up.
I started boiling potatoes without any real plan, then saw the onion gravy in the cupboard and added several spoonfuls of it in for flavor, until I liked the color and consistency in the water and the taste (I like it strong). But I needed a little something else besides potatoes, and we didn't have any other vegetables in the house. So I added your standard off-brand noodles from a bag and continued cooking until everything was soft and consistent.
You know what? I really liked it, and so did Afon! Very hearty and flavorful, and if you like the taste of onions, which I love, then it's a treat for the tongue as well as time-friendly.
Time // B
Ease // A+
Presentation // B+
Affordability // A-
Health // C+
Taste // A-
Not bad! Health got the lowest rating because of white flour carbs, starchy potatoes and a near intravenous injection of sodium from the gravy granules. Still vegan, though--hey!