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Limited Choices - 10 Foods or Fewer

Erin Coopey By Erin Coopey 01.08.09
Limited Choices - 10 Foods or Fewer
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Gourmet Magazine recently published an interesting statistic: "one out of five Americans lives on a diet of ten foods or fewer. Among the most common choices? French fries, fried chicken, chocolate chip cookies and Kraft macaroni and cheese."

Ten foods or fewer. Wow. I just don’t think I could do it. Almost every meal I cook involves a recipe that I’ve never tried before. I realize this may make me something of a culinary daredevil, but I was stunned by the thought of such limitation.

"One out of five Americans lives on a diet of ten foods or fewer."

I fully embrace the idea of comfort foods - food you’ve liked forever; a recipe you know by heart, something easy to put on the table when you have to have dinner ready in an hour. I have my share of fall-backs tucked into the recesses of my brain, but to cook or eat only those foods week after week would drive me batty.

Still, the idea got me thinking. If I could only have ten foods, what would they be? First, I thought about exotic items, food I save for special occasions like caviar or lobster. If you are going to be limited, at least indulge, right? Then I thought about comfort foods like chili or mashed potatoes and gravy. Who could live without them?

Finally I started a list, basic things that I could rotate through. This is what I’d pick: Steak, Pork Tenderloin, Salmon, Spinach, Arugula, Cheese (am I supposed to pick only one???) potatoes, chocolate, tomatoes and mushrooms. I could stick to this list only if herbs, spices and seasonings (including onions, shallots and garlic) were unlimited.

How about you?  Do you find yourself eating the same ten foods?  If you had to choose just ten, what would they be?


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  • breadrye By breadrye
    11.20.09  

    Diet Decaf Tea I have to have this as I drink it all the time,Tilapia,chicken,steak,smart start cereal,jalapeno,nachos,melted cheese,hot sausage and my last would be brocolli all would have to have spices but i could live with these it would be hard.

  • pjclayton57 By pjclayton57
    11.02.09  

    Wow, that is a difficult challenge! I love most food and love to experiment while cooking. If pressed, I would have to choose the following: pasta, pizza, spinach, shrimp, bananas, cheese, chocolate, chicken, steak, tomatoes.

  • melsplace By melsplace
    10.18.09  

    I would go with fish, skinless chicken breast, OJ, wheat tortillas, organic 1% milk, coffee, mixed vegetables, fat/free whip cream, truvia sweetener, frozen bag blueberry's/strawberry's, tomatoes, wheat pasta. OK! I think I went abit over 10.. Thanks have a great week!!!

  • Rebecca251 By Rebecca251
    10.15.09  

    1.) Dark chocolate 2.) Skim milk 3.) Cheese (cojack, pepper jack, muenster, mozzarella) 4.) Onions 5.) Tomatoes 6.) Peppers (red, green, yellow and orange bell) 7.) Bread 8.) Butter 9.) Citrus fruit (clementines, lemons, limes,oranges) 10.) Gourmet Salad Mix (arugala, endive, radicchio, bibb lettuces)

  • momagarry By momagarry
    10.02.09  

    This one really makes you think. We tend to think we need tons of ingredients when we really do not.

  • sareyes29 By sareyes29
    09.08.09  

    My 10 foods: Cheese, Potatoes, Bananas, Wheat Pasta, Tuna, Chicken, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Eggs, Wheat bread!!!

  • marysavesmoney By marysavesmoney
    09.02.09  

    Sushi, dark chocolate, strawberries, fish, turkey, chicken, bread, butter, okra, salad

  • mstavie By mstavie
    08.29.09  

    It is easy for me to pick ten foods,lobster,salad,corn on the cob,dill pickles,cod.shrimp,potato's,tuna,rice and green beans. I love food.

  • zenniferz By zenniferz
    08.25.09  

    Because of my limited budget, I normally buy, Pasta, bread, chicken, milk, cheese, yogurt, fruit juice, green beans, peas, and potatoe chips. I have my own patio garden where I grow tomatoes, zuccini, cauliflower, eggplant, and strawberries. I think if you grow as much as you can, your diet improves and you know that it is fresh and organic.

  • Dawn1234 By Dawn1234
    08.14.09  

    i would have pees,must have yogurt,fresh fruit cantaloupe, watermelon,tomatoes, bread for tomato a hardy wheat bread, and any kind of cheese . these are the things i like to eat and could probably live on them

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