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Old 22.07.2011, 11:40
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..here Suzy, this might help. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_food
I'm fully aware of what organic is - he was 'hopefully' looking for organic - some of the pasta/sauce options are available organic - or 'bio' as labelled here.
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Re: Starving in Basel

Useful suggestions all. Thanks.

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Old 22.07.2011, 11:42
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F (some of) YI: There is a concept in North America which allows you to purchase organic, healthy, frozen pre-cooked meals.
They are not "healthy" and not marketed as such. They use all the other adjectives, and your brain adds the "healthy"... Organic Mechanically separated meat (MSM) still is MSM, salt is salt, fat is fat, and that Whole Foods price tag ain't gonna change that a bit, other than in your mind.
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Old 22.07.2011, 11:44
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If you got nothing good to say....
Hey, I pointed out the carrot, if you want to point out the stick, feel free.
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Old 22.07.2011, 11:44
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I'm fully aware of what organic is - he was 'hopefully' looking for organic - some of the pasta/sauce options are available organic - or 'bio' as labelled here.
Well, forgive give me...but with your mentioned choices:

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When I'm away and the hubby is on his own he goes to Manor.

They have pre marinated meats/kebabs ready to be grilled or baked.

The bigger Migros's have hot prepared food

You can get Rosti in plastic pouches - just need to heat up then top with cheese, crumbled bacon and a salad on the side.
...I wasn't exactly sure you knew what the word meant.
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Old 22.07.2011, 11:45
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Re: Starving in Basel

It's a valid question, but it doesn't exist here. Whole Foods in London, as well as some independent organic places, sell great healthy meals for one - either to microwave at home, or to take already cooked and heated (better, cos it's fresh) to eat as soon as you get home.

Nothing like this exists in Basel. Probably not in Switzerland. You could go to the food court in Manor (top floor) and eat there, cafeteria style. That's not a bad option, unless you're desperate to eat at home for some reason.

If you do want to eat at home, Coop and Migros (and no doubt Manor) sell great healthy meals for one, but you need a kitchen - you'll need to steam, or stir fry, or boil, some stuff.
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Old 22.07.2011, 11:48
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Serve with rice (1 volume rice, 2 volumes water, a little salt, cover, bring to boil, switch off electric hob / turn gas hob to minimum, let stand with lid on until all the water has been absorbed, add tumeric and cardamon pods at the start to make imitation pilau), and any pan-fried meat that you like.

Couscous is even easier.

Boil water*. Dump in Couscous and flavors. Cover. Remove from heat. Done. Voila!

though the pearled couscous is a bit harder.

*though some of us seem to have problems just with boiling the water...
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Old 22.07.2011, 11:53
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Well, forgive give me...but with your mentioned choices:



...I wasn't exactly sure you knew what the word meant.
I thought it was already established in the previous posts that wasn't really available so I wanted to point out what options were available.
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Couscous is even easier.

Boil water*. Dump in Couscous and flavors. Cover. Remove from heat. Done. Voila!

though the pearled couscous is a bit harder.

*though some of us seem to have problems just with boiling the water...
Ehmm, add chopped up tomatoes, some pieces of delicorn and a few squirts of lemon juice.
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Old 22.07.2011, 11:56
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I've always had a hard time explaining this / convincing Atkins dieters that no fat in one's diet is a bad idea.
I'm not surprised - Atkins diets are typically (relatively) high fat low carb. in profile, so not sure what you're trying to convince them of...
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Re: Starving in Basel

The big Migros on Aeschenvorstadt between Aeschenplatz and Bankverein will have what you are looking for. But nothing frozen.

They have a huge food court of already made food. Cold salads, breads, chicken (whole chicken already cooked), meat. Cold and warm meal, desert, fruits...

It all looks very good.

Go have a look.
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Old 22.07.2011, 12:02
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Re: Starving in Basel

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Does anyone else see a contradiction here?

To the OP: I'm no food fascist, but ready meals really are the work of Satan, loaded with salt and sugar and hidden fats. You'd be much better off getting onto Amazon, buying a student cook book and learning how to make good, quick and cheap meals for yourself.

Even if you only make pasta and salad, you'll be eating better than anything you can buy as a 'meal for one'.

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DB, you've said exactly what I was thinking so no need to repeat!
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Old 22.07.2011, 12:07
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Re: Starving in Basel

Oxon, do you have a Migros restaurant in the nearby? I eat everyday in a Migros Restaurant next to my work, and when I feel really lazy, they have take-away salads or roasted chicken you can take with you for dinner. Their buffet is usually also take away and includes a good variety on cooked vegetables, fish, meat and raw salad. The only thing you have to do is pop it inside the oven for a few minutes when you get home

I had the same good experience in another Migros Restaurant in another city. Maybe you can take a look around? (Don't know Basel that well, unfortunately)

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Useful suggestions all. Thanks.

For the record, my cooking ability is legendary. There is nobody, and I mean nobody, who can boil an egg better than me.
Oh yes, I can. I boil eggs in the microwave (seriously !) and they turn out perfect every time
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Old 22.07.2011, 12:37
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Ah yes, I see where you're coming from....well, I hate to tell you this my friend...buuuut, you're so outta luck, it's not even funny...it's like luck ran out 2 decades ago..or like lu...well, you get my point. The closest option, that would satisfy your palate is this place...http://www.tibits.ch/d/restaurants-take-away/basel/ I know, I know..it's a restaurant...but it's a veggie spot and supposedly pretty good. Or option B) would be you start a thread on this here EF where you look for somebody that'll cook a decent meal for ya. I'm sure some desperate housewife wouldn't mind getting some extra spending money in exchange for a healthy, delicious meal.
If I could give you two "thanks" on this post I surely would!

First the Tibits bit, most of the EF Baslers know why.

Second... I've been thinking to see about what sort of "market" there is for your Option B. I like to cook - I really dislike cooking for just myself though so when hubby has late shift, I often do a bit of nibbling instead of a meal, so I know what it's like.

So, basic idea (going on LiB's B option), is to gather grocery money once a week, go over with groceries and cook a couple of "meals for three", storing in freezable containers that the interested party can reheat as they desire. The reason for "meals for three" is that then three servings get frozen, maybe two or three different ones, so that you have variety also.


Meanwhile, if that's not something to be interested in, my advice is to get some pre-cut meats that are frozen in pieces, such as the big (1kg) bag of cut chicken breast at Coop, or simple "salad shrimp" and things like that. The point is for it to be usable quickly and easily to make a meal for one.

Estimate about how much you'd want to eat, cook it through, add in some veggies (also available in large bags in freezer section) and heat through. To this you can add a tin of tomatos, a bit of whatever kind of seasonings you like (garlic and basil to give Italian flavor, some chili and onion powder, curry powder, whatever) and serve over rice, pasta or along side some baked potato. It really can be quite simple.


When I used to live on my own I'd get a large pre-cut mixed salad and a rotisserie chicken, eat salad with strips cut from the chicken for a couple of days. The main reason I'd NOT recommend that really here is that the baked chickens available are sooooooo salty to me. (I miss my lemon pepper or mojo chicken from Publix!)
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I'm not surprised - Atkins diets are typically (relatively) high fat low carb. in profile, so not sure what you're trying to convince them of...
ya I got it backwards. Carbs are important. It's fuel for the body (and unused carbs turn to fat). So if someone is combining an exercise and diet program, going Atkins is not ideal. If someone is dieting alone, with no exercise, then I guess it would be ok.
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If I could give you two "thanks" on this post I surely would!
..why thank you kind lady. If you really have the urge to thank me twice, you could always *cough* do that with some blobs* cough*cough*..I mean, I'm just trying to help a damsel in distress.

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Ehmm, add chopped up tomatoes, some pieces of delicorn and a few squirts of lemon juice.
Even better: in addition to LIB's suggestion, add in some chopped scallions, torn basil, a splash of olive oil, and some crumbled feta cheese. Delish!
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Even better: in addition to LIB's suggestion, add in some chopped scallions, torn basil, a splash of olive oil, and some crumbled feta cheese. Delish!
This is turning into stone soup...
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I could supply some basil! (My balcony "garden" is going nuts with basil!)
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