If you were stranded on a desert island and could choose only ten foods to eat for the rest of your life, what would they be?
First of all, internet, this is a stupid question. I watched LOST, so obviously I know exactly what goes on when people are stranded on islands. Polar bears, that's what. You know what doesn't happen? Someone doesn't come by and take your lunch order.
But even though the prospect of eating only ten things forever and ever is completely horrifying, I'll play along, because I love food and thinking about food and writing lists of foods. I'm interpretting "ten foods" to mean ten individual foods. Which is why I didn't choose Pizza.
Everything is better with avocado. Salad? Check. Sandwich? Check. Nachos? Check. Burrito? Check. Mash 'em and smear 'em on toast or just shove whole chunks into your greedy face. It's all good.
2. Sweet potatoes
The sweet potato is not only a nutritional powerhouse. It's also my favorite tuber, and I'm a girl who loves her tubers. They are also, like the avocado, perfect for mashing and smearing on other things. Need comfort food? Butter two pieces of whole wheat bread and shmear a mashed sweet potato in between. WALLA! Sadness sandwich.
3. Black Beans
There is definitely a pattern here. If you can mash a food and smear it on another food, I'll probably eat it. Black beans are amazing.
Pronounced "Keen-wah", this stuff is like rice but with actual nutritional value. It has a ton of protein and makes an awesome base on which you can pile any other delicious things.
Because you can make a tortilla with only flour and water. See what I did there? With 1 through 4, I just built a burrito. Ha!
I think I've mentioned that, when given the opportunity, I will shovel fistfuls of blueberries into mah face like it's mah job. Also, antioxidants. Yay!
Protein! Dietary fiber! B vitamins! Plus, they're tasty and will (usually, mostly, kind of) sate your craving for chocolate.
8. Dark Chocolate
Duh. In case the almonds aren't good enough.
9. Romaine Lettuce
Ok, I know this sounds boring but hear me out. Combined with avocados, blueberries, black beans or almonds, I could make for a pretty bangin' salad, and it would be pretty nutritious. Eh? Ehhhh?
10. Bellavitano Cheese
If I were to teach a class on "Fancy Cheese for the Everyday Dudeperson," the first lesson would be entitled "Bellavitano Cheese - Go Get Some Right Now." I have had the wine and balsamic rubbed varieties and they are both knee-weakening and, as far as fancy things go, totally priced for the cheapskate.
Bonus Item: Vodka
I realize there are no mixers on this list, but I stand by my decision. For being stranded on an island with only 10 other things to eat, I think I've earned this.
What are your top ten desert island noms?