Admin here is obsessed with cooking using an electric pot in the workplace. At the time of writing (8 May), I cooked this healthy and delicious meal below my table. The extension cable is gone! =(
Not the most aesthetic photo, but anyway, it is filling and highly customisable. Mine just happened to be vegan because I am cheap and I don’t really like to eat meat. But you can add whatever you want.
Honestly, you save so much money. Let me try to break down the cost of the ingredients:
- Romaine lettuce from Sheng Siong: $1.85 for 2 heads. I used, maybe, 4 or 5 leaves. That’s an estimated $0.30.
- Sweet potatoes: $2.50 a pack of about 7 from NTUC. I used 2 for this meal, so, about $0.70.
- Chickpeas: $4 for 1kg of dried chickpeas at Mustafa. You can get them for a little more at NTUC. It is the cheapest on Redmart, but you can probably also find them at really inexpensive prices at your random neighbourhood Indian grocer. I cook them over the weekend: First, I soak about 400g of chickpeas overnight then boil them for an hour the next day. It’s always a big batch that I can just put in the fridge (they keep so well!) and add to everything for a little extra protein. In any case, my family can use it for about a week. I brought a small container of chickpeas to work and only used some of it. My calculations bring me to $0.08 for this serving.
- Tofu: $1.65 for 2 packs at Sheng Siong. I used 1/4 of a block, which brings it to $0.21.
- Whole wheat pasta: I got them on sale at NTUC. 2 packs of 500g for $3. What’s that? Like $0.30 for this serving?
- Soy sauce: Free. Found it in the office pantry.
- Cooking oil: Totally unnecessary but I bought a $2.50 bottle of cooking oil to put at my desk.
Estimated cost of this meal: $1.59
How to prepare the ingredients:
- Romaine lettuce: Cut or tear. Cooking not required.
- Sweet potatoes: Boil at work.
- Chickpeas: Make a big pot at home during free time and put in fridge. It can last about 2 weeks. (That’s the longest I’ve gone, but it was still in good condition at that point. No funky texture smell or texture at all, so it can probably last even longer.)
- Tofu: Dump in pot to heat up. I didn’t even use a knife for this. I just used my spoon to scoop out some tofu then mashed it in the pot.
- Whole wheat pasta: Boil at home and put in the fridge. It lasts a few days.
So easy to cook and so easy to wash! (I loathe washing stuff that needs a lot of scrubbing e.g. rice cookers.) For people looking to lose weight or eat a little healthier, I really recommend doing this whole pot business.
I save so much money and I can eat whatever I like. I’m not a fan of buying food outside because the quality and taste can be quite unpredictable. They are also usually salty and contain meat or milk (I don’t like and I am lactose intolerant). After some intense research on SGShop, here are two pots with some sort of temperature adjustment features so you can have more options.
Healthy stew pot
This “healthy baby” pot slow cooks for hours on end. It will be suitable for people who have to cook for young children. Actually, just paste a sticker over the graphics and use it to slowly make a stew or porridge for yourself. If you want to go full herbal-mode, you can throw in all sorts of Chinese herbs and rice into the water. Your colleagues will be so envious.
Thank you for reading! =)
Please share your recipes or tips if you do these too. Also, feel free to ask any questions you may have. I would love to talk about pots and cooking and food and grocery shopping and prices and vegetables; oh I could go on forever.