|People really did eat like this a hundred years ago when 39% of American people worked on farms (virtually all of them family farms) and this kind of food assemblage was readily available to them, with most of it being in fresh, palatable forms. That number of workers has since fallen to 2% and the farms that they do manage are mostly factory farms and monoculture installations where you wouldn't find much taste in the end product even if you were to harvest a bit of it for immediate personal consumption. |
Screengrabbed from this USDA site.
|OMG, that looks like PRISON FOOD!! This is an example of what I mean by "no longer realistically attainable". Yes, you can "attain" a situation in which you've procured all of the elements of the USDA plate. However, each and every one of them shown in this picture is highly processed - the bread looks mass-produced, the fruit looks canned, the meat looks pressed, and the green beans have been cooked half out of existence. You can tell just by looking at the photo that none of those components have much taste.|
Screengrabbed from a "post my plate" contest announced by Oregon State University.
Fortunately there is a workaround. All you need to do is "think outside the wedge" and capitalize on the best information that is available to us here in the 21st century.
|Sambar combines the nutritional intent of three plate wedges into a single dish. Recipe here.|