I’d say lunch was in the 1-2 range
A 25¢ package of ramen, noodles cooked as instructed for two minutes, but with:
grated fresh ginger
2 fresh shiitake mushroms, sliced
4 scallions, chopped (including all the green)
2 Tbsp Garlic Red Pepper Miso
2 Tbsp dried cute wakame flakes
2 tsp Blis fish sauce (the good stuff)
1 small glug homemade pepper sauce
Then, after the two minutes, when the powder goes in, I also added
1 raw egg, beaten with fork
I actually go some firm tofu for this sort of thing, but forgot I had it. However, I can put that in my own homemade miso soup—with rice noodles, come to think of it.
I would say that’s fairly low. Maybe a 3 because of the noodles—no idea what’s in them. But the powder has a heavy dose of monosodium glutamate, I’m betting.
The unadorned dish is interesting: lots of umami (my guess: MSG), some salt, so mouth-filling. Lots of hot water: tummy warm. A good wad of noodles: calories. It’s a simulacrum of an actual meal, but does fall short. Still, if you have 25¢ to spend and want a full meal, this is probably your best bet.
UPDATE: And to turn the dial lower, my afternoon snack will be part of:
1 head cauliflower, cut into pieces and steamed at some length
Mash above with fresh extra-virgin olive oil, juice of a Meyer lemon, and, I think, some cumin. And also a good glug of homemade hot sauce: When the cat’s away, the mouse will play!
UPDATE TO THAT: I added a good dash of 9-year-old sherry vinegar (probably aged in bourbon barrels—it’s made by Blis) and used my immersion blender to purée it. Did a pretty good job except for thicker leaves and central stalk, but that’s tender enough to chew. (You do eat that, don’t you? Not just throw it out?)
I forgot the cumin, but added salt. Pretty good all round. Taste/effort very high.