Mr Broccoli is pissed.
The bottom frame is serious. In the last month I've finally returned to eating lots of veggies, after a couple years of increasing frustration with Campbell's chunky soups. They've been sneaking in more and more onions, and my digestive system was getting more and more stormy.
Back in October I tried to get back
to home-cooked combinations, but it didn't come out right; no real decrease in storminess, and seemed wrong somehow. I was trying to focus on programming at that point, so I fell back to Campbell's Chunky.
This spring the onions finally became completely unavoidable, so I sez to myself,
"HEY DUMMY! You're always growling about doing what works. This didn't work because you weren't following your own instructions; you weren't cooking the same veggie combination that had worked well from 1970 to 1990."
So I went back to the exact original.
Once a week boil up a cup of barley; leave it fairly crunchy and keep it in the fridge. Each day, take a few big spoons of the barley; add fresh broccoli and carrots and various other stuff, but NO DAMN ONIONS. Low boil for 10 minutes, then add a can of Tomato Bisque Soup and cook another 10 minutes.
When you do what works, you'll find that it works.
Perfectly satisfying, and barley and broccoli seem to be performing their proper function. Specifically, the complex nutrients force the digestive system to work for its living, instead of sitting around and grousing as it was doing with the over-processed stuff. Also slightly cheaper than the pre-processed (around $1.90 a day versus $2.25 a day) but that's not the main purpose.