When breaking the bank is worth not breaking a sweat
  1. Pomegranate juice
    Or seeds. Or arils, or whatever they're called. Soaking, smacking, hand picking, there's no way you're coming out of this without staining your shirt.
  2. Looks easy enough
  3. What their jeans looked like afterward
    Only slightly exaggerated
  4. Shelled Edamame
    Au natural can be fun at restaurants when they're drenched in some savory sauce—rewarding in the way working to pry sunflower seeds out of their shells can be. But shelled takes out all the fuss.
  5. Sunflower seeds
    What a nice segway. Again, a salt-encrusted shell can make these appealing, but you're lying to yourself if that's more satisfying than a handful of well-seasoned kernels.
  6. Peeled oranges
    I don't want acrid essential oils under my finger nails for the next 24 hours. And I don't care if you can remove the peel in one go. Good on you. Now peel me another cutie.
  7. Not impressed
  8. Sliced mango
    Besides the same orange-peeling show-off of a friend who also knows how to locate the orientation of the oblong pit within, no one can properly cut a mango without wasting a quarter of it. Come to think of it, I'll go out on a limb and include any pre-sliced fruit to this list. I'm looking at you, pineapple. So decadent.
  9. Acai bowls
    Not that hard to make a smoothie and plop it in a bowl, but there's no way I'm taking the time to layer granola and slice fruit in whimsical shapes
  10. Triple washed greens
    Have there been food-borne illness outbreaks in the past? Sure have. Do I want to manhandle a dirt-caked head of lettuce and crank on the salad spinner (if you are so blessed to have one)? No. No I do not. Risk-rewards, people.
  11. Smoked fish (or anything, really)
    I love a good cookout. But charcoal grilling is a finicky business. Chief among barriers to consider here: handling raw fish. Gross. Adding soaking wood chips to this mix puts an already laborious process over the top for me.
  12. Croissants
    You did it. You made them from scratch for your significant other when you first met. She told you they were as good as the ones at her favorite bakery. She lied.
  13. Candid of me 36 hours after beginning the baking process/35.5 hours after regretting beginning the baking process.