deprivation cuisine
n. Food prepared in such a way that it is healthy, but bland.

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"Today's buzzwords for menu writers are roasted, grilled and braised. No steaming on that list. It has fallen victim to its own virtuous image: these days, steaming sounds like deprivation cuisine; too healthy, too boring."
—Marian Burros, "Take Steaming Seriously? Chefs Do," The New York Times, October 25, 2000

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