Every once in a while, I try to “cook” – meaning, I try to make something that involves some effort. As opposed to merely putting milk on cereal, or poking holes in the film and microwaving for 4 minutes and 30 seconds.
Sometimes, this works out well. I’m pretty good at scrambling some egg whites (sometimes adding CHEESE!), and heating up some frozen home fries.
Sometimes, this is an epic fail. Tonight I attempted to take some black beans and some chick peas and mix them together. So I opened the cans, dumped them both in a Tupperware bowl, put the lid on and proceeded to shake.
But the lid was not 100% tight, and some…liquid? (the water/salt mixture the black beans were canned in) started dripping out. So I tried to fix the lid, and apparently made it worse. Shake, shake, shake…aaaaaaand beans go flying into the kitchen sink. About half of them. In hindsight, I probably should have taken a picture of it, because there were still dirty dishes in the sink. Somewhat amusing. Very messy.
At least the dishes ended up getting done.
I tried putting a little balsamic vinegar in the mix (taking a tip from the recipe on the black bean can), but that ended up being just gross. Fail, fail, fail. So now a 1/2 filled container will sit in the fridge, forgotten, for a month or two, until I clean out the fridge and can’t even recognize what it is/was.
I ended up heating up a Lean Cuisine, which also was semi-disappointing. But not due to any culinary faux pas on my part. Just…eh.
I eat a lot of Lean Cuisines, for a number of reasons:
- When on sale, they are relatively cheap. Sometimes 5 for $10. Since I am a bitch on a budget, this is ideal.
- Since I am so self-conscious due to my weight problem, a pre-packaged meal clocking in at about 300 calories and 9 grams of fat helps me feel a little bit better. Like I’m sort-of making an effort. However, it’s not really helping when I bring one to work for lunch, and then opt for something from the food court nearby.
- Clearly, I am not Julia Child. Or Rachel Ray. Or Paula Deen.
I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this, but Lean Cuisine meals have an odd abundance of carrots in them. Not just the typical veggie-based entrees, where it make sense, but things like meatball rigatoni! I swear every pasta dish has shredded carrots in it. Possibly even the sauce. It seems to have more of a orangey tinge to it.
Are carrots the be-all, end-all of diet foods? I’m just curious, because it seems like everything Lean Cuisine makes uses carrots as their #1 ingredient. I know they’re healthy, but DAMN. Lean Cuisine overdoes it just a tad.
Note: This may also be true of other “diet” frozen dinners, such as Healthy Choice, Smart Ones, etc., but Lean Cuisines are on sale the most, so I end up buying them the most.
Note #2: Memorial Day Weekend! WOO HOO!