Day 5: Once You’ve Had It, You’re in an Awful Fix

I had the first real test of my commitment to my goals (cooking more things from scratch and avoiding fast food/packaged food) tonight. I had “chicken/eggplant parmesan” on my meal plan for tonight, but I wasn’t able to find any eggplant; Harris Teeter’s eggplants looked gross and wrinkly, and Trader Joe’s just didn’t have any. And then on my way home, Jim asked me to grab some McDonald’s for him. He’s sick, so I guess chicken mcnuggets take the place of chicken soup for him. I reallllly wanted some fries and a double cheeseburger. “But then what will I blog about?!” I asked myself. I suppose I could have taken a page from Fancy Fast Food and tried to turn fries into some sort of masterpiece, but it’s a little early in the year to start cheating.

So I resisted the siren call of processed chicken, and while Jim enjoyed his McNuggets, I made an actual chicken dinner for myself.

Daily Achievement
I scrapped the parmesan idea and decided to just throw the chicken into some sauce and serve it over whole wheat spaghetti. I sauteed chicken, mushrooms, red onion, red pepper flakes, and olive oil in a pan, and then mixed it into a jar of Trader Joe’s garlic marinara sauce (which is totally awesome and has a nice short ingredient list, so it’s the next best thing to making my own tomato sauce).

The chicken was a little bland (I probably needed more red pepper flakes), but everything else tasted pretty great. Spaghetti is really one of those things that’s hard to mess up… it’s such a comfort food. Jim ended up being jealous of my meal. 🙂

Song of the Day
Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton – Love is Strange. Such an odd, yet delightful duet. Jim and I started watching The Wire tonight, and the Mickey & Sylvia version of this song was playing on the radio in in the 2nd episode. It immediately stuck in my head, but I prefer the Kenny & Dolly version. Dolly is just awesome in general, and how can you not like Kenny Rogers, who started up a fried chicken chain named after himself?

On a side note, who’s seen the Wire? I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it (I’m not really into police shows and crime stuff), but it’s really gripping so far. I hope it continues to be good, since I bought the entire series on sale from Amazon!