Anyone who looks at our website is sure to think we spend a lot of time in the kitchen every night, preparing (and photographing) elaborate meals, and they wouldn’t be entirely wrong. Lots of meals at our home are a production, which is why we try to have at least one dinner each week that is low-maintenance. We’ve started calling these meals “Trashy Food Tuesdays,” even though sometimes it falls on another day of the week.
Trashy Food Tuesday meals are not always junk food, though more often than not they are something I would balk at eating on a regular basis. Sometimes they’re the cheap/fast meals our parents threw together in their haste to get something on the table when we were kids, like canned La Choy chow mein or mac and cheese with canned peas and tuna fish, and sometimes they’re Tyson’s dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets with McCain smile fries. Sometimes they are so laced with sodium and so bereft of vegetation that it would make us cringe to repeat them.
Tonight we’d planned on sampling the new Goldfish pasta in pizza flavor, but I wasn’t able to find them, so we’ll have to settle for Betty Crocker’s pizza-flavored mac and cheese, and I’ll have to pretend I’m not at all bothered by the fact that there are not one but two brands of pizza-flavored pasta on the market. With it, we will have pan-fried Spam slices and canned, French-cut green beans. Next week, I think everything will be beer-battered and deep-fried — maybe some nice haddock and cauliflower, though, so we don’t have to feel too guilty about it.
I think it’s important when you spend as much time as we do worrying about everything being fresh, unique, pretty, and just so to give yourself permission to eat crap and enjoy it. Plus, tomorrow I think we’ll be dining on oven-roasted chicken and a green salad from our own garden, which is a nice juxtaposition. I harvested some radishes today, and the greens look just about ready. Maybe I’ll even put a nice microcarrot on top, for ultimate pretentiousness, because not every day can be Trashy Food Tuesdsay.