The other day a friend and I discussed the differences between what we fix for dinner when our husbands are around and what we have when we're on our own. There are a number of nutritionally-suspect meals I would never feed to my diabetic husband that I eagerly make when I'm home by myself in the evening:
- Pork and beans over rice. One serving of quick-cooking brown rice topped with a pat of butter and smothered with a can of Van Camp's pork and beans that's been heated on the stove.
- Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Sure, they make EasyMac in small, microwaveable packets, but I can eat a whole box of regular Kraft Mac & Cheese made with butter (but no milk) and accented with freshly ground pepper.
- Tuna and cream of mushroom soup over rice. Heat up the mushroom soup and tuna until bubbling, serve over white or brown rice. This is tasty and filling, but it's important to note that we called this "throw-up and rice" when I was a kid. You can add a few frozen peas to make it marginally more attractive. Potato chips are a tasty side item with this recipe.
This doesn't count the perfectly legitimate foodstuffs that my husband just doesn't like, such as pot roast, beets, tuna noodle salad, pork tenderloin, rotisserie chicken, ham with beans, steamed broccoli or cauliflower, etc. Those things I usually eat in restaurants rather than waste the effort of cooking a huge meal that one of us won't eat. Too many rejected, large meals can lead to unwelcome homicidal thoughts on the part of the cook.
So tell me, what's your "guilty pleasure" meal when you're home alone?