With the thesis, anyway. And I am totally celebrating with chocolate chip cookies and a bottle of Malbec. Its a welcome change from Milky Ways and coffee, which I really don’t recommend for a balanced diet. But I do have something that might just save dinner on those nights when you really don’t want to cook. It involves *packages* (shudder). Three of them. And you know what? I’m not ashamed. This is one mighty fine boxed meal.
All you need is a box of Trader Joe’s white cheddar mac and cheese (or any mac and cheese, as long as it is not orange. I have nothing against Kraft; If you subsist off dollar stores or live in the dorm, it has its place. But in this dish? It’s just not right somehow — you’ll see why in a second). Next, you need some frozen spinach — maybe a cup or two, depending on your veggie craving. And finally? Smoked trout in a tin. Or smoked fish of any sort, as long as it’s cheap and not super salty. Actually, even tuna will work, but it won’t taste quite as upscale. (But will certainly not mesh with the orange. See what I mean?) If you have a bit of gruyere or cheddar, you can grate that and mix it in, but this is totally optional.
Cook the mac and cheese according to the packet directions, mix in spinach and fish, heat, and serve. That’s dinner in less time than it takes to go through a McDonald’s drive-thru, and it is TASTY. Seriously. And at $3 a (huge) portion, I really can’t do much better.
Anyway, I’ll be back to normal soon, and so will this site. I’m kind of in a bread baking mood, as a matter of fact …