To taste or not to taste…

My friend, Alex and I were talking about cooking once and he was describing the type of cook that follows a recipe, or perhaps makes their own recipe but never takes a taste until it is finished. The non-taster.

That is me.
The amateur.

He went on to say that seemed absurd to him as he tasted as he went along and added what needed to be added and little by little made it better. The taster.
I fear that type of cooking because I am not good at knowing what to add. If you ask me, I will usually add garlic or sugar. Ha ha.

Anyway, I’ve tried both ways and each have their pros and cons with me. Tonight was a con for me. I didn’t taste the pasta i was making for dinner until the end mostly because I was afraid to do so. I wanted to make….well to be honest, I didn’t want to make dinner at all. But, seeing as I just bought a car yesterday and our budget is extremely tight, I decided to cook out of the cabinets. I am trying to get my 5-9 servings of veggies and fruits and stay in my WW points plus target. So, I added spinach to our marinara sauce along with sautéed onions and some Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage. I’ve done this before-added spinach- but I usually use fresh spinach.
Today I used frozen after I sautéed it with the onions.
It is official.
I do not like frozen spinach.
To me, it tastes like soggy dirt.
It ruined the whole dish for me,
Darn it.
I have seriously made myself try this frozen spinach a zillion times, and every time the same result.
Why do I do this to myself?
So, I am making it blog official. No more frozen spinach for this girl.

So, the good news is I didn’t eat a lot of it so now I have enough points for a Healthy Choice frozen Greek yogurt…the ones I mentioned the other night. They are soooo good. Such a nice, light treat.

Oh, as an aside, I am a huge fan of the Pillsbury breads that come in a tube in the refrigerated section by the butter and yogurt at the grocery store. We had the Italian loaf with our dinner tonight and it was definitely the star of the show. Portion control is challenging with it though, so I hardly ever have it in the house. A delicious doughy sponge to transport real butter into my mouth…yeah, not a good thing to have frequently.

Well, my summer is almost over, and don’t tell anybody, but I think I am ready for it to be over. Bring on Fall and football. I love all four seasons!

On a sad note, please keep Beth FS in your thoughts and/or prayers. Her paternal grandfather passed away yesterday. She is on my mind and in my heart, as is her dad. No matter what age you are, it is never easy to lose a parent.

Beth WA

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