What You Imagine You’ll Make For Dinner Vs. What You Actually Eat

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1. Imagine you’ll make: healthy grilled fish.

Recipe: Spiced Salmon Kebabs

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2. Actually eat: frozen fish sticks.

With white stuff, mmmm.

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3. Imagine you’ll make: fancy pasta with seafood.

Recipe: Spaghetti with Mussels and White Beans

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4. Actually eat: sad spaghetti with sauce from a jar.

One big glop, just how I like it.

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5. Imagine you’ll make: gooey, crispy baked mac ‘n’ cheese.

Recipe: Martha’s Macaroni and Cheese

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6. Actually eat: Easy Mac.


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7. Imagine you’ll make: fried rice with a perfect sunny-side-up egg.

Recipe: Holy Basil Fried Rice

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8. Actually eat: weird egg stuff.

Weird Egg Stuff is the official No. 1 food group of twentysomethings.

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9. Imagine you’ll make: a beautiful pot of fresh vegetable soup.

Recipe: Soup au Pistou

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10. Actually eat: soup from a can.

Pro tip: Adding the can to the pot infuses extra aluminum flavor.

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11. Imagine you’ll make: amazing fried chicken and fluffy biscuits.

Recipe: Double-Dredged & Fried Chicken

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12. Actually eat: breaded lumps filled with a mysterious chicken-like substance.

Which came first, the patty or the nug?

TRICK QUESTION. They were extruded at the same time and later formed by robots into meatshapes of differing size.

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13. Imagine you’ll make: fancy rice salad.

Recipe: Wild Rice Salad with Miso Dressing

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14. Actually eat: some rice you forgot you had in your fridge from last weekend.

If you add soy sauce, it’s basically cooking.

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15. Imagine you’ll make: delicious hand-made pizza with fresh veggies.

Recipe: Summer Vegetable Pizza

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16. Actually eat: box-shaped frozen pizza from a box.

It’s not delivery; it’s despair.

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17. Imagine you’ll make: gorgeous ramen with homemade noodles.

Recipe: Ramen at Home

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18. Actually eat: instant noodles out of a styrofoam cup.

The bright side is that it’s a GREAT deal on your sodium intake for the day!

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19. Imagine you’ll make: diet-friendly lettuce wraps.

Recipe: Asian Lettuce Wraps

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20. Actually eat: a burrito as large as a kitten.

What? I was hungry.

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21. Imagine you’ll make: pretty little dumplings you folded with your own two hands.

Recipe: Spring Vegetable Potstickers

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22. Actually eat: mediocre takeout from the place down the street.

AND YET: Is there such a thing as an un-delicious dumpling? There is not.

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23. Imagine you’ll make: a lovely tuna niçoise salad.

Recipe: Niçoise Potato Salad

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24. Actually eat: tuna straight from the can.

It counts as a meal if you put peppers next to it?

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25. Imagine you’ll make: a glorious, bacon-filled plate of pasta carbonara.

Recipe: Pasta Carbonara

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26. Actually eat: some pasta you microwaved with cheese on it.

All Hail Cheesy Pasta, Lord Of The Night, Ruler Of Drunks.

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27. Imagine you’ll make: adorable individual frittatas.

Recipe: Egg and Spinach Frittata Muffins

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28. Actually eat: scrambled eggs with…stuff.

Shhhhh shhhhhhh don’t worry just cover it with hot sauce shhhhh

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29. Imagine you’ll make: crispy quesadillas filled with lots of good stuff.

Recipe: Cheesy Double Bean Quesadillas with Homemade Avocado Ranch

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30. Actually eat: a tortilla with some Kraft singles on top.

Just please, please, unwrap them first. Please.

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31. Imagine you’ll make: chicken skewers with yummy Thai peanut sauce.

Recipe: Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

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32. Actually eat: peanut butter from the jar.


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34. Always imagine you’ll make: real food.

3 Easy Dinners You Can Make On Busy Weeknights

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35. Always actually eat: cereal.

Because cereal will love you forever and never let you down.

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