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

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Imagine you'll make: healthy grilled fish.

Recipe: Spiced Salmon Kebabs

Actually eat: frozen fish sticks.

With white stuff, mmmm.
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With white stuff, mmmm.

Imagine you'll make: fancy pasta with seafood.

Recipe: Spaghetti with Mussels and White Beans

Actually eat: sad spaghetti with sauce from a jar.

One big glop, just how I like it.
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One big glop, just how I like it.

Imagine you'll make: gooey, crispy baked mac 'n' cheese.

Recipe: Martha's Macaroni and Cheese

Actually eat: Easy Mac.

STEP OFF, YOU DON'T KNOW ME
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STEP OFF, YOU DON'T KNOW ME

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

Recipe: Holy Basil Fried Rice

Actually eat: weird egg stuff.

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

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

Recipe: Soup au Pistou

Actually eat: soup from a can.

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

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

Recipe: Double-Dredged & Fried Chicken

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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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.

Imagine you'll make: fancy rice salad.

Recipe: Wild Rice Salad with Miso Dressing

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

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

Recipe: Summer Vegetable Pizza

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

It's not delivery; it's despair.
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It's not delivery; it's despair.

Imagine you'll make: gorgeous ramen with homemade noodles.

Recipe: Ramen at Home

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

Imagine you'll make: diet-friendly lettuce wraps.

Recipe: Asian Lettuce Wraps

Actually eat: a burrito as large as a kitten.

What? I was hungry.
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What? I was hungry.

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

Recipe: Spring Vegetable Potstickers

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

Imagine you'll make: a lovely tuna niçoise salad.

Recipe: Ni├žoise Potato Salad

Actually eat: tuna straight from the can.

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

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

Recipe: Pasta Carbonara

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

Imagine you'll make: adorable individual frittatas.

Recipe: Egg and Spinach Frittata Muffins

Actually eat: scrambled eggs with...stuff.

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

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

Recipe: Cheesy Double Bean Quesadillas with Homemade Avocado Ranch

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

Just please, please, unwrap them first. Please.
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Just please, please, unwrap them first. Please.

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

Recipe: Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Actually eat: peanut butter from the jar.

WE MEET AGAIN, MY OLD FRIEND
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WE MEET AGAIN, MY OLD FRIEND

IN SUMMARY...

Always imagine you'll make: real food.

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Always actually eat: cereal.

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

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