Random Thoughts and Boxed Pasta Salads

pasta-salad-reviewI was feeling a bit of frustration yesterday.  I had seen a recipe on one of my favorite blogs and I was super excited to try it.  The blogger (I love her so I’m not going to say who) had raved, multiple times about these cookies and so I, of course, needed to try making them right away.  I went and picked up the ingredients, which included a jar of almond butter ($8 and the recipe used 90% of it) and a cup of almonds, which also ran me a couple of bucks.  All told I spend at least $10 on this one batch of cookies.  The batch made 32 cookies the size of a mini muffin and while they are good, they’re not something that I’ll ever feel the need to make again.

Please tell me that I’m not the only one who gets super frustrated about things like this?  I hate wasting my time, money and energy on things that aren’t stellar.  I know that bloggers have to be continually posting to keep their audience engaged, but sometimes you wish that there was a way to have posts marked “This is so super good and I love to make it all the time” or “This was good, but not that great and I’ll never make it again, but I have to do a blog post so here it is.”

In an effort to not become a blogger that only posts because I have to put up some thing today, I have decided to only post 2 days a week, instead of three.  I want to make sure that what I put up is stuff that I actually want to recommend and not just so I can get something else up.  I hope that you’ll find that my opinion is something that you can trust and rely on.  In keeping with that, here is my opinion on the two boxed salads above.


When I was first married and “cooking for real” for the first time, I tried out some of these boxed products that I’d never had growing up.  I decided that the flavors in them were a bit too artificial for me and I felt that they always tasted like they were too high in sodium.  I’ve been married now for 18 years and so I thought that I’d give a couple of them a try and hope that, in the last almost 20 years, the taste of them had improved.

I think that they have, but only a little.  As I was preparing them I thought that the Hidden Valley one had a great bacon scent to it and I personally preferred eating it.  My boys all liked the Suddenly Salad one better and I even got my husband to take some to work one day.  That said, my spoiled family that is used to most things made from scratch, would not go near the leftovers and I had to throw the remainer out.  As an added bonus to this experience (insert sarcastic voice here), Boy 2 is now craving my Chicken Bowtie Salad and has been asking for it daily.  I’ve added it to the menu for next week and will probably not be buying either of these boxed salads again.  I did think about doctoring them up, but decided if I was going to do that, I may as well start from scratch.

Not wanting to leave you empty handed for the day, I thought I’d share the menu for an impromptu lunch that I’m having today with a friend.  It’s very last minute and so I needed to keep it simple, but at the same time I feel like one of the ways that I show others that I care is through my food and so I wanted to have a couple of special things.  )If you haven’t made the Coconut Cream yet, quit waiting!  I was reminded again today how amazing it tastes!!)

Lunch Menu


2 Comments on Random Thoughts and Boxed Pasta Salads

  1. Shel
    August 21, 2015 at 8:57 pm (2 years ago)

    I haven’t been to your blog! Soo fun! I had to laugh at this post because I am a food snob! 😉 I realize often that I try things people (online and off) post and say are theeeee best ever, and it will be my new favorite, and then I realize, at first bite, that we are very different people. HA! So your post hit very close to home for me! I am always sooo disappointed that I wasted the time and money on the ingredients! So, I will have to follow you for sure now!! I also have a favorite bowtie chicken that gets made often, and requested often, but now I must try yours!! It sounds divine!! Okay…I am sold! I will be following! 😉 I need to get off of here before I go cook something yummy of yours!

    • anneopinion
      August 24, 2015 at 9:07 pm (2 years ago)

      So glad that you’re a kindred spirit! I love hearing that I’m not the only who get frustrated. Thanks for checking out my blog. I hope that you like what you try here. 😉 Let me know if you try something from Pinterest that you love. I’m always looking for good new recipes.


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