As I was making my son dinner last night, I looked in the cabinet – and had to catch my breath. Staring back at me was a can of food that is not good for you, but wow does it taste good. I fought back the temptation to heat it up and devour it like a vulture that’s just caught a glimpse of road kill up ahead…but I managed to keep my composure and not eat it. “Walk away from the can….Walk. Away. From. The. Can.”
Right, I know what you’re thinking. Canned food? Yup, I have to admit that sometimes this Mom is too lazy to make pasta fresh or soup from scratch so sometimes a can will come to the rescue for the kiddies. It’s called “quick, easy emergency food”. But truthfully, I won’t buy them anything that I don’t love myself. It’s gotta be tried and true of course.
We all have guilty pleasures – who doesn’t? The foods we don’t like to admit that we love because they’re not healthy…or the television shows that are just so horribly put together, you feel like your intelligence quota dropped 100 points by watching them.
So while I’ve got many more, here’s a few of the things I truly enjoy – while I’m not always so proud to admit them!
1. Dinty Moore Beef Stew: LOVE LOVE LOVE Dinty Moore Beef Stew. It’s salty, and and the potatoes are so soft – and if you doctor it up just a bit sometimes with a little garlic, it tastes even better. But plain or garlicky – it’s so flipping delicious that I don’t even care that the beef is sort of mystery meat.
2. Chef Boyardee: Chef Boyardee ravioli’s are delish. I can take or leave the rest of their product line, although the chili-mac is pretty decent too – but the beef raviolis are so good! Again, mystery meat inside but seriously, the pasta is the perfect mushy consistency and the sodium laced spaghetti sauce just sends my tastebuds aflutter. When I was younger I used to joke and say that Chef Boyardee came from all the little kids saying “Chef, Boy are dees ravioli’s good!” (Yes, I’m a geek- I know.)
3. Hormel Corned Beef Hash: Now listen – I make a mean home made corn beef hash, but I’m sorry – nothing screams Sunday morning breakfast louder than a can of Hormel Corned Beef Hash. I like it crispy….I like it not crispy. I just like it no matter how you serve it!!
And here’s an interesting footnote. I was just surfing the web to find the name of the company that makes the corned beef hash – because I haven’t bought it in ages and needed to recognize the label – and I found the following site:
How bizarre that all three brands are distributed by the same company?!?!? Who knew?
The Spice Girls: “Wannabe” has got to be one of my favorite, feel good, “fun to run to” kind of songs. I used to coach cheerleading back in the day – and if this song had been out at the time, oh yeah – this would’ve been our competition song.
Britney Spears: While I don’t find her to be exceptionally talented – her producers are pretty darn good. Pre-breakdown Britney’s music, starting from “Baby, One more time” to “I’m a Slave 4 U” (excluding the sappy love songs that she can’t sing worth a dime on) are hot. No doubt about it.
Denise Richards “It’s Complicated”: You know, I started watching this show On Demand out of sheer boredom of finding anything else to watch – and I have to tell you, I really like it. I think I really like her. She’s not perfect, she doesn’t pretend to be – and she seems like a relatively normal down to earth kind of girl, and I like that about her. And her dad is really a sweetheart…
The Two Coreys: Seriously, this is like watching “Breaking Bonaduce” for me, it’s a total car wreck. I’m hoping to see Corey Haim on Dr. Pinsky’s next “Celebrity Rehab”.
Coyote Ugly: Okay so this clearly was never meant to be Academy Award material – who cares. But it’s a cute movie about a nice girl trying to make it in the music industry. Who doesn’t want to see the nice girl come out ahead and win in the end?
So, what are some of your guilty pleasures?