What can you get for $5?  I mean for food.  You can get 5 Mac Doubles, or a foot long from Subway.  I love MacDonald, but I couldn’t have 5 burgers for a meal.  Not that I can’t finish it, but the calories and fat will kill me for sure.  The subway foot long is fine, it just doesn’t have enough meat that I prefer for a sandwich.  I watched the talk of Jamie Oliver on the TED conference and it was inspirational.  He’s doing his best to help America fight obesity.  We got to stop eating bad food and start cooking.  That sounds all good.  But for people who have crazy life/work (I’m sure one of them), where do we get time to cook every night?  I know I don’t.  So there were days that I ordered take-out or pizza. Bad bad bad.  Jamie Oliver’s talk stuck in my head since I watched it.  I talked myself out of getting take-out for tonight.  But I don’t really feel like cooking from scratch either.  I found a happy medium.  I went to Trader Joe and got some ready-made food.  Of course, they were not as good as home-made dinner, but certainly much healthier than fast food. I got a bag of Teriyaki Chicken, a bag of grilled eggplant and zucchini, and a bag of cooked brown rice.  $10 for the total for 2 or 3 servings.  So you do the math. It’s less than $5 per person.  I put the chicken in the microwave and heat it up for 2 minutes, then finish it on stove top.  The same thing for the veggie.  As for the rice, I just heat it up in the microwave for 3 minutes. So dinner was ready within 10 minutes.  Not a bad alternative.  I could probably make home-made dinner for 4 times a week, for the rest of the week, I’ll try some Trader Joe’s dinner.  I’ll try not to order take-out or pizza from now on.

A quick Teriyaki Chicken Dinner from Trader Joe's
A quick Teriyaki Chicken Dinner from Trader Joe's

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