I loved reading all of your comments on last week's post! I find it so interesting to hear what other people's "normal" is (whether we're discussing Chinese food or more esoteric topics). I'm also glad to have so many of you DC folks chime in on the wretched Chinese around here. It's nice to know we're not alone.
Since we're already talking about Chinese, I'll go ahead and let you in on a little secret. If you've been around here much, you probably know I'm not a huge fan of processed food, don't eat much of it, and try to only/mostly eat meat when I know where it comes from. That said, I love a Five Guys Burger, amongst other things. Other things like Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange Chicken.
It tastes shockingly like actual Chinese food, and at about $5 a bag, it's cheap. Bake or fry the chicken, heat the sauce it comes with, toss together, serve with steamed broccoli and rice. My husband and I usually have a bag of this in the freezer, along with some TJ's frozen broc, and there's always rice in the cupboard. It's a great, cheap Friday night indulgence that doesn't break the bank.
For all of you out there who lament not having a Trader Joe's near you, then I offer both my apologies and an opening to make a joke about how I think a "great Friday night indulgence" includes a frozen, pre-fab meal and my ass planted firmly on my couch.
(I also heard that Costco offers a similar version, though I can't speak from experience. You're lucky I told you that after you mocked my hard partying Friday night ways.)
Have you tried Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange Chicken? Or do you have another favorite Friday night treat, from Trader Joe's or elsewhere?
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