Bag O' Spinach and Hulu! Can Life Get Any Better?

May 13th, 2009

On Sunday,  I grilled some steaks for lunch and made a salad to go with it consisting of grape tomatoes from a plastic box, red leaf lettuce, and half a bag of ready to eat spinach.

I don’t normally buy ready to eat salad fixins’

There is something appalling to me about ready to eat salad fixins’.

Which really makes no sense at all.

I mean, I am not exactly a food purist.  

My family has been known to subsist on microwave popcorn, cold cereal, and Ramen noodles for weeks at a time.  It is just that making a salad… tearing up some lettuce… slicing up a cucumber… tossing in a few grape tomatoes… this is not hard.. this is not rocket science.  Must it be made simpler with bagged salad greens?

So I don’t buy bagged lettuce.  I buy lettuce and spinach that requires a few tears… a few weak and shaky slices with a knife… before they can be added to a bowl and slathered in salad dressing.

I also don’t eat store bought salad dressing.  I am not sure that there exists another product in the aisles of the grocery store that can be so uniformly bad tasting as store bought salad dressing.  All of them.  Every last one.  I usually have a few bottles of ancient store bought salad dressing in my fridge that I haul out for company.  But for myself, I make my own. 

I use those little Hidden Valley packets.

Yes, I know…   

Not very impressive.

Did you really think it would be?



Because if you have ever witnessed a single feat of impressive cooking on THIS BLOG, I think you were actually reading a different blog.


I went to the store to pick up a few items for our lunch and I was hoping to find some spinach.  Alas, our small town grocery store didn’t have any fresh spinach.  The store only had bagged spinach.  So I bought it.  

For the first time EVER I bought bagged salad.  

I brought it home, opened the bag, poured it onto the other salad parts that I sliced and diced myself.

It was delicious.

Tonight for dinner I had big plans for a nice family dinner.  When I got home from work, I made a chicken and rice casserole that my boys love.  I then sped off to teach an aerobics class and when I came back home, the Country Doctor was loading up all my children in his truck to take them all to various baseball practices.  No one is here to eat my chicken and rice casserole.    I don’t really feel like eating a chicken and rice casserole by myself.  Instead,  I am eating the rest of the bagged spinach and the rest of the grape tomatoes and the rest of the salad dressing that I made myself.  


I am also watching The Office on Hulu!  We have not ever been able to watch television shows on the internet because our connection has always been far too slow.  Well guess what!  It isn’t slow any more!  The Country Doctor signed us up for a faster internet service.  I can watch The Office on the internet now.


I can watch The Office on my computer and eat bagged spinach and grape tomatoes from a plastic box and salad dressing from a Hidden Valley packet.  

My life is pure bliss!

And yet it also seems to be tanking at the same time!

Someone send help please!


  • Inga:

    You crack me up! I don’t buy bagged lettuce because I can’t stand the preservative smell! But I do like Hidden Valley Ranch Light dressing in a bottle, and a few others also.


  • Tell us who don’t know what is HULU?

    • Hey Sandy – Hulu is an online site where you can watch television shows.

  • Wait. You’re saying you don’t like the taste of bottled dressing but you think packet dressing is good? Hokay.

    In your right hand take a bottle of balsamic vinegar, in your left hand a bottle of EVOO, give both a shake over your salad. Salt. Pepper. Toss. Voila!

    I’m cheap and easy.

    You teach aerobics? You jump around in front of other people and make them copy you? Another layer of the onion revealed.

    • I do that sometimes, but I really like Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch. I like the buttermilk part. It makes me feel very wholesome.

  • Helen:

    I feel the same way about salad dressing but it’s too painful to make my own all the time. The only store bought one that I use (after trying practically every kind imaginable) is Newman’s Own: light honey mustard. It’s got a nice zing. Try it and I bet you will be a convert.

  • Sarah H.:

    I think lettuce in a bag tastes funny. Oddly, spinach in a bag tastes fine. One of the mysteries of life.

    Hulu rocks!

    • I have always thought it tasted funny too, but I figured it was because I was a difficult personality type.

  • You rock! You’re becoming a food bogger.

    I like a spinach/strawberry salad with a little balsamic vinaigrette.

    I can believe you’re a food blogger.

  • I totally agree. Well, not about the salad dressing packets, but about salad, store-bought dresssing (with which the packets are included, IMO), and Hulu.

  • Jennifer:

    Hey! I had bagged spinach last night. I cooked mine in a little chicken stock and lemon juice. Very nice with the chicken I also made. Love it because there’s no grit and no waste. And Hulu rocks. It just seems wrong that you can access all those shows, you know?

  • Kellye:

    After I saw Joe’s lettuce beds, I wanted salad. Now you have officially “flung” a salad craving on me. Must get Hidden Valley packets ASAP.

  • The lines at the end of your post about life being pure bliss and tanking at the same time really resonated with me . . . I’m going through the same thing! The last several weeks I’ve been feeling much more content, happy, able to handle whatever but also having so much to do right now that I don’t know which end I’m sitting on half the time. How can that be? Methinks I’m not gonna over-analyze it but rather revel in the content/happy/coping part.

    LOVE your blog.

  • Bridget:

    If you were my neighbor I would let you come over and pick all the spinach you could possibly want. My spinach is as high as elephants eye and come to think of it so is the lettuce. It makes me sad that I can’t share the wealth with someone.

  • Neena:

    Please, oh please, give us some recipes for homemade salad dressings that can be used with the bagged salad fixings some of us buy! Thanks in advance for I know you are eager to do this.

  • We almost always watch Bones and Dollhouse in bed on Danny’s laptop now. It’s so much more comfortable than the couch.

    Hey, I thought of you on Monday when I stopped at the Verizon store on West Kellogg in Wichita. One of the salesmen is Jim (that’s the cute one, right?) from The Office. I almost asked for his autograph for you.

  • Oh I am on hulu everyday!!

    I can’t afford cable so I watch those programs that are on HGTV all day long!!

    I can spend all day just vegging out infront of my computer.