That being said, I do choose strategic days for the type of foods I like. Days where there may have been a company party, or a big lunch, or any other number of reasons where I'm more hungry than he. Days like last Tuesday: a perfect day for pasta!
I chose the penne recipe because it looked cheap, easy, and tasty. Fortunately, I was correct on all of the above - AND it even contained a meat that started out raw that I had to cook by myself.
Since the meal wasn't that complicated, I decided to buy some quality ingredients from the local farm stand, or from my own garden. I also used whole wheat penne, mostly out of personal preference. I used two cans of tomatoes (one fire roasted, and one with garlic and onion), an extra clove of garlic, and almost 6 oz of an Italian cheese blend, instead of just Parmesan. Oh, and I used a sweet Italian sausage instead of a spicy turkey sausage.
Okay, maybe the recipe was just a suggestion, but my tweaks were amazing. There were second servings all around, and there was still enough for four hearty lunch portions to be made. I also baked up an Albertsons fresh garlic bread with mozzarella on top for the side. I probably should have made a side salad, but the dinner played well just as it was. Seriously, amazing. I might have to add this to my standard rotation of meals that I like to make. I know I choose recipes that sound like they will be good, but I'm always surprised when the meal actually exceeds expectations.