So, did any of you guys watch the first presidential debate last night? I try not to get political on here at all, but I just can’t not talk about it. Because holy cow, that debate was one of the most entertaining things I’ve watched in years.
First off, let’s talk about something that actually went right: Someone finally made Donald tone down the Oompa-Loompa orange face paint that he normally wears. He actually looked like a human being last night (assuming you’re able to ignore his hair), as opposed to a Troll doll that has spent too much time in a tanning bed. So, you know, that was nice.
However, listening to The Donald interrupt Hillary almost every time she spoke (“WRONG”) really grated on my nerves. And hearing to both candidates talk around questions instead of actually answering them is just frustrating. I mean, I know this is politics, but just once I’d love to hear short, clear, concise answers out of someone instead of hearing them talk themselves in such circles that you actually forget what the question was.
But seriously, is SNL even going to write any sketches this week? Or are they just going to reenact the debate word for word, sniffle for sniffle, eye roll for eye roll? It was an hour and a half of pure comedy gold.
Gun to my head, if I had to choose between these two candidates, and only these two candidates, I’d probably go with Shrill-ary. The thought of Donald Trump running our country and dealing with foreign dignitaries scares the bajeezus out of me, and there is some hope in me that having a woman in the White House might help stem some of the injustices happening in women’s rights right now (the attempted defunding of planned parenthood, the laws being passed that make legal abortions nearly impossible to obtain) and perhaps even make some desperately needed advances in domestic policy (the lack of guaranteed paid maternity/paternity leave in this country is atrocious).
But if I’m being perfectly honest, I’d really prefer it if neither of these buffoons got elected to the presidency.
Anyhoo, on to the food…. Because I knew Peter and I were going to be watching the debate last night and there were some things I needed to get done around the house before then, I wanted to make a nice, easy, quick dinner. I decided on my Skinny Chicken Parmesan, which is a staple in our house, and paired it with this delicious garlic and herb rice and some steamed peas.
When I make rice, I often like to saute it in olive oil first (toast it) before adding any liquid. I’ve found that this helps the rice stay light and fluffy and keeps it from getting gummy because the liquid absorbs more slowly.
I seriously love this rice. I make it all the time so I can’t believe I haven’t gotten around to sharing it with you guys yet. It sort of reminds me of those boxes/packets of flavored rice you can buy at the grocery store (you know the ones I’m talking about), but it’s not filled with all those preservatives and ingredients you can’t pronounce. Which, in my opinion, makes it taste even better.
Garlic and Herb Rice
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup white rice
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp dried parsley
- 1/4 tsp dried rosemary
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
- Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a small saucepan. Once the oil is hot, add the rice and stir continuously for 3-4 minutes, or until rice has toasted (it will puff up a bit and turn a slightly brighter color white)
- Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover the saucepan with a lid, and cook until the chicken stock has absorbed, about 15-20 minutes.
- Once all of the chicken stock has completely absorbed, stir in garlic powder, oregano, parsley, rosemary, salt, and pepper.