I’ve been meaning to lose some weight. Really, looking at pictures from high school depresses me in regards to my weight. I think every college girl goes through this. Well, recently, I can proudly and honestly say I’ve succeeded in doing that; unfortunately, it hasn’t been through the means I entended. In fact, I should make a conscious effort to pay better attention to my health. You see, I haven’t had much time for real food. Meals at the caf are history, at least right now.
- Easy Mac, and Easy Velveeta. These are both wonderful for different reasons. Easy Mac has that classic Mac-n-Cheese feel. Easy Velveeta has a richer, thicker sauce and shell-shaped noodles. I love both, separate but equal. What I also love about these is that you can add stuff. I’ve done some experimenting, and you can really customize this stuff. Adding veggies, meat (canned or pouched chicken is my favorite) and all types of seasonings. Garlic Easy Mac is surprisingly delicious! When I’m around the dorm room and have access to a fridge/freezer, I like to add fresh or frozen veggies (obviously microwave the frozen veggies) like broccoli.
- Bowl Appetit. The ones I’ve tried have been pretty tasty, although they don’t seem to microwave as smoothly as some. Part of this problem is probably that the sauce powder is pre-mixed with the noodles, so you don’t have quite as much control.
- Marie Callender’s Home-Style Creations. I love these because of the quality. They’re surprisingly tasty, and there are plenty of wonderful options to pick from. The idea here is that the carb product (noodles, rice, or stuffing) is microwaved with water and strained out separately. You then warm and add the sauce and meat product, which is in a separate container. I’ve eaten three or four of these in the last week and have been pleasantly surprised with the quality and taste each time.
- Hormel ComplEATS. These are closer to the “TV Dinner” style. These highly-preserved meals aren’t necessarily perfect, but they’re better than nothing. They don’t need refrigeration, and it’s as easy as taking off the cardboard cover, stabbing the plastic top, and popping it in the microwave. My favorite is the Chicken and Dumpling, but I was definitely not expecting how good the Beef Roast and gravy meal was. You could tell it was real beef, which isn’t always the case with microwave meals. The mashed potatoes were a little odd texture-wise, but I was still pleased. Other great options include a variety of stews and “homestyle” meals like Turkey and Stuffing and Chili.
- Campbell’s Healthy Choice Soup. If you can find it in the microwave-safe foam-and-plastic container, that’s ideal. Because of the mixture of broth, veggies, and noodles, this is surprisingly filling and can tide you over for longer than you’d expect. You can also go with traditional Campbell’s soups. The Healthy Choice selection is a little narrower, but is often lower in sodium and tends to have more “natural” ingredients and fewer preservatives. If you want more variety, just look at the Campbell’s range as a whole, and not just the Healthy Choice products. (I know, most college kids are just happy to have food, regardless of this stuff. I just feel that some honesty is needed.)