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Old 12-20-2012, 09:00 PM
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Default Can microwaveable meals be healthy?

So, I've never really been alone much in my lifetime. Cooking is one of my passions and I love it... But I hate cooking for myself. So when I am living alone, I don't cook. I will walk around the house and eat a bag of Cheetos all day before even touching the stove.

So today I went and bought a couple "Healthy Choice" microwaveable pasta meals... And I guess I just wonder...are they really "healthy"? Am I better off cooking in bulk one day and microwaving that for a few days rather than buying premade things?

Also, feel free to share cheap, simple recipes. Haha.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:08 PM
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Honestly? No. Most (if not all) microwave meals are FILLED with preservatives and other junk. The ingredients list are way longer than they should be..nearly 100% of the time.

I would stick with cooking in bulk and then re-heating if I were you.

The healthy college student cook book has saved me. Even if you aren't a college student, it is full of great, simple meals.. for one!
Since you do know how to cook it may seem a bit redundant lol but it has some great simple stuff!
http://www.amazon.com/Healthy-Colleg...llege+cookbook
I like to cook a lot of "bases".. pasta, rice, soup.. all in one big cooking day. and then have that for 2 weeks that I make with extras, like salad and chicken usually.

To this day I can't cook chicken. Ridiculous I know. I just buy whole chickens from whole foods..
The IDEA of cooking chicken makes me want to reach for the poptarts.

Cooking the other stuff.. making a salad, pasta/rice/whatever, seems much more do-able at the end of the day when I know that my meat is already done.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:12 PM
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Besides being unhealthy, they are rather expensive and most taste like cardboard anyway. I've never really seen the appeal.

I cook in bulk and eat leftovers. Chili, ham, roast chicken can be made into anything, roast beef is the same, so on so forth.

And if all else fails, I guess I would rather have the bag of cheetos and a bowl of ramen before eating a microwavable meal.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:13 PM
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In my nutrition class we were given guidelines and had to try to make a meal out of frozen foods. It was incredibly hard. No, they're definitely not healthy, lol.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:15 PM
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..hey.
no hatin' on ramen.

lol I rarely eat it anymore..but man,I used to SURVIVE off that stuff.
Looking at the sodium/calories on it now... I often wonder HOW I survived though lol
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:17 PM
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Oh, I don't mind ramen. I just prefer chicken taco things. Or drunk ham. Or whatever else I've hoarded in my freezer over the last month. Lol

Plus...it's noodles. Really cheap noodles. You can do ANYTHING with that sort of base. And you don't even have to worry about seasoning. Just add veggies or meat. Good to go. Or make egg drop soup + noodles.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:17 PM
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There is usually a lot of sodium in frozen meals too.
Definitely better to cook big meals and reheat!
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Read the ingredient list. That should answer your question.
It's really pretty disgusting.
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Nope... especially not even nutrition for a pregnant woman.

Cook in bulk! Things that can easily be reheated
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:33 PM
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If I could make ramen like this:





in my kitchen, I would eat ramen for every single meal. Thankfully I can't, and I'm sure my body thanks me for that.
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