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Best Grocery Items?

  1. Jul 10, 2010 #1
    What are some good brands for pre-made meals? I know they're not too healthy, but I'm sure some are better than others.

    I have the money to buy expensive grocery products so I want to keep some food in the fridge/freezer/cabinets that don't require any cooking. I normally eat out for at least 2 meals of the day(I typically eat breakfast, 1 big lunch, 1 medium lunch, and a tiny dinner) and although I haven't been eating too well, I've actually lost weight since I started college. I live with my parents and I usually spend an average of $30 a day on eating outside food.

    Anyway, what are some good grocery items I can pick up that don't need to be cooked? It's fine if they're a little bit on the expensive side. I know grocery stores sell things like cooked chicken, but what else is there?
     
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  3. Jul 10, 2010 #2
    You mean microwavable? Or ready to eat?
     
  4. Jul 10, 2010 #3
    Microwavable. Or anything that can be prepared in a microwave. Basically anything where I don't have to touch a stove/oven. Snack food suggestions are also more than welcome.

    I've often had meals where I eat tortilla scoops with Vienna sausage, a fruit, and yogurt but at least it's not as bad as some Chinese food options. I also eat Japanese takeout quite often, but not everyday since it can easily cost over $20 per meal. I feel like I'm not eating very nutritious foods, but for some reason I feel perfectly healthy and my body functions as well as it did when I ate completely raw foods.

    I suppose my best eating habit is that I eat around 3-5 servings of fruit daily and at least 2-3 Activia yogurts daily, but as long as it doesn't negatively affect my studying, I'll eat anything.
     
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  5. Jul 10, 2010 #4
    I'm rather partial to Marie Calender's frozen pot pies. Their meals aren't bad either, I often take one of their frozen lasagnas to work with me. If you have an oven Digiorno pizzas can be fairly in expensive, I often see them on sale for 4-5 dollars. Unfortunately I think that they have stopped their spinach and garlic pizzas and everything else but plain cheese has crappy processed meat on it. They also have small microwavable pizzas but I have never had those before.

    For snacks lately I have been eating celery and peanut butter and tortilla chips with salsa. I also have been keeping a lot of cereal on hand for a quick easy meal. I've been meaning to start buying yogurt but never get to it, I have to carry all my groceries on the bus with me.

    Personally I do not mind cooking so I try to steer clear of premade foods. Mostly I eat frozen meals for work and there are not many that are very good.
     
  6. Jul 10, 2010 #5
    I'm a big fan of oatmeal. Cooks in 1 minute and all you have to do is add a little bit of fruit and soy milk for a healthy breakfast. Veggie burgers also are also good. Often I'll also go and buy some frozen vegetables and a bottle of some kind of chinese sauce (like general Tso's) and through the veggies in a steamer and add some sauce for a nearly instant healthy meal.
     
  7. Jul 10, 2010 #6
    Oats, oats, oats all the way, bro. Every nutritient you need save for Vitamin C.
     
  8. Jul 10, 2010 #7

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    If money isn't an issue, I recommend Kashi. Fantastic and somewhat exotic dishes, no preservatives, additives, or "flavor enhancers". But $pendy.

    Oh and they frequently aren't with the other frozen foods - they're so special they won't even socialize with lower brands. Look in the frozen organic section.
     
  9. Jul 10, 2010 #8

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    Michelina's are very tasty and not expensive. Boston Market has some nice frozen dinners. My all time favorites are Banquet. For under a dollar each, they have some of the tastiest frozen dinners. (except their new mexican dinners with soy are not that good). My favorite is the spaghetti and meatballs.
     
  10. Jul 10, 2010 #9
    Hmmm not a new member showing up this time, having linx to perfect solutions?
     
  11. Jul 10, 2010 #10
    I looked up the reviews for it and it seems nothing short of excellent. I'll have to find out the best places to buy this stuff.

    If spambots and etc. are a problem, perhaps the site staff should implement a new user filtration section(one where new users must post and be verified by staff before being allowed to post in other sections). This may seem rather obvious for large forums, but as you can see, PF is a large forum without a new user filter.
     
  12. Jul 10, 2010 #11
    I know the JREF forum don't allow you to post links with less than 15 posts.
     
  13. Jul 10, 2010 #12

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    If you want high end frozen dinners, Michael Angelos is excellent. Their eggplant parmesan tastes like my home made. Trader Joes (if you have one in your area), and Amy's if you are vegetarian.
     
  14. Jul 10, 2010 #13
    I've had their dinners a couple times. Definitely very good though a bit too pricey for me.
     
  15. Jul 10, 2010 #14

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    For me too. That 98 cent Banquet spaghetti and meatballs is better than a lot of restaurants. People equate cheap with bad and expensive with better, there are exceptions.

    I think if I had to choose a last meal before I die, that would definitely be on the plate.
     
  16. Jul 10, 2010 #15
    The local supermarket has Kashi foods, but it doesn't have any of the other stuff you mentioned, at least, not on its online directory.
     
  17. Jul 10, 2010 #16

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    Trader Joe's is not available outside of it's own chain, but Amy's is everywhere, and I have found Micheal Angelo's at every store I've been to.

    I've not tried the Kashi frozen dinners, their cereal was disapointing (goes stale almost overnight) so I haven't been tempted to try anything else by them. But if lisab says it's good, I'd trust her, (but beware, she eats beans in chili). <Runs and hides> :tongue2:
     
  18. Jul 11, 2010 #17

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    I like the Marie Callender's frozen dinners, especially the pot pies.

    Bertolli's is great, too. You do have to cook them on a stove, but you basically dump the bag in a skillet and heat them up for about 10 minutes.
     
  19. Jul 11, 2010 #18
    I hear Ramen noodles are pretty good. Cheap as heck too, I remember getting 5 24packs whenever I went to sams club.
     
  20. Jul 13, 2010 #19

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    <sneaks up to Evo's door, leaves a can of beans, rings bell, runs away fast>
     
  21. Jul 13, 2010 #20
    bread+ham slices+a cabbage
     
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