I have discovered McCain Healthy Choice Whole Grains this year: single serve for $5.00 (occasionally reduced by $0.50, on “special”). The 7 meals in this (frozen food, microwave & oven)) range are limited, in my nearest shopping town, but are stocked by both Woolworths & Coles.
I haven’t done any nutritional lists (easily obtainable on the website), and am buying them for personal convenience - ie, when i can’t be bothered…! - and taste.
I am stocking my freezer with, in descending order of favouritism, the Risotto, Chicken & Roasted Cherry Tomato (which I can’t get any more, despite lodging requests!), Tandoori chicken, Beef Ragu/Japanese Teriyaki Chicken and Italian Beef & Meatballs (this one comes last because the pasta is too thin, and so is the tomato sauce - which tastes suspiciously sweet…).
I have been pleasantly surprised by how satisfying one small tray can be, and the unexpected “hits” that come from the different grains etc. All I need to add to the meals is a good grinding of black pepper!
PS Don’t expect the chicken to taste of anything, & it doesn’t resemble it either! And it’s probably the same for the beef, although the meatballs look like meat…
yes! Love these! (the ruffies). Also, ‘Amy’s’ macaroni cheese and also burritos they’re in the organic section of the supermarket freezer and they’re from the US, but, I can’t fault them. They are so good! The soups are to die for, especially the chunky tomato.
I was wondering if this topic might serve some further purpose. While not on our regular shopping list, for the elderly still at home on their own they might be a useful alternative. It is also an efficient way to prepare different meals from the rest of the family, where you have an elderly member at home who cannot always share the same main.
We have one passed 91yr old family member who finds them a convenient alternative, sometimes adding extra fresh veges and the universal Tomato sauce. Something about aged taste buds no doubt.
Knowing which products are good value, have the nutrition levels clearly presented, are easy to eat with the false teeth in, easy to open with weak arthritic hands, etc might also be a useful purpose.
From some work an aged care nutritionist did with my elderly father who shared with us, it is still important to consider individual needs. Some products may not suit everyone’s needs. Anything that did not readily fall apart (mushy almost) was a choking hazard. Some things we might think need minimising for good health may be less critical once you reach a certain point in your timeline. Best to get some help, which we arranged through dad’s GP.
Make sure you read the labels carefully where is the food from not a fan of supermarket branded products but do purchase the odd thing though.Normally prefer to do some wise shopping and pick up specials from the big brand products and still pay about the same price but get a better quality product
My view is that anything claiming to be ‘food’ that comes as a pre-packaged heat and eat, or jar sauce, soup, etc, etc, is not actually ‘food’. If you can keep it down, it doesn’t kill you, and it comes out as pleasantly as possible then that’s all one can expect or hope for. Which is not to say I’ve never bought such stuff, but all I’ve really bought is convenience at the cost of nutrition, health and happiness
One of th guys in Whirlpool recommended boxed meat from Woolies. I tried it on the last shop… absolutely delish. I will never attempt a roast beef, myself, again. Advantage? Can be microwaved. I cannot bend for the oven, so MW is essential.
The only disadvantage that I can see is that its a meal for two, but you can’t avoid cooking all of it, so its going to be lunch then dinner, or dinner then lunch the next day, reheated. (or have a mass pigout)… Also the plastic package isnt that easy to break into after cooking.
We have been buying those as a ‘convenience dinner’ since we first saw it. Quality has been consistent and while we use the oven they have always come out good. Not comparable to a good cook’s home spun main, but tender and flavourful enough plus the gravy works on a variety of sides.
I might try the microwave now, so thanks for the comment!
Re ‘from Woolies’ we buy a boxed meat of some sort every few weeks and find certain ones are much better at Woolies, and others are much better at Coles, and the difference has been consistent over time.
This more recent product from Coles can be microwaved as can most of the boxed varieties - we always used the oven and it has consistently been very good so cannot vouch for other methods.