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Old 08-12-2009, 06:39 PM
 
Location: In my skin
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e.g. Hamburger Helper, Chef Boyardee, Rice-a-Roni, Campbell soups.

I love to cook from scratch so I'll use them on my lazy days. I do love Rice-a-Roni and other boxed rice dishes. I grew up with Lipton Noodle soup, so that stuck with me. Chef Boyardee as well, but I'll add shredded cheddar to it and eat it maybe once or twice a year when I have a craving. I think I've had Hamburger Helper twice in my life and it was at someone else's home. My son has never had it.

When it comes to meat and fish, it has to be fresh, though I will weaken to fish sticks if one of my nieces/nephews are having it.
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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I prefer boxed, bagged or frozen to measuring and pot scrubbing. I'll go out of my way for rare and special occasions, but again, these are few and far between.
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Southern, NJ
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In the winter, Rice-a-Roni on occasion and I love Campbell's tomato soup (I add half-& half instead of water), 1/2 a can for lunch & chicken & stars, I turn into 5 yrs. old again. Other than those, nothing processed or pre-packaged in our home.
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, IN
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I have stuff like mac and cheese and Pasta Roni for those times when I don't have any other options and I need a quick fix. Otherwise, I'm not really a fan.
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Mayberry
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I don't even have the mac n cheese, I should though! I do buy frozen lean cuisine occasionally. No boxed stuff. A client I work for has a cupboard full of mini chef boyardeee and frozen banquet dinners that I am suppose to fix for him. I can't hardly stand it. The sodium intake alone makes me puke.. There is nothing fresh in the house. I am not a total health nut, but come on! I could buy some boxed side dishes to eat for a dinner if I got hungry. I don't cook a lot either so I don't usually do side dishes.
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:09 PM
 
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In the winter, Rice-a-Roni on occasion and I love Campbell's tomato soup (I add half-& half instead of water), 1/2 a can for lunch & chicken & stars, I turn into 5 yrs. old again. Other than those, nothing processed or pre-packaged in our home.
Ah, yes. Heavy cream or half & half for me. Yummy.
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:17 PM
 
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We rarely if ever buy pre-packaged or boxed food. Both my spouse and I must watch our salt intake, and some of those boxed foods come with over a day's allowance of sodium.

And in any case, I am married to a fellow who both loves to cook and is supremely good at it, so there's no real need to buy the ready-made stuff.
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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I've used them, but they might be more expensive than throwing a couple of my own ingredients together. It's quick and easy for me to toss in some kind of meat into any one of those prepared type foods.

Is buying frozen vegetable mixes (like for stir-fry) just as bad?
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Old 08-13-2009, 03:54 AM
 
Location: I never said I was perfect so no refunds here sorry!
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On rare occassion I'll get a fozen dinner or two
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Old 08-13-2009, 05:36 AM
 
Location: Sudcaroland
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I never buy these. I don't really trust what's inside. I perfer cooking everything myself.
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