It has been a busy few weeks for the Sanders clan. Overseas trips and moving all within 30 days makes for some worn out folks thinking, ‘What did we do?’ Granted, to get good deals and to use points on international travel you have to pretty much be a fortune teller and know what your life will be like almost a year in advance when you book things. Makes very expensive plane tickets cost nothing, so it is worth it.


When it lines up with your move you start to question your life choices, along with the friends around you. Who takes a long trip and moves so soon? Crazy people, that’s who.

When you leave so little time in between activities it makes it a lot harder to plan accordingly.

Like when you move and decide you’re not going to U-Haul it and hire a company to move stuff for you, things don’t arrive when you do. It can be a bit of a wait, and that’s what we are experiencing now.

No pots or pans. No toaster or coffee pot. You live off of a paper plate and eat with plastic utensils. It doesn’t help that you start getting conscious of your waste when you get older and try to buy the biodegradable stuff and recycled cups. Anything you can do to help reduce the plastic waste and offset your car’s planet-warming 11 miles per gallon.

What do you do when you have nothing to cook with but a janky stove and a 500-year-old microwave the previous owners left behind? Do you order takeout every single night or try to come up with some kind of meal that doesn’t include chicken fried in some manner?

As much as it pains me to say, frozen meals have come to the rescue.

They really do get a bad rap. If you take the time and prepare them in the oven and not the microwave, they come out pretty great. I’m specifically talking about Stouffer’s meals, lasagna, meatloaf and macaroni and cheese. Paired with some sort of steam-in-the-bag veggies, it beats a burger for the 20th time in a week, hands down.

Don’t get me wrong, I never thought I would be writing about the advantages of frozen meals, but when you don’t have any other choice, they are there for the rescue. I can’t really say they are a time crunch thing because most of them take an hour or more to bake. You can make a frozen meal’s fresh ingredients counterpart just as fast, if not quicker, but if you have nothing but plastic utensils and paper plates, they work.

Next time you find yourself sick of takeout while on the move, check them out. Frozen dinners give you a sense of home comfort with no required tools.