With the busy lifestyle that most people lead today, there is rarely enough time to cook a full meal when you get home from work, nor is there enough time to pack a lunch in the morning. It’s a good thing that you can easily pick up ready meals at the supermarket. All you have to do is pop them in the microwave for a few minutes and you can sit down to eat. The first ready meals that came on the market were frozen meals, called TV dinners. Since there wee no microwaves at this time, they had to be heated up in the over.
The first of these TV dinners featured turkey and roast beef dinners. Later chicken was added, but all had mashed potatoes, a vegetable such as corn or green peas and a dessert. They were packaged in a tray similar to that of airline services. As the demand grew for more of this kind of meals and as more and more people became conscious of their weight, a different type of ready meal appeared in the freezers. These were calorie wise meals with the number or calories in each serving listed on the package. Today there is a wide variety of this type of meal, so much so that in a large supermarket one wall of freezers will likely contain many different brand names and types of foods.
The sub sandwich is a ready made meal as well. This is a sandwich containing a variety of meats and vegetables that you can heat for only one minute in the microwave. In addition, you can also purchase regular sandwiches of all kinds and small snack packages containing rounds of ham, turkey, bologna and cheese as well as a bar for dessert. These are very popular for school lunch items for children. Burgers and hot dogs are also available for reheating.
You don’t even have to bother with something that you pop into the microwave when you are looking for a ready meal. With the numerous takeouts and fast-food franchises, you can have just about any kind of food imaginable to take home with you for supper, from chicken and chips, fish and chips or oriental cuisine or pizza. You don’t even have to stand in line if you call ahead and place your order so that it is all ready when you arrive.