College students don’t even need a real kitchen to settle their stomachs. Organic instant meals require little more than a microwave, so you can eat well even if you’re no culinary arts major.
· Healthier chefs. The average American eats 72 frozen meals per year; these healthier versions don’t contain synthetic preservatives, which are linked to respiratory problems and may even aggravate ADHD.
· Next-to-no prep. Most don’t require a fridge, and you can easily zap these suckers in the microwave or pour hot water on ’em to chow down in minutes.
· Eco-friendlier pantry packing. Organic farming steers clear of herbicides and pesticides, helping keep soil fertile for future generations.
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· Nature’s Path Instant Hot Oatmeal – for hurried weekday mornings, this sweet, organic oatmeal fits the bill – we like the Flax flavor with a spoonful of peanut butter and a splash of half-and-half ($5/eight packets).
· Annie Chun’s Soup Bowls – lots of different Asian-inspired flavors (including the yummy Teriyaki), in a biodegradable bowl ($4).
· Koyo Dry Ramen – tastier than your average ramen, try these organic, heirloom wheat noodles with six flavor packet options, check out the tangy Lemongrass Ginger ($1).
· Annie’s Homegrown Microwavable Mac and Cheese – organic pasta with real cheddar makes for better feasting than your average micro-mac ($29/30).
· Gogo Rice Medley – simple but tasty organic wild rice bowl; ready in 90 seconds flat ($24/12).
· Moosewood Restaurant Frozen Entrees – great frozen entrees from the folks behind the Moosewood cookbook
series; we like the Farfalle with Spinach Pesto Sauce ($4).
· Seeds of Change Frozen Entrees – they could serve the Turkish Seven Grain Pilaf at a restaurant, and we wouldn’t know it had been zapped ($4).
· Amy’s Kitchen Burritos – filling ingredients wrapped in flour tortillas; wins points for having the least packaging of the options here. New: Indian wraps in whole wheat tortillas; we’re also into Amy’s hearty soups ($3-$4).
· Clif Kid Twisted Fruit – fruit leather: it’s not just for kids. Evidence: these six yummy flavors (try mixed berry) from the Clif Bars folks ($16/18).
· Newman’s Own Popcorn – organic version of Papa Paul’s micro popcorn ($4).