Natasha’s Microwave Meals – Vol.8, DATE NIGHT EDITION

Every week I am going to have AT LEAST 2 meals that are microwavable that I have purchased from the supermarket. Then I am going to tell you all about it. Want to know why? Click here.

Last night I had a romantic* microwave dinner with Zach, a combination of two things that never should’ve been put together: Bacon flavoured potato bake and chicken fried noodles.

I was originally going to have just the potato bake on it’s own, but then Zach in the saddest voice I’ve ever heard asked me to “surprise” him with a microwave meal. So I put on my domestic goddess gloves and I made a whole dinner. Kind of.

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Natasha’s Microwave Meals – Vol.6+7, Beef Bolognese and Sadness

Every week I am going to have AT LEAST 2 meals that are microwavable that I have purchased from the supermarket. Then I am going to tell you all about it. Want to know why? Click here.

The reason I’ve been so late with this post is because I’ve been in absolute despair. The first microwave meal I had last week was a roast chicken meal by Tomorrow’s Meals, the same company that made the roast pork meal I previously reviewed and really loved.

The reason I’ve been wallowing in sadness and haven’t posted anything, is because when I made that roast chicken meal, I spent so much time and effort trying to make it look real good, only for all of my photos and any documentation of it to COMPLETELY DISAPPEAR OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH.

So instead, have this second meal I reviewed, Weight Watchers beef bolognese.

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Who is Natasha Hoyland?

This site has started to get a lot more traffic than usual because of my damn microwave meals reviews, so there will be a few of you who have ventured here who have never met me or even know who I am.

Because a lot more people are reading my stuff than I thought, I thought I’d write up a little fact sheet about myself so you can get to know me and learn that I am not just a microwave meal eater (although I do wish that was my actual paying day job, that’s the dream).

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Natasha’s Microwave Meals – Vol. 2, Pad Thai in a box and BONUS dessert review

Every week I am going to have AT LEAST 2 meals that are microwavable that I have purchased from the supermarket. Then I am going to tell you all about it. Want to know why? Click here.

This Countdown Select branded chicken Pad Thai in a box was recommended to me by my friend Jaime who really vouched for it. I really respect her opinion on things but even so I was still a bit sceptical.

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Natasha’s Microwave Meals

Welcome to the start of something new and exciting that’s possibly also very horrific and terrifying.

Every week I am going to have AT LEAST 2 meals that are microwavable that I have purchased from the supermarket. I may even have more if I am feeling really up to it/my boyfriend works late nights so I have to eat alone.

So basically I’m going to be consuming a lot of microwavable meals and then I am going to tell you all about them. Why, you ask? A few reasons.

I am very short on cash at the moment.

Microwavable meals are cheap, they range anywhere from $1 – $13. On a bad day I spend about $20 a day on takeaway meals, so I thought by pre purchasing some ready to eat meals, I’d be saving a bit of money. My focus is going to be on meals that are around the $5 mark, but if I see something potentially incredible/horrible for a little bit more, you bet your ass I’m going to buy it. My goal is to spend less than $15 a week on this is possible.

I am bored.

I need some hobbies and I thought this could be a fun thing to do despite the fact that I might die.

I don’t have time.

I often work nights or strange hours that don’t allow me much time to organise dinner or prepare a meal, which often results in me buying a takeaway on the way, buying a takeaway afterwards, or simply just not eating either by choice because it’s too hard or I don’t have enough time or just simply because I forget.

I’m genuinely intrigued.

I’ve looked at so many of these foods at the supermarket for so long that I have almost a longing desire to try them. And who knows, some of them might actually good and I might find some hidden treasures along the way.

The Rules

  • Meals/food items must be purchased from the supermarket and everything required to prepare the meal must be included in the box – so things such as butter chicken sauce mixes and taco kits are ruled out.
  • The meals must take less than 20 mins to make.
  • The meals purchased each week must come to a combined total of $15 or less.

The Criteria

I’ll be judging these meals on a few things:

  • Packaging
  • Prep time/cook time
  • Presentation before and after cooking
  • Taste (obviously)
  • Did I eat it all?
  • Would I recommend it to anyone or buy it again?

Keep your eyes peeled for the first post! It’s coming real soon, I was eating the meal as I wrote this!