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Old 09-02-2013, 06:27 PM   #31
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You are certainly welcome, it's why I don't eat many boxed meals.
We do not eat those either. Now I understand why we do not eat those!

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Old 09-02-2013, 06:37 PM   #32
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I don't cook much for other people, other than holiday dinners for my family, because I'm really not a very good cook. There are some things I do make that are very good, but I never learned to cook fancy meals. Since my husband is a picky eater, I tend to just cook what he likes. He has a good answer to someone who gives you something you don't like. He told me, if I don't tell you something doesn't taste good, you'll keep making it for me. So he tells me when he doesn't like something, and I have learned not to get hurt feelings over it. My extended family always tells me how good my holiday dinners are, mainly because they are thankful that I take on the responsibility of it and they don't have to cook. LOL

So, if you don't tell your friend that you didn't like what she brought you, she might start making it for you all the time!!! Yikes!!
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:50 PM   #33
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I don't cook much for other people, other than holiday dinners for my family, because I'm really not a very good cook. There are some things I do make that are very good, but I never learned to cook fancy meals. Since my husband is a picky eater, I tend to just cook what he likes. He has a good answer to someone who gives you something you don't like. He told me, if I don't tell you something doesn't taste good, you'll keep making it for me. So he tells me when he doesn't like something, and I have learned not to get hurt feelings over it. My extended family always tells me how good my holiday dinners are, mainly because they are thankful that I take on the responsibility of it and they don't have to cook. LOL

So, if you don't tell your friend that you didn't like what she brought you, she might start making it for you all the time!!! Yikes!!
Oh dear. This could happen. Perhaps if she speaks about her meal I could lend a suggestion of cooking from the fresh ingredients?

I discovered that she and her family eat most of the meals from boxes. She said she would try to cook the Hamburger Helper the next time. I had the Hamburger Helper once at a classmate's home. It was heavy on my stomach and there was little flavor in it.

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Old 09-02-2013, 06:55 PM   #34
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I tell people that I have to see all the ingredients and most of the boxed stuff has ingredients I won't eat. If it's something I'm not supposed to have e.g., soy, sweet potato, canned tomatoes, I tell them that I'm not supposed to eat that. If it's yucky sounding food additives, I say that I don't eat those. But, I'm known as an opinionated loud mouth and if people can't handle that, too bad.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:03 PM   #35
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I tell people that I have to see all the ingredients and most of the boxed stuff has ingredients I won't eat. If it's something I'm not supposed to have e.g., soy, sweet potato, canned tomatoes, I tell them that I'm not supposed to eat that. If it's yucky sounding food additives, I say that I don't eat those. But, I'm known as an opinionated loud mouth and if people can't handle that, too bad.
I like the opinionated loud mouth. The founding fathers of America were the opinionated loud mouths. They got the job done to form my new country.

You cannot have sweet potatoes? May I ask why?

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Old 09-02-2013, 07:13 PM   #36
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I like the opinionated loud mouth. The founding fathers of America were the opinionated loud mouths. They got the job done to form my new country.

You cannot have sweet potatoes? May I ask why?

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They are estrogenic. I'm not supposed to have any estrogenic foods. Because of a type of visual migraine that I get I am at elevated risk of having a stroke in my eye, especially if I eat estrogenic foods.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:39 PM   #37
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I have a number of sensitivities to dyes and chemicals, so I too always have to read the ingredients. Hamburger Helper? Really? I don't think I've eaten that since the '70s when my mother would make it.
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:20 AM   #38
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My neighbor used to complain about all of them in the family having some sort of allergy or medical issue...but she still used packaged foods and shortcuts. I told her if they wanted to eat stuff like Hamburger Helper she could help her family by measuring out the ingredients from her own spice cabinet and well-stocked pantry. She preferred the convenience. Whatever.

But you guys are all poor college students, right? Maybe you could appeal to the cost-effectiveness of making the meal from scratch. I searched for "homemade hamburger helper" and got a ton of hits. Skimmed over this one and it looks pretty simple for even a very novice cook. Hope this idea helps her...and you! Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe Skillet Dinner | Divas Can Cook
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:16 AM   #39
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Too salty and generally taste fake to me. Mainly it's the salt though. I've purchased some that almost made me gag from all the salt.

Some people do not detect the high amount of salts in those boxed meals. I have a sister who lives on boxed meals and even adds salt to hers. When she eats my food she says it taste okay but she prefers her own cooking.

Too each their own !
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:14 AM   #40
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I have a number of sensitivities to dyes and chemicals, so I too always have to read the ingredients. Hamburger Helper? Really? I don't think I've eaten that since the '70s when my mother would make it.

I don't mean to be too nosey, but what are your sensitivities to dyes? I ask, because my step-son asked us not to give his son anything with dyes. He has not been diagnosed with anything, but they notice he is more out of control when he eats foods with dyes. He's 5. They don't eat much processed foods, but he likes gummy worms and pop tarts and they have quit giving them to him. I found fruit roll ups and popsicles that do not contain dye.
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