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TV Dinner Alternative

My college semester starts tomorrow, and one thing I know I won't have is a lot of time to think about food. Usually during my semesters I live off fast food and TV dinners, but as I'm trying to make some healthy and environmentally friendly changes, that just won't cut it this time. But I'm still going to have a job and a full semester to deal with.

The solution I came up with was to cook in bulk, making my own TV dinners. It's cheaper, healthier, and way more environmentally friendly than normal TV dinners. Though, you do have to be okay with eating the same thing several days in a row. Ah, downsides!

Now, one of my all time favorite meals is salad and pasta. I could eat pasta (with alternating sauces) forever and never get tired of it. Lucky me because it's SUPER easy to make in bulk. I make a big batch of pasta, split it up into individual portions, and have 5 meals in the fridge for the week. Then I just make a salad in a large bowl, and stick it in the fridge so I can take out portions whenever I want. Boom. Dinners for the week DONE.

Sure, it takes a little more work than actual TV dinners because I do have to cook at some point, but the results taste a lot better, are cheaper, healthier (because I have full control of what goes into it), and so much more environmentally friendly. Think of how much plastic and cardboard are used to package 5 TV dinners.
Now here's the waste of making 5 portions of pasta:

A glass jar (which can be put in the recycling), and a mostly paper bag. Sure, there's a little plastic used to make a window of the bag, but in comparison it's way less. Plus, by choosing organic pasta, it takes so many chemicals out of the environment. Personally, I think it's worth the hassle of cooking once a week.


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