Disclaimer: This post isn’t for health. I am a 20-year-old who has apparently given up on the idea of healthy eating habits. Take this post with a pinch of salt and it’ll be fine in 2 minutes or less.
Disclaimer [update]: My position on this topic has changed and everything here can be taken as a joke but if you’re looking for a more grown-up take on instant eatables, read the new post titled, “Don’t Add Water: You Can Always Eat Something Better” instead. Thank you.
As I shifted through the idea of being a student who fills his plate (pun intended) with more things to do than he can handle, I learned one simple thing – I am incapable of finding good food that is cheap enough to be eaten daily in the area where I live. I know people do that. I have tried all advice I ever received but there was always some issue or another and so I found another solution.
Armed with an electric kettle, no utensils and extreme laziness I decided that the only thing that I will use this kettle for is for boiling water. That way, I won’t have to wash it. Then, I discovered a plethora of things that can only be made from water. Yes. I became the cliché. I am a student who eats either junk food or “ready to eat” offerings.
Without any more exposition, let us begin with the list of things that fill my cupboard but almost always fail to fill me up.
Obvious. These things have been available for so long that mentioning them is the greatest redundancy. You have so many options to choose from when you’re looking for a hot beverage to begin or end your day so there’s no point elaborating on it.
Cappuccino Mix by Nescafé
Nescafé offers this amazing cappuccino mix. Just add water and get a frothy cappuccino right there in your mug. It’s almost magical when you see the powder turn into a café level cup of joe in a couple of stirs.
What about cold beverages? Well, Nestea has been around for ever since I was a kid and I didn’t forget about it when I came to college.
3-Minute Breakfast by MTR
MTR has dominated the ready to eat market in India for so long now. However, they never once thought about those who don’t own utensils until recently when they came up with 3-minute breakfast cans. They offer Poha, Upma, Oats and what not. It’s amazing.
There are all sorts of noodle cups available. Maggi alone has so many options from the new Hot Heads, to the classic Maggi. Then you have Wai Wai, an option I adore. You can even get manchow flavoured ones, I don’t quite remember the name on the box though. There’s literally no limit. Just go to your supermarket’s cup noodle stand and you’ll find yourself staring at what might either look paradise or hell, depending on how much you love noodles.
Not recommended in large quantities. I’ve heard out of all packaged and preserved goods I consume, these are the most harmful. I only have one in like, a week or so. My favourite one is Batchelor’s (Yes, you read it right. No, it’s not wordplay, the guy’s last name was Batchelor) Tomato Soup with Croutons. You can also find chicken flavoured soups by the same or different brands. This is the same deal though, just add water, stir and you’re ready to go.
That’s pretty much all of what I eat when it comes to instant food but it covers most bases, honestly. No, I don’t live on these. I also order food from some amazing places, get take-out, eat at the mall and what not but let’s say I do have these loaded up in my cupboard in significant quantities. All of us have our own imperfections.
I’ll probably regret this blog post when I’m fifty or something. However, to be honest, I don’t care for now. Life’s worth 2 minutes anyway, if you believe popular Bollywood quotes, that is.