- Go in the morning - there aren't as many people, which means fewer obstacles when racing down the aisles.
- Skip the list - you won't be able to look at it anyway.
- Bring extra money - it's very hard to say no to the excitement generated over cinnamon graham crackers and blueberry muffins.
- Be open to new experiences - 2yos have a different perspective on the store - they are at eye level with whole shelves of food you've been missing.
- For once it's a good idea to go just a little bit hungry - you will likley be buying some ready to eat snacks that will have to be opened as soon as the trip is done.
- Don't forget the quarters - there's nothing like the thrill of getting a bouncy ball at the end of the trip. Just don't hand it over until you've gotten in the car.
Here's our list of meals:
Baked potatoes with prepackaged shredded chicken and bacon and canned chile
Frozen chicken parmesan with a side of couscous
Frozen spare ribs with a side of instant mashed potatoes (or minute rice)
Clam chowder and bread bowls
Dinty Moore Beef Stew and french bread
I have since discovered that it is possible to cook pasta in the microwave, although I haven't tried it yet. I have successfully cooked meatloaf in the microwave, but it's not a very popular dish in my family. It's best when you can brown it in a few minutes in an oven anyway.