Kraft Dinner For The Microwave: Are Our Life Priorities Out Of Whack?
The Evolution of Kraft Dinner
Kraft Dinner is an affordable meal of macaroni and cheese. The traditional Kraft Dinner (KD) comes in a 200 gram box and is easy to make. You boil a pot of water and then add the uncooked macaroni. Once the pasta is cooked (takes about five minutes), remove the pot from the heat. Add butter, cheese sauce, and milk in the amounts printed on the side of the box.
Total time: about ten minutes, including the time needed for the water to boil. Sounds easy?
I thought so. Now, there is the Kraft Dinner Cup. The product is a microwavable bowl with the macaroni and cheese mixture within, all packaged to go. Pop the bowl and all into the microwave, let cook four minutes, and there you go. Done.
Really? We had to simplify Kraft Dinner?!
Do we not have the time any more to make the original boxed version? What has happened to our time? Perhaps our life priorities are out of whack.
The Need for the Kraft Dinner Cup
There must be a need for the Kraft Dinner Cup as it exists and sells in grocery stores. A query of "Kraft Dinner for the microwave" on Google brings up these two titles at the top of the search page:
- Yahoo! Canada Answers: How do i make kraft dinner in the microwave?
- How do i make kraft dinner in the microwave? - Yahoo! Answers
There are a few things I deduce here. I see that both Canada and the US have interests in microwaving Kraft Dinner. While people in other countries eat the product too, the two top hits on Google are in North America. I also confirm that there is a need for the microwave bowl as there is customer demand.
Yet, the original product is straight-forward to cook on the stove. There are only two tools needed: a pot and a spoon. There are few ingredients, and the instructions are clearly laid out on the side of the box.
The bowl version does save you a few steps. The product is already in the bowl, so you do not need to transfer the macaroni and cheese from the pot to the bowl. One step eliminated. Also, the bowl takes four minutes to cook while the boxed variety takes about ten minutes if you include the time spent waiting for the water to boil.
Why does the boxed KD need to be made even simpler? Why do consumers feel they need to save those six minutes between box and bowl versions?
Why Are We So Busy?
There are of course some very valid reasons why people are so busy. As for the other reasons... Valid reasons for being too busy to make Kraft Dinner by the longer stove top method includes working two jobs and caring for family members. You likely have little time outside of those responsibilities.
In those cases, I wish that my plan to create a 25 hour day would come true. That would be an amazing solution for people who are so busy that they do not have time to complete all tasks within a day. In theory, the extra hour provides you time to get the tasks done and also make time for dinner options like the boxed KD.
In reality, however, there are no magic solutions. Why is everyone else too busy to make the box version of KD?
The Reality of Life Priorities
Have you ever stopped to write down all of the activities you do in a day?
Try it. You may find that your day is not spent as productively as it could be.
Many people spend hours a week (or even in a day) on the Internet. They log on to personal accounts on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter.
They follow the Twitter feeds of celebrities like Justin Bieber, who to date has over twenty million followers. Yes, you read that number correctly. Other Internet activities include video games, blogging, and watching YouTube videos.
Of course these are fun activities too. You learn information and interact with other people over the Internet. But where is the balance?
Why is there time for the computer but not time to spend six more minutes boiling a pot of water to make Kraft Dinner?
There are moments in your day when you are able to choose what you do. On your day off you may be able to sleep until 10am if you do not have any urgent tasks to complete. You can also decide what to have for dinner if you are an adult. If you can make time to spend thirty minutes on Twitter, can you make time to spend longer cooking yourself a meal?
The meals that you consume are important. If you eat with other members of your household, that is quality time that you spend together. You can talk about your day. While that can be done on Facebook and Twitter too, face-to-face interaction is also nice to include in your day. There is a more intimate level of communication when you see each other in person.
Making time for meals is also important because you are feeding your body. Your health is important to ensuring you live a quality life free of disease and full of energy. Realize that the extra few minutes you spend at the stove and away from your laptop are moments you are investing in yourself and your own health.
A call for a re-balance or change of priorities may be in order. While not everyone has their life priorities out of whack, the people who I have described do exist. There are the Kraft Dinner Bowl consumers who do not have time for the boxed variety as they cannot spare extra minutes for reasons that may or may not be, in my opinion, valid.
Let's make time for meals and for our own health. Along with the pot and the spoon for the Kraft Dinner, you will gain a better sense of balance in your life. Now go eat your dinner and do not worry if it takes a few extra minutes to cook it!
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