Towards the end of the last century when in my first year of college I had no idea how much I would miss my Mom’s cooking or dining out for that matter. Money was tighter than a ducks ass. Don’t ask me how I know that, it is just an observation that ducks do not sink when in water. Anyways, I was on the meal plan at a small university on the Texas Coast and the food was pretty terrible. Salad was about the only thing they didn’t mess up.
The best we could do in the dorm room after 7pm was those dry pouches of ramen noodles and hoping that the hot water from the tap was hot enough to soften the noodles. On rare occasions we would chip in for a Domino’s pizza. Back then Domino’s did the delivery in 30 minutes or it was free. We had a small chance that they would be late if we timed our order precisely. You see, my campus was on a small island connected Galveston via a drawbridge over the ship channel.
We knew that on most nights that the bridge went up around 9pm to let one of the local ships pass. Usually took no more than 15 minutes to complete the pass through. How successful were we in getting a free pizza? Not very, maybe 20% of the ordered pizzas were late. But it was fun to try.
There were a lot fewer microwave food options then but you could reheat stuff if you were lucky enough to have one and that was better than nothing – which is what I had. You could gain friends with microwave popcorn as long as you didn’t burn it which would likely result in a beat down from an annoyed neighbor or two.
Which brings me to the reason for this post. I was in the mood for poultry tonight. Specifically a smoked turkey sandwich from the local BBQ joint. I don’t know why but they closed early so I decided to see what I could get at the grocery store without resorting to something from the frozen food isle. This is when I discovered a package of refrigerated pre-cooked chicken fajita meat near the butcher counter. I decided to give it a go. I had cheese, salsa and jalapenos at home so I just had to pick up a packet of flour tortillas, guacamole, cilantro and sour cream in addition to the chicken and I was good to go.
If only I had the microwave and this type of convenient food available while I was in the college dorm room.
So – how was it? Pretty darned good in fact. Quite satisfying and for the small amount I spent I will still be able to get another couple meals out of it.
And, to make it more appealing the chicken and tortillas spent less than 2.5 minutes in the microwave warming up. Very little clean up is also a bonus. If you have ever made fajitas from scratch you will appreciate this.
It was good enough that I am going to give you another look.
So, where does this delicious chicken fajita product come from? It comes from John Soules Foods located in Tyler, Texas. They supply many restaurants and grocers in Texas. That’s good for me but for those out of state you might just have to call/email them to see if they have a presence in your neighborhood.
Very long story short ….. if I was a college student today or had a kid in college I would make sure there was a small microwave, small fridge and plenty of products like this on hand.