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I'm looking for a grocery shop near to Basel that sells high-end meals for one. I'm on my own () for a few months until my family joins me and I'm trying not to turn into a fat b@stard through (i) eating out every night or (ii) eating unhealthy meals. In case you couldn't guess, I'm definitely not one to cook for myself too ofter either! I've tried a couple of the local Coops and even went to Carrefour in Mulhouse but haven't seen much appetising yet. Any advice? Thanks...
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I'm looking for a grocery shop near to Basel that sells high-end meals for one. I'm on my own () for a few months until my family joins me and I'm trying not to turn into a fat b@stard through (i) eating out every night or (ii) eating unhealthy meals. In case you couldn't guess, I'm definitely not one to cook for myself too ofter either! I've tried a couple of the local Coops and even went to Carrefour in Mulhouse but haven't seen much appetising yet. Any advice? Thanks...
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Ok...let's try this again. What exactly are you looking for? Specific food, restaurants, groceries?
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high-end meals for one. ... and I'm trying not to turn into a fat b@stard through... eating unhealthy meals.
Does anyone else see a contradiction here?

To the OP: I'm no food fascist, but ready meals really are the work of Satan, loaded with salt and sugar and hidden fats. You'd be much better off getting onto Amazon, buying a student cook book and learning how to make good, quick and cheap meals for yourself.

Even if you only make pasta and salad, you'll be eating better than anything you can buy as a 'meal for one'.

Tom1234 will be along shortly. Take my advice before he gets here...
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Groceries - shops that sell (hopefully) organic, pre-prepared meals for discerning () busy individuals like myself. You know, chicken or fish with rice or pasta and some veggies all in a box that you can microwave. I know it's not cool or sexy but I want something quick and healthy just to tide me over for a few weeks...
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Re: Starving in Basel

Migros Annas Best range..
Do chicken tikka masala, a variety of pasta, yeah- whatever. Not sure they do yorkshire pudding though.

Though I tend to agree with Dougal.
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Groceries - shops that sell (hopefully) organic, pre-prepared meals for discerning () busy individuals like myself. You know, chicken or fish with rice or pasta and some veggies all in a box that you can microwave. I know it's not cool or sexy but I want something quick and healthy just to tide me over for a few weeks...
Ah yes, I see where you're coming from....well, I hate to tell you this my friend...buuuut, you're so outta luck, it's not even funny...it's like luck ran out 2 decades ago..or like lu...well, you get my point. The closest option, that would satisfy your palate is this place...http://www.tibits.ch/d/restaurants-take-away/basel/ I know, I know..it's a restaurant...but it's a veggie spot and supposedly pretty good. Or option B) would be you start a thread on this here EF where you look for somebody that'll cook a decent meal for ya. I'm sure some desperate housewife wouldn't mind getting some extra spending money in exchange for a healthy, delicious meal.
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Re: Starving in Basel

Half a dozen pints and a Doner kebab is a nutritious and delicious meal that will keep you going for the entire day.
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Re: Starving in Basel

Go to a Picard shop in France. It's a French high end frozen food chain but not sure they have organic options etc; There's one in St Louis but they might have bigger ones in Mulhouse and Colmar if you don't mind driving.
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Groceries - shops that sell (hopefully) organic, pre-prepared meals for discerning () busy individuals like myself. You know, chicken or fish with rice or pasta and some veggies all in a box that you can microwave. I know it's not cool or sexy but I want something quick and healthy just to tide me over for a few weeks...
It doesn't, and never has, existed.

Seriously, go to any market or supermarket, buy some tomato's and other salad stuff, a bottle of oil and vinegar and some cheese and ham. That's quick and healthy and doesn't involve cooking.

One step above that does involve a modicum of cooking means buying some pasta and simple sauces and pesto. Or does your lack of cooking ability also include not being able to boil water? Can you at least make a cup of tea or instant coffee?
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I'm looking for a grocery shop near to Basel that sells high-end meals for one. I'm on my own () for a few months until my family joins me and I'm trying not to turn into a fat b@stard through (i) eating out every night or (ii) eating unhealthy meals. In case you couldn't guess, I'm definitely not one to cook for myself too ofter either! I've tried a couple of the local Coops and even went to Carrefour in Mulhouse but haven't seen much appetising yet. Any advice? Thanks...
You want frozen/instant meals that are healthy? The mind boggles.

Stop being a princess - nothing is more healthy than cooking your own food/making a salad. If you're too lazy to even do that, you probably deserve to get fat.
Even the tidbits places that LIB recommended whilst very good and vegetarian, not all of it are cooked in a healthy way and will make you so sick of the same variety after a while.

Another place that you can check it is the Globus food section. They usually have ready made sides/salads that you can buy for take-away. Or sushi for the matter. Healthy enough I hope!
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Stop being so dependent on others and learn to cook. If you're a manager, do you expect your employees to be proactive and solve problems without being asked? I bet your wife would appreciate a little extra help around the house, too (might even get you some 'benefits' if you're prone to think that way). If your family isn't around for awhile, you clearly must have some free time on your hands.
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Re: Starving in Basel

When I'm away and the hubby is on his own he goes to Manor. There are lots of pre made pizzas but their own - in the fridge by the bakery - not the ones by the pasta/dairy are really good.

Also there is fresh pasta - just need to boil and a selection of sauces - just need to heat. They also do pre made salads with sachets of dressing - even a salad bar to put your own together.

They have pre marinated meats/kebabs ready to be grilled or baked.

If you don't mind paying a premium then there is always Globus - upstairs are lots of prepared meat and vegetable dishes in the glass counters. Pricey but probably cheaper then the restaurants.

The bigger Migros's have hot prepared food - the one at the SBB and the one at Claraplatz that I have been to - you can get potatoes, roast chicken, cutlets, sauteed vegetables. Not the best I've eaten (need to tweek with extra seasoning) but decent and better than eating out.

You can get Rosti in plastic pouches - just need to heat up then top with cheese, crumbled bacon and a salad on the side. Cheap and tasty.

You'll be cooking for your family by the time the arrive!!
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Stop being so dependent on others and learn to cook. If you're a manager, do you expect your employees to be proactive and solve problems without being asked? I bet your wife would appreciate a little extra help around the house, too (might even get you some 'benefits' if you're prone to think that way).
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When I'm away and the hubby is on his own he goes to Manor. There are lots of pre made pizzas but their own - in the fridge by the bakery - not the ones by the pasta/dairy are really good.

Also there is fresh pasta - just need to boil and a selection of sauces - just need to heat. They also do pre made salads with sachets of dressing - even a salad bar to put your own together.

They have pre marinated meats/kebabs ready to be grilled or baked.

If you don't mind paying a premium then there is always Globus - upstairs are lots of prepared meat and vegetable dishes in the glass counters. Pricey but probably cheaper then the restaurants.

The bigger Migros's have hot prepared food - the one at the SBB and the one at Claraplatz that I have been to - you can get potatoes, roast chicken, cutlets, sauteed vegetables. Not the best I've eaten (need to tweek with extra seasoning) but decent and better than eating out.

You can get Rosti in plastic pouches - just need to heat up then top with cheese, crumbled bacon and a salad on the side. Cheap and tasty.

You'll be cooking for your family by the time the arrive!!
..here Suzy, this might help. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_food
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Well, can't say i've tried them, but the local coop does have a range of 'fresh' ready meals which appear at least at a glance to look quite decent. They do indeed include e.g. chicken, rice, brocolli etc. all in a nice little microwaveable tray. They are stocked (at least in my local one) near the ready to eat pastas, which is also near the chicken/meat section.
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Re: Starving in Basel

You could talk to a gym in the Basel area. I believe some of them offer prepared meal plans (maybe through a 3rd party) to help keep you healthy. I know FitnessPlus offered me just such a meal plan when I joined up.

I've also seen microwaveable meals at Migros and Coop, but they're not what I would call "high end". (I don't own a microwave so I've never tried them).

Ín the end, you're really going to waste a lot of money by not cooking... and I'm not just saying that. Before I moved here I ate out ALL THE TIME. But here it's just too expensive. Now I live on sandwiches, pasta, and chocolate milk, and I must say it's not been overly horrible. I have made the occassional meal using some alien contraption called a "cook top"', and last week I bought a fancy thing I picked up at Marktkauf called a "wok". I still haven't used it, because I'm not quite sure what it's for'.

You could also take some cooking classes and meet some nice, new people.
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Well, can't say i've tried them, but the local coop does have a range of 'fresh' ready meals which appear at least at a glance to look quite decent. They do indeed include e.g. chicken, rice, brocolli etc. all in a nice little microwaveable tray. They are stocked (at least in my local one) near the ready to eat pastas, which is also near the chicken/meat section.
Yes, but all pre-prepared ready meals are overloaded with salt and often with sugar and various fats. If the OP wants something healthy and can't do anything in the kitchen, eat an apple.
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Re: Starving in Basel

buy a bicycle, cycle to the MacDonalds every evening, enjoy !

On a more serious note: There's 2 ways to loose weight: exersize or eat less.
Eating less has the disadvantage that you're missing out on essential vitamins,
minerals and proteins. Also remember, some vitamins are only solluble in fat so you need
to have fat in you diet. So I have chosen the 2nd option: eat normal combined
with an active cycling lifstyle. Therefore my suggestion, chose a good kebab
restaurant (lots of fresh salad in a good kebab) 15 km away and go cycle there
to enjoy a good meal.
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F (some of) YI: There is a concept in North America which allows you to purchase organic, healthy, frozen pre-cooked meals. It certainly doesn't compare to a freshly made organic cooked meal...but it does come close. It is especially popular among athletes and body builders, as it provides a healthy solution to busy bodies who like to stay in shape.
Hence, those meals do not compare to the European idea of a microwaveable meal.
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Also remember, some vitamins are only solluble in fat so you need
to have fat in you diet.
I've always had a hard time explaining this / convincing Atkins dieters that no fat in one's diet is a bad idea. I've also had a hard time convincing some dieters that "fat free"and "low fat" products are unhealthy.

I like 50/30/20. It works for me.
50% protein
30% carbs
20% fat

Which brings me to another point: Where do vegetarians get their protein? When I tried to go veg'n I struggled, because I got sick of tofu (and scared of growing manboobs a.k.a. "Moobs"), and I constantly had protein cravings.
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Groceries - shops that sell (hopefully) organic, pre-prepared meals for discerning () busy individuals like myself. You know, chicken or fish with rice or pasta and some veggies all in a box that you can microwave. I know it's not cool or sexy but I want something quick and healthy just to tide me over for a few weeks...
Beans on toast is actually not that bad nutritionwise

Seriously? Go to any Aldi in Germany, where they have frozen microwaveable tubs of veggies (you know, those steam-in-the-micro thingies). Of all the microwave food, these seem the least odious.

Serve with rice (1 volume rice, 2 volumes water, a little salt, cover, bring to boil, switch off electric hob / turn gas hob to minimum, let stand with lid on until all the water has been absorbed, add tumeric and cardamon pods at the start to make imitation pilau), and any pan-fried meat that you like.

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