I’m not much of a cook. I have to think ahead about what to have around so that I don’t starve if my wife should happen to be gone. Further, I like to eat a little more than bread and water.
Most all of us are familiar with canned spaghetti and meatballs or, canned ravioli. I like a product called “Del Pino’s Mini O’s”. “Del Pino’s Mini O’s” is a helping of pasta, shaped like tiny “O”s” in a tomato sauce; which tastes amazingly good. For about 75 cents a can you get 15 ounces of what is essentially a spaghetti product. It tastes as good, if not better, than the brand-name products.
A serving size is about one cup: which is equivalent to about 252 grams. There are about two servings in every can. There are 180 calories per serving. The good news is that there is only 1 gram of fat of which .5 is saturated. The only negative is that the product has 990 milligrams of sodium per serving. This is high. It represents about 40% of the daily required sodium intake. Unfortunately, this is something that has to be considered when eating canned foods, and, in addition, when eating food that contains tomato sauce. This can be offset by having simple sides like salad or bread. Frankly, when I eat a food that is high in sodium, I seem to find that when I keep track of my sodium the rest of the day I’m fine. If you drink an extra glass of water or two, it will help get rid of extra sodium.
“Del Pino’s Mini Os” is easy to prepare; either on the stovetop or by microwave oven. If you prefer stovetop, just place in a saucepan and heat over flame until hot. If you prefer to cook by microwave oven, then simply place in microwave-safe container and cook for three to three and a half minutes.
I have already mentioned using a salad or bread to add taste to this meal. There are a couple of other “tricks” I’ve taught myself over time.
First, chop up hot dogs in the dish. There aren’t any meatballs so there is no problem with conflicting flavors. Further, hotdogs were meant for tomato sauce. Additionally I like quartered dill pickles chopped up in the pasta; you’ll just have to trust me on that one. I assure you it has come from hours of hunger and desperation; “Necessity is the mother of invention”.
The last thing I do to “spice” the dish up, is to put some pepper in it along with a small amount of mild Italian dressing.
“Del Pino’s Mini O’s” is made for someone who has minimal cooking skills. However, I assure you, that you won’t be sorry you tried them, even if you are a Gourmet Chef.