I wanted something that had a good amount of meat and veggies, not just creamy noodles or rice and one topping. This was looking like my only option to fit the criteria, and after reading all the reviews I was extra sold on this one. I didn't have time to try it at home first like many people suggest of any dehydrated meal, but thanks to the reviews I made an awesome decision here, and as far as a dehydrated meal after a full day of hiking, it did not disappoint. Like most people I had the whole bag to myself as one meal. I also did not have any desserts or side dishes, and didn't do any snacking between lunch and dinner. I didn't keep track of the time I let it sit before eating, but tried to err on the long side as well from other suggestions and it worked great. Would definitely buy this one again.