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Food is a vital substance for Sims to consume, as it replenishes their hunger need. Over time, a Sim's hunger need will deplete. In the long run, not consuming food will cause a Sim to die of starvation. Throughout the series, food comes in a number of varieties, such as cooked meals, instant meals, snacks, and raw ingredients.

Initially, food only served to replenish a Sim's hunger. Later series enhanced the mechanism of food, such as requiring ingredients for cooking, changing a Sim's fitness and body shape, and giving special effects and benefits to Sims who eat certain food.

Food is usually obtained from a refrigerator, and depending on the recipe, will need to be prepared on a preparation surface or food processor, and/or be cooked using a stove or microwave. Sims can choose to have a meal, which will produce a single serving for themselves, or serve a meal, which will produce a serving platter that up to six Sims can get plates from. Sims can also choose to have a quick meal that requires minimal cooking, or obtain a snack that requires no preparation. In general, foods that require preparation and cooking are better at satisfying the hunger need than quickly prepared foods.

Alternatively, the player can opt for Sims to order takeout delivery. Certain types of foods, such as wedding and birthday cakes, may also be purchased from buy mode or a grocery store, ready to eat for the occasion.

Most food must be served in a plate or bowl, which will be "generated" out of thin air for the occasion. Once Sims are finished eating, empty plates and bowls will need to be washed in a sink or dishwasher. In The Sims 2 and The Sims 4, Sims without a sink or a dishwasher can throw empty or dirty dishes into the garbage. While dirty dishes can be disposed of in The Sims 3, Sims will not do this autonomously, and the player will have to manually drag dirty dishes into the garbage.

The SimsEdit

The Sims featured only a few types of food. Sims with a fridge can have a snack, or can prepare a meal. The meal will be either steak and beans, a salad, or a can of beans, depending on what else is available. If the Sim doesn't have, or can't get to, a stove, microwave, or toaster oven, the meal becomes a salad. If the Sim doesn't have, or can't get to, a preparation surface, the meal becomes a can of beans. Sims can choose to have a 'quick meal', which does not need to be prepared, but can be cooked for best results. Sims can use the BBQ grill to cook a plate of hamburgers. Sims do not have to buy food, but are instead charged each time they prepare a meal or have a snack. They are charged §20 for a group meal (which serves six), §10 for a single meal, and §5 for a snack. (If Unleashed is installed, they are not charged for meals prepared from a pantry, though they'll still be charged for snacks.) Sims can also use the phone to order pizza, which will cost them §40.

Later expansion packs provided more food for Sims to eat, including a birthday cake, cookies, and turkey. This food is bought from buy mode, and is ready to eat when purchased. Livin' Large added Servo, which will produce food when told to serve a meal. It's not very good food, but it is free. In Unleashed, dogs and cats can be fed pet food using a food bowl. The most significant upgrade was that of Makin' Magic, which provided a baker's oven which allows Sims to prepare more types of food, as long as the required ingredients were in the Sim's inventory.

SnacksEdit

Food Description
TS1 Food Chips Chips Available from fridge.
Chocolate Randomly brought over by a neighbor Sim as a gift.
Hot Dog Purchased from HotDogz 2Go, Cheap Eats Counter, and Snack Stand
TS1 Food Burger Hamburger Purchased from the Cheap Eats Counter
TS1 Food Pizza Pizza Purchased from the Cheap Eats Counter.
Ice Cream Purchased from the Slush Queen Ice Cream Counter.
Coffee Purchased from the Travelin' Joe's Espresso Bar.
Pastry Purchased from the Pasticcetera Pastry Cart.
Shrimp Skewer Purchased from the Hellfire Hot Shrimp on a Stick.
Maki Sushi Purchased from the Sushi Yatai stand.
Nigiri Sushi Purchased from the Sushi Yatai stand.
Inari Sushi Purchased from the Sushi Yatai stand.
Banana Berry Smoothie Purchased from the Fruitally Perfect Smoothie Stand.
Apple Combination Smoothie Purchased from the Fruitally Perfect Smoothie Stand.
Strawberry Freeze Smoothie Purchased from the Fruitally Perfect Smoothie Stand.
Goulash Purchased from the Madame Magyar's Gulyás Goulash.
Gumbo Purchased from the Ghoulish Graveyard Gumbo.
Popcorn Purchased from the Pops O' Corn Deluxe Stand.
Cotton Candy Purchased from the "Air-Puft" Candy Floss Cart.
Egg McMuffin Sandwich Purchased from The McDonalds Food Kiosk between 6am and 10am.
Big Mac Sandwich Purchased from the The McDonalds Food Kiosk between 10am and 5am.
Quarter Pounder Sandwich Purchased from the The McDonalds Food Kiosk between 10am and 5am.
French Fries Purchased from the The McDonalds Food Kiosk between 10am and 5am.
McFlurry Purchased from the McDonalds McTreat Spot.
Pie Purchased from the McDonalds McTreat Spot.
Fruit'n Yogurt Purchased from the McDonalds McTreat Spot.
Cola Purchased from the McDonalds McTreat Spot.
Sundae Purchased from the McDonalds McTreat Spot.

MealsEdit

Group Single Food Description
Fruitcake
Quick Meal Cannot be taken from a pantry.[TS:UL] Does not require preparation, but does require a stove, microwave, or toaster oven. If a Sim cannot get to a cooking surface, they will eat it raw.
TS1 Food Beans Group TS1 Food Beans Can Can of Beans Meal Will only be made if a Sim doesn't have, or can't get to, a preparation surface.
TS1 Food Salad Salad Will only be made if a Sim doesn't have, or can't get to, a stove, microwave, or toaster oven.
TS1 Food Meal Steak and Beans Requires both a preparation surface and a cooking appliance to make.
Sundae Sundae Can only be ordered from a restaurant.
TS1 Food Dessert Dessert Can only be ordered from a restaurant.
TS1 Food Burger Platter TS1 Food Burger Hamburgers Requires a barbecue in order to make. They will not satisfy Sims hunger for very long unless the Sim who made them has a high Cooking skill.
TS1 Food Pizza Box TS1 Food Pizza Pizza Must be ordered using a telephone. Both adults and kids can order a pizza.
TS1 Food Cookies Granny Raymond's Holiday Cookies New type of food originally available on the Sims website for download and included with Livin' Large and later expansions. Sims cannot make this meal; it is only available in Buy Mode, and cannot be deleted once it has been purchased without the use of cheats. Sims can eat them themselves, but if they are left out at night near a fireplace and a Christmas Tree and all the Sims on the lot are asleep, Santa Claus comes and delivers gifts.
TS1 Food Birthday Cake TS1 Food Birthday Cake Slice Birthday cake New type of food originally available on the Sims website for download and included with House Party and later expansions. Sims cannot make this meal; it is only available in Buy Mode and cannot be deleted once it has been purchased without the use of cheats. Sims can hold a "birthday party" with this cake, in which all playable Sims on the lot will go over and cheer the "birthday Sim" as they blow out the candles and grab a slice of cake. All Sims can then help themselves to a piece of cake after that. If the candles are not blown out after two hours, they will go out on their own, after which Sims cannot hold a party but can still eat the cake. The cake cannot be used to age Sims up.
TS1 Food Turkey TS1 Food Turkey Dinner SimFarm Turkey Dinner New type of food originally available on the Sims website for download and included with House Party and later expansions. Sims cannot make this meal; it is only available in Buy Mode and cannot be deleted once it has been purchased without the use of cheats. When it is placed on the lot it will summon neighbors (some of them bringing gifts of flowers or boxes of chocolates) to the lot, but if no one greets them they will leave after a little while. It must be carved before being eaten and all nearby Sims will watch and applaud while it's being carved. Eating the turkey will make the Sims energy meter quickly go down, so Sims should not eat the turkey unless they have a full energy meter.

The Sims 2Edit

Food in The Sims 2 is more complicated, featuring many new choices, like Mac and Cheese, Lobster Thermidor and Baked Alaska. Food is now classified into three types: snacks, meals, and dessert, with meals being further categorized as breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sims are only able to prepare breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipes depending on the time of day; for instance, Sims cannot make pancakes in the afternoon, as it is classified as a breakfast food. Open for Business added the ability to make any type of food the Sim is able to prepare, except for a TV Dinner, at any time of the day, but the Sim will not eat or serve the food unless the player directs them to. Sims can use the phone to order pizza, which costs §40. With the University expansion pack, Sims can also order Chinese takeout, which costs §30.

The types of food Sims can prepare depends on their level in the cooking skill. Also, some foods require certain equipment to make, e.g. needing a microwave to make Cup O' Ramen.[University] If food preparation is interrupted, the food will be left as partially prepared. The player can click on the partially prepared meal and direct a Sim to discard it ("Clean Up") or to continue making it ("Resume Cooking"). In some cases, a Sim who does not have enough cooking skill to make the meal from scratch may not be able to finish making it once it has been started. During preparation of certain items, a milk carton appears. This carton has a missing person on the back, and depending on the meal, the person can be Bella Goth, the Tragic Clown, or the Social Bunny.

Unlike other games, Sims in The Sims 2 who have been instructed to serve a meal will attempt to set each individual place at the nearest dining surface when they have finished cooking. When doing so, they will take into account the number of Sims present on the lot, and will generally not set more places than there are available Sims.[n 1] Other Sims on the lot may autonomously seat themselves at the dining table and wait to be served. If Apartment Life is installed, Sims can cook and serve meals in the apartment communal area, if the necessary amenities are present. However, they are not able to eat at a neighbor's apartment.[n 2]

Sims who have less than three neat points can "Lick Clean" empty plates as a faster alternative to washing them, which will provide a slight hunger boost. They cannot lick clean bowls, however.

One difference from The Sims is that it's possible for a Sim to become distracted while waiting for their food to cook, especially if they're using an oven. This can result in a burned meal, or even a fire. Even if the Sim doesn't get distracted, they can still burn a meal, as even the best cooks don't always get it right. Another difference is that cold foods, such as cereal and lunch meat sandwiches, are available, so Sims with little Cooking skill can eat without risking fire. Also, The Sims 2 fridges occasionally have to be restocked, which means that it's necessary to buy groceries once in a while, either at a grocery store, or by using the phone or computer to have them delivered. Food is bought and stocked in units, which normally cost §2 apiece, though a Sim-owned business may charge more. If groceries are delivered, there is an extra §50 charge for delivery.

Children can only prepare food using the toy oven, which makes a muffin that is fairly filling. Like adults, they can get distracted while cooking.

In Pets, dogs and cats can be fed using a food bowl or with pet treats. They can also be fed plates of Sim food that have been placed on the ground.[n 3] Pets can be trained to prefer eating pet food by praising them for eating from the food bowl or scolding them for eating Sim food, and vice versa. Pets may also beg Sims who are eating at a table for food scraps, which will promptly be tossed down to the animal.

Later expansion packs such as Holiday Party Pack, Open for Business and Seasons added more foods for Sims to cook. Bon Voyage adds special foods that can only be eaten on vacation. With FreeTime, Sims who have sufficient enthusiasm in the Cuisine hobby can get chips & dip, cheese, and appetizer platters from the fridge. These platters are treated as group meals, though they do not have the "Call to Meal..." option that other group meals do. Since they require no preparation, they do not depend on the Sim's Cooking skill.

A list of in-game food can be found here.

The Sims Castaway StoriesEdit

Food in Castaway Stories has changed, mainly because it has to be collected. Food can be collected much as resources can. Here are the ways:

  • Collecting fruit from trees (coconuts, papayas, bananas),
  • Fishing (bigger fish bring more food),
  • Going to work (this also brings resources).

The Sims 3Edit

See also: Cooking (The Sims 3)
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Food in The Sims 3 can be moved out of the fridge by clicking on it and clicking "open". Unlike The Sims 2, foods can be chosen when bought from a grocery store. Food can be made into meals by Sims that have enough cooking skill. As in The Sims and The Sims 2, Sims can burn food and start fires. There are also "quick meals" which are filling, but don't give a Sim any mood benefit, such as the Good Meal moodlet. As in The Sims 2, children can use the toy oven to make muffins and other sweets. These were later broken down into vanilla, chocolate, and other goods for the bake sales in Ambitions.

In World Adventures, Sims can purchase dried food in foreign locations, which will never spoil and can be eaten on the go. Food trucks can provide Sims with greasy street food in Bridgeport. Many community lots contain food stands and bars that sell food, though these are usually of low quality.

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Quick mealEdit

Image Food EP Note
Bread and Jam &BG
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Requires Fridge
Canned Soup &BG
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Requires Fridge
Cereal &BG
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Requires Fridge
Juice &BG
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Requires Fridge
Ice Cream &BG
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Requires Fridge
Green Salad &EP09
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Requires Fridge
Yogurt &EP09
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Requires Fridge
Cold One &EP09
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Requires Mini Fridge
Curry Wurst &EP09
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Requires Fridge, Microwave
Popcorn &EP09
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Requires Fridge, Microwave
Pizza &EP09
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Requires Fridge, Microwave
Breakfast Burrito &EP09
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Requires Fridge, Microwave
Ramen &EP09
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Requires Fridge, Microwave

Breakfast and Brunch RecipesEdit

Image Food Ingredients Quality Skill Note
Waffles Waffles Egg Normal 0
Pancakes Sims3 Pancakes Any Fruit Normal 1
Peanut Butter and Jelly Peanut Butter and Jelly Any Fruit Normal 1 Cold Cooked
Fruit Parfait Fruit Parfait Apple and Grapes Nice 4[n 4] Cold Cooked
Eggs Machiavellian Eggs Machiavellian Watermelon, Egg Very Nice 7[n 4]
French Toast French Toast Two Apples and an Egg Great 9
Ambrosia Ambrosia Death Fish and Life Fruit Perfect Recipe Book (Level 10) Always perfect, can be cooked at any time in single serving. See Ambrosia

Lunch/Dinner RecipesEdit

Image Food Ingredients Quality Skill Note
Autumn Salad Autumn Salad Lettuce Normal 0 Cold Cooked, for Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
Grilled Cheese Grilled Cheese Cheese Normal 0 Lunch only
Hot Dogs Hot Dogs Links Normal 0 Grilled in Group Portions
Mac and Cheese Mac and Cheese Cheese Normal 0 Lunch and Dinner
Ratatouille Ratatouille Tomato Normal 1[n 4] Lunch and Dinner
Chili Con Carne Steak, Ghost Chili Normal 1[n 4] Lunch and Dinner &EP07
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Vegetarian Chili Tofu, Ghost Chili Normal 1[n 4] Lunch and Dinner &EP07
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Goopy Carbonara Goopy Carbonara Onion Normal 2 Lunch and Dinner
Hot and Sour Soup Ghost Chili, Porcinis 3[n 4] Brunch, Lunch and Dinner &EP07
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Cheesesteak Cheesesteak Cheese and Steak Nice 5[n 4] Can be Grilled for Lunch and Dinner
Firecracker Shrimp Honey, Ghost Chili 5[n 4] Brunch, Lunch and Dinner &EP07
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Firecracker Tofu Honey, Ghost Chili 5[n 4] Brunch, Lunch and Dinner &EP07
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Hamburger Hamburger Onion, Patty Very Nice 6 Can be Grilled for Lunch and Dinner
Aloo Masala Curry Ghost Chili, Potato, Tomato 6[n 4] Brunch, Lunch and Dinner &EP07
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Porcini Risotto Onion, Porcinis 7[n 4] Lunch and Dinner &EP07
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Dim Sum Dim Sum Three Fish Great 9 Food for Brunch and Lunch only
Potato and Truffle Torte Egg, Potato, Truffles 9[n 4] Lunch and Dinner &EP07
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Ceviche Fish, Ghost Chili, Lime 10[n 4] Lunch and Dinner &EP07
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Dinner Only RecipesEdit

Image Food Ingredients Quality Skill Note
Fish and Chips Fish and Chips Fish Nice 3[n 4] Can be Grilled
Spaghetti Spaghetti Tomato Nice 4
Sushi Sushi Fish Nice 4 Cold Dish
Stu Surprise Stu Surprise Two of Any Ingredients Nice 5
Grilled Salmon Grilled Salmon Garlic, Potato, Salmon Very Nice 8 Can Be Grilled
Tri-Tip Steak Tri-Tip Steak Potato, 1 Vegetable and Steak Very Nice 8[n 4] Can be Grilled
Stuffed Turkey Stuffed Turkey Two Vegetables and a Roast Great 9[n 4] Only available in group portions.
Lobster Thermidor Lobster Thermidor Garlic, Lobster, Bell Pepper Great 10

Dessert RecipesEdit

Image Food Ingredients Quality Skill Note
Cookies Cookies Egg Nice 3[n 4]
Pumpkin Pie Egg, Pumpkin 5 &EP08
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Cobbler Cobbler Any Fruit and 1 Egg Very Nice 6[n 4]
Key Lime Pie Key Lime Pie Lime and 1 Egg Very Nice 7
Baked Angel Food Cake Baked Angel Food Cake Flame Fruit and 2 Eggs Great 10[n 4] See Baked Angel Food Cake

World Adventures RecipesEdit

Image Food Ingredients Quality Skill Type Note
CheesePlate Cheese Plate Grapes, Cheese Normal 1 Dessert Learned from France
Bouillabaisse Bouillabaisse Fish, Vegetable Nice 3 Dinner Learned from France
FrogsLegs Frogs Legs Garlic, Frog Nice 3 Dinner Learned from France
Crepes Crepes 2 of any Fruit Very Nice 8 Breakfast, Brunch Learned from France
Shawarma Shawarma Steak Normal 1 Lunch, Dinner Learned from Egypt
Falafel Falafel Onion, Lettuce Nice 5 Lunch, Dinner Learned from Egypt
EggRolls Egg Rolls Egg, Lettuce Normal 2 Lunch, Dinner Learned from China
StirFry Stir Fry Garlic, Bell Pepper Very Nice 6 Lunch, Dinner Learned from China

Festival FoodEdit

The Sims 3: Seasons introduces food kiosks to the game and new kiosk food and drink. They cannot be made at home.

Image Food Note
Chili Cheese Fries &EP08
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Cinnamon Donut &EP08
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Fall
French Fries &EP08
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4 seasons
Funnel Cake &EP08
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Garlic Fries &EP08
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Gingerbread Cookie &EP08
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Grasshopper Pie &EP08
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Marshmallow Bunny &EP08
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Pulled Pork Sandwich &EP08
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Sweet Potato Fries &EP08
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Fall
Image Food Note
Coffee &EP08
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Eggnog[n 5] &EP08
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Fruit Punch &EP08
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Hot Chocolate &EP08
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Fall Winter sims 3 icon
Hot Cider &EP08
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Lemonade &EP08
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Soda &EP08
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4 seasons

The Sims 4Edit

See also: Cooking (The Sims 4)

Food in The Sims 4 is now categorized by the way it is prepared, rather than by time of day it is served. Sims can cook homestyle and gourmet meals in the kitchen, or bake pastries with the cupcake factory. Unlike The Sims 2 and The Sims 3, but in a throwback to The Sims, they don't have to buy food, but are instead charged each time they prepare a meal. Quick meals, which are not needed to be prepared don't cost money. By using freshly grown ingredients, Sims can both decrease the cost of the meal prepared and affect its quality. Sims can also use the phone to order pizza, of which they have three varieties to choose from, each costing them §25.

When Sims eat, their meals can consist of both a food item and a beverage. Beverages available are milk, juice, coffee, tea, or anything they either mix themselves or order from a bar.

Food that is being discarded from a dish will be dumped into a garbage can before the dish is washed. If there is no sink or dishwasher available, then the whole dish will also be discarded.

A list of in-game food recipes can be found here.

Quick mealsEdit

Image Food Serving Time Note EP
Cereal Cereal Quick meal &BG
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Chips Chips Quick meal &BG
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Milk Milk Quick meal &BG
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Orange Juice Orange Juice Quick meal Removes illnesses.[TS4:GTW] &BG
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Yogurt Yogurt Quick meal &BG
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Peas Peas Quick meal &BG
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ChickenNuggets Chicken Nuggets Quick meal Requires a microwave. &BG
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AnimalCrackers Animal Crackers Quick meal &BG
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AppleSauce Applesauce Quick meal &BG
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CheeseCrackers Cheese Crackers Quick meal &BG
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HamCheeseSandwich Ham and Cheese Sandwich Quick meal &BG
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PeanutJellySandwich Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Quick meal &BG
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Oatmeal Oatmeal Quick meal Requires a microwave. &BG
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Microwave Meal Microwave Dinner Quick meal Requires a microwave. &BG
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Microwave Pastry Microwave Pastry Quick meal Requires a microwave. &BG
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Quick meals from the coolerEdit

With The Sims 4: Outdoor Retreat, Sims can buy a cooler that can be used to get quick meals. The coolers do have normal quick meals, but they do also have some special ones as well.

Image Food Serving Time
Granola Granola Quick meal
MilkOutdoor Milk Quick meal
Juice Juice Quick meal
WaterOutdoor Water Quick meal

PizzasEdit

Like previous games, Sims can order a pizza over the phone, which costs §25. They can order from three different types of pizza:

Image Name
Pizza-Cheese
Cheese Pizza
Pizza-Pepperoni
Pepperoni Pizza
Pizza-Canadian Bacon
Canadian Bacon Pizza

Sack lunchesEdit

In The Sims 4: Parenthood, Sims can prepare sack lunches, that they can bring to work or school in their inventory. If they do so while their hunger need is low, they will eat the food and come back home with full hunger.

Image Name
Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwich Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich
Tuna Salad Sandwich Tuna Salad Sandwich
Veggie Hummus Sandwich Veggie and Hummus Sandwich

Modded FoodEdit

See also: Custom content

Modded food (Modified food) is food downloaded from sites like The Sims Resource and Mod The Sims. These sites have a dedicated "food" section, where players can download several types of food like ice cream, Chinese chicken and French bread. Earlier versions of food for The Sims 2 have had many problems which creators tried to overcome, such as food not disappearing when eaten, among other things.

Downloads for The Sims 3 can also add new recipes, make recipes more complex, and increase the price for ingredients if a Sim doesn't own them.

NotesEdit

  1. While the game will take into account Sims that are not currently present on the lot, the game will take into account Sims that are otherwise unable to actually eat the food, such as toddlers, babies, and ghosts; or Sims that would not normally need to eat the food under normal circumstances, such as Servos, PlantSims, or Sims who are currently asleep. A mod at Mod The Sims corrects this.
  2. A mod at Mod The Sims provides this functionality.
  3. Cats may jump onto counters to eat food placed there.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 Learned from Recipes.
  5. Drinking Eggnog gives the Feeling Festive moodlet.
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