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TV Dinners, Are You Guilty?

I'm not talking about Lean Cuisine and pre-packaged, boil-um dinners. I'm talking about the dregs of Hungry Man, etc. Do Chowhounds every resort to "old style" TV dinners or do they just go to the Olive Garden when they fall off the Chowhound wagon?

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  1. I'd rather just have a bowl of shredded wheat.

    I don't even keep any TV dinners or the like in the house. The frozen foods I have are leftovers that I made myself.

    1. When we need desperate dinner, we usually eat Amy's frozen food. It's really yummy. Their little Mexican-flavored bowls are delish. Pesto raviolis are divine. All of the dishes of theirs I've eaten have been great.

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      1. re: Lee Ashwood

        I also like Amy's products, i have to admit. Great breakfast burritos in a pinch.

        1. re: JoLi

          I confess: the "Ethnic Gourmet" frozen dinners are an office-lunch staple. $2.50/ea, cheaper than anything in the neighborhood.

      2. I'm more likely to eat food out of the cabinet and freezer (pasta with canned sauce and/or frozen vegetables, rice with seaweed seasoning) when I'm feeling lazy. TV dinners have a funny taste.

        1. At one point in my life i thought Swansons was my mothers name and pot pie my dad. It was a big day in the life of Jfood when I graduated to the bigger TV dinner with the little soup and apple crisp. Heaven on earth. Ate them every night for many years after my dad walked out.

          The last one i ate was in 1975, when I decided to teach myself to cook. In a hip to toe cast I poured over the Joy of Cooking and watched the Galloping Gournmet every dya. The I would lean on my crutches and cook meal after meal from the Joy & Graham.

          Although I smile at them as I walk by in the freezer section on my way to the ice cream, it will be colder in hell than in the freezer before I ever put one in my mouth.

          I'd rather have a PB&J than that crap.

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            1. re: Walters

              Wow, never tasted a TV dinner? I cannot imagine. Of course, growing up in the 1970s and early '80s as a latchkey kid, I practically lived on Burger King, TV dinners or my mom's latest Tupperware heat-up with a note attached.

          1. i don't think i've ever tasted a TV dinner. mostly if i need a really quick meal, i make some pasta and add some ready made sauce, or a sandwich. I sometimes look at them in the freezer, but i grew up with everything homemade and no processed or prepackaged foods to speak of. i would much rather eat something homemade and fresh.