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Frozen (and all Related) Dinners?

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My recent discovery of www.heateatreview.com prompted the question. So what's your favorite? Excluding frozen pizza, I can't remember the last time I had a frozen dinner. Actually, I can. I picked up a tofu pad thai bowl from Trader Joe's a few months ago,and actually liked it. Other than that, I can't say I have a favorite, since I rarely eat them, though years ago, my mom (Why mom!?) used to pick up a bunch of those Banquet frozen dinners when they were two for a dollar. I remember eating the salsbury steak, but I'm sure I wouldn't like it any more, because I remember it as an oversalted gravy drowned mess of dogfood grade ground beef, and mashed potatoes with an overwhelming artificial butter taste. Damn it, why is my mouth watering? I ate way too many of these growing up. These days, I happily cook and eat food which is much better for my heath, not to mention better tasting. I am interested in the occasional indulgence in something tasty, quick, easy, and cheap though. I hear that these foods have gotten better in recent years.

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  1. I have a secret liking for a couple of the Stouffers' frozen meals - turkey tettrazini and chicken a la king for example. I could make a better version myself, but cooking for one is often just too big a chore to deal with after a long, long day at work. So I keep a couple of these babies in the freezer. They're not wonderful, but they're quick and tasty.

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    1. re: Catskillgirl

      Good question, madgreek. At a Trader Joe's one day, I had picked up some dinners, having read about them being good. Here, perhaps?

      Anywho, they were seven dollars each so I put them back.

      I'd like to know myself what frozen dinners are good to try.

    2. Great site. I found a review of my favorite frozen dinner which is Celentano's Eggplant Parmigiana. People on the site give it very mixed reviews. I'm not going to defend it because it's not that good but my supermarket frequently puts all Celentano brand frozen foods on BOGO sale so I stock up. My kids love their tortellini and mini ravioli. I never leave my office for lunch so they make a pretty tasty lunch. The are kinda high in sodium but packed with fiber.

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      1. re: southernitalian

        I completely forgot about Celentano's. Always on sale, it seems. I like their eggplant rollatini. When I tart it up a bit with good cheese it's a nice lunch or dinner.

        1. re: Catskillgirl

          Banquet Mexican TV dinner (Enchilada/Tamale combo)

      2. I'll go through phases where I stock frozen dinners for those nights that I've been working late and am out of options. I have pretty simple criteria - it has to be low-cal (if I'm going to eat something not terribly delicious, it's not making me fat!) and it has to be easily doctored with something I like.

        Which brings me to Lean Cuisine/Weight Watchers Mexican food. I'll eat anything with my favorite salsa poured over the top! Occasionally I'll also try something with tomato sauce (ravioli, etc) and pour more marinara over the top, but it's not as satisfying as the salsa.

        To be fair, though, I do like Trader Joe's mac& cheese, which violates all of the above rules. And if you wanted to be technical about it, I like their frozen pot stickers, but I don't microwave them, so I'm not sure it counts!

        1. I've tried some Swanson frozen dinners; I agree the Salisbury steak is awful, but the turkey really isn't bad on those nights when you get home late, and just can't be bothered to cook, plus for $1.99, it's not a bad deal.

          I've also found some of the Michealina's frozen entrees aren't bad if you're willing to add a bit of your own pasta sauce, and then put some fresh cheese on top. Again, not haute cuisine by any stretch, but passable when you're in a hurry, or just lazy.

          1. Amy's meals are good. I like the chili bowl and the enchiladas.
            I've also been known to give in to the Stouffer's draw, I like the corn souffle and the mac and cheese.

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            1. re: hippiechickinsing

              I've been wanting to try Amy's frozen dinners. I hear good things about the meals they offer, I think their canned foods are pretty good, and they seem to be a good company that really thinks about their customers' needs.

              1. re: madgreek

                I like Amy's frozen products too, and they use natural ingredients (a lot of them organic), which makes me feel better for eating a frozen meal :P. Recent favorites include the Indian Samosa Wraps and the Southern Meal with Cornbread and Beans, but the Tamale Pie and the burritos/pocket sandwiches are also good.