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Jun 13, 2012 08:48 PM

What's your favorite frozen dinner?

I confess. I was exhausted tonight and in no mood to crank up the stove and cook something. I reached for an Amy's frozen dinner, spinach and cheese enchilada. It wasn't the best meal I've had, but it was hot and tasty and hit the spot. So tell us, if you dare, what frozen dinners do you reach for when time s short?

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  1. I really don't do frozen dinners....but once in a while I'll have a Mrs Budd's Chicken Pot Pie.

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    1. re: fourunder

      Same here. Mrs. Budd's is the best commercial pot pie I have come across.

      1. re: JMF

        Is this a regional brand? Haven't heard of it before, but will check at the store.

        1. re: pine time

          I've seen it everywhere from NY to ME. In the refrigerated food, not frozen. Usually near the same part of the meat where they have the tubs of BBQ pulled pork and premade ribs.

          1. re: JMF

            And in the event that you can't find it there, check the section where they sell green can Parmesan.

            1. re: mamachef

              Mamachef, where have you found them in the Bay Area?

              1. re: chocolatetartguy

                I bought some at the San Leandro Safeway, so I assume all the stores carry them. And though I've never bought it there, I'd bet the Bowl has them. The thing about items like this is that until someone tells me about them, I never ever look for them, so I don't notice them because I'm so locked into remembering to grab whatever else I'm looking for in any particular section....but if I'm actively looking (generally only when I have time to meander slowly....rare :) I see ALL kinds of things that I never knew existed.

                1. re: mamachef

                  Have you had Bakesale Betty's chicken pie? How does Mrs. Budd's stack up?

                  1. re: chocolatetartguy

                    <Falling out of chair laughing. chocolatetartguy, forgive me. This is what comes from a lifetime habit of speed-reading. My answer was predicated on a line in JMF's post above, and the one word I siezed on was "tubs," which I interpreted as "tubes." My mind swung instantly to yet ANOTHER thread where the subject at hand was the premade TUBES of polenta, and I thought that's where I was!! NOT Mrs. Budd's pies!!
                    I've had BB's pies (and that FC sandwich, which isn't as good as it used to be) and I can't imagine a frozen pot pie is as good. Even though I'll eat them.
                    Better quit my afternoon smoke break. :)

                    1. re: mamachef

                      MMC, what are you smoking? Salvia? Are you Miley Cyrus? :)

                      I've had that tube polenta sliced and fried in olive oil. Not bad.

    2. I really really like, truly enjoy, the Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake and their Lemongrass Coconut Chicken. I also think some of the Lean Cuisines aen't too bad. I keep a couple of those in the freezer at work.

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      1. re: calliope_nh

        I really like the Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake, also. It's a very satisfying vegetarian meal with interesting flavors. What I appreciate about their frozen meals which have chicken is that it doesn't have that terrible spongy processed texture like the mainstream tastes more like real white meat chicken.

        1. re: calliope_nh

          Seconded (thirded?), on the Mayan Harvest Bake. I'm not vegetarian, but this is better than most meat meals out there. Unfortunately, my regular store stopped carrying it, so I'll need to keep an eye out other places. I hope it's not on its way out!

          1. re: calliope_nh

            When I've chomped too many desserts (not uncommon), I'll have the Lean Cuisine butternut squash ravioli for dinner--not bad at all.

            1. re: calliope_nh

              I lived on that for like an entire summer, it was so good. I kind of got overloaded on it though and couldn't eat it for awhile. Now it's back in the occasional rotation. Color me surprised that not only is a vegetarian entree this good and filling, but it's also vegan. I'm a major carnivore, but this one makes a great, easy lunch.

            2. Pizza.

              Doesn't really matter what brand (usu. it's CPK) because if I'm resorting to frozen pizza for dinner I'm either dead tired, drunk, or both.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                I was having a hard time thinking of frozen meals I keep other than leftovers, but your post reminded me that I always keep deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati's in the freezer. Not exactly a quick meal since I have to defrost it before baking for 25 minutes, but always a happy one.

              2. OMG......You are gonna get my secret! I love to cook! Hate most restaurants because they just don't seem to come up to what I can do at home in terms of flavor and being hot.

       darkside..........I adore Swanson's Fried Chicken Dinners. Something about the crust on the chicken.and the texture of the mashed potatoes.....the it must be something of my childhood that makes it taste so god...and No clean-up!!!!!!!!!

                1. Totino's party pizza for $1. The Mexican flavor was especially satisfying/sickening before they discontinued it. If you folded it in half, it was like eating a Taco Bell chalupa except somehow even cheaper.

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                  1. re: RealMenJulienne

                    I used to keep one of those Mexican pizzas in. Wish they were still around.

                    1. re: calliope_nh

                      Do you remember back then the sausage used to be different? It was this strangely appealing greasy crumble texture. Now it's just the processed pellets that everyone else uses. Looks like the greedy bottom-line-watching MBAs got their claws into the Totino family recipe!