Homemade TV Dinners

Recipe Rating:
 3 Ratings
Serves: Makes one frozen TV dinner
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1 aluminum three compartment tray with lid
leftovers from your favorite dinner meals

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Elaine Bovender Recipe
Well Seasoned
Wilmington, NC (pop. 106,476)
Member Since Apr 2012
Elaine's notes for this recipe:
Since it's now just my husband and me, I love making these frozen TV dinners from my leftovers. It really cuts down on food waste and the dinners are a tremendous help when I'm in a time crunch. Just pop them in the oven, eat and go, no muss, no fuss! They also reduce the amount of leftover mess in my refrigerator. I can also share them with people who might need them. You can find the aluminum trays on Amazon.com and many restaurant suppliers carry them in stock. They really are a great time and money saver!
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On the white topside of lid, date and label the contents of the compartments.
Fill compartments with your favorite meats, vegetables and/or desserts. (I usually fill with a meat and two vegetables).
Secure labeled lid and place in freezer.
REHEATING INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place frozen dinner on cookie sheet and place in oven. Heat for about 35 to 40 minutes. Carefully remove lid and enjoy!
You may order these trays Amazon.com. Here is a link: www.amazon.com/HFA-204535-2...

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user Elaine Bovender Elaine55 - Nov 23, 2012
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user georgi johnson rottenraven - Nov 23, 2012
thanks for the aluminum tray tip with it just me and hubby alot of meals we can make 2,3, sometimes 4 meals out of it and i can never find the right size of container to freeze the leftovers in.
user Elaine Bovender Elaine55 - Nov 23, 2012
You're welcome, Georgi! These work so great. I have very little food waste since I started making these dinners. Glad the link helped you.
user Jan W Neeniejan - Nov 23, 2012
I bought plastic plates w/dividers in them & a plastic top...they can be microwaved but not done in the oven...got 4 for $6, but have to wash & reuse them...lol, guess it balances out! But I do like the idea of the trays cause they'll stack better!!! :)
user Elaine Bovender Elaine55 - Nov 23, 2012
I like them because they're made for the oven. The top has a reflective surface that heats the food evenly and everything stays so moist. It does take longer than the microwave, but so worth the extra time. I also like being able to give them away whenever someone needs them and they can just throw the tray out when they're done and I don't have to worry about getting my dishes back. :)

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