I don’t know why I continue to tell you all of the less flattering things about me. But I must admit, it’s kind of freeing tv dinners!
In all honesty, my confession today is really not as juicy as calling it a “dirty little secret dinner” may imply.
Sorry if I built you up to thinking you were getting the good gossip today. I’ll make up for it by giving you the good tv dinners noms instead.
So, here is my confession of the day…I eat like crap on the weekends. Total caca. I snack on junk, and junk, and junk, and junk which usually results in me gaining a few pounds every weekend top rated tv dinners. It’s a pretty unhealthy seesaw, though.
I think I do a fairly good job of keeping it healthy here on The Yummy dinner Muffin, and what I feed you here is what I eat in real life.
But, here’s how I think I get in to trouble.
I do all of my cooking on Sundays. I make a few different meals, portion them out, and I’ve got lunches and dinners that last me up til Friday (which is a safe shelf life for everything I make). So, by the time Saturday rolls around, I don’t have any prepared food left. I do my grocery shopping on Saturdays; but since I cook on Sundays, I never make a plan for what to eat on Saturdays.
So, I’ll usually treat myself to some carryout and/or I’ll just snack allllllll day. And, I’m not snacking on veggies if you know what I’m saying.
I am 100% aware of the flaw in my plan, and I still haven’t done anything to fix it…until now!
Before I got my life right and started making healthy dinner, fresh food for my meals (with the exception of Saturdays), I used to live off of food from the freezer. Frozen chicken patties or nuggets, frozen french fries, frozen appetizers, and sometimes frozen tv dinners. I’ve never been a huge fan of tv dinners, but they’re just so easy when you don’t feel like cooking.
The problem with surviving from the freezer aisle is that the majority of the products are loaded with sodium and fat. And since the food is so bad for you, the suggested serving size is usually pretty small. So, you end up overeating just to try to get full. And, it’s an ugly downward unhealthy spiral.
Well, today I’m turning over a new leaf. Because today, we’re making Homemade TV Dinners!
I figured the solution to my Saturday problem was having something on standby in the freezer that could be prepared in no time. But, I did not want to get back in to my bad freezer food top rated tv dinners habits.
So, I took a few shortcuts, and I came up with 3 super simple to assemble meals that can be stored in the freezer…tv dinner style! I also ordered that are freezer and microwave safe, so they’re perfect for storing our tv dinners.
For the Roasted Chicken top rated tv dinners (serves 4):
- 1 store bought rotisserie chicken, carved
- 2 tbsp plus 4 tbsp (half stick) unsalted butter, divided
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 cup chicken stock, warmed
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 ½ lbs yukon gold potatoes, cut in to 1 ½ inch pieces
- 2 garlic cloves, smashed
- 1 tbsp heavy cream
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 2 cups frozen cut green beans
For the Meatloaf Dinner paty (serves 4):
- 1 recipe Mama’s Turkey Meatloaf
- 12 baby yukon gold potatoes
- olive oil cooking spray
- olive oil, for drizzling
- salt, pepper, garlic powder, and grated parmesan cheese, to taste
- 2 cups frozen cut green beans
For the Teriyaki Stir Fry Dinner party chef (serves 4):
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 1 cup, plus ¼ cup, plus 2 tbsp teriyaki sauce, divided
- 2 cups leftover white rice, cold
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 3 scallions, dark and light green parts only
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups frozen chopped broccoli
- 2 cups frozen edamame
- Make the Roasted Chicken top rated tv dinners Homemade : In a large pot, add potatoes, smashed garlic, 1 tbsp salt, and cover with cold water, making sure there’s about an inch of water above the top of the potatoes. Heat to high, and bring to a boil. Boil for 10-12 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender. Remove from heat. Drain water from pot. Put potatoes back in the pot along with the softened garlic cloves. Add 4 tbsp butter, and mash to desired consistency. Add heavy cream, sour cream, ¾ tsp salt, and ½ tsp pepper. Continue mashing, and stir until smooth. Set aside to cool.
- Melt 2 tbsp butter in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Whisk in flour, and let cook for 1 minute. Whisk in warmed chicken stock, whisking constantly until smooth. When the gravy starts to bubble, let it simmer for 3-4 mins, whisking occasionally top rated tv dinners Homemade. Whisk in salt and pepper, to taste. Remove from heat.
- Place about 4-6 oz of rotisserie chicken in each container. Top with gravy. Place mashed potatoes in 1 compartment, and place frozen green beans in another compartment. Set aside to cool completely before snapping on lid. Freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat, loosen the lid and microwave for 6-7 mins until heated through.
- Make the Meatloaf Dinner type: Prepare 1 recipe of top rated tv dinners Homemade. Set aside to cool. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pierce baby potatoes with a knife, and microwave for 5-6 minutes until fork tender. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil, and spray with olive oil cooking spray. When potatoes are finished in the microwave, lay the on prepared baking sheet. Take a metal spatula, and smash each potato by laying the spatula on top of a potato and applying pressure down. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with a pinch of salt, pepper, garlic, powder, and parmesan cheese. Roast for 13-16 mins until crispy on the bottom dinners. Set aside to cool dinner.