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Old 04-28-2007, 12:44 PM   #1
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Convenience Frozen Meals

What experience have you had with frozen meals? I was having a rush rush day and picked up two Marie Callender meals. They were on sale for less than half the price. While they were filling, they were not delicious. I was disappointed since they have always been so pricey. Now it seems that the whole line of Marie Callender products are on sale.

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Old 04-28-2007, 12:59 PM   #2
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There are some bagged frozen skillet and crockpot dinners that are ready to go except for adding your own meat, and are pretty darned tasty!
Stouffer's brand has some good frozen dishes, also.
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Old 04-28-2007, 01:06 PM   #3
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I have no experience with commercial frozen meals/meal preparations. Most of the time I depend on what's in our freezer. At the moment I have about 17 whole meals there.

Cooking for two often results in an overabundance of a main dish, so I freeze what we don't eat. Surely has helped in times of sickness, fatigue, etc. Hasn't hurt the budget either because, as Stir said, the ones in the grocery store can get pricey.
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I do like the Marie Callender pot pies - they are pretty darn good.

The problem SB, is we COOK. At one point I would imagine these would be quite tasty. But really, when I eat a frozen meal I just taste the preservatives.

I do, like I mentioned above, LOVE the pot pies. They are quite tasty!
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Old 04-28-2007, 01:07 PM   #5
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a few years ago I was staying at a self catering cottage in Derbyshire UK and picked up some Green Giant frozen dinners and they were excellent. Now I do not know if Green Giant makes different products for the foreign market, but they were definitely delicious. And I kinda have high standards for the food I injest.
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Old 04-28-2007, 01:09 PM   #6
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Marie Callender frozen dishes have always been tasteless to me too; I bought a couple of the pot pies a few years ago and found bones (chicken) in it!!! After that time, I never even look at that brand. Constance is right about there being other brands that are pretty good. Both daughters have told me that the skillet and crockpot dinners are usually good.
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Old 04-28-2007, 01:23 PM   #7
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I usually do all the cooking hee. But Dh does like Marie Callender pot pies. The only frozen things I buy are from Trader Joes and these are things like a package of 2 tamales, they have beef, green chile and chicken all are very good. They make a mushroom appy in pastry that my kinds love as well as tiny pizza's that the grand kids enjoy. These are a now and again type thing. As far as things from the grocery store, I pick up pre=cooked maple sausages, toaster swirls for the kids but most everyting else I make myself..
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Old 04-28-2007, 02:36 PM   #8
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Ok - this is a bit OT, but does anyone besides me remember the original frozen Mexican dinners? I can't recall the brand name at the moment. They were sadder than sad by today's standards, but I literally BEGGED my parents to buy them after visiting the World's Fair in Flushing, NY, & getting my first taste of enchiladas & tacos as a kid. And back then there were no Mexican restaurants around where we lived.

The frozen dinners were set up in the usual 3 aluminum compartments with a couple of enchiladas/tacos, rice, & refried beans. Lord, I absolutely LIVED for the nights when my parents would let me have one - lol!!!
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Ok - this is a bit OT, but does anyone besides me remember the original frozen Mexican dinners? I can't recall the brand name at the moment. They were sadder than sad by today's standards, but I literally BEGGED my parents to buy them after visiting the World's Fair in Flushing, NY, & getting my first taste of enchiladas & tacos as a kid. And back then there were no Mexican restaurants around where we lived.

The frozen dinners were set up in the usual 3 aluminum compartments with a couple of enchiladas/tacos, rice, & refried beans. Lord, I absolutely LIVED for the nights when my parents would let me have one - lol!!!
Don't know how old you are Breezy, but I remember those dinners, too. The sauce on the enchiladas and the filling in them were just yucky but we ate them like they were fine cuisine. And, unfortunately, my mother almost always overcooked them, which only made them worse.
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Lol - glad to hear I'm not the only one who remembers them. And I'm 51 - & proud to have lived this long & still going strong - LOL!!!!
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