Do you like TV dinners?

Do you like TV dinners?
Some days back I bought a TV dinner as I finished work quite late and felt tired to actually cook a meal. This was the first time that I bought a ready-made meal and I was quite satisfied with the food. I never tried to buy those meals before as one of my friends told me that they were not good. I actually bought a crispy sweet and sour chicken with fried rice and it was for sure delicious. I think that I will be buying those easy meals again.


I like TV dinners, but not just any kind. I don't like them from Banquet or other similar brands that are not good quality. The best TV dinners in my opinion are Swanson's. There are some great ones if you're watching your diet from Smart Ones and Lean Cuisine. I like to eat TV dinners when I don't feel like cooking, I only have to feed myself, so it's okay. Sometimes I eat them simply because I like them. So yeah, I like TV dinners.
Posted by freebird37 on 07-07-2017
The only tv dinners I saw and tasted was the imported tv dinner on a styrofoam pack. I don’t think we have a locally made tv dinner here. The taste is just fine considering that it saves you time. Just putting it in the microwave and you will have your dinner. But if there is a way that we can cook dinner then I prefer home cooked dinner all the time. Home cooked is not just more delicious but healthy too.
Posted by Corzhens on 10-29-2018
This question comes with a very good timing, since I ate a TV dinner just yesterday. They are not excellent meals, but they aren't bad by any means: they are fast to prepare, and good enogh to satisfy me for dinner or lunch. I like them for this reason: they are fast, so I don't have to spend half an hour cooking, and they are good (or at least I like them!). Not for every day, of course, but every once in a while they are a pretty neat invention.
Posted by Xilkozuf on 07-07-2017
My mom used to make me TV dinner when I was working double shifts at my past job. And I really loved it. She would always put my favorite meal and along with it are my favorite small cupcakes or chocolates. Sometimes she would put cereals -_- as if I am still a kid but I appreciate it so much and I still do. Although I don't like them when they are in huge packs. I like them small and neat and clean.
Posted by galegatling on 07-07-2017
Well, the meal in your picture looks appealing. It doesn't look like any TV dinner I've seen, but if I could get an instant meal like that, I'd certainly consider it. They are handy and cheap, but most of them aren't that great. I guess it really depends on the brand and the type of food you choose. My kids like some of them, but I don't pick them up too often. I used to buy some of the "diet" ones once in a while, just to have something easy and low calorie on hand.
Posted by Zyni on 07-07-2017
I do not like microwavable tv meals. They can be handy though especially if you're on a time crunch.
Posted by simplym on 07-07-2017
I do not like ready made food some times. But this sub continental area is a dangerous area. Here some times bad people sell bad meal with badly. Ready made food on here have not enough security. For that reason here people cook food every time and people love to cook food every time.

Thanks Centurion
Posted by centurion on 07-07-2017
TV dinners are great in a pinch, but I've never been a huge fan of them. I used to eat Lean Cuisine or Hungryman meals when I worked in retail since they were cheap and available in the grocery aisles. I'm really not a fan of instant ramen either, preferring to make some on the stovetop with rice as opposed to prepackaged in a microwavable cup. Anymore since I have a full time job, I've found myself making home cooked lunches to pack to take with me. Today is seasoned tilapia and rice!
Posted by TheArticulate on 07-07-2017
I don't enjoy tv dinners at all. For me they are a practical necessity and not a choice I make with any affection. It's just that time is at a premium, money doesn't fall from the sky, and sometimes I'm just too tired after work to handle a properly cooked meal.

What really bothers me about most frozen meals is the quality of the meat portions. It is very hard to find a tv dinner which contain an actual slab of unadulterated meat. Most of the time they are processed to the hilt: The "chicken breast" is actually ground up, mixed with cheaper filler materials like soy or corn meal, a whole bunch of salt is added both for taste and as a preservative since the extra processing time tends to introduce more opportunity for bacterial contamination, and it's then molded into a shape that someone thinks isn't disgusting. But it is.

I do like the convenience of them, but there's basically nothing else about a frozen dinner that I enjoy.
Posted by JaiGuru on 07-07-2017
No, even if im tired or busy. I'd rather cook my own meal rather than eat from a box. Im not picky, I just don't feel satisfied when ever i eat tv dinner. Literaly, their servings are too small for me.
Posted by Neiltarquin on 07-07-2017
I do like them, it's a very fast and rich meal to have, watching your favorite TV show with your family or something you can all watch together, it's a really nice family time and quality time for you and your folks.
Posted by StolenKid on 07-07-2017
When I am not in a mood to cook or want to try different thing instead of home cooked food, I buy dinner or lunch. Though nutrition value of these resturant bought foods is lesser than the home cooked food, a change in taste will always give you some sort of satisfaction. TV dinner can be a good alternative to home cooked food, but you should not rely on these foods too much.
Posted by vinaya on 07-07-2017
Although they aren't my preference, I don't see any harm if there is a consumption control in this type of foods because it's obvious that they are not a healthy option... But unfortunately a running pace of life can make us forget that aspect sometimes. :-(
Posted by WildSpirit on 07-07-2017
No I don't really like them but I'll it one if I have to. I am not a fan of such highly processed food that is prepared in a microwave. I would much rather eat a sandwich if I need something to eat quickly.
Posted by BigDreamer on 07-07-2017
I'm not a fan of microwaves, to be honest, so I never bought things that need to be done with it. When I'm tired, and I don't have enough energy to make a decent dinner for myself I just eat a simple sandwich that I can do in two minutes.
Posted by reginafalange on 07-07-2017
I like the odd one, but my elderly neighbor depends on them so I buy them for her and these days there is a good choice. Some come with vegetables and sides so it can be a complete meal, and can be microwaved from frozen. They are useful for her as an alternative to meals on wheels where she had to eat when the meal arrived. Now she can eat when she wants to and still have some nice meals. Long term it's not ideal if you can cook for yourself as fresh is always better, but it's better than snacking too much.
Posted by Alexa on 07-08-2017
In Malaysia, we call it Take-Away dinner. It is common for singles or working parents to order take-away meals from restaurants or side walk. This is the quickest and easiest and cheapest meal when you are too busy with everything. Most of the meals are either salty, high in cholesterol or calories and sweet. As long as you don't consume TV dinner daily, it is alright. Otherwise, you might put on weight and careful of your cholesterol.
Posted by peachpurple on 07-08-2017
Yeah, it's not bad at all. I've been having ready-made meals since I discovered it as a teenager browsing a supermarket. The only concern a lot of people have with it mostly is that it's processed food and has additional preservatives that may be harmful to your health. In my defense, it's good as long as you do it with moderation. It doesn't have to be every day that you eat those, but it's not bad either to have it from time to time.
Posted by arachnophobik on 07-08-2017
I think that TV dinners are perfect when you don't have time to cook a meal yourself. They are fast and easily prepared. Through the years they have really improved them - their quality and taste is so much better than what it used to be. I don't eat the microwave meals too often since they aren't the most healthy option but I do enjoy them occasionally. My favorite one is noodles with this special sauce and grilled chicken meat. It is really amazing.

If I had to pick I would always prefer the real, properly cooked food though.
Posted by Mehano on 07-08-2017
I do. Even though I don't eat them often I do enjoy them every once in awhile when I don't have a lot of time to prepare something to eat. There are some really good ones out there and some not so good ones. I prefer them done in the oven over done in the microwave especially if they are the chicken ones. They are great for a quick meal though they can be quite expensive.
Posted by Sue on 07-08-2017
They're not the best health-wise, but they are convenient. I don't particularly like TV diners, but it's definitely nice to have some in the fridge for when I don't want to cook. Fortunately, they are quite cheap and can be purchased almost anywhere. I wouldn't eat it everyday, but every once in a while is fine.
Posted by kataomoi on 07-08-2017
I like TV dinners, and I buy from time to time and only to make a wonderful surprise to my family. Usually, I buy chicken fins with fries and garlic sauce! I am not buying only these, sometimes I buy sausages in sauce with gratinated potatoes, it just depends on what I am in the mood to eat at that time. Or I call my wife on the phone and she can give me an idea on what to buy!
Posted by wallet on 07-08-2017
No, I don't. I think I would prefer to get take-out from a fast food restaurant than to get a TV dinner. I can't remember the last time I had a TV dinner, it must've been more than a decade ago. Even if I'm too lazy to cook, I think I would prefer something very easy to make such as eggs and toast, than a TV dinner. The quality of TV dinners is not great and they are not good for your health either. Although the same can be said about fast food, I still prefer the taste of fast food to TV dinners.
Posted by lilac123 on 07-08-2017
Yes, I like TV dinners the only problem with them is that most of them are very high in sodium. They might have your sodium requirement for the day in one dinner. I look at the labels before I buy one and try to get the ones that are lower in sodium.
Posted by kgord on 07-09-2017
I do like TV dinners. I like them for their convenience when I don't have anything else to fix or if I am just too tired to cook anything for myself. Some of the are pretty good even though they might not be exactly healthy for you the are very quick and filling. They are reasonably priced too especially when I buy them on sale.
Posted by morgoodie on 07-09-2017
And who does not? I believe that all of us in love with the TV dinners, well it just seems tasty, and makes us feel really hungry, I would like to taste these TV dinners one day.
Posted by Moaz on 07-21-2017
These are very convenient, and I was actually the frozen foods manager at a grocery store once. There are many different varieties of course. I like Sara Jay's personally. Stouffeurs--which I am not spelling right--is also good. These are convenient meals, but often too high in sodium content. However, they do hit the spot at times.
Posted by JoeMilford on 08-16-2017
I don't like them to be honest. Frozen food is not my thing. Still, I have to admit that they are very practical and for when you have no time it's very good. That said I prefer to use them as an exception not as a rule.
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-16-2017
I don't know or it could just be me.I don't like eating out I prefer to eat my own food.No matter how tired I'm I still like to toast stuff and eat it like that.
Posted by lovely on 11-14-2017
My husband is from a different country and he says that his folks used to make jokes about how the Americans loved their TV dinners. Loved them? Eh! Let's just say I wouldn't consider them gourmet or even comfort food. But they are convenient and some of them don't taste that bad. The brand called Marie Callender's, for example, is pretty good.
Posted by foxchannel on 11-15-2017
I do like them, but as I mentioned on this the first time around, one of the issues with TV dinners is the fact that most of them are packed with sodium. This is not a good thing. I think that most people don't need to eat them on a regular basis. There are much healthier foods to eat. You can get more nutrition from other types of food. more nutrition and less sodium.
Posted by kgord on 01-15-2018
When my husband went to the US a long time ago, he was telling me about the tv dinner. It was a quick fix so very convenient and delicious too. Just 2 minutes in the microwave and you have your dinner while watching tv, hence the name tv dinner. His favorite is the steak that comes with potatoes, green peas and some carrot strips. But when we tried the tv dinner here, it’s too far from the description of my husband. We swore not to buy tv dinner again.
Posted by Corzhens on 01-19-2018
We really don't call it TV Dinners here. We call it Microwavable Meals. Some are imported ones while we also have locally produce ones which can be bought in the supermarket or at 7/11. It usually costs between $1 for some Rice and Meat or Pasta up to about $3 for a bigger complete meal. What's funny is we really don't eat it at home, we tend to eat it at our place of business or in the office or at the convenience store where we bought it from.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 12-12-2018
I am not actually a fan of Tv. We have tv in the house and we subscribed in cable channel but even we have that we feel like we are more into watching Netflix or video in Youtube than watching television.
Posted by mark86 on 12-17-2018