TV dinners used to be quick ready-made meals that were popped in the microwave or the oven before everyone gathered around the tube to watch some prime-time television. These meals were classic meat and two's or comforting casserole dishes like baked macaroni and cheese. Because the nostalgia is too delicious to pass up, these DIY meals are the perfect solution for that TV dinner craving without the pre-made packaging or iffy ingredients.
Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy
At less than 200 calories per serving, you can feel good about serving this comforting salisbury steak meal to your family.
Master Turkey Meatloaf
This is the ultimate, foolproof, turkey meatloaf that is every kind of comforting that you would want a meatloaf to be. This just may be the only meatloaf recipe you'll ever need. Not only is this dish absolutely delicious, but it's also gluten-free. This flavorful meatloaf features bacon for added flavor and richness, and includes a special factor with a trio of tomato sauces and condiments to create an updated version of the traditional meatloaf topper. To make this meal even better, try enjoying it on a sandwich the next day.
Chicken with Mushroom Sauce
Try our top-rated, easy chicken dish topped with a savory mushroom sauce for a tasty meal that's ready in just 30 minutes.
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Once you've made your own veggie-packed pot of chicken noodle soup, you won't go back to the canned, supersalty stuff again.
$10.79 for six servings
King Ranch Chicken
Hailing from an era when casseroles were king, this Tex-Mex dish still reigns supreme at church suppers and neighborhood potlucks. Though not an invention of the famed King Ranch--it's more likely the creation of a ladies' Junior League--the spicy flavors of chili powder, roasted peppers, and toasted cumin never fail to please.
Speedy Shepherd's Pie
Making the most of supermarket convenience items gets this family favorite on the table in a flash. Precut matchstick carrots are easier to chop into small pieces quickly, and using prepared mashed potatoes for the topping is a good trick for when you don't have leftover mashed potatoes on hand.
Our favorite recipe from the Cooking Light column, this lightened-up lasagna tastes every bit as flavorful as the traditional version.
Seared Steaks with Red Wine, Mushrooms, and OnionsServe with blue cheese mashed potatoes and broccoli.
Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie
Who needs butter? This pie gets its velvety richness from olive oil, wine, low-fat milk, and a double dose of vegetables.
David's Chicken-Fried Steak with Redeye GravyCayenne pepper, hot sauce, and buttermilk punch up the flavor to David's Chicken-Fried Steak with Redeye Gravy.
Extra Cheesy Grilled Cheese
Love grilled cheese sandwiches? Then this recipe is for you. Spread a mixture of butter and grated Parmesan cheese on slices of Italian bread, then top with high-quality provolone and mozzarella.