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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Homemade "TV" Dinners

   Today I am going to share with you another one of my frugal tips on what to do with your leftovers.  I often do freezer meals and do them in a large cake pan.  Our family does not eat like it used to and often, we may have over a half of a cake pan leftover.  Sure, we may grab a bit for a late night snack or eat it for lunch the next day but that is it.  Instead of wasting it, I put it in a divided container with some vegetables and freeze it for a homemade "TV" type dinner.
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   This works out great.  If you have one or two pieces of chicken left-over or just a bit of meatloaf, put it in the tray, add a side dish and freeze.  Now if you ever need it, there are nutritional, single-sized meals that just need to be microwaved.  So much cheaper and better than the TV dinners you can buy and there is no waste.  Another idea is pack one in your husband's lunch instead of a sandwich!

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14 comments:

  1. Hi, Melody! I'm following you from a comment you left for me (and from Mop It Up Monday). Nice to meet you! This is a really great idea and it's one of those things that make you say "now, why didn't I think of that?!" Sometimes you need a break from cooking after working all day, and this is so smart. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by! Our blogs are quite similar and love the fact that you all have 40 acres too. :-)

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  2. Great idea, Melody!! You always have wonderful tips!
    {HUGS},
    kristi

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  3. My husband is actually a better cook than I am, but now that he is back in college, I'm taking over a good deal of the kitchen. And I need all the help I can get in that room! *lol*

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    1. LuAnn, glad he is going back to school. I have faith in you that you can do this part. Check out my "Recipe" page for lots of good recipes and if you ever have any questions, feel free to let me know. Check out the FB page too. http://www.facebook.com/countrifiedhicks

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  4. Great idea. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. You have a great blog.

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    1. Thank you and thanks for stopping by here too~

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  5. Thanks for sharing at Thrifty Thursday! That's a great idea for using leftovers!

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    1. Jenn, thanks and glad you liked the idea. Hope you will stop by again soon.

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  6. Visiting from Homemaker's Challenge. This is a great tip for saving those leftovers. Thanks!

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    1. Katie, thank you for stopping by. And am glad you liked my tip!

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  7. Fantastic idea for leftovers, Melody. Thanks for sharing!
    I do have leftovers quite often and this would be a much better way to have them ready to go and not take a chance to waste anythng.

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    1. You're welcome and glad you found them useful!

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