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Your Favorite TV Dinners, Made From Scratch

Sep 9 2016 - 3:00am

TV dinners come with a lot of nostalgia. Perhaps your family skipped eating at the table once a week for this indulgence, or maybe they were a special treat reserved for when a babysitter was left in charge. Either way, this ritual gives us the warm fuzzies, despite it involving so-so food at best. Instead of settling for a microwave meal, consider cooking up one of these TV-dinner-inspired recipes. (Naturally, they're best paired with a Netflix binge [1].)

Baked Ziti

The classic TV dinner: baked ziti

The homemade take: one-pot baked ziti [2]

French Bread Pizza

The classic TV dinner: french bread pizza

The homemade take: choose-your-own-adventure french bread pizza [3]

Macaroni and Cheese

The classic TV dinner: macaroni and cheese

The homemade take: Kraft-style stovetop macaroni and cheese [4]


The classic TV dinner: meatloaf

The homemade take: extra-beefy meatloaf [5]

Shepherd's Pie

The classic TV dinner: shepherd's pie

The homemade take: lightened-up shepherd's pie [6]

Spaghetti and Meatballs

The classic TV dinner: spaghetti and meatballs

The homemade take: slow-cooker spaghetti and meatballs [7]


The classic TV dinner: lasagna

The homemade take: Olive Garden's lasagna clasico [8]

Veggie Burrito

The classic TV dinner: veggie burrito

The homemade take: choose-your-own-adventure burrito [9]

Chicken Pot Pie

The classic TV dinner: chicken pot pie

The homemade take: lightened-up chicken pot pie [10]

TV Trays

TV trays [11] ($149-$169) complete the experience.

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