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There is some debate as to who actually invented the frozen meal. We know that Gerald Thomas from Swanson & Sons is often credited as the inventor of the TV Dinner, but Clarence Birdseye probably invented the frozen dinner in 1923, as it was Swanson that coined the phrase “TV Dinner”. Many modern TV Dinners can now be cooked in the microwave as well. These TV Dinners are not just for dinner anymore. Today’s large assortment of frozen breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts or snacks are all available in all sorts of sizes and prices. These frozen meals come in many combinations, such as fried chicken, pizza, Salisbury steak to name a few. Other brands besides Swanson began making these meals such as Banquet, Lean Cuisine, Marie Callender’s, Stouffers and many more.
So to honor the TV Dinner I thought my recipe of the week would be, to re-create the TV Dinner as a comfort food, but without the compartments or trays. A dinner that is fast and easy for your active families. I call it “Easy Comfy Dinner”. This is so simple and nutritious plus it is something that can be heated up if you need to for the late bird in your family. This dinner includes a hot open-faced Turkey sandwich, sweet buttered peas, plus creamy mashed potatoes, with a crisp green salad and a home made warm brownie for dessert.
“Easy Comfy Dinner”
“Open Faced Turkey Sandwich”
Leftover turkey meat, sliced (you can also use deli turkey)
1 can of turkey gravy or leftover homemade gravy
1 can of sliced mushrooms drained
4 large slices of whole grain bread
Heat gravy in a skillet until heat up. Add pieces of cooked sliced turkey or sliced to the gravy. Coat the turkey with gravy and cool till heated through. Place a slice of bread on a plate. Top with sliced turkey and gravy. Yield: Serves 4
2 pounds Yukon Gold peeled and cut into cubes
1/2 cup of sour cream
1/2 cup of milk
4-5 scallions thinly sliced
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook potatoes in a large pot of salted boiling water until tender. Drain well and place in a large bowl. Smash potatoes with a masher and add milk, butter, sour cream and scallions into potatoes until creamy. Season with salt and pepper.
Your favorite frozen or fresh peas cooked tenderly to perfection with a pat of butter to add flavor to your taste buds.
Your favorite Brownie warmed with frosting melting down its side and nuts to give it the right crunch. Yummy! Just hits the spot with a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate to end your “Easy Comfy Dinner.”
Till Next Time…….
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