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Ever crave those ole tv dinners?

negolien

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Hey All,

I have some foods that are just ole favs as a kid. One of them was the elbows and meat sauce tv dinners. I am gonna try and do that with the crock pot. I have some basic ingredients. Ideas? and ingrediants i don't have thoughts? Spices also i got the normal bbq cooking noob spice choices in the cabinet

2 lbs ground beef
I have crushed peeled tomatoes in puree and I have prego spaghetti sauce. Not sure what to use leaning towards the prego traditional.
I have some green bell peppers
I have fresh garlic
I have red and sweet yellow onions
I don't think the pasta matters. I will put over the top of already cooked elbows or egg twists.

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So I went with
2 lbs ground beef
2 28 oz cans of crushed peeled tomatoes in puree.
2.5 green bell peppers
5 cloves of fresh garlic
1 red and 1 sweet yellow onion
2 packs of beefy onion soup 1 during the beef Browing and one in the cooker.
1/4 cup of dirty bird mixed with honey chipotle killer bee
1/4 cup of pace medium picante
I don't think the pasta matters but I made some small elbows (can't find medium anymore) and some rigatoni

I got a bell pepper and grated cheese to so. Who knows one stuffed pepper maybe even a baked beefaroni /gasp lol.

Oh no the grill fired up too lol here we go
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I do crave some of the stuff from my childhood. Some of it is still around.

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normanaj

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After my mother died we kids ate a fair amount of Swanson Hungry Man dinners.
 

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Hey All,

I have some foods that are just ole favs as a kid. One of them was the elbows and meat sauce tv dinners. I am gonna try and do that with the crock pot. I have some basic ingredients. Ideas? and ingrediants i don't have thoughts? Spices also i got the normal bbq cooking noob spice choices in the cabinet

2 lbs ground beef
I have crushed peeled tomatoes in puree and I have prego spaghetti sauce. Not sure what to use leaning towards the prego traditional.
I have some green bell peppers
I have fresh garlic
I have red and sweet yellow onions
I don't think the pasta matters. I will put over the top of already cocked elbows or egg twists.
Never had the tv dinner version but that looks just like what we call Goulash at my house. Boil some elbow mac and then add the above ingredients. Can have a tasty meal in about 30 min.
 

zwiller

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Stouffer/freezer entrees are pretty good. We do the lasagna now and then. We ate a TON of salisburry steak meals. Still do.

B BigW. Agree Goulash here too but in Ohio there is a well known spin on goulash. http://ohiothoughtsblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/johnny-marzetti-recipe-and-history.html

You guys might get a kick out of this... I live in a small town and my kids go the same school my parents and my wife and I did. Wife ended up getting a job in the kitchen there and there is indeed a notebook with all the school recipes in it.
 

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The Swanson sausage breakfast bowl (square yellow box) is pretty delicious. Walmart's price is now up to a whopping 88 cents each.
 

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Hey All,

I have some foods that are just ole favs as a kid. One of them was the elbows and meat sauce tv dinners. I am gonna try and do that with the crock pot. I have some basic ingredients. Ideas? and ingrediants i don't have thoughts? Spices also i got the normal bbq cooking noob spice choices in the cabinet

2 lbs ground beef
I have crushed peeled tomatoes in puree and I have prego spaghetti sauce. Not sure what to use leaning towards the prego traditional.
I have some green bell peppers
I have fresh garlic
I have red and sweet yellow onions
I don't think the pasta matters. I will put over the top of already cocked elbows or egg twists.

I never had that in a TV dinner, but it looks pretty much what we called "Beef-a-roni".
Here's my rendition of it, but with Venison instead of Beef:

Bear
 

3montes

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Kent Rollins did a remake of the classic Swansons Hungry Man Salisbury Steak TV Dinner. I actually made this according to his recipe and it was darn close to what I remember. We used to eat a lot of those Hungry Man dinners.

 

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negolien

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The Swanson sausage breakfast bowl (square yellow box) is pretty delicious. Walmart's price is now up to a whopping 88 cents each.
Damn bud i' am paying 4 bucks a dinner for Swansons, Devours, marie calendars and 5.50 for Hungermans . The Maries tend to be the best the banquets tend to be the cheapest but worst imho.
I'd forgot about Tv Dinners and for good reason. Not the type of food I'd care to revisit. YMMV...
So you don't like lasagna, fried chicken, turkey, enchiladas and pot pies? LOL just saying... I get why people are not fond of em depending on their history with em. I ate em while they were still cooked in the oven for a majority of people.

Some of the food items like lasgana, the elbows, fried chicken have a thinking back to better times feeling for me. A true comfort food if you will where we sat down as a family and ate. We didn't have much money and I grew up in a single person household where cooking real meals were few and far between so for us these were staples.
 
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Hey All,

I have some foods that are just ole favs as a kid. One of them was the elbows and meat sauce tv dinners. I am gonna try and do that with the crock pot. I have some basic ingredients. Ideas? and ingrediants i don't have thoughts? Spices also i got the normal bbq cooking noob spice choices in the cabinet

2 lbs ground beef
I have crushed peeled tomatoes in puree and I have prego spaghetti sauce. Not sure what to use leaning towards the prego traditional.
I have some green bell peppers
I have fresh garlic
I have red and sweet yellow onions
I don't think the pasta matters. I will put over the top of already cooked elbows or egg twists.

Edit

So I went with
2 lbs ground beef
2 28 oz cans of crushed peeled tomatoes in puree.
2.5 green bell peppers
5 cloves of fresh garlic
1 red and 1 sweet yellow onion
2 packs of beefy onion soup 1 during the beef Browing and one in the cooker.
1/4 cup of dirty bird mixed with honey chipotle killer bee
1/4 cup of pace medium picante
I don't think the pasta matters but I made some small elbows (can't find medium anymore) and some rigatoni

I got a bell pepper and grated cheese to so. Who knows one stuffed pepper maybe even a baked beefaroni /gasp lol
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We called that American Chop Suey when I was a kid, still make it on occasion.
 

JLeonard

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The Freezer Queen Salisbury Steak and gravy was a staple when I was a kid. Had it at least once a week. Ocassionally will get one just to take me back to those days as a carefree kid.
Jim
 

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