Setting Yourself Up For The Ultimate TV Dinner

Society frowns upon the TV dinner. But deep down in all our hearts, we know that it is one of the best things on the planet. You’ve had a busy day, and all you want to do is kick back, watch your favorite show and forget about all the crap that happened at the office. It is a pleasant ritual that doesn’t involve making polite conversation with relatives or even putting effort into laying the table. You just whack everything on a tray, and that’s it. Job’s done. 

TV dinners aren’t something that we think a great deal about in advance. But that’s primarily cultural. They’re our dirty little secret - something we do while we’re home alone and don’t have to keep up appearances. 

It seems a shame, though, to deny ourselves the best that this luxury can offer simply because we secretly share the same attitudes about it like everyone else. Instead, we should embrace the TV dinner as one of the great luxuries of the modern world. 

So how do you set yourself up for the perfect TV dinner? Let’s take a look at some of your options. 

Pick A Dinner Worthy Of TV

When it comes to TV dinners, your number one priority is comfort. That means that salads are out and things like mac-n-cheese are in. You can’t go on a health kick while trying to enjoy a TV dinner - at least, not a traditional one. So you need something that is going to hit the spot and make you feel comforted. 

Please be aware that even mac-and-cheese can be wholesome if you choose the right ingredients. Replace the cheese with cashews. Remove the white macaroni and replace it with wholegrain (it does exist). And add some baked cauliflower or broccoli to the mix. It’s delicious, and it gives you all the nutrition you need. 

Set Up Your TV

Setting up a TV is more challenging than you might imagine, especially if you happen to live in a small flat. I have a corner TV stand for my living room, which works quite well and makes the best use of space. However, your setup might be different. At the very least, you want somewhere attractive to put your TV!

Grab Your Snacks

Let’s face it; it probably takes you all of five minutes to consume your dinner. The experience is always over too quickly. But your favorite show might go on for an hour or more. How do you prolong the eating experience? 

East - just add snacks. 

Snacks can take all sorts of forms, but the best are those that force you to spend time getting them in your mouth. Pistachios in their shells, for instance, are not only healthy but also drag out the experience. Similarly, prawns and other shellfish force you to eat more slowly. No - they’re not your average snack. But they are something you can indulge in that is light and allows you to carry on eating for much longer than you otherwise could. 

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