I sometimes buy the frozen meals that come in the black plastic bowls e.g. Lean Cuisine, Weight Watchers, etc. I keep some of them to put other portions of meals in to freeze and would like to know if anyone has come up with ideas for any other uses for the bowls. I don't really like putting them into the rubbish.
Sharn from Bullaburra, Australia
We use them for craft projects with the kids. I wash them and then dole out the supplies to each child in a few containers. I also use them to organize sample packages of toiletries in the linen closet. They slide nicely and can fit into small spaces. Also you might try using them to start seeds or under plants to catch water. Enjoy!
Use them for camping or picnicing. They also make good disposable dog/cat bowls. (I use mine to feed stray cats.) Use them for flour and egg wash when breading small food to fry (chicken strips, mushrooms, onion rings, etc.).
Snack bowls for kids to take outside or by the pool. Use one by the computer or desk to hold pens, paperclips, etc.
They make good plant saucers
I have kids around all the time and they like to eat in the screen house. I make up lunches that can be eatten outside and off they go. Keeps my dishes in the house and no worry if they don't come back. The plates not the kids, some of them are not mine so could not lose. Also great for serving veggies or what ever at cook outs or Picnics
Does anyone actually take them for recycling? I am in Southfield MI flowerman48 AT juno.com. Please let me know.
I do recycle mine, when I get them, but first I re-use them. The pre-made meals are useful for two reasons. The first, of course, is that one has a meal that one doesn't have to spend a lot of time preparing. The less obvious use is as a portion control guide. They're the size of the meals we should be eating. Prepare a meal -- say, a roast with vegetables -- and put it into the old Lean Cuisine dish. Half of the dish should be taken up with a green vegetable, one-quarter with starch (corn, beans, potatoes, rice, whole-grain pasta), and one-quarter with protein (meat, fowl, fish, dairy). It's good to use these for meals taken to work or school, but it's not a bad idea to use them for home meals too, especially if you're trying to lose some weight and are having issues with portion control.
When you've used the container and washed it so often that it's misshapen, wash it one more time and take it down to be recycled.
Use them when you take your lunch to work or when you are making a snack or eating leftovers and have to microwave them. They also make great veggie trays with their separate compartments they are idea for veggies and dip or dressing. Also for nachos and cheese and chili dip. The sky's the limit.
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