Food of the Eighties, Le Menu Microwave TV Dinners
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A round microwavable black plastic plate divided in 3 compartments with various meals enclosed. Usually Llike chicken, rice and a veggie. The plate was reusable. 1985ish.
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chad - May 16, 2007 - Report this comment
le menu that I had in the 80's came with a white plate no compartments and had similar food to healthy start microwave meals
Tommy - July 12, 2007 - Report this comment
Those were the BEST TV dinners ever!! I still remember the one I liked the best: Chicken Parmagane w/ fett. alfredo w/ Italian green beans! They were IDIOTS to discontinue it!!! Great management to discontinue such a great TV dinner. Reminds me of the airline industry!
Michael - July 28, 2007 - Report this comment
Yep, it was a white round plate with no compartments. The plates were so durable that I still own 4 of them and continue to use them to microwave with! My favorite was Yankee Pot Roast.
Randall - September 06, 2007 - Report this comment
Ah Yes...Le Menu, THE VERY BEST PRODUCT EVER that just disappeared(?) (?) (?)...I still have some of their plates--they say Le Menu on the underside. I use them to microwave my "Eggos" (YES, they (Eggos) can be "nuked"), just put a small ice cube on the plate to keep the moisture. Oh well! the microwave just buzzed... time to eat my Healthy Choice!? bye...
msm - December 31, 2007 - Report this comment
Does anyone know where I can the oblong plates that came in frozen dinners in the 80's and 90's? They fit perfect in my husbands lunch box, but the last two are slowly falling apart.
outpatient8 - February 24, 2008 - Report this comment
I STILL use my old Le Menu plates. They are my favorite small / lunch plates to use. My wife makes fun of me for still hanging on to them.
Itsy Bitsy Spider - February 28, 2008 - Report this comment
I have about 20 Le Menu plates and they are coveted kitchenware! My grandparents used to eat their frozen dinners and saved the plates. I wouldn't get rid of them for anything. I keep scouring Ebay for more, but so far no luck.
chrislallen@live.com - March 21, 2008 - Report this comment
I have 3 old LeMenu Plates, they say Do not reheat plate but I've used them.....1000's of times. I think they are originally from 88-92, somewhere in that time frame. I was going to throw all but 1 of them out finally, just keeping the one as a sentimenal item.
Angie - April 25, 2008 - Report this comment
My parents STILL have the lids! I kid you not!
Trevor - April 28, 2008 - Report this comment
Those were the best and the portions were actually huge.
Jeff - May 27, 2008 - Report this comment
These were great. I was a college student and couldn't afford to buy plates, so it was nice to get the reuseable plates with these dinner. They did have huge portions; they were probably close to a thousand calories per serving. But I didn't worry about such things back then.
Frances - July 06, 2008 - Report this comment
Does anyone know where I can get those tv dinner plates (le menu)? Please let me know. (301)933-6333 fsenftle@gmail.com
Richard - July 19, 2008 - Report this comment
In medical school in the early eighties, with an infant and a toddler, the LeMenu meals were our equivalent of low-budget haute cuisine. Better than any of the other TV dinner foods, and with the reuseable plates. We kept a few and they are still my favorites for microwaving leftovers.
Robin - September 07, 2008 - Report this comment
I am an ART TEACHER who has used the plates for teaching ceramics. Last year the plates where destroyed by the students. I have moved to another school but I am looking to replace them. I had 40 Le Menu Plates. PLease contact me if you have any to donste or sell.(creativeRobin@earthlink.net) THANK YOU so MUCH
Gary - October 06, 2008 - Report this comment
My theory is that the reusable nature of these plates made it possible for comsumers to make their own frozen dinners from leftovers and therefore reduced the amount of LeMenu sales. As a result of reduced sales numbers they had to stop production.
Wayne - October 22, 2008 - Report this comment
Fond memories of those dinners. The scallops were real and the beef actually had texture. I consider the microwave the death of edible TV dinners after Swanson sold the brand to Campbell's. The quality went south and was discontinued.
Jean Poole - October 26, 2008 - Report this comment
the Chicken Kiev & the Chicken Parm were freezer staples of mine back in the day. There is nothing microwaveable in the freezer cases of the supermarkets today that can at all compare to those. I still crave them to this day.
penni - November 21, 2008 - Report this comment
I have about 6 of those round plates and 3 of the oblong with the lids. We use them every day to warm food in the micro wave. They are good for portion control!!!!Also would like to get some more. Cant believe they discontinued them!!!
Quiksilv - March 07, 2009 - Report this comment
The size and SHAPE of those plates are just perfect, with the right amount of slope to the edge. I too am down to 3 of Le Menu and 1 of Stouffer's (slightly wider lip, same slope, same inner size). I'm willing to purchase several dozen. Quiksilv at aol dot com. Paypal direct --or just inform me they're up on eBay. I'LL PAY TOP DOLLAR FOR EITHER BRAND.
Velvet Cyberpunk - March 31, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved Le Menu! It was the best frozen dinner on the market. I think it was put out by Swanson, and the beef tips with mushroom gravy, o'brien potatoes and broccoli was my favorite. I remember the Le Menu being on white or cream colored plates too. They had a set of Asian dishes too. I can't remember the name but it was really good as well. They came on red plates.
VIVA - April 05, 2009 - Report this comment
We are an animal rescue group in Lompoc, CA specializing in cats. We really need Le Menu and Stouffer's plates for feeding the cats in our shelters. Can you donate some? Please call (805)735-1483. Many Thanks!
msm - April 10, 2009 - Report this comment
Still looking for the oblong le menu plates. I guess whoever finds a stash may have a goldmine on their hands .
david - April 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Ya Le Menu were the BEST TV dinners of all time by far. Even today nothing compares to Le Menu! Does anyone know why they were discontinued?
Bart - May 05, 2009 - Report this comment
Swanson sold the product line to Campbell's and they promptly cut corners on quality. The noodles in the fettucini alfredo were the same ones they used in their soups. I think they lasted about two years before Campbell's lost money and killed the product. I quit buying them and have since exhausted the many plates I had. I could easily eat two or three a week, especially the scallops (REAL scallops).
Sallye - May 11, 2009 - Report this comment
I still have three of the white plates which I use daily even tho' they are about worn out. I, too, would love to buy more. They are the perfect size and shape for microwaving. I had forgotten the food which came with them, but you all make it sound delicious. Sorry it went away!
Izarra - May 25, 2009 - Report this comment
I too have 9 plates left Plus 2 covers. My favorite microwave dinners were the chicken Parm and the beef with the mushroom gravy, hmmm! Would you believe I am a former chef but I loved those two items with a passion. As usual,every time some company picks up a product, it never comes back the same and disappears for good. Pity
Vince - June 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Shortly after the Le Menu frozen meals came out, another company started selling the identical plates (minus the "Le Menu" logo) and called it "Microware"!
Richard - June 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I have a lot of 6 rectangular Le Menu type plates (no lids) that I'm selling on ebay. The auction # is 120430419015 and the auction ends on 6/11/09 at 7:00pm. Thanks....
Judie - June 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Kicking myself for not buying a whole stack of about 20 plates found at a resale shop -- only bought four. Keep your eyes open there. Also saw an equivalent at a restaurant in Mexico, but couldn't trace them. If anyone knows where to find these, or an equivalent, post it here, and some manufacturer will be swamped. Good luck to us all!
mmorgan - July 06, 2009 - Report this comment
Wish they would bring them back!
Trudy - July 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I have several of these plates and a few tops. Anyone know of someone who is collecting them? TrudyD1474@yahoo.com
SUE AND JIM - August 09, 2009 - Report this comment
Le Menu Frozen Dinners were the ONLY frozen dinners that I have ever had that were really good. We've use the round plates for everything until they've gradually disappeared down to just two which we still use in preference to any others for microwaving snacks. 8-09-09
LINDA - August 11, 2009 - Report this comment
I thought I must be the only one who missed Le Menu frozen dinners-glad to see I was so wrong-if only someone would bring them back!
Gillian - August 25, 2009 - Report this comment
I was the Assistant Brand Manager of LeMenu Dinners right of business school. A lot of great folks in product development, sales, engineering, market research, packaging, purchasing, and promotions worked together to create product that we could be proud of and would be the best tasting, restaurant quality "fine dining" experience you could have in a frozen prepared meal. The best ingredients were used and recipes were carefully developed from gourmet recipes. I moved on to another brand but as I remember the downfall of the LeMenu was new competition at lower prices. The freezer category exploded with new products making the competition fierce. Delighted that so many people remember LeMenu. Cheers!
Leora - October 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I worked at the Campbell Soup Co Omaha LeMenu plant in the 80's. Swanson is part of Campbell Soup, just as many other products:Pepperidge Farm, Prego and Lady Godiva Cholate. It has been nice reading all the comments about our dinners and the plates. There were some really nice people that worked at the plant and who took pride in our product. We all liked the plates also. We could buy the dinners by the case at our company store and had sets of plates that we reused at home also! I too wish I still had some, they are great for a childs plate or salads. Wish the plant was still there! Omaha progress has taken it out, it used to be located by the new Quest center in downtown Omaha.
Michael Hamilton - October 26, 2009 - Report this comment
With a lot of the old products coming back, let's bring these back. I still have the plastic plates too, I loved these meals. Wonder why they stopped making them. Seems like all the good things go away and the crudy things are still here. PLEASE-bring them back!!!!!
metromind - November 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Posted on craigslist-12 Le Menu plates for sale! Sacramento, Ca. WOW!
Mac007 - November 17, 2009 - Report this comment
I still have a few LeMenu plates but one of them says "Armour 600" on the back instead of "LeMenu" like the others. They were excellent meals but I think the cost of the plastic plates probably became prohibitive over time. The good thing is Stouffers frozen dinners are just as good but no plastic plates unfortunately.
Doc - November 23, 2009 - Report this comment
Yes, the Le Menu dinners were the best I have ever eaten. I'm curious why something so great just diaappeared. I also have several of the plates, I use them for plant saucers.
Jason - November 29, 2009 - Report this comment
I can't believe I found this site and that there are so many recent posts! I miss Le Menu entrees, especially the Chicken Parmesan w/Fettucinne Alfredo and Italian Green Beans! As a teenager in the '80s, I lived on that and miss it ti this day!
kerry - November 30, 2009 - Report this comment
I just found an old coupon for 40 cents off le menu.I remember how fab they were,especially the pot roast.mmm mmm good.....
Mary - November 30, 2009 - Report this comment
I'd love to find a plate about 7 inches in some unbreakable, microwavable material: I like the Le Menu plates because they're the right size to stick in my lunch bag and heat the sandwich in the microwave (sometimes the plates in the cafeteria are plastic and not microwave-safe: my mom says the Le Menu plates aren't plastic but made of some kind of clay material). We're down to 5, all round (we had a couple of the oblong ones but they both broke). Similar microwavable plastic plates are available in stores but they're too big for the lunch bag, and melamine isn't microwave-safe.
Tara - February 15, 2010 - Report this comment
My Uncle still has one plate left. When I visit I make a point to use it and, reminisce!!! I'm glad I'm not the only one that remembers these awesome meals and that still uses the plates. Guess I'm not as crazy as I originally thought I was!
GEE - February 24, 2010 - Report this comment
Down to my last plate. Ohhhh Noooo! Miss the dinners.
Rhonda Rhodes - March 01, 2010 - Report this comment
I still hvae some of these plates too and use them as coasters under some of my plants to catch the excess water after they are watered...I remember one of the dinners had something like chunks of beef and mushrooms I think and that one was great...I think there was a chicken cordon bleu variety too but I might be wrong about that!
sara - March 01, 2010 - Report this comment
my dad had been transferred to another city, while my mom and I were waiting for the old house to sell, he lived off the le menus. we have tons of the plates.
kell - March 09, 2010 - Report this comment
I love these plates...I only have 2 left. :( I'd love to find some more.....Any suggestions?
Clint - March 10, 2010 - Report this comment
Amazing what idle curiosity finds on the internet. I have one of these plates left and I think it finally broke 25 years on.
Eddie V - March 13, 2010 - Report this comment
You can see Officer Ioki in 21 Jumpstreet eating a LE Menu tv dinner in episode 7 of season 3. I think the title of the episode is "The Dragon and the Angel". My grandpops bought them a few times. He said they were okay.
Carol - March 19, 2010 - Report this comment
I found 2 Le Menu plates at the thrift store yesterday for 27 cents--whoo-hoo! I was gonna send 'em with my son camping, but I might not now that I know they are in demand a bit, lol.
Donald Rosenkjar - March 28, 2010 - Report this comment
27 cents? Oh boy, I do have a stack of plates. Guess I now know how to get rich!
Sylvia - April 19, 2010 - Report this comment
I love the plates too! I'd like to buy more of them. Please contact me at sjannegord@aol.com.
Minnie - April 21, 2010 - Report this comment
wow -- I found 3 plates at a church rummage sale this weekend -- 25 cents for 3. My husband and I love these little plates. We microwave stuff on them all the time. Years ago I gave a bunch away to friends to use while camping -- wish I had kept more around.
Robert - April 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm sure LeMenu (and Swanson)was a Campbell Soup Company product. The food quality, preparation and taste were the best in frozen meals. I used to rave about them to all my friends. Too bad they stopped making them; probably too expensive. for the average shopper
Diane - May 10, 2010 - Report this comment
Just finished bleaching the remaining 4 of my very much used Le Menu plates, hoping they will outlast me :o. Was curious if I was the only one that loved them so much...found this website and it seems that there are many, many plate lovers are out there.
Jen - May 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I lived off Le Menu dinners when I was in the Air Force back in the 80's. It's the only TV dinner that actually tasted good!
Judie - July 15, 2010 - Report this comment
Went online to look for le menu plates to buy and can't believe there are all of these people loving them too. I protect mine with my life. I am fortunate enough to have 6 of them. I have bought many substitutes but don't keep them. Don't remember the food, must have fed that to my husband.
AAAAANDRE - August 18, 2010 - Report this comment
Perfect for making French Toast! Sides are high enough to keep the egg mixture in and the bread fits in nicely. I dip the bread and cook it on a griddle pan. My dog chewed one, but I found a new one at work... Someone "lost" it! ;-)
Nancy G. - August 27, 2010 - Report this comment
After attending a Dr Who/Sci-fi convention in Boston in the mid-1980's, I mised my bus back to Albany, NY, and was forced to take an Amtrak train. Missing lunch, I opted to eat on the train..and was served a Le Menu dinner on that little white plastic plate--and charged $7 for it! I was a more than a tad miffed...never rode Amtrack again. My fav. Le Menu dinner was the chicken cordon bleu with the lovely glazed baby carrots. As an aside, my other fav. frozen dinner that's not around anymore, is Van De Kamp's chimichangas. Tasted just like restuarnt quality, worth waiting for as they baked in the oven.
Harry O - August 27, 2010 - Report this comment
I too remember the dinners fondly, they were great! I have just two of the plates left, must have had 20 at one time. I would like to buy more. If anyone has some to sell, please email harryshere@comcast.net
Nancy - September 16, 2010 - Report this comment
What ever happened to Le Menu frozen dinners? My reusable stack of plates are almost all gone...cracked, etc. Don't know of another frozen food brand that you can reuse the plate-no plastic please!
Tom Powell - November 06, 2010 - Report this comment
I sure would like to find a few of these old plates.
Geoff Arrowsmith - November 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I have some of these plates, marked "armour", "Le Menu", or "Anchor Hocking". They came with TV dinners at least 30 years ago, and I've never seen anything anywhere near as useful since. I came here looking because I only have four left now. I used to have a few red ones but those are all history now. I saw one website advertising microwaveable plates about which one reviewer replied that they melted in the microwave if one left it on more than a couple of minutes! Is that the best manufacturing can do these days, or do they just not give a darn? I sure won't be buying any of those. I only wish I'd bought more Le Menu TV dinners when they were around. I used a few of them under plantpots, and I regret that now.
Phyllis - December 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I had probably 50-60 of there plates in the 80's. Took most of them to the thrift shop then, wish I'd saved a few more for myself. Have 2 plates & 1 lid left. There dinners were good. If anyone has any they want to get rid of, please email me: phillis05@yahoo.com. Please title it, plates or something like that, so it doesn't go in the spam folder.
DON-TIMEKEEPER - December 29, 2010 - Report this comment
I WORKED FOR CAMPBELL SOUP IN OMAHA,NEBRASKA FOR ALMOST 20 YRS. Le Menu was the best. IS ANYONE TRULY INTERESTED IN SOMEONE TO BRING THEM BACK !
Jay - December 31, 2010 - Report this comment
And here I thought I was the only crazy one who is nostalgic over the Le Menu dinners. Like most of you, I lived on these dinners for many years. I remember throwing the plates away after eating the meal, but did manage to save several of them. They DO wear out or crack over time, so I'm down to just four. I use those almost constantly, it seems, for microwave reheating, or simply as a sandwich plate. I hope they last forever!
Alana Cicchi - January 04, 2011 - Report this comment
If anyone wishes to sell a few LeMenu plates of either variety I will gladly pay.email meecepeece@yahoo.com I know them well and ate them all thru school years and at home in the 80s.
spacewalker1 (ebay) - January 15, 2011 - Report this comment
Just listed on Ebay. 7 round le menu plates. Look in my store-cyberwalksale or try and search Le Menu plates search Good Luck!
Mary - January 20, 2011 - Report this comment
I have had a couple of oblong plates for ages. Probably the eighties. I have one left. I now use it as a grease catcher for my Foreman grill. I still remembered the name, and decided to google to see if I was right.
Connie Vadnais - January 20, 2011 - Report this comment
Please bring Le Menu back, I wish I had those plates today, those Le Menu were fantastic. I'm a senior and I would love those dinners no cooking.
Chris Butler - January 22, 2011 - Report this comment
I still have about a dozen of the old Le Menu white round plates with no compartments. I use them all the time, but they are falling apart now. What is great about them is the flat rims. I can stack one over another and heat up leftovers in the microwave like shallow dutch ovens. Where can I get more?
Dennis Grover - February 11, 2011 - Report this comment
I THOUGHT I WAS THE OLY BRAIN-DEAD NUT, THAT LOVE LEMENU SINGLE PLATE. MY WIFE JUST DIED, AND I HAVE ONLY 1 PLATE LEFT, THAT I STILL USE FOR 95+ MEALS THAT I EAT. CANT BELIEVE IT'S ALMOST 30 YRS. SINCE THE PRODUCT CAME OUT. I'VE HAD THIS 1 PLATE FOR, SINCE 1998, IT'S SLIGHTLY CRACKED, BUT STILL USABLE. THE MEALS WERE NOT ONLY LARGER THAN TODAYS OFFERINGS, BUT BETTER!
Micki Favero - February 17, 2011 - Report this comment
Like so many others who have posted, I thought I was the only person who remembered these awesome dinners from the 80's. My favorite was 'Roasted Red Pepper Fish', st and as stated by so many others, there is still nothing better out there today.
T Brown - March 15, 2011 - Report this comment
I'll join the legion of Le Menu plate fans. My wife and I have been using two plates for at least 15 years that we got from her aunt. They are the best at heating up food in the microwave. Right size and they do not get hot! Does anyone have a substitute?
Lynn Cox - March 21, 2011 - Report this comment
We both worked back in the day and loved to come home and throw two of those great dinners in the microwave and enjoy. Really miss them!! We saved all the plates and covers and had a gazillion of them but downsized about 10 years ago and only had room for some of them. We still have about 30 of the round plates and covers and about 12 of the rectangular ones - use them regularly to make our own dinners now and freeze them for later. I have really enjoyed reading all of the comments and about how others felt the same!
JoEllen - March 29, 2011 - Report this comment
Wow, surprised to see all these comments. I had my own apartment in the 80's and only had $15 to spend on food each week. I ate Le Menu chicken dinners 3 -4 times a week. Food was awesome, inexpensive for the amount of food and DELICIOUS. I think the calorie count was reasonable too, I actually lost a lot of weight during those years. Today the pump frozen food with all kinds of junk and chemicals, but Le Menu just used good food! Actually never really gave much thought about the plates and sold a big stack in a yard sale a few years ago, and the last couple I donated with my microwave earlier this year. Sorry to people looking for them! If Le Menu came back as good as it was in the 80's I'd definitely buy them!
Alana Cicchi - April 15, 2011 - Report this comment
Couldnt locate the ebay listing geez. I do want lemenu plates! Red from asain or white, they last forever, and mine were lost in a fire.LOL I ate the chicken offerings all the time the one that had almond french cut beans in it, Yummy.
Carolyn Z - June 03, 2011 - Report this comment
WOW, great comments. I've still got about 30 of these plates. I use about 10 of them and when one breaks I just get another one. Been using them since they first came out. My husband and I loved the dinners, they were good tasting and we could count our calories.
A. Steffens - November 30, 2011 - Report this comment
I also loved Le Menu and would LOVE it if the products were brought back. We used to buy them by the stacks. And another person commented on the Van de Kamps frozen chimichangas...Van de Kamps is still around making fish sticks, but the chimichangas were outrageously wonderful! They even came with little guacamole packets that would thaw as the burritos baked in the oven. They were delicious and I would love to have a recipe to recreate them!
Shirley - Calgary - December 16, 2011 - Report this comment
Better than the LeMenu plates which some had a texture are the round plates ivory colour that have little jut outs which make the outer part of the plate look square - these say Stauffer on the bottom and are very hard plastic and smooth - much easier to clean than the LeMenu ones I have - I bought these for lunch meals for my late husband at least 3 times a week - our favourite was the chicken parmigian. I had a maltese at the time and I fed her dinner on those plates - in fact we called them ChiChi plates and I gave a stack of them to my sister - dont know how she wrecked them but she asked for more so when visiting Montreal I brought her another dozen - still have couple of dozen of both plates my favourite is the square - I think that shape with the inner part round was to keep the plate centered in the carton it came in. I have not eaten a frozen dinner since they stopped selling them here.
Randy - January 10, 2012 - Report this comment
Wow, didn't know LeMenu had such a fan base. When I was single living in North Raleigh, NC in mid-80's, must have ate these dinners twice a week. Still have a dozen of these plates, two of them 'Red'. Also have several of the oblong in 'mint' condition. Maybe I should try eBay to see what I can get. batguy22@hotmail.com
Beverly Bohler Costa Mesa - February 22, 2012 - Report this comment
The Le Menu dinners that I had were pretty good. My daughter married a guy named George Parthmer.
Ken - April 09, 2012 - Report this comment
I have an old Armour 600 that use all the time. I once had a "Anchor Hocking" plate but just wore out. I think I saw some "Le Menu" but did not save them. Those plates were quite durable, as in, allowed cutting food with a knife in the plate time-and-time over again. Anchor Hocking was sold-to/acquired-by Nordic Ware and some kitchen items with this material, but never made the actual item at this web page. You can see what they have at www.nordicware.com. Some of their items have a granite coloration. One was a 10.5 inch dish that was much sturdier than the TV dinner dish. Recently they have a new 10.5 inch dish that is white, instead. I assume that the newer 10.5 white dish is still that very sturdy product, as well. Beside my grey dishes, I frequently use the 48 ounce casseroles all the time, which still has the granite color. I also frequently use the microwave pressure cooker (called Microwave Tender Cooker).
Ken - April 09, 2012 - Report this comment
Correcting my error: The 10.5 inch dishes above are actually 10 inches.
Patricia Green - June 04, 2012 - Report this comment
I still have a couple dozen of these plates, both round and rectangle, from the "good ole days". My grandchildren (now teen agers) love to use these. They live in Florida, we are in Cin.,Oh. and they called to ask me to send more, they have pretty well used them 'till they turned "brittle". My daughter just called, said they recived them in the mail, and you would have thought they won a big prize. They were very happy to get them. From what I remember, the dinners were really great, not like todays. Thanks for the memories!!
tsunku - June 18, 2012 - Report this comment
i still have one of the tray dishes, 5 3/16" X 7 14/16" marked hi-heat, anchor hocking plastics inc 162. i use it as a tray for my cigarette rolling machine and i would almost kill to find another as this one is cracking. it's the perfect size for a brown and williamson roller. not really sure if it was le menu or not, i do recall it had a breakfast meal in it, scrambled eggs and sausage.
mj smith - June 19, 2012 - Report this comment
i'm glad i'm not the only one how loved LeMenu meals....only 4 plates left and those poor things have cracks and chips...but i still use them....went on e=bay and found 4 today but i'm not paying $29.00 for 4 plates...i'm not that desperate
kdc246 - July 06, 2012 - Report this comment
Wow this is almost a cult following, that I am proud to say I am a member of. I started eating Le Menu's while I was an E-4 in the military. Kept most of the plates as they were so useful afterwards. They have survived three kids(all now adults), three cats, and my husband and I for over 30 years. I have lost a few through the years to breakage. The rest are stained but incredibly are the first plate I reach for when I want to microwave something or chop something. There is nothing on the market to buy that is comparable. Oh how I wish I could turn back the clock and buy more of those meals.
Ruth Krupa - July 13, 2012 - Report this comment
When my husband lost his wife and he being diabetic the meals were perfect. When we moved in together I was able to loose weight eating these dinners. I sure wish they'd bring them back. The meals are so healthy. Why doesn't somebody bring them back????
Renee - August 14, 2012 - Report this comment
I loved Le menu dinners too! They really were ery good. The chicken park, pot roast, I think there was beef tips with roasted potatoes and also a Salisbury steak. Yeah for Le Menu fans! My mom still has a few of the plates too.
Cheryl - October 15, 2012 - Report this comment
These were great tv dinners. Need to settle a bet, anyone know how much the dinners cost, I remember around $5.00 a piece. The plates were so useful should have kept more. Who would have every thought how. Those were the good old days.
joanne - October 18, 2012 - Report this comment
I would be most happy to buy some of these le menu plates. I have loved them for years. If you have any to sell, please let me know. gingh@att.net
nightsky4me - October 22, 2012 - Report this comment
I HAVE MANY FOR SALE ON EBAY ROUND AND RECTANGLE IN COOD CONDITION, EBAY Seller (nightsky4me)
Tanya - October 24, 2012 - Report this comment
Le Menu was the best!! The chicken parm wih the fetticini was my favorite! I sure do miss them.
Nest of Weasels - November 24, 2012 - Report this comment
Like others that have left comments, I have a couple of dozen of "Amour 600" plates that were made by ANCHOR HOCKING PLASTICS INC. I saw a documentary on TV about a village contaminated with Dioxin about three decades ago. It got me thinking about these old plates - - some of which we use on a daily basis and which are quite deteriorated and some others put aside that are pristine. We don't really need to use these but they seemed appropriate for microwave oven use (for over thirty years!). My mother and I saved them from some TV dinner brand that was sold back in the 1980's, apparently. In the meantime, I'm wondering if this plastic might be a source of dioxins? Heating fat (meat proteins, for example, or bread with shortening) in the microwave on these plates might have been leaching dioxin into us all these year. I'm thinking I'm just going to dispose of them. I don't have any evidence, yet, that they contain dioxins but not worth the risk of further exposure. Consumer beware.
Nest of Weasels - November 24, 2012 - Report this comment
Just did further research and it seems that a lot of the fear of dioxins transferring from plastic containers to food might be urban legend. I haven't found that the "Armour 600" plates present any significant risk from dioxins. Of course, there are other compounds in plastics that might be contra-indicated and that were incorporated into "vintage" plastic food handling items. I put in an information request to ANCHOR HOCKING to see if they could shed any light on the manufacture of the "Armour 600" TV dinner plates and whether continued use is acceptable.
georgialei - December 06, 2012 - Report this comment
We still have a few of the Le Menu plates left and I love them for informal meals. The shape and size fit so well into a space in the cupboard between saucepans, so they are handy to the stove. I also use them to cut up ingredients on rather than a cutting board because they have a lip. Unfortunately, they are starting to crack. I have been searching the internet trying to find something to replace them with, without much success.
Lois - December 19, 2012 - Report this comment
Please state where some of the plates can be bought.
sockpuppet - January 30, 2013 - Report this comment
I used the Le Menu plates for camping.
Dr. Donut 1970 - February 04, 2013 - Report this comment
Sounds like a cool product. Could have used them in Nam.
Don - February 27, 2013 - Report this comment
I just thought I'd add my two cents here. I loved the Le Menu dinners when I was a child. I'd go to the grocery store every week with my mom and get one or sometimes two. As mentioned above, the chicken parmigiana with fettuccine and green beans was a favorite. The beef tips was another. I have a question, though. I used to get one dinner called "Surf 'n' Turf" that had a small steak and a lobster claw. Does anyone else remember that? I would get them quite often and I remember one specific time when I was home sick from school and my mom got me the Surf 'n' Turf dinner and I ate it while watching a rerun of the old sitcom Family Affair with Brian Keith. God I miss being a kid.
Dr. Donut 1970 - February 27, 2013 - Report this comment
What a great post, Don! I do not remember the Surk "n" Turf, but then again, I do believe they had one like that. I remember staying home from school as a kid and my mom would make me something special. But then came Nam. I also miss being a kid. And these TV Diners were the absolute best. Can't know why they don't bring them back.
Debbie the Writer - March 29, 2013 - Report this comment
It wasn't fast food. Le Menue was good food fast.
Seymour - April 28, 2013 - Report this comment
I just bought six of them at a garage sale for .50 cents. They are great little plates.
joe - May 22, 2013 - Report this comment
my wife and myself use to look forward to payday when we could splurge any buy several of the Le Menu dinners, being a young couple with limited funds it was always a treat ....our favorite was the chicken cordon blu with rice pilaf and honey glazed carrots. They were great ! best frozen anything I`ve eaten.
Jim - June 05, 2013 - Report this comment
Loved the Le Menu meals. They were quick, easy, and good, especially during my college years when I worked late during the summers. We'd save the plates because they were great for so many other uses. I wish I could get some new ones now that my originals are beginning to wear out.
Judie - June 29, 2013 - Report this comment
You can frequently find these plates on ebay, search under "le menu", usually for about $5 each incl. shipping, or sometimes at resale shops. There's 3 separate auctions right now. As popular as they were 40 years ago, I'm amazed that no current manufacturer has come up with an equivalent!
Joan - July 01, 2013 - Report this comment
They were the best frozen dinners ever. We still have about 10 of the plates and use them all the time to microwave food.
Lillian - July 05, 2013 - Report this comment
We still rave about the Chicken Kiev; and, yes, I still have some of the plates, but I wish I'd save them all.
Dave - September 03, 2013 - Report this comment
I have two Le Menu plates left with small cracks and I just refuse to throw them out. Loved all the meals and the plates.
Hannes - November 08, 2013 - Report this comment
I loved Le Menu. I was finishing college and preparing for business school and the Le Menu brand was marvelous fare for me, as a football player, and the occasional roommate. I loved all of the entrees, but the steak tips were superb. And sadly, I am down to two battered and worn plates after 21 years of marriage. But I must say that Le Menu was the tastiest microwave meal - by far! Thanks!
Rob S. - January 16, 2014 - Report this comment
Yeah I don't remember the food. It must've been good because we got it pretty frequently. We had a collection of the plates, white with no compartments, that we used for sandwich plates and general purpose around the house. We must've had about 20 of them that lasted for several years.
Tonia - January 23, 2014 - Report this comment
Oh yes, Le Menu and I had forgotten about them, until my mom and I were in the thrift store yesterday, and my mom showed me one of the old plates!! So, I thought I'd share my thoughts..
John Reves - January 23, 2014 - Report this comment
I've been looking for more of these plates for YEARS. Judging from all these comments there is definitely a market for them, with or without the meals which definitely were great. I have a HIGH level of interest in BOTH. At the time they were on the market I was young enough that it would have taken 3 or more of the dinners to satisfy me so I didn't eat many of them but my wife did and we still have half a dozen or so plates left and still use them almost daily. Used them for everything from plant trays to feeding chickens & rabbits! Does anyone know if the "Microware" plates were identical or equivalent? I REALLY want more of these plates and/or dinners. There has to be a market here that is not being served. Perhaps some of you who were involved in the original business could help revive the products. If you showed some potential investors these comments I would think it would arouse their interest. Wonder what it would take to get Anchor-Hocking to produce these plates. I'm tempted to try contacting their CEO and directing him to these comments. There must be a huge demand. Someone must have a garage full of these plates tucked away somewhere. I that's you, please get in touch. John Reves jrev@umich.edu
k and k - January 24, 2014 - Report this comment
We loved the veal marsala. The whole meal was like dining out and on minimum wage that was big deal. Wish they would bring them back.
Wendy - January 24, 2014 - Report this comment
I still have one white Le Menu plate I use all the time as a snack and sandwich plate. I wish they were still making dinners.
Charlie - January 27, 2014 - Report this comment
Made by Swanson and came out in 1983. There is a commercial introducing them on youtube and encouraging you to pair them with a vintage wine
Christin - March 10, 2014 - Report this comment
My mother, 88, still has 15 of them and has used them 'every day' since the 80's. They just won't wear out!!!! I always use them when I visit. We like the size, the plain light color, and the light weight.
Jenn - March 11, 2014 - Report this comment
I just had lunch with my Grandmother and we ate off LeMenu plates! I remember we would reuse the plastic steam covers as well to prevent making messes in our old dual dial microwave.
Kevin - March 17, 2014 - Report this comment
Man I miss those Le Menu frozen dinners. They were the only frozen dinners that actually tasted good.
Henry - March 28, 2014 - Report this comment
I am still using many of these "round" and "rectangular" plates, first bought back in 1984!,, and still have some 40-55 combined as "back-up".... Now,,as these plates age with time and microwave'n,, they will soften up and/or become brittle,, and I agree! those meal's were GREAT!!! never got ill on any of them!!!!!!!!!
shane - April 30, 2014 - Report this comment
My grandmother had many of these plates and lids. She passed in 88' and we kept and used them daily until around 2006 when the last one finally bit the dust. They were the perfect size and with the lid there was never a mess in the microwave...Those little plates will be sorely missed!
Jeff - May 06, 2014 - Report this comment
I was the brand manager for LeMenu in the late 1980's at Campbell Soup. LeMenu was always owned by Campbell Soup and the quality of the food was never compromised. The original plate was made from a nylon resin which is why it was so sturdy. After the introduction of Healthy Choice, in the black 3 compartment tray which was a lot less expensive, consumer research was conducted which showed that people were not willing to pay for the plate. I disagreed and believed the plate was part of the brand's identity but was overuled. The food was always the best quality. The sirloin tips sauce had 2 kinds of burgundy wine in it. All the original varieties were developed by a french chef. There was nothing like it then and certainly nothing like it now. Problem was no one would pay $5.29 for the that kind of quality once the now defunct Budget Gourmet and other knock-offs came out.
Doug - May 07, 2014 - Report this comment
What great info, Jeff! And don't apologize for your passion, brother. The plate was part of the brand's identity and $5.29 was a fair deal for such a great meal. A French chef? Wow and Wow; two kinds of burgundy wine is awesome. And those knock-offs were awful. You are a great man, Jeff. And thank you for anyone that posted that picture of this fine food.
mellokitty1969 - June 19, 2014 - Report this comment
As a teenager in the 80's my gma would heat up Le Menu's and thought was so good! Still uses the plates to feed her cats!
Rodli - July 16, 2014 - Report this comment
I still have 2 Le Menu plates and use them every day! Can't believe there are so many messages here

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