My favorite Banquet meal is the Spaghetti and Meatballs. It …

Comment on A Comparison of Actual “Banquet” Frozen Dinners with their Box Cover Photographs by Jennifer Lynn.

My favorite Banquet meal is the Spaghetti and Meatballs. It is also a great value at 10 oz. Banquet has just added more meatballs as well, for a total of 5, and they are delicious. I just add some parmesen cheese and homemade garlic toast, (bread, butter, garlic powder). On occasion, I add a small salad. It is very filling. I always look at the ounces and price per ounce, as well. Some of Banquets’ meals are only 6-8 oz, so paying $1.00-$1.25 really isn’t as great of bargain for the same price, and obviously not as filling. Another poster mentioned adding potato flakes to the watery potatoes, which is a great idea..then add some butter and spices..Overall, if you do a little research, (taste testing and price per ounce comparison), you will see that some of their meals are a great deal and very satisfying. I also enjoy the Swedish meatballs, (always add pepper and sometimes a little sour cream on top), and serve with buttered bread..as well as the barbeque riblets, (I like to put the riblet on a slice of bread). The sweet and sour chicken is ok, but the serving size and amount of chicken is too small for an adulr. You would need to buy a few to fill you up. On a side note, the Hungry Man dinners are great and again if you look at ounces, they average 16 oz per meal, and you can get them for just over $2.00 on sale, which is a great buy. The only Hungry Man dinner I have tried and not liked is the spicy chicken wings,(too spicy for me).But, overall, as someone who is single and does not cook, tv dinners are a time saving, convenient and inexpensive way to eat and it always feels good to save some $$.

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A Comparison of Actual “Banquet” Frozen Dinners with their Box Cover Photographs
That is a great idea. I can’t believe I have never thought of it. I just finished eating the Banquet Spaghetti and Meatballs, (my favorite Banquet dinner), and have 7 more in the freezer, many with the watery mashed potatoes. I am going to try that tomorrow when I eat the Turkey meal. BTW, I also check the portion size..if you are paying $1.00=$1.25 for only a 6-8 oz size, that is really not such a great buy. The spaghetti and meatballs dinner is 10 oz and they have added 2extar meatballs, so it is very satisfying. I like add some parmasean cheese and also a few slices of garlic bread, (bread, butter, garlic powder), and it is a satisfying meal. I also add a salad on occasion. I always add seasoning and butter to my banquet meals as well. My personal faves are the Spaghetti and Meatballs, (asmentioned), Swedish Meatballs, Riblet meal, (which I place on a slice of bread to eat), and the Classic Turkey meal. I alsoplace the turkey on a slice of bread to eat. I also enjoy the Hungry Man dinners, which are generally at least 16oz and very filling, however, I look for them and buy in bulk onky when they are on sale. Again, pay attention to the price per ounce and the ounces in the meal to make sure you are getting a good deal.


Malcolm Bedell is co-author of the critically acclaimed "Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road," as well as the junk food blog "Spork & Barrel," and "Brocavore," a blog about food trucks and street food culture. His contributions include Serious Eats, Down East, Eat Rockland, L.A. Weekly, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post and his food truck, "'Wich, Please," was named "Hottest Restaurant in Maine" for 2015 by Eater. Finally, he finds it very silly to be trying to write this in the third person.