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Monday, April 18, 2011

Hormel® Compleats® Kids Microwave Meals #review #shespeaks


Hormel® Compleats® Kids Microwave Meals are a quick and easy way to fill your little ones belly! As a member of SheSpeaks, I was sent a few products to try out.

Hormel® Compleats® Kids Microwave Meals
are available in four deliciously different options...

Spaghetti and Meatballs
Pasta and Chicken
Beef Ravioli
Macaroni and Beef

I was sent all four to try out. First up, was the Macaroni and Beef. 45 quick seconds in the microwave and we were ready to go! First thing I had an issue with, was removing the plastic cover from the top of the tray, when it was hot. It was very hard to pull back the plastic, and I'm not sure a kid would be able to do it without wearing some of the sauce! The flavor of the Macaroni and Beef was comparable to what you'd find in canned pasta. But the fact that it is in a singles portion is a great perk. My kids and I found this one to be a little too saucy. Not enough noodles, and definitely not enough meat. It was almost like eating a thick soup. My daughter ended up picking the noodles out and eating those, and leaving the sauce. It was definitely not filling that way.


Serving Size: 198g
Servings Per Containers: Varied
Per Serving:
Calories: 230
Calories from Fat: 35
Total Fat: 4g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Cholesterol: 20mg
Sodium: 550mg
Total Carbohydrate: 35g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 7g
Protein: 13g
Vitamin A: 10%
Vitamin C: 0%
Calcium: 8%
Iron: 4%

I give the Macaroni and Beef 2 out of 5 stars!

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Next up, was the Spaghetti and Meatballs. This one was much better! The flavor was about the same as the Macaroni and Beef, but it was much more filling. More noodles, less sauce. A few more meatballs would've been nice. I think there were about 4 in the whole package. This one is just as flavorful and my kids liked it. Right amount of noodles, right amount of sauce, good flavor, needs more meatballs.


Serving Size: 198g
Servings Per Containers: Varied
Per Serving:
Calories: 200
Calories from Fat: 50
Total Fat: 6g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Cholesterol: 20mg
Sodium: 590mg
Total Carbohydrate: 27g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 10g
Protein: 10g
Vitamin A: 10%
Vitamin C: 0%
Calcium: 2%
Iron: 4%

I give the Spaghetti and Meatballs 4 out of 5 stars!

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Next comes the Beef Ravioli. Again, about the same flavor of the Macaroni and Beef, and the Spaghetti and Meatballs. This one had about the right amount of sauce but could've used a few more raviolis. I didn't feel like this one was as filling as the other two. Once again, the flavor is predictable, there was just a touch too much sauce, and could use a few more raviolis to fill up the tray.


Serving Size: 198g
Servings Per Containers: Varied
Per Serving:
Calories: 230
Calories from Fat: 50
Total Fat: 6g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Cholesterol: 20mg
Sodium: 450mg
Total Carbohydrate: 34g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 6g
Protein: 10g
Vitamin A: 10%
Vitamin C: 0%
Calcium: 6%
Iron: 4%

This one gets 3 out of 5 stars!

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And last up, was the Pasta and Chicken. This one is about as far from what my kids enjoy in a canned pasta. It has a white creamy sauce, which right away my kids weren't impressed with. The sauce was pretty flavorless and a little thick and sticky. More chicken would've been great, and maybe more pasta too. Even a few more veggies would've made it better. Not impressed with this one. Hormel, stick to the red sauce that kids have enjoyed for years! So, the verdict? Too much sauce that is bland and too thick, not enough chicken, and not enough veggies.


Serving Size: 198g
Servings Per Containers: Varied
Per Serving:
Calories: 140
Calories from Fat: 25
Total Fat: 3g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 15mg
Sodium: 420mg
Total Carbohydrate: 21g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 3g
Protein: 8g
Vitamin A: 20%
Vitamin C: 0%
Calcium: 4%
Iron: 2%

This one gets a shivering 1 out of 5 stars!

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Overall, the meals are super quick and easy, ready in less than a minute. The flavor is nothing special, about what you'd expect from a canned pasta. I've seen the meals prices anywhere from $1.50 to about $2.00, so it's a little more than what you'd spend in a can. But the convenience of a single serving meal, ready in 45 seconds, is worth the extra pennies! The nutrition values are not something you want to live off of, but a few quick meals are worth the extra calories.

You can check out Hormel® Compleats® Kids Microwave Meals at Hormel.com!

As a member of SheSpeaks, I was provided with all four varieties free of charge, in exchange for my opinion. All opinions are my own, and are not influenced by free products. Please see my full disclosure/acknowledgement policy for more info.

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