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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Grocery Review: Banquet Spaghetti and Meatballs

One thing I will freely admit to up front is that I'm not very good at either preparing my lunch at night for the next day or getting up early enough to prepare something to bring to work.  What happens as a result?  I either have to go out for lunch or have things I can grab quickly to prepare at work.  Seeing as I don't have an endless supply of moolah (donations in the interest of culinary discovery accepted) to spend on lunches out I usually find myself doing the latter.  Maybe it's not for everyone, but I have happened across a few items in the grocery store that I have found are pretty good for a quick lunch and I wanted to share some with you.

Our first product on the judges table?  Banquet's frozen spaghetti dinner.  I know some of you probably think I should be  better than the guy who eats microwavable frozen meals, but 1.  You're wrong.  I am exactly that guy and 2.  It's lunch at work.  I'm not about to try too hard.  Also, this may surprise you, but the Banquet spaghetti dinner is not that bad.  As a matter of fact I would say it might be one of my favorite things to bring for lunch.  The prep time is short.  It only takes about 4 and a half minutes.  The flavor of the red sauce is nicely balanced yet strong with hits of herbs, garlic and onion.  The pasta isn't too mushy, and the meatballs included aren't great but I'm not going to throw them away.  If I have something to complain about it would be that the portion size is too small for me, but it probably should be adequate for lunch.  If I had some garlic toast to go with it it would be ideal.  It's also important to not forget that the cost per meal is only 98 cents (sometimes on sale for 88) which is a pretty good buy in my book.  It may not be something you want to incorporate into your daily diet, but for a running-out-the-door lunch once or twice a week I highly recommend it.


allan said...

I cannot find it in any of the stores that used to carry it.?????

Brent said...

I buy it at Wal-Mart.

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