- Pack of six, 10-ounce units(total of 60-ounces)
- A microwave-friendly meal solution that’s perfect for you
- A new line created for a healthy lifestyle
A great item to keep in your pantry
The good things about the Compleat line:
*No refrigeration is required. This makes Compleats ideal for your home emergency survival kit (you do have one, right?), camping, keeping on hand at work, or any other situation where refrigeration is not possible or practical. It’s also nice to be able to store some extra food that won’t take up space in your freezer.
*The size (10 ounces) is bigger than many frozen dinners.
*They’re easy to open. The plastic “lid” (a tough sheet of plastic wrap that’s firmly sealed to the edges of the bowl) is easy to grab, comes off in one piece, and would be practical for a child to open him/herself. (A child of maybe seven or eight could handle this meal unassisted at school. Be sure to demonstrate to the child how to safely pull the lid off [keeping hands away from the steam]. Don’t try to pull both sides at one time; that’s kind of hard. Just pull off the lid one side at a time, going around the edge in a circle.)
*The container is boilable. This means that if your power is out but you have a camp stove (be sure to do this outside), you can still cook these, even without a microwave. This situation probably won’t happen too often, but it’s a good feature to have.
*The meal cooks quickly. All of the Compleat entrees I’ve seen cook in 90 seconds.
*In a pinch, you could eat one of these unheated.
*Most of the varieties have a very generous amount of meat, driving the protein content to 20g or more for some of them, something virtually unheard of in frozen dinners.
*The taste of the Compleat entrees is nothing to write home about, but given the parameters of what this product is, they are not half bad.
*Most are low in calories.
The bad things about Compleats:
*High sodium content (700g+ in most entrees), but you’ve gotta expect that in a canned food.
*Somewhat bland flavor and texture.
*Some of the entrees contain MSG.
*Not much in the way of vegetable content (but considering how mushy and awful canned vegetables tend to be, that’s probably a good thing).
Regarding the Chicken Breast & Gravy meal specifically, there is a huge chunk of tender, somewhat dry chicken. Fortunately, the abundant gravy helps with that. A generous base of mashed potatoes will fill you up. This isn’t a great meal, but for the price (I originally paid $2.76 at a grocery store), I’ll buy this again to have on hand. The meal has 21g protein, 210 calories, 24g carbs, 3g fiber, and 780mg sodium. Contains MSG.
Oh Man. Paper, Scissors Rock To See Who Has To Eat This
Grainy and Tasteless
Great taste, cheap, and easy.
I’m mad that I have to give 1 star
I’m not even complaining about the sodium content because I didn’t expect it to be low-salt. I saw it in the market and thought I’d give it a try because it’s low fat, low calorie and I wanted a break from the usual salad, frozen lunch or dinner leftovers. I knew something was up when I started heating it and got this weird smell. But when I took a bite — oh my, it was a taste I’ve never experienced. I see why it’s low fat — there is nothing in it that remotely resembles actual food!
Gagged on the first bite and threw the rest in the trash….far from my work office lest it stink up the room. Worst of all is that it ruined my appetite. I wouldn’t give it to my dog and he eats EVERYTHING. Just gross! Enjoy your lunch, just not this one!
Hormel should be ashamed!
A lot of food compared to other Hormel Compleats Meals
i bought this chick/gravy/mash from walmart website for $1.98 each_they offer a few varieties and i thought it was best to just order 1 or 2 to see if i like it, rather than be stuck with 6 by ordering here.
i’m glad i only ordered 2- the 1 i ate was horrible-it was kinda like the texture and taste of warm paste-if you can imagine that. the chicken breast looked good and all white meat- but it was tasteless- other than the pasty taste and texture of the gravy and mashed potatoes. i think i would only eat this again if i was starving. i can not in good conscience recommend it.
I usually love Hormel…
Save yourself some money and stay CLEAR of these. The price went up nearly $5 dollars since the time that I bought them, so as of right now the price is just ridiculous for a 6 pack. $17 is way too much!