Ever since I was a young child, I have been a big fan of the type of frozen dinners commonly known as “TV dinners”. In recent years I have occasionally been purchasing and eating different varieties of Banquet frozen meals, including their Swedish meatballs option.
A few nights ago, I ate one of the Banquet Swedish Meatballs frozen dinners and thought it would be a good product to review.
Presented here, in an effort to assist the consumer, is an article in which the author examines the Banquet Swedish Meatballs frozen dinner.
The net weight of the standard-sized package of Banquet Swedish Meatballs frozen dinner is 10.25 ounces. According to the product’s nutrition facts label, one meal counts as one serving.
The regular retail price charged for one 10.25 ounce Banquet Swedish Meatballs frozen dinner at Hartford, Connecticut area food stores varies, but is almost always quite inexpensive.
The retail price that I recently paid for one of these dinners at a West Hartford, Connecticut supermarket was, believe it or not, $1.
Texture / Consistency
When cooked according to instructions, the Banquet Swedish Meatballs frozen dinner offers textures that are appealing.
The Swedish meatballs are fairly firm and not mushy and the egg noodles are soft without being mushy. The sauce or gravy that accompanies the meatballs is not too thick and not too thin, but there is not really an awful lot of it.
The Banquet Swedish Meatballs frozen dinner contains 400 calories with 180 calories from fat per one meal serving. This product also contains 8 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams trans fat, 20 grams total fat, 95 mg of cholesterol, 640 mg of sodium, 310 mg of potassium, 38 grams total carbohydrates, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 1 gram of sugars and 15 grams of protein per one meal serving.
Taste / Flavor
If you’re a fan of Swedish meatballs, there’s a good chance that you would enjoy eating the Banquet Swedish Meatballs dinner.
The meatballs really do taste quite a bit like authentic Swedish meatballs and the accompanying sauce is actually pretty similar to an authentic Swedish meatball gravy.
The egg noodles in this dinner taste just as good as home-cooked egg noodles to me. The only improvement that I think this dinner could use would be the addition of some vegetables such as green peas, carrots or corn.
On a flavor scale of one through ten, I would assign this frozen Banquet dinner a rating of 8.90.
Like most of the Banquet frozen dinners, the Swedish meatball dinner is packaged in a largely red cardboard box.
The front of the box features a closeup illustration of the enclosed dinner and the rear and side panels list all pertinent nutritional, ingredient and cooking information.
The meal is packaged in a plastic tray-like container that is covered with a sheet of plastic film.
Swedish meatballs are one of my favorite dishes, especially the homemade ones that my Mother makes. To me, these meatballs and sauce taste pretty similar to authentic versions of the dish, but I have concerns about the product’s nutritional facts.
Like many other frozen dinners, this variety features fairly high amounts of saturated fat, trans fat, total fat, cholesterol and sodium. When I was younger, such things didn’t matter much to me.
But now they do. After being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, I am more aware than ever of food products’ nutritional facts. Although I really do like eating these dinners, their fat, cholesterol and sodium levels preclude me from eating them very often. If it was strictly a matter of flavor and texture, I would eat these dinners more frequently.
The Banquet Swedish Meatballs frozen dinner is recommended as an occasional indulgence, but be aware of the meal’s nutritional facts.
Personal experience with the product
The product’s packaging