I’m not ashamed to admit that I love quick fix meals. When you work 12 hour days, you sometimes don’t feel like preparing a big meal. Heck, sometimes you don’t even have time. While shopping a few weeks ago, I stumbled across a sale for Helper Complete Meals. The price seemed right and I’m a fan of Hamburger Helper, so I decided to give the product a shot and purchased the Chicken Fettucini Alfredo dinner. Would it come close to the real thing or be awful?
First of all, you have several options for preparing Helper Complete Meals. You can use the stove top, oven or microwave. I chose to use the oven because it was easier. The Chicken Fettucini Alfredo meal instructed to mix the can of sauce with the seasoning packet thoroughly before adding the pasta, milk and water. You then cover the dish and bake for 33 to 37 minutes. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the exact cooking temperature. You then let the product set uncovered for 5 minutes until the sauce starts to thicker, or at least that’s what it’s supposed to do.
The sauce in my Helper Complete Meal never thickened. It was more like eating soup. Also, as my boyfriend pointed out, if you’d never knew it was supposed to be chicken Alfredo, you’d never have known. It tasted more like a creamy chicken soup. The chicken was also mushy, icky canned chicken, which I had feared. I added tons of Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes after taking a few bites, otherwise the meal would have been tasteless.
Even at a sale price of $3 for a meal that feeds four, I cannot recommend this flavor. I have another flavor to try and will review it soon. As it stands though, unless the other flavor is wonderful, I will never purchase this product again. Quick and easy meals don’t have to be crap and that’s exactly what this was. It was made with poor quality ingredients and lacked flavor. Out of the many quick fix meals I’ve purchased over the years, this may very well have been the worst.