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Feb 25, 2011

Frozen Friday - Hungry-Man - Home-Style Meatloaf

Meatloaf is another one of those frozen dinners that have been around since back in the day and Hungry-Man's Home-Style Meatloaf is what I typically picture when I think of a TV dinner meatloaf. I wouldn't call it "home-style" myself but what do I know. Anyway, the Hungry-Man version comes with the classic corn, mashed potatoes, and brownie set up that Hungry-Man and Swanson are known for.

Retail price usually comes in at around $3.79 with a sale price ranging around the $2.00 mark.

There's not much to say about Hungry-Man's classic side trio (i.e. corn, mashed potatoes, and brownie) that I haven't said already other than they've pretty much perfected it. It's really as good as it gets from the microwave.
As far as the meatloaf is concerned, it's not that different from Salisbury Steak. I wouldn't be surprised if they used the exact same patties but with a different gravy. What you'll find here is finely ground meat and not much else, no bits of onions, breadcrumbs or other bits you might find in a home-made meatloaf. You know, the stuff that gives a meatloaf its character. That being said, the meatloaf is juicy and slightly seasoned.

The gravy seems to be a variant of the typical watery brown gravy Hungry-Man uses in it's beef patty dishes but with bits of tomato thrown in. If I closed my eyes for a taste, I don't know that I could tell the difference. The gravy is fairly simple but it does the job. I guess if you wanted more of a home-style flavor, you could squeeze in some ketchup.
Overall, Hungry-Man's Meatloaf is probably the baseline for frozen dinners and pretty decent. It's not my favorite but I wouldn't turn it down either so it's somewhere in the middle for me as far as Frozen Friday goes.

Nutritional Info - Hungry-Man Home-style Meatloaf - 16 ounces (454g)
Calories - 680 (from Fat - 320)
Fat - 36g (Saturated Fat - 12g)
Sodium - 1650mg
Carbs - 66g (Sugar - 25g)
Protein - 26g


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