T.G.I.F: Anything Goes- I Tried the Wal-Mart Meal Kit

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I tried the Walmart Meal Kit- called Great Value Chef Inspired Meal Kit. The two meals I have tried so far are the Beef Brisket with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans and the Pot Roast with Mashed Potatoes and Carrots.

Here is how it went:


Price: ★★★★★ – 100% – A++

Ease of Preparation: ★★★★ – 80% – B

Actual Cooking/Cook Time: ★★★1/2 – 70% – C

Taste: ★★★ – 60% – D

Would I Purchase Again: ★★1/2 – 50% – F


Overall Rating; ★★★1/2 – 70% – C


 

Price: ★★★★★ – 100% – A++

This meal kit costs just $10.00 AND it feeds 2 people. Coming in a $5.00 per person, you really can’t beat the price.

Unfortunately, this is also the main thing going for this kit.

 


 

Ease of Preparation: ★★★★ – 80% – B

The directions are definitely thorough, so that is a plus. The main difficulty, which knocked this down to 4/5 stars is the amount of defrosting and different heatings involved.

 


 

Actual Cooking/Cook Time: ★★★1/2 – 70% – C

Over all cooking/cook time- Roughly 15 minutes.

The problem? Literally the ENTIRE meal is made in the microwave. If I would’ve actually read the directions in the store, then I probably wouldn’t have purchased them in the first place. I was really only interested in hopes of learning to cook a new meal.

Because the whole thing is made int he microwave, by the time you finish heating the last item, the first item is cold. So unless you are cooking in multiple microwaves or eating one part of the meal at a time, it doesn’t work out well.

 


 

Taste: ★★★ – 60% – D

The side dishes were TERRIBLE. They took so much doctoring up to make them edible.

Mashed Potatoes: They had next to no flavor. They needed all the butter and seasoning to taste halfway decent.

Green Beans: Tough in texture, but the flavor wasn’t as awful. They did need salt and butter though.

Carrots: Honestly, I feel these were beyond repair. No flavor. Cooked badly.

-on the flip-

The main courses were actually pretty good- taking into consideration the fact that they were made in the microwave.

Brisket: It was pretty fatty, but the overall taste was good. It was also quite tender.

Pot Roast: Considering it was made in the microwave, it was good. It was definitely not anything compared to the brisket though.

 


 

Would I Purchase Again: ★★1/2 – 50% – F

The ONLY thing keeping me from saying that I would never purchase again is the fact that these are super convenient, especially for someone who is on the go as much as I am. Sometimes I feel like I may want a somewhat decent, adult-esque, meal every once in a while.

Of course, I also intend to purchase some other meals to try and to review as well.

 


 

Overall Rating; ★★★1/2 – 70% – C

 


 

Great Value Chef Inspired Meal Kits come in several varieties:

  • Half Chicken with Vegetable Blend
  • Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Carrots
  • Pork Chops with Vegetable Blend
  • Porchetta with Baked Beans and Glazed Apples
  • Pulled Pork with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Baked Beans
  • Turkey Breast with Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Cauliflower, and Broccoli
  • Beef Brisket with Green Beans and Mashed Potatoes
  • Pot Roast with Carrots and Mashed Potatoes

I am not sure if that is all of them, as these meal kits are a fairly new product and I’m sure that Great Value will continue to produce new meals.

I cannot speak for all of the meals, this review is solely based on the Beef Brisket and Pot Roast boxes.

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