Casserole kits heavy on salt

RUSH-HOUR REMEDIES

January 02, 2002|By Joanne E. Morvay

Item: Homestyle Bakes from Banquet

What you get: 4 to 5 servings

Cost: About $4.75

Nutritional content: Beef Stew -- 270 calories, 6 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 970 milligrams sodium, 43 grams carbohydrate, 6 grams sugars; Creamy Turkey and Stuffing -- 340 calories, 16 grams fat, 3.5 grams saturated fat, 1,290 milligrams sodium, 41 grams carbohydrate, 7 grams sugars

Preparation time: 35 to 45 minutes in oven

Review: Friends whose culinary taste I trust raved about Banquet's new casserole kits, which include canned meat and vegetables as well as bread topping, stuffing, pasta or potatoes. You layer the ingredients in a dish, bake and serve. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I can't jump on the Banquet bandwagon. The Creamy Turkey and Stuffing was far too reminiscent of the turkey a la king served in my school cafeteria, and the Beef Stew tasted like Chunky-brand soup with a biscuit topping. Both were too salty.

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