First of all, I laughed hysterically at the previous negative reviewers who obviously imagined that they were nationally syndicated food critics for the New York Times who were paid top dollar to review a four star restaurant -- not a convenient, heat in the microwave meal. It's obviously time for them to face reality and get a real job. For the rest of us who live in the real world, however, we possess enough common sense to realize that these meals serve their intended purpose by offering quick nutrition amd sustenance. Opinions and expectations regarding quality are obviously subjective to each individual. One person may love the mac and cheese option, while others may hate it. Everyone has different preferences and tastes. Also, to expect these meals to compete with home cooking is not feasible. They are, however, palatable enough for those of us who must deal with limited short lunch breaks at work or at home. Yes, the mashed potatoes are going to be slightly pasty because they are obviously prepared from "instant", not fresh, potatoes. (Wow -- big intellectual surprise there.) The same can be said for the meats, sauces and gravies. Anyone who has eaten any brand or variety of frozen or "heat and eat" entree will already know this. It is utterly ridiculous to expect perfection from any food product that is prepared in the microwave instead of from scratch (especially when the item costs $3.00 or less). However, as mentioned before, Hormel Compleats are great for quick lunches, and are an easy alternative for kids to enjoy after school or as a snack. In summary, you get what you pay for. That being said, food is a necessary part of life. Not everyone can afford high dollar groceries, nor does everyone have the time, energy and ability to cook for themselves. if you are on a budget and hungry, these meals will prevent malnutrition. They are pretty tasty (albeit because of sodium and other ingredients). The key is to realize and accept that.