Smart Ones Homestyle Turkey Breast with Stuffing Review

Smart Ones Homestyle Turkey Breast with Stuffing

Sometimes, you need to stay home alone and pretend it’s Thanksgiving. Hey, we’re not judging; we’ve been there ourselves. The Smart Ones Homestyle Turkey Breast with Stuffing seems like the perfect accomplice for such a plot, so we figured we’d give it a try.

So first off, this has all of its components in a single tray; nothing is divvied up. That means your turkey is just sort of sitting on the top of the stuffing and veggies. That’s not a bad thing — in fact, that makes it feel like a genuine Thanksgiving dinner, where you just heaped a bunch of things onto your plate — but we thought it was worth calling out nonetheless.

The turkey comes in nicely sized slabs. Unfortunately, it’s really dry. Some of the pieces are even hard around the edges because they end up drying out so much while you’re cooking this. Smart Ones should know better; this is no way to treat a turkey dinner.

Smart Ones Homestyle Turkey Breast with Stuffing

We’re not sure what went wrong with this stuffing. Like the turkey, it’s all dried out. Plus it has a spongy, chewy consistency that makes it horribly unpleasant to try to eat. Some of the bits are even hard, so they’re like eating croutons without any salad.

We should point out that there’s an obvious omission here: this meal does not contain mashed potatoes. While many similar meals from other brands include mashed potatoes, this Smart Ones meal is perfectly fine leaving them out.

To be fair, there are potatoes in this dish; they’re just not mashed. But if you’re trying to mimic a Thanksgiving dinner, those potatoes need some mashin’! Here, the potatoes come in a vegetable blend, along with some carrots and green beans.

This veggie mix is actually the best part of the meal. The potatoes are seasoned, so they’re quite lovely. The green beans and carrots are a bit shrivelled, but they actually taste quite good and they’re loaded with moisture. We think we know now where all the moisture in this meal ended up.

Oh, and somebody said something about gravy? According to the box, there’s supposed to be gravy in here, but we didn’t find any. (Supposedly, it’s in the vegetable blend, though we’re going to have to say “Liar, liar, pants on fire” in response.) A lot of this meal’s problems would have actually been solved by adding some gravy, as it would have lent some much-needed dampness to the turkey and stuffing, and it would have lent some Thanksgiving-style flavor to this dish as a whole.

Now, unlike a home-cooked turkey dinner, this thing isn’t loaded up with calories. With only 280 calories (60 from fat), this is a diet-friendly frozen meal. Plus, it’s a Weight Watchers product, and it’s rated at 7 SmartPoints, which isn’t bad at all. It does have 690 mg of sodium, which isn’t bad for a frozen meal but it still pretty high if you’re watching your sodium levels.

The Smart Ones Homestyle Turkey Breast with Stuffing is simply not worth eating. While we gobbled up the veggies, we threw about a third of this meal out — mostly stuffing, but there were a couple pieces of turkey we couldn’t bear to eat. If you’re hoping for a tasty Thanksgiving-style meal, you’ll want to go somewhere else, because this is a genuinely bad frozen food.

To learn more about the nutrition content or ingredients in this Smart Ones frozen turkey dinner, check out our package scans below.

Smart Ones Homestyle Turkey Breast with Stuffing

Smart Ones Homestyle Turkey Breast with Stuffing