E.B. Black is a published author who writes fantasy, sci-fi, and romance novels.
The second I heard of Devour brand TV dinners, I thought they sounded delicious—but I was also skeptical. I hadn't heard of them before a couple of months ago, so how good could they really be?
They reminded me of Hungry Man TV dinners because they seem to be marketed towards men more than women (although I think both men and women can enjoy them). After seeing them in person, I see they are much smaller than Hungry Man TV dinners, but just as filling.
Overall, I wish a lot of them had more meat, but the flavors in all of them were phenomenal, and I plan to buy them regularly at the grocery store from now on.
Below, in no particular order, I've written reviews and taken photos of every single Devour TV dinner I could get my hands on. Unfortunately, it wasn't all that they make, but it was a lot of them. This way, you can know which ones are worth purchasing and which ones you should possibly avoid.
1. All Day Breakfast-Steak N’ Eggs With Creamy Gravy
The sauce for this TV dinner is very creamy and delicious.
As I say elsewhere in this article, you might be surprised at the texture of a steak. It's not like a steak you would eat at a sit-down restaurant. It's softer and feels more like eating a roast or some kind of beef cooked in a crockpot.
The potatoes are soft and delicious.
The eggs sort of get lost in the flavor of everything else, which I like because I'm not the biggest fan of eggs.
It fills you up and it's nice to eat, but to me, the taste is just average. I would eat it if there was nothing else, but I prefer to eat other things more than this.
2. Philly Cheesesteak Grilled Cheese
I was very nervous to try this sandwich. Frozen bread doesn't sound appetizing to me, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that this sandwich was decent. It reminded me of the New York Bakery brand frozen garlic bread in both texture and taste, but without the garlic. It was buttery, toasty, and still very bread-like in texture.
I thought the cheese, meat, and vegetables inside the sandwich were good as well, although some people might complain that it should have more meat.
I'd prefer a real Philly cheesesteak over this sandwich, though, especially since I find the grilled cheese part of it a little weird. Other people might disagree.
3. Pulled Chicken Burrito Bowl
This was my least favorite option of all the Devour TV dinners I tried. It wasn't disgusting like some other TV dinners are. It had good spice and flavor, but it wasn't unique. The flavor reminded me of how most Mexican-style TV dinners taste, but with one huge drawback—the meat seemed to disappear completely. I couldn't taste it or see it at all. I think it was there, but I think they used so little of it and shredded it so small that it basically disappeared into the rest of the food. Since the meat was the part of this dish I was looking forward to trying the most, I felt sorely disappointed.
4. All-Day Breakfast-Double Sausage & Bacon Loaded Tots
This TV dinner does the job. It's nothing special or overly tasty. It tastes about how you expect it would and about as good as if you made it from scratch. I just like the flavors of the other TV dinners better, especially since I am not a big fan of eggs.
Luckily, the eggs mostly get lost in the flavor of everything else, but I'm not sure other people will like that.
This TV dinner could be even better if you warm up a tortilla with it and make a breakfast burrito.
5. Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese
I really love this TV dinner—it's one of my favorites. You might have problems with it if you have problems with certain textures though.
The chicken in it is perfect. My only complaint about that is that I wish there was more of it. The buffalo sauce is both flavorful and creamy while being just the perfect amount of spicy and the chicken meat tastes really good.
The macaroni and cheese is where the weird texture comes in. The noodles are fine, normal noodles, and the flavor is delicious, but the texture of the cheese sauce is strange. Instead of being silky and creamy sauce (although it's very creamy in flavor), it kind of clumps together and looks like a paste. It still tastes delicious though.
6. Double Chicken Creamy Alfredo Ravioli
I really want to like this one. The sauce is delicious, creamy, and perfect. The chicken is the same delicious kind that is in the buffalo mac and cheese TV dinner. I also like that it's filled with ground chicken rather than cheese, but for some reason the ravioli shells are very thick and hard to chew. They aren't the worst, but it would improve this TV dinner a lot if they were just a little thinner.
7. Pesto Ravioli With Spicy Italian Sausage
I think most people would love this TV dinner, but because of personal preferences, it wasn't for me. I don't care for pesto much or sausage, and this had both. They tasted all right though.
The ravioli also had a better texture than the previous ravioli I reviewed. I don't know what they did wrong with that one and right with this, but the pasta dough is thinner, delicate, and easier to chew with this one. The previous ravioli dish would be perfect if they used this same dough for it.
If you like pesto and sausage, I think for sure you will enjoy this TV dinner.
8. Creamy Bacon Alfredo Mac & Cheese With Chicken
This TV dinner wasn't bad, it was just very plain and boring to eat. The chicken nugget, deep-fried chicken they make tastes much better than this grilled chicken. The grilled chicken has less flavor and is tougher to chew. Also, while the sauce was creamy, it was just kind of blah to eat.
It's a good enough meal if you're hungry, but I'd rather eat something else.
9. Smokehouse Meat & Potatoes With Chicken, Sausage & Bacon
My husband and I really like this dinner. The barbecue sauce is very sweet, not at all spicy. I also wish it had more sausage in it because that was the best part. (I know I said I don't like sausage earlier, but I meant crumbled sausage. This sausage was delicious.) The potatoes were also really good.
They used the grilled chicken meat here, which is not as good as the deep-fried, but it's more forgivable with this dish since you have so many other flavors going on.
Overall, I enjoyed it.
10. Loaded Nacho Fries With Chorizo
This is one of my favorite Devour options. It has the words "nacho" and "chorizo" in it, so obviously, it's wonderfully cheesy and spicy. The flavor is what makes me want to go back to it and have it again.
The fries might disappoint some people with the texture though. They are shaped like fries, but you can't really eat them like fries. They're soft like potatoes cooked in the oven, rather than deep-fried, but they're still delicious.
Unlike other Devour options, less chorizo was more for this food, and I didn't wish for more meat.
11. Chicken Cordon Bleu Mac & Cheese
I was surprised to enjoy this dish. I thought it would be sour and that I would find the ham in it to be weird, but I actually liked the flavor of all of it and thought it was interesting. It's creamy and nice on the palate.
It used the harder to chew grilled chicken, but I still liked it anyway.
The ham reminded me of little bits of ham my husband and I make on Thanksgiving, which made me happy.
12. Cajun-Style Alfredo With Sausage & Chicken
I loved the sausage and spices for this dish. The pasta for it is tender. It uses the grilled chicken, which is the only drawback, but the flavor is wonderful. Overall, it's a good choice. I just wish there were more sausage slices in it. Each TV dinner only has one or two pieces.
13. Loaded Potatoes With Angus Beef & Bacon
This is my absolute favorite of all the Devour options. Since reviewing these TV dinners, I've eaten this one many times.
Like most Devour TV dinners, unfortunately, it doesn't have a lot of meat. Also, steak seems to be a misdirection. It has the texture and consistency more of beef that's been in a crockpot or slow cooking in the oven. It isn't flaking apart, but it's very soft and easy to chew.
It has a lot of potatoes, which I like, and this spicy, creamy cheese sauce. It's really flavorful, just the perfect amount of spice, not too much or too little.
It's just hearty enough to make me feel satisfied once I finish eating it.
14. Creamy Alfredo Mac & Cheese With Bacon
I was really surprised when I liked this dish because it seems the same as a previous mac and cheese dish that I thought was boring, except they took out the chicken. But somehow this dish is more flavorful. The cheesy sauce is better, the noodles are more tender, and the bacon is more present.
I liked it a lot.
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