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GARDEN CHEDDAR DISH IS QUICK AND TASTY, BUT SALT WATCHERS, BEWARE

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A new Tuna Helper, Garden Cheddar, is debuting at local grocery stores for $1.75 for a 1.75-ounce box.

Don Russell (married, five children at home, ages 14-4): "This Tuna Helper turned out to be a wee bit better than I anticipated, but I wasn't expecting too much. The cheese, noodles and tuna teamed for a palatable taste, but the dehydrated carrots and peas made the value of the dish plummet. Beware! According to the ingredients panel, there's more salt in the sauce mix than cheddar cheese."Edyth Jensen (married, three children at home): "This is a pretty good `quick' meal. It is cheesy and creamy. The noodles cook up soft and chewy. The only drawback to this is the peas - they are quite dry, even after rehydrating. This would be good, though, to have on the shelf for emergency company, etc.

Nihla Lake (married, two children at home): "Help! Save me from Hamburger and/or Tuna Helper! It was with a very negative preconceived opinion that we approached this `helper.' OK, one little taste and then we'll slam it to the max. Surprise! One little taste led to another and finally a whole plateful. This was actually good! It wasn't too salty and had a pleasant, rich cheese flavor. We have actually, on our own with no encouragement, purchased another box to enjoy - not withstanding the fat, cholesterol and sodium."

Linda C. Tingey (single mother, four teenage boys at home): "I usually cook things from scratch. But for a boxed mix, this was pretty good. I like homemade better but for working parents, this is nice to be able to put together a good meal as quickly as this. My teenagers said it was OK. For convenience, I will keep some on hand."

Rich Firmage (married, three children, oldest 8 years old): "As I have said before, I do not like these type of dinners from a box. I have in the past gritted my teeth and tried the Hamburger Helpers I have been given to test. But I draw the line at Tuna Helper.

"I cooked it, but I won't eat it. My wife shocked me by trying a taste of it and quickly washing the taste out of her mouth with a Pepsi. She didn't like it at all. But a good friend, whom we call the Hamburger Helper Queen, came over and tasted it and said it was great and her family would really like it and she would most likely buy it. If you like this type of meal, then this is for you. If you're like me, then don't bother."

Bill Allred (single): "I was prepared to not like this product. I don't generally believe in prepared food from a box. But I followed the directions by adding tuna, milk, macaroni and water. Well, I was surprised to find that this Tuna Helper isn't half bad! It's the perfect meal for people with no imagination and no time."

Conclusion: For an out-of-the-box dinner, Garden Cheddar Tuna Helper is pretty darn quick and tasty to boot. Sodium watchers, beware, though.