“ Type: Porridge „
I am very into downsizing brands and trying the smart price or own label products and decided to try the Asda Simply porridge range rather than my beloved Oat so simple. I always buy the syrup version as if I was to make porridge from oats I would then ladle sugar on to it, so these are my less calorific version as there is enough of a sweet kick to satisfy my needs. I have tried many variants of these porridges but I now just stick to my syrup option.
Anyway, pretty Okay packaging, yellows with blue writing, the packets are very similar to the oatso simple ones, very plain white grease proof type packets. Bizarrely the satchets aren't showing up on the Asda website today but I know they are very much cheaper than Oatso simple which comes in 8 x 49g box for £2.44 (0r 2x 8 for £4). A box of 312g of Asda home brand simply porridge will set you back £1.28
To cook, you just empty into a bowl, pour in approx 200mls of milk, I say approx. as I know roughly where to fill too, as I'm very boring and have every day. Cook in microwave on full power for 2 minutes and stand for a minute.
So what did I think...
The consistence post microwave is unlike my oatso, it seems very lumpy in places, this definitely affects the taste as its hard in places. Perhaps you should stir it before or during? but I never have with my other porridge. The taste is bland by comparison, reminding me of childrens porridge when they were small. The smell isn't as mouth watering and I'm overall very unhappy with my breakfast.
Its getting a 1 from me, I realise that this is definitely not for me and I won't be purchasing again.
I've never really been a breakfast person; well apart from the cup of coffee and the ciggie, which I'm guessing doesn't count as a proper breakfast. I have over the last few months been a bit peckish on rising and have tried several options to quench my appetite. My favourite, by far being Cornflakes. It is heading now towards the colder mornings, not that you can tell the difference much up here in good old Scotland. So I decided to try ASDA Simply Porridge.
It comes in a two varieties, Golden Syrup and Original, and it is the former I think I like best. I do much prefer proper porridge, but it this hectic world we live in there never seems to be enough time, but 3 mins to make this can easily be found. The packaging is none to fantastic, in fact it's quite boring. The product itself however is really quite nice considering it's a quickie meal. Add the milk as directed or a little more or less depending on your preference for thickness. Zap for 3 mins in the microwave, and hey presto a nice hot breakfast. If you choose the golden syrup variety you can smell it throughout the house while it is cooking, and it entices you a little to sample the wares. Taste wise its quite satisfying, it has roughly the same consistency as proper porridge, although not quite so bulky, more of a paste. The 39g in each packet is probably just enough for me, but hubby thinks two packets may be required for a proper feed, and he may have a valid point, but don't go telling him. I could definitely taste the syrup flavour through it and this made it a bit sweeter than the original variety.........not too sweet, just a hint. I really though for my 90p or so outlay that it was pretty good value for money, but in truth it is the quickness which sold me in the first place.
I'd have to recommend this product, it tastes nice, is quick, and it does fill that little morning space, which required filling. There are six sachets in the box so it works out at about 15p per serving which isn't too bad, in fact that seems like really good value to me. So if your looking for a quick hot morning fix you do far worse than try this.
Whenever I used to eat breakfast I felt sick. However, this all began to change when I stopped at my friends recently and she insisted I had some breakfast. She loves Asdas porridge and insisted I gave it a try despite the fact she knew I had always hated porridge. Whenever I had porridge in the past I always felt bloated and sick afterwards.
I gave the porridge a try seen as she kept insisting I tried it and I would have felt rude not trying! First thing that struck me about the porridge was the fact they porridge came in sachets in a yellow box. When she first pulled the yellow box out of the cupboard I didn't expect the porridge to be in separate sachets I expected it to be just stored together in the box. I like the idea though that there is 8 sachets rather than none at all because I can take the sachets with me to friend's houses or on holiday easier than taking a big box with me.
All you have to do with the sachet is pour it into a microwavable bowl and then put 180ml of milk into it for 2 minutes then stir and place it in for another minute. I don't actually follow these instructions.
I think it's stupid that they expect you to know how much 180ml is when you are putting it into a bowl. It is not practical to be using measuring jugs to measure 180ml of milk every day. So I just pour some milk in so it covers most of the sachet I've poured in. I also don't follow the time instructions, I put it in for a minute then stir and then do it for another minute and then it's done.
I also add blueberries on the porridge to give it extra flavour, however this isn't necessary because the porridge is syrup flavoured and tastes amazing. I have never enjoyed porridge and never in my life tasted porridge this good, I didn't think it would be possible to have porridge that didn't taste boring. You can't see the syrup in the porridge but you can definitely taste it.
I can't believe how great this porridge tastes and I definitely recommend it to people who don't like porridge to try this out first before ruling it out completely as I definitely dislike all the other porridges I've tried even the ones that cost a lot more than this so definitely give it a shot.
From being a non breakfast eater to a breakfast eater thanks to this porridge, I definitely feel satisfied with the product.
It isn't too heavy on the stomach for the first thing in the morning so eating this no longer makes me feel sick in the morning.
I simply porridge and I love, love, love it covered in a hefty dollop of syrup!Usually I buy oats or plain porridge and go wild with a syrup tin first thing however I saw this in my local Asda store and decided to give this a go because I am trying to be a little healthier and trying to limit my intake of products bad for me but still, I want nice tasting food and thought this would be a nice alternative to my usual choice!
Bright yellow box with a picture of a spoon of the porridge on it and then in white, yellow and blue writing I'm told it is Wholegrain Goodness Asda Simply Porridge, Syrup flavour and that it microwaves in 4 minutes, contains 8 sachets and is suitable for Vegetarians. Other information on the box tells me a bit about the product and how to make it up, I'm given a list of ingredients, allergy and nutritional information is stated, storage info is given as is the size stated (312g - 8 x 39g) the best before date is stamped on, contact details for Asda are given and finally there is bar-code on there. Inside the box there are 8 orange and black paper sachets and on those I'm once again told what they are and on the back of each one I'm told how to make the product up. Nice enough, bright packaging this is.
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Box..
It's super- simple superfood!
Simply porridge is simply delicious - glowing with tasty syrup flavour.
And oats are packed with wholegrain goodness - you get the complete package: germ and bran. Refined grains just don't have this nutrient fix.
Simply porridge is even better with a bit of a fruit. - try some raisins, berries or sliced banana! However you have it, it's the best way to start your day.
Directions For Making It Up....
Empty the contents of one sachet into a microwavable cereal bowl and stir in 180ml of semi-skimmed milk
Microwave on full power: 650w oven (Category B) 2 minutes. Stir and microwave for a further 1 minute.
Stir and leave to stand for one minute before serving. Do not re-heat.
My Thoughts On The Porridge....
Easy to make up, this really is! Its a fine oaty mixture with a hint of a sweet syrupy smell to it and as directed it all gets stirred up and bunged into the microwave (no hob instructions are given for this by the way).
When it comes out of the microwave it brings along with it a lovely natural sweet syrup smell , looks the consistency of porridge (slightly lumpy though not overly so) and is a beigy colour and a moist texture.
Taste wise this is actually rather nice! You can't obviously see the syrup but along with the rolled oats you can taste it and it is distinctive. It's rather flavoursome and well blended and not too stodgy or harsh tasting (which you can sometimes get with adding your own syrup to the mix if your heavy handed like me!).
This is rather filling and tasty enough and I have no complaints about it at all. It is creamy and not greasy or too dry, the cooking instructions are spot on and it's easy to make up. It fends off hunger for a while and is of course a good source of energy and fibre. A nice, simple porridge this is and I shall certainly be sure to buy it again in sachet form as there is less messing about to feed myself in the mornings! lol.
Contains gluten, oats and soya.
May contain traces of nuts and/or seeds.
Nutritional Information Per Sachet....
of which is sugars: 20.5g
of which is saturates: 2.2g
Equivalent as salt: 0.3g
Only available in Asda stores priced 96p for 8 breakfasts and is also available in original flavour.
Porridge. Not really the best breakfast cereal in the world but sometimes I buy it just so I can have something warm and relatively healthy to give me a kick-start in the morning. Whilst trawling the isles of Asda recently I came across the Asda Simply Porridge range.
Whilst it's available in the usual porridge format of sachets or just standard oats, what caught my attention about this particular branch off of the brand was that it was in a large and tall tub, quite like a tube of Pringles but wider. It comes in both original and syrup flavour [so naturally I want for the syrup flavour] and costs just £1.24 for 500g. OK so not as cheap as the Smart Price porridge oats but still a worthwhile investment.
The packaging is very attractive and is a nice vibrant red or yellow colour depending on the flavour you choose with a blue lid. What is even more wonderful is the fact that you are given a free easy measure scoop inside the product.
This is like a plastic blue spoon with a large, deep head. The porridge is just normal oats when you remove the lid though the scent of syrup instantly hits you and is rather intoxicating but sweet at the same time. The packaging boasts that you can microwave it in 3 minutes, which is the standard for any porridge really and detailed health and ingredient information is listed on the back alongside various serving suggestions to make the meal more interesting such as using fruit like raisins or bananas. There are also, naturally, directions for use.
It's fairly simple to use the measuring scooper. For an average portion of porridge just one scoopful of the oats will do coupled with 4 scoops of milk. The trick is to use the scooper for the milk as well in order to make sure you get an accurate mixture. Once this is done, the porridge should be microwaved for three minutes [with a stir after two].
I didn't think there was enough oats in the bowl after just one scoopful and I was right. After microwaving, the amount that was in my bowl probably wouldn't be enough to feed a small child let alone a hungry adult male first thing in the morning! The porridge also looked like it hadn't microwaved properly as some of the oats were still present and the porridge had all lumped together despite me following the packaging's instructions to a tee.
The taste was genuinely fine with the syrup being extremely tasty and overpowering though I didn't feel full after eating the meal and I have experimented with different amounts of oats and milk on other days though the result is still the same. It's not a very appetising meal and definitely doesn't help to improve your mood in the morning.
The porridge is very good for you providing a large number of valuable nutrients and such though its worth noting that it does contain gluten, oats and soya for people that may have allergies.
All that said and I wouldn't really recommend this as it seems to be a very good and well presented idea, but the instructions seem a little bit off the mark and the end result is something that is very unpleasant and miles away from what a bowl of porridge should look like when it comes out of the microwave if you had purchased any other brand. A bit of a shamble on Asda's behalf!
I don't normally have breakfast, but have decided to try and start having porridge every morning to help fill me up and give me that extra energy for the day. Admittedly, I'm quite lazy when it comes to cooking - especially when it comes to things like porridge where there's a lot of messy washing up to do afterwards - so I thought I'd try out some microwaveable porridge from Asda (Simply Porridge). I opted for the Syrup version as I love to add lots of sugar/honey usually
Oatflakes, Sugar, Flavourings, Stabiliser (Soya Lecithins).
The box contains eight pouches of porridge oats, with the instructions on the back of the box, and nutritional information and ingredients on the side of the box. You realise that the box is actually quite big once you open it and see the pouches inside - all eight only take up half of the box! However, although this packaging seems to be over generous, each porridge pouch also contains the instructions, meaning the box can be thrown away - better yet recycled!
MAKING THE PORRIDGE
As the name suggests, this porridge is simple to make. The contents of the pouch is emptied into a microwaveable bowl and stirred into 180ml of milk (they suggest semi-skimmed, but I guess the choice is really up to you). Unlike Quaker Oats' Oatso Simple Porridge, Asda's Simply Porridge pouches do not allow you to fill the empty pouch with just the right amount of milk, or with any milk at all as the pouch gives way, therefore you do need a measuring jug. Once the milk is stirred in, the porridge needs to be heated for 1 ¼ - 2minutes (depending on microwave wattage/category). After this, give the porridge a good stir and allow put in the microwave for just one more minute. Leave to stand for a further minute, give it another good stir and enjoy!
TASTE AND OVERALL OPINION
I'm impressed, I usually have to add lots and lots of sugar to my porridge, but this syrup version is scrumptious! The portion size is just right too, I did still feel abit peckish after eating it, but give it 20minutes and I felt quite satisfied - but saying that I don't tend to eat that much, if anything, for breakfast anyway so maybe some would find they need some fruit or toast to complete their breakfast. The only down side to Asda's Simply Porridge is that the pouches do not act as a measuring jug like those from Quaker Oats' Oatso Simple. Overall though, the washing up is minimal and to cook you just bang it in the microwave - simple and yummy!