I bought this thinking it would be a nice meal. Tastes disgusting and it shouldn't be called Cottage Pie as it is not even potato on top, it's some kind of blend of carrot and watery mash.Don't waste your money.
Tesco Healthy Living Cottage Pie maybe cheap but it is certainly not a meal that I would want to repeat having in a hurry. I had it one time and to be honest I don't really want to try it again because compared to the many other cottage pies on the market, including those with a "healthy" label, I just don't think it's very good quality and there are certainly better options. This packet - which is packaged as a meal for one - costs just 29p from Tesco and so it is cheap, but it tastes cheap. While from a health perspective it is pretty good with only 285 calories in the whole packet and just 3% fat, sometimes the fact that it's healthy is just not enough!!
Cooking this is easy and was simply a matter of bunging it in the oven for about 30 minutes until the top was golden brown. It didn't look too bad initially and I thought it would be okay going on looks alone. However, there was so much potato and so little mince that I'm not really sure how this could be called cottage pie because it was more like potato pie with a smattering of mince. The little mince there was in the dish was very peppery without much other seasoning. The mince tasted like cheap mince because I found a few bits of gristle.
Overall, I didn't rate this dish at all. It wasn't filling, it wasn't tasty and it was just unsatisfying. Don't bother.
I like Cottage Pie, but often find that Healthy living ones can taste a bit bland. It's like the Potato desn't have any taste to it, and that's bad because Potato doesn't have much taste in the first place.
This was from the Chiller section in Tesco and cost me £1.29. I find that Asda do a god range of £1 meals, but decided on a change and try this.
The packaging is alright. The Pie sits in a cardboard tray which you cook it in. The box is alright. It has the Tesco Healty Living colouring which is a sort of Sky blue colour. There is a lovely looking picture of the Pie on the front and it looks full of Fluffy Potato and a nice Minced Beef.
You can cook this in the oven and I think it takes about 25 minutes, or I tend to chuck ready meals in the Microwave and this takes approx 5 minutes depending on the wattage of your Microwave.
Calorie wise this only has 285 calories and for a 450g pack then it seems like you are getting a good amount of eating for the amount of calories. Then again it all has to taste good in order for you to eat it and be filled up - right?
This was alright but I wouldn't buy it again. There was a decent amount of Potato in this, but then again I am wanting more than a bit more than just potato for my Tea. The Potato just tasted a bit watery even though it was thick. There wasn't much Mince in here, and for the price I was expecting a bit more meat. I've had more Meat in cheaper meals than this. The gravy in this wasn't very flavoursome, and the scattering of Veg wasn't much to write about either.
There is a lot nicer Cottages Pies out there and they are even a bit cheaper. Not one I would buy again.
I often find myself in the supermarket looking for simple meals that I can keep in the fridge or freezer and cook easily if I want something to eat which requires no effort on my part. Recently I picked up this Tesco Light Choices Cottage Pie, which cost £1.58 for a 500 gram pack.
This cottage pie can be cooked either from chilled or frozen which is great as this means you don't have to plan ahead and defrost it if it has been in the freezer. It can be cooked in the oven or in the microwave so is very convenient. It takes around 30 minutes in the oven and around ten in the microwave.
The product is described as 'Minced beef in a rich gravy with fresh mashed potato'. It comes in a plastic tray which is covered with a cardboard slip. The cardboard has all the nutritional information on it along with an attractive picture of a cottage pie covered in crisp golden potato. It looks very appetising.
I cooked the pie in the oven as this was recommended as the way to get the best results. Even though I left it in for five minutes longer than the recommended time, the potato on top of the pie was still an unattractive, white, uncooked looking colour and by the looks of things didn't seem to have been affected at all by the cooking process!
The pie slid out of the tray and onto my plate without much of a problem and I tucked in. The minced beef in the main part of the pie was OK, although a little bit gristly and hard in places. There were a few bits of onion which were nice and a few small chunks of carrot which seemed very hard. The gravy was nice and rich and meaty tasting though.
The potato was the main problem with the pie. It was almost an inch thick which is far too much and even though it was hot and cooked through it had an unpleasant texture like cheap instant mashed potato and I couldn't eat it all. I ended up leaving about half the potato.
I wasn't very impressed with this and wouldn't buy it again unless I was desperate. One serving has 440 calories and 14.4 grams of fat, though if you leave half the topping like I did then this amount will go down a little!
I'm down to the last three or four meals in my freezer, and the hard work of defrosting the blasted thing is almost upon me. For tea last night I had a Tesco Healthy Living Cottage Pie as it fits nicely in my Weight Watchers points plan and also looked very tasty on the box.
I cooked it in the oven for around 35 minutes and also boiled some green beans and peas, as supermarket cottage pies rarely contain enough vegetables and I thought it may need bulking out.
Turning the cottage pie out of its cooking tray was surprisingly easy and the pie came out more or less in one piece, and with the potato on top as it should be. It looked a bit too pale for my liking, but I was aware the longer I kept it in the oven the more the meat was going to dry out. I had already cooked it for 10 minutes longer than I should have done and the top showed no sign of browning so I thought I might as well call it a day and tuck in.
I am less than impressed. The cottage pie may be a healthy option, but it is utterly tasteless and I would personally rather squander extra calories on a more interesting meal.
The potato topping needed a touch of salt, or perhaps a knob of butter, to liven it up and blow the calories or sodium intake. To me it tasted of dried potato and I couldn't help but liken it to that appalling Smash stuff. It looked and tasted pale and insipid.
The meat was no better. The gravy looked rich and meaty, but in truth is tasteless with a bit of a gloopy consistency. The mince is spread sparsely throughout the gravy and this is chewy and quite rubbery, it's in little tiny bits that get stuck in my teeth and left me with a gritty feeling in my mouth. There are a few little bits of carrot and some sort of green vegetable stirred in among the mince and gravy, but they can hardly be called vegetables as they are over processed, soggy and tasteless.
I shall never buy it again, even though this largish sized 450g cottage pie contains only 285 calories and 4.1g of fat, which equates to a mere 4 ½ Weight Watchers points. I would rather blow 8 points and dry fry my own mince, add a rich stock gravy, a couple of handfuls of veg and top with fresh fluffy mashed potato.
I bought this so long ago that I cannot honestly remember how much it cost, I know that the Tesco Healthy Living Meals are quite cheap compared to their chilled range so I would imagine this would have cost around £1.49. And that is a complete waste of £1.49 because I doubt you will enjoy this.
I discovered this product when I was shopping at Tesco's. I am on a diet and was looking for some different meal ideas whilst keeping the calories down to a minimum.
I love cottage pies and this frozen product looked really appealing to me - there was a picture of the pie with some veggies on the package. What was a bargain was that this only costed 89p for a 450g cottage pie. They also have a deal where you can by 5 of the frozen range for £4.
So it's clear that this is a bargain, but is it good value for money? Well when I first took the pie out of the freezer and out of the box I was pleasantly surprised it looked really tasty. When I first cooked this product I did it via the microwave - it only took 12 mins which is great if you want a quick tea! I have since cooked them in the oven, which takes around 45 mins.
Whilst cooking this, the smell was really appetising and made me want it all the more. The tricky part was dishing up and removing the cottage pie from its supplied cooking tray. There is no way that you can do this in one go, so it loses its attractiveness once dished out. You can of course eat it from cooking tray. The benefit from cooking this in the oven was that the potato went all golden and crispy on the top - the microwave doesn't allow this.
The taste was great although it does taste processed, it had a fairly peppery flavor and I have noticed that the amount of pepper does vary from pie to pie. If you don't like pepper I am not sure that you will like these pies. For me the flavor was great and very enjoyable. The potato was soft and fluffy and reminded me of the 'smash' type mash.
The pie is filling, can be eaten as a snack on its own or with vegetables for a main course. I would advise to make a bit of gravy to go with it because there is not an awful lot in the mince section of the pie.
To be fair the pieces of mince are so small you hardly realise they are there. They are not chewy or gristly, infact you probably would not know you were eating mince if you had your eys shut - its mostly gravy with a hint of mince really!
I think that this was a really enjoyable pie (not exceptional but enjoyable none the less) and the fact that its only 285 calories makes it even better. It is definitely not like having an home made pie with 'real' ingredients but its great for a mid week lazy tea!
I would definitely recommend giving this pie a try and see what you think!
4.5 weight watchers points
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