“ Manufacturer: Weight Watchers / Type: Pies „
For those of us who are constantly on a diet, the constant battle to find convenience food which is tasty and yet also low calorie and low fat is a pain in the bum! I think, over the years, I have tried all of the Weight Watchers range of convenience foods - some of which has been fine, but some of which I have rejected. Unfortunately, Weight Watchers Shepherd's Pie is one of those products which I have rejected because, but quite frankly, it really isn't very good at all! In terms of price, the Shepherd's Pie cost just £1 from Morrisons. It came frozen and was to be cooked from frozen, either in the microwave or in the oven (for best results, I would say stick it in the oven for about 25 minutes). The box reveals that the product contains less than 2% fat and just 186 kcals - and for those following the Weight Watchers diet plan, it also gives you the amount of points (2). So......meal cooked...I sat down to eat - looking forward to what was descried to be "savoury gravy with lean mince, carrots & peas topped with mashed potato". Firstly, its worth mentioning that the portion is pretty small....I mean, I know I was on a diet, but I still needed food and fuel and a portion of food with just 186 kcals for a main meal, really isn't very substantial. The main issue was the depth of the pie - which was very thin....just a thin layer of the mince concoction which was topped with an equally thin layer of the mash potato. The taste itself was fairly cardboard. It tasted overly processed, partlicularly the mashed potato element of this dish. It tasted a little bit like Smash potato - or as I like to refer to it as "fake potato". While the mince part was fairly tasty, there just wasn't enough of it and the overwhelming taste was of the mashed potato which, as well as tasting synthetic, was also quite sloppy in consistency. Its not that this dish is horrible......it's just that its not very nice. It would be far better to have a piece of chicken and fresh salad instead. It may be worth keeping a packet of it in the freezer for emergencies, but to be honest, there are better frozen diet meals out there.
Around this time of year I often start to watch what I eat because I know the summer holidays are fast approaching and I want to look half decent when I go away on the beach. This is the second Weight Watchers ready meal I have tried. The first was spaghetti bolognese, which I really enjoyed so I was quite looking forward to this. It's very easy and convenient to cook and you have the choice placing it in the oven for 40-45 minutes or popping it in the microwave. As this only takes 7-8 minutes depending on your microwave, I decided to go for this option. My first impressions were that it looked quite nice. I found with the spaghetti bolognese, that although it didn't look very appetising, it tasted very good. I'm not the biggest fan of lamb to be perfectly honest, but I have had many a shepherd's pie before and thoroughly enjoyed it but unfortunately, I cannot say the same about this. The flavour of the lamb wasn't very nice at all. There wasn't very much filling in the pie and I also didn't think much of the potato. It wasn't fluffy or tasty, but seemed quite watery to me, it didn't really taste like potato at all. There were quite a few peas present in the filling and quite thick slices of carrot which didn't taste as if they were cooked properly as they were quite crunchy. What I could taste throughout was a strong mint flavour, makes sense as this is a lamb dish, but for me the mint was overpowering and helped to ruin the meal. I was utterly disappointed with this. For me it was that bad that it was actually hard to eat. The only good points are that it contains just 220 calories. I am not following the WW plan, but this meal has a points value of 4 just incase anyone is wondering. I will not be purchasing this again as I wouldn't want to subject myself to such an experience for a second time. I have decided to give it two stars just because it isn't quite as bad as some of the disgusting meals I have had in the past.
The other half recently purchased a freezer draw full of these because ASDA had them on offer (5 meals for £5), and after oversleeping one morning and not having time to make lunch, i nicked one for work (disposing of the packaging as to avoid some stick from the guys at work!) In the microwave for 7 mins, and down i sat to eat my 'Diet Microwave Meal' and got comments from my fellow employees like "Smells nice" and "Did you cook that last night?" I've never cooked Shepherds Pie at home (Do a lot of cooking!) but i can give my opinion as a non-dieter, and that would be it tasted good. A nice amount of potatoe, accompanied with vegetables, i ended the meal feeling full. I've copied the nutritional value from the weight watchers web site below for anybody that's buying this to help with there diet. -kcal (Calories) 220kcal Protein 10.1g Carbohydrate 28.1g (of which sugars) (3.7g) Fat 7.5g (of which saturates) (3.7g) Fibre 1.1g Sodium 0.6g Salt equivalent 1.6g
This is the third in my recent series of reviews for Weight Watchers frozen meals, and this Shepherd's Pie comes sliding into middle place: better than the unpleasant Chicken Curry, but not as nice as the lovely Beef Hotpot. I am not actually following the Weight Watchers points system, but for those of you who are I can tell you that this meal will cost you just four points. For those of you who like me are just watching your weight by keeping track of fat and calories, I can let you know that this contains only 220 calories, 3.7 grams of sugar and 7.5 grams of fat. This is very low in calories for a main meal although admittedly the fat content is higher than quite a lot of other Weight Watchers meals. The meal is priced at £1.28 but Asda currently have an offer on where you can pick up 5 of these meals for £5. You can also mix and match with some of the other Weight Watchers meals, so it's quite a useful offer. The meal is easy to cook: you can either pop it in the microwave, or cook it in the oven. I prefer to do it in the oven and it takes 40-45 minutes like this, at a temperature of 200 degrees. The meal tastes quite nice. The potato is a little bit tasteless and more white than golden, which is a shame, but it has a pleasant texture and is not too sticky or too dry. The meat is alright, not as tasty as the beef in the Beef Hotpot, and it has a little bit of a herby tang to it which I am not keen on, but it is OK. The peas and carrots are nice and well cooked. Overall I would say this definitely isn't a treat but it is an average tasting meal that I wouldn't mind having occasionally for the sake of my waistline. The Shepherd's Pie is quite small and I would suggest if you are having it as a main meal then you might want to add another vegetable to it. I usually do an extra portion of peas so that the meal fills me up a bit more, and obviously so that I can have another of my five a day! This is not one of my favourite ready meals but I will probably buy it occasionally for a change, and I would recommend trying it if you are on a diet.
Knowing that I'd probably over-indulge over the festive period I thought I'd be a bit canny last year & stocked up on several Weightwatcher's Ready Meals as they were on offer at £1 each at Iceland. Oh dear what a disappointment some of them turned out to be! To be fair on Weightwatcher's I knew what I was letting myself in for & wasn't expecting anything that tasted anything like home-made nor particularly filling but was looking forward to something nice which meant I didn't have to spend even more time in the kitchen. The box has a mouthwateringly good picture on the front & is clearly marked with the calories (186), it tells me that there is less than 2% fat & for those following their plan it counts as 2 points. So far so good - it's described as 'a savoury gravy with lean minced beef, carrots & peas topped with mashed potato - sounds good doesn't it? Unfortunately, although the above description isn't false in any way, it was the lack of quantity that disappointed me. Yes, there was some meat (but not a lot), the gravy was actually nice & tasty (not too thick or thin) & I did spy a piece of carrot or 2 along with a few peas but to be honest if I'd eaten it with a tablespoon there'd only have been about 4 spoonfuls. The mashed potato tasted a little better than instant but definitely nowhere near as home-made & I found the whole dish didn't fill me up at all. Having said all this though I would buy it again as a standby in the freezer but next time I'd serve it up with loads of fresh vegetables to add bulk which hopefully would fill me up without adding many more calories. I'd buy it for the gravy taste & for the convenience of just having to prick a few holes in the lid & pop in the microwave. All the ingredients, full nutritional values, storage & cooking advice is clearly marked on the box. summary ~ - if you're watching your weight then, for £1 you get something that's quick & easy to cook. - if you like 'proper' food I wouldn't recommend this cottage pie. - I'd advise being prepared if you want a substantial meal & pre-prepare plenty of vegetables to dish up with it.
I opened my lunch today to discover a ready meal in place of my beloved tomato soup and not only that but it was a weight watchers ready meal, the Shepherd's pie. Now I LOVE Shepherd's pie, so I was dubious to say the least, not to mention getting rather paranoid as to whether someone at home was trying to tell me something. But soon my hunger overcame any reservations and if I'm honest, and my missus isn't about, it wasn't that terrible. Although it did seem to have a lot of, some form of non-descript thing in it that could possibly have been meant to be a vegetable at some point in its life, and that is the way the whole lot comes across. You could probably figure out what each item had been at some point. The potato (smash) on the top was what I expected from a microwave meal from Heinz, but the rest of it had no excuse really. The mince was about a millimetre (for the Americans I've offended with my title that's about 1/25th of an inch) thick with what looked like orange and brown reconstituted veg. Unimpressive to say the least but at least it had some form of flavour and the gravy was good, at least in relative terms. While I won't be rushing out to buy it again and I have been informed that I don't need to lose weight, thankfully, if I had to I know there is much worse than this on the market as regards healthy choice ready meals. And as my father says "In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is King" and that's the case here. While it's not great, at least it's not cardboard.
I brought this Shepherd's Pie in Cool Trader, it was 79p and I thought that was a good price for a Weight Watchers meal because they're dearer than that in the supermarket. I'm trying to eat a bit healthier between now and Xmas so thought it wouldn't hurt to replace my usual selection of ready meals for lower fat ones. I love Shepherd's Pie and there's not many that I don't like, unfortunately I didn't like this one and that's because there's hardly any flavour in it and the mince filling is a mixture of too soft and gristly meat. There's loads more potato than filling and to make things worse the potato tastes like instant mash, it's got that dry powdery taste to it that stops it tasting like real potato. It's got quite a buttery texture, not buttery I don't think exactly but it's deffo not as dry in texture as it tastes. It's a bland taste that doesn't go well with the smooth texture of the potato and eventually I scraped loads of it onto the side of my plate because I got proper bored of it. The mince is pathetic. There are a few carrots and peas in the meal to make it look like you're getting some veg but the pieces are so small and they have been cooked to death anyway so Weight Watchers might as well have left them out for all the nutrition they'll give you. They don't even add colour to the meal because they've soaked up so much of the gravy! I was a bit annoyed that there wasn't much meat in the pie but it's so bad that I should be glad there wasn't more. It's proper poor quality mince I reckon and tastes a bit fake under the sticky salty gravy. This Shepherd's Pie didn't fill me up at all and if you was on a diet and starving anyway then I don't think this would do for a main meal. It doesn't even taste good and I reckon anyone doing the Weight Watchers diet will have a recipe for their own low fat shepherd's pie to save having to rely on crap like this. There are 4 points in this meal and about 250 calories. That's not bad, but I can't comments on the points thing because for all I know that might be your daily allowance! Lol