“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Fish „
In a bid to eat more fish and healthy items, I recently bought Sainsbury's Be Good To Yourself tuna lime fishcake as it is on offer (3 for £2) and thoroughly enjoyed it.
At about 4 inches in diameter the fishcake is tuna mixed with lime, coriander sauce and potato rosti covered in a breadcrumb and seed coating. When baked in the oven the seedy layer becomes really toasted and crunchy which is a lovely contrast to the smooth tuna centre.
I am a fish fan, but tuna is not at the top of my list but this fishcake is really not overpowering in a tuna taste. The light coriander and lime mix adds to make a fresh flavour. I cooked the two fishcakes, had one hot with cous cous and roast veg and the other cold the next day with salad, and they were delicious both ways.
It only takes 15 minutes to cook so is a great meal to have when you are in a rush, and tastes fine after being frozen.
Each fishcake is only 200 calories and tuna provides much of the oils and can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. As tuna has omega-3 fatty acids in it can help with lower the risk of heart disease, arthritis pains and as with other fish sources, it is great brain food!
I think I must be one of the very few people who don't like tuna; in fact I am not fond of any sort of fish except a little salmon now and again or the white variety when it's breaded or battered. But my daughter berates me, telling me how good tuna is for me especially at my age! I argue how come it can be good for me when pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised to limit their intake of tuna because of high levels of mercury. She counters that post menopausal women don't get pregnant and on we go! But it's all pretty good natured banter really! However it was largely to humour daughter dear that, when I saw these Tuna Lime and Coriander Fishcakes on special offer at Sainsbury's that I included a couple of packs in my online shop. I have to say I am glad I did!
These are one of Sainsbury's "Be Good to Yourself" products. Apparently all the alternatives in this range have gone through "extensive nutritional checks" and either contain less than 3% fat or have less calories, salt and saturated fat than Sainsbury's standard products. Not that I bothered about that at the time of purchase. When it comes to dietary awareness my rule of thumb is anything in moderation! I just thought these sounded quite tasty and would be very handy to have in the freezer especially as daughter and I tend to eat at different times and, as she gets back from work quite late after her 50 miles commute, she just wants something quick and easy.
Yes I know I should be a dedicated Mum cooking for my 26 year old and having a nice meal ready for her but I have tried that in the past and often she would ring to say she had decided to stay in town, had already eaten or not fancied what I had cooked so the fridge ended up with all sorts of plated meals which I would eventually throw out! Why do I feel the need to excuse myself on this? Also, although not averse to 'cook from frozen' Toad in the Hole and Chicken Tikka, daughter doesn't approve of ready meals! So it's not easy to find quick meals which are nutritious and take the minimum effort to prepare. These are ideal as, from frozen, they take just 25 minutes in the oven (220 degrees electric, gas mark 7), from chilled, only 15 minutes. However no microwave instructions are given and so presumably this is not recommended. They can also be teamed up with all sorts of goodies from salad to fresh veg. to baked beans. Daughter has even been known to add oven chips but I draw the line at that one!
So what do you get for your money? There are two fairly substantial fishcakes per pack weighing in at a total 200 grams (roughly 8cms diameter and 3cms high if you really want to go into detail!). With appetites like ours one per person would not suffice for a main meal but, if you padded it out with lots of vegetables or have a sparrow appetite it might. It would be easy to remove just one as they come in a plastic container with two compartments.
The cakes contain tuna chunks with rosti potatoes, lime and coriander coated in a breadcrumb, poppy seed and sunflower seed mixture. And I have to say I find them really delicious. This is a complete surprise to a non tuna eater like me. The crumb coating really packs quite a crunch and I do not find the tuna in any way overpowering. This will probably not be a plus for everybody but it is for me! Maybe it's because the tang of lime plus the slightly citrus flavour of the coriander take the edge of the tuna taste or perhaps there is just not that much fish. However the ingredient list claims these are 30% tuna so it's unlikely. Maybe I do like tuna after all and it's just taken me 50 plus years to find out!
As with all products in the "Be Good to Yourself" range, there are no red, stop/ danger sections on the five sector, traffic light wheel of health. The saturated fat and sugar sectors, both of which are 1.2 grams per one fishcake, are both goody-goody greens. Coming in on the orange are the fat at 10.7 grams, salt at 0.68 grams and calories at 200 units. Maybe the latter would be a little high for weight watchers if it takes two to satisfy their appetites but to me it's quite acceptable as my main meal of the day.
Allergy sufferers should be aware that fish, milk, wheat gluten and barley gluten are listed. I would also add that I have a friend who cannot eat coriander in any form; just one hint of it and he's violently sick but he is a bit strange!
Environmentalists will not be pleased to know that only the cardboard sleeve is recyclable. The tray and film must be assigned to the landfill or incineration pile!
I really would recommend these as a tasty, healthy option. Maybe at their full price of £1.89 they are on the expensive side but the 'two for £3.00' offer is available at Sainsburys online (and probably in store too) until 6th June 2009. Their Mackerel Fishcakes are also in the offer so you can mix and match if you prefer. I won't be going for that one because I don't like mackerel....... or do I?
And finally, in case you are in any doubt, my daughter is not as difficult as this review might suggest and much more loveable! I had to add that as she is reading this over my shoulder!