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      04.09.2013 18:22
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      Lovely, fast but still healthy food!

      With living on my own alot of the time I really can't be bothered with the time and expense that it takes to prepare food, don't get me wrong sometimes I do but with M.E and an eating disorder I'm quite often exhausted and if I have got any energy at all I can think of better ways to use it up!

      Ready meals I find convenient, Weightwatchers ones are great for me because I once was a Weightwatcher and know all about the points system so at a glance I know this is a healthy meal, useful to someone with eating problems I think as well as people watching what they eat.

      This I bought in my local freezer centre which has lots and lots of Weightwatchers products within it to choose from and this one I buy often and it costs me just £1.00 though prices vary of course depending on where your shopping!

      The Packaging:

      This comes in a purple box with a pcture of the meal on the front of it and we are clearly told what it is and who it by, that it contains 6 points of a Weightwatchers daily points allowance and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown, then on the back of the box other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, the ingredients and full nutritional chart are shown, heating advice is listed and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly given.

      The Meal:

      To cook this you are meant to cook it from frozen, in the oven it will take around 45 minutes in the container it comes in or you can do as I do and pop it in the microwave to which takes around 9 minutes.....so fast food as well as healthy food it can be!

      This, in my opinion is one of the best and most tasty meals Weightwatchers do and I thoroughly enjoy it. What you get is two things in one meal. First off the chicken breast is in nice big chunks and well cooked and you get rather a lot of it and it comes in a thickish sauce made from tomatoes with bits of courgettes, red peppers, tomatoes and onions in it, all diced up sort of thing and the sauce has a hint of garlic flavouring to it and visible flakes of dried looking basil and oregano. Its well seasoned, naturally sweet and not too salty and certainly not too greasy. The flavours compliment the chicken in a sort of salsa sauce way though the dish is mild its just really tasty and not one bit spicy.

      You then get wedges, again not many of them and they vary in size. They taste a little fried though again not greasy and very slightly seasoned. I do find sometimes putting this type of potato in the microwave can make them go hard but nope they come out really well though I have cooked this meal in the past in the oven and do feel the wedges were better cooked that way to be fair they're ok in the microwave!

      This is a filling meal, low in calories with it only having 247 calories and 2.1g of saturated fat in the entire thing and it lacks nothing on flavour at all! Its yum and its one I will continue buying as I have done for a long time now!

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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        11.07.2013 20:31
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        Tasty but not what I was expecting, and not worth full price.

        I'm pretty lazy when it comes to cooking in the week, and when I saw these Weight Watchers meals on offer at 3 for £5 in Asda, I thought I'd stock up. I'm not on any diet but I am conscious that ready meals aren't good for me, so I suppose I figured that if I was going to eat food that wasn't good for me, then if it was weight watchers, it might have some redeeming features!

        This tomato & Basil chicken looked delicious on the box, chunks of chicken in a tomatoey sauce with potato wedges. The description claims that the chicken is tender, the tomatoey sauce is actually a salsa, and the potato wedges are crispy, all for a total calorie intake of 247kcal - sounds too good to be true! If you are following the weight watchers plan this meal has a "6 propoints value" - I don't know if that's good or not.

        The other nutritional values are probably not as glowing - 6.0g fat (2.1g saturates) 8.8g sugars and 1.3g salt. There is a reminder on every side of the box that this meal counts as one of your five a day - bonus!

        The meal can be cooked in the conventional oven (preheat to 200 degrees C and cook for 45 mins) or in the microwave (uncover and cook on full power for 9 minutes) - guess which I did?! I microwaved - simply remove from the box, peel off the film lid from the plastic tray, and cook.

        After 9 minutes in my 800W oven, I went to check, and it smelt delicious! It was then that noticed that my particular tray was almost full of potato wedges and only a few tiny pieces of chicken. The chicken was piping hot, but some of the potatoes were still not cooked through and it needed another minute. After that I left to stand for a minute then I served it out onto a plate. At this point I decided to count the contents of my plate. This isn't a normal practice for me (honestly!) but there was just such an over-emphasis on the potatoes, I could feel an email coming on! I had 14 wedges of various sizes and 6 pieces of chicken, the largest of which was about 2cm long. Very disappointing.

        Eating this meal, the flavours were great without any doubt. The salsa was really tasty and the bits of chicken I had were well coated although to be honest too small to judge whether they could be classed as moist or not. The potatoes were nice and soft and I did really enjoy the meal. I felt full after eating it and wasn't inclined to snack later on, obviously a good thing.

        In a 3-star freezer the meal will keep until it's best before date, which in my case was 12 months, and for a cost which worked out at about £1.60 I would probably be happy to take a chance and buy again, but if the portion I had was typical in terms of quantity of chicken in there, I definitely wouldn't pay the full ticket price, which in Asda was £2.79.

        I have contacted Heinz to question whether I was unfortunate in my portion, but can obviously only review what I experienced. If I hear back from them, I'll update my review with their comments.

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          18.03.2012 00:55
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          Brilliant and cheap when you know where to shop

          After taking a break from Weight Watchers for 4 months I had noticed that my weight was slowly creeping back up and I wasnt happy so joined Weight Watchers again to try and shift some of my unwanted fluffiness. I never tried the Weight Watcher meals before because we would always sit down together as a family and everyone ate the same as me however with my partner starting a new job and the children at school i decided to give them a shot and i was not dissapointed with my purchase.
          I brought them from Iceland at £1.00 each, other products are a little more expensive. I stocked my freezer full including the Tomatoe and basil chicken.

          One the box it shows you the picture of the meal once cooked and that it is made not only by Weight Watchers but also Heinz. The points are on the box however it is by the old pointing system not the new (ish) propoints so you would have to recalculate the points. It works out at 7 propoints for the full meal which is really good and it also tells you the amount of calories in the meal, however with Weight Watchers you dont normally check the calories, you mostly look at the back for the rest of the information.

          It is very easy to prepare the meal, you simply take it out of the box, pierce a few holes in the celofane cover and place in the microwave for around 8 minutes in total and leaving it to stand for 1 minute. You can also cook them in the oven aswell, you would have to look at the cooking guide lines for that as i have never managed to cook it in the oven. Whilst cooking you can really smell the Tomato and basil more that anything else. The wedges have to smell to them at all however they are very nice and soft. The chicken pieces are a little small but when you are following Weight Watchers everything seems small to begin with, a few weeks into the plan and you look at it as a perfect meal. You get roughly around 3 to 4 pieces in the meal and around a handful of wedges which is quite a lot for a meal of 7 propoints.
          I wouldnt have this meal on its own expecting it to be enough for me and to keep me full until either my next meal or the following morning. I tend to add steamed vegatables with it and it is alot nicer and more filling. I have also had some of the Weight Watchers garlic bread with it and it was beautiful.
          The great thing about this meal is that it doesnt taste like a low calorie meal, it is packed with flavour, the chicken is lovely and moist and the wedges have their own distinctive taste to them which really brings out all the flavours.
          I would recommend this meal to people who are watching what they eat and are following a diet as it doesnt feel like you are cutting anything out with it, you feel like it is a normal ready meal. Although you can not get rid of the ready meal (microwave) taste it still does taste very nice indeed.
          I would suggest you shop around for them though, i have seen them alot in Asda and Iceland on offer for around the £1.00 mark, they are also sold in Heron for the same price but i have also seen them in other stores from £1.25 and upwards so please shop around to make sure you get the best deals on them

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            15.03.2012 13:49
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            Filling, low points meal!

            OK, so we have booked a holiday to Cyprus and I am panicking. Need to loose 2 Stone to be at my goal for my 30th Birthday and to get into my Bikini just afterwards, so I joined Weight Watchers Online last month. I have done WW before and really did well, but slowly the weight has crept back on - well not all of it but enough! I find that I can get into my Propoints allowance alright but feel I need more of a proper lunch to get me through the day so I decided to try some of the WW meals. I figured these would be nice and easily to do at work in the microwave and would be more filling than my usual diet lunch.

            So I popped off to the shops to stock up on enough meals to get me through the week. They were priced at our local Morrison's between £1.79 and £2.28. The Heinz Tomato and Basil Chicken were priced at £1.98 and for this you get 330g and was worth 7 Propoints.

            The meal comes in a plastic microwavable dish which is inside a cardboard box. The box is purple in colour with an image of the meal on the top. It has the Weight Watchers by Heinz logo in Blue writing on a white background. On the sides of the box and the back it gives you all you nutritional value, ingredients and cooking instructions. The dish the meal is served in is black plastic dish with a clear film on the top. You have to pierce this film before microwaving. As frozen the meal looks unappetising and lumpy so I wasn't expecting a miracle after I had cooked it!

            To cook you can either pop it in the oven on a tray after removing the film lid and cook on Gas Mark 6 for 45 minutes or microwave it. In both instances you are told to cook from frozen for best results. To Microwave the meal you simply pierce the film lid and cook on full power (based on an 800W microwave) for 8 minutes, letting it stand for 1 minute. Although cooking in the Microwave is a lot quicker and more convenient I have found the meals do taste nicer if done in the oven, but at work I don't have the option of an oven. For both cooking options when the time is up and you get the meal out you notice that it does really smell great and look nice!

            The Tomato and Basil Chicken is mini chicken fillets marinated in tomato and basil sauce and comes with potato wedges. The chicken is light and not overdone and stays moist as it cooks in the sauce, considering this is a ready meal the chicken pieces are big and thick. You can also really taste the basil in the tomato marinade. The wedges are pretty good for a ready meal as well. They are a good size and are fluffy inside. The 8 minutes cooking time fro the microwave is plenty to cook the meal thoroughly but not overcook it. The meal is full of flavour and taste and not at all bland. It is very filling and kept me going from midday till 7 o clock when we had some tea, it didn't look very much in the dish but it really does fill you up!

            As it is WW it is low in calories and an ideal way of helping you keep on track with you propoints as it is only 7 propoints! The meal has just 254 calories and 6.5g fat for the 330g

            Nutritional Info

            Energy -kJ 1070 kJ
            - kcal (Calories) 254 kcal
            Protein 15.6g
            Carbohydrate 30.6g
            (of which sugars) (8.0g)
            Fat 6.5g
            (of which saturates) (1.7g)
            Fibre 5.3g
            Sodium 0.7g
            Salt equivalent 1.9g

            I have since tried quite a few of the WW meals and I have to say this remains as one of my favourites, purely for it being full or flavour and taste! These meals have helped me stay track with my points and kept me from feeling hungry, they really are well worth trying!

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            18.06.2010 17:29
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            A Weight Watchers ready meal

            As I have started the Weight Watchers healthy eating plan I have decided to give some of the ready made meals that they do a go. I'm not normally a fan of ready meals, due to the bad reputation they seem to have with to much salt, sugar, fat etc. On the hold looking at the nutrition information on some of the Weight Watcher packets they don't seem too bad.

            Weight Watchers Tomato and Basil Chicken:

            Weight Watchers ready meals are manly made by the company Heinz which are very famous for there beans some may say. This meal is marinated chicken in a tomato, courgette, red pepper and basil sauce with potato wedges. All of which are ingredients I love, so I was looking forward to trying this one.

            As many people shall know Weight Watchers is a point system diet, each food is allocated points which you add up for your daily point's total. This meal being only 4 points is great news for me. If you feel that it wouldn't fill you up to much you could add steamed vegetables for zero points to bulk out your meal to make it more satisfying for you.

            The Meal:

            As I have already said I've never been a fan of ready made meals, but I was very surprised on how much I enjoyed this one.

            Appearance of the meal wasn't 5 stars but you get what you pay for, however it did look appetising and smelt very tasty indeed.

            The sauce was lovely, I couldn't really taste the basil but the other ingredients did stand out. The chicken was soft and tender plus there was quite a few pieces of chicken too; were as in some ready made meals you may get one piece of chicken and that's it.

            The potato wedges that came with the meal was good, I tend to like mine crunchy but as they are cook in the tomato sauce I knew they wasn't going to crisp up that much. However I still enjoyed them, they had a yummy soft centre which litary melted in your mouth! The tomato sauce you could see the chopped up bits of courgettes and peppers with had a nice sweet taste.

            I was extremely satisfied after eating my meal, it did fill me up for awhile and was nice not to stand there and cook even though it did take 40 minutes.

            How to cook:

            I guess this why people like ready meals so much, as they are so easy to prepare. For this meal all you have to do is remove the cardboard packaging (obviously), remove film lid and place on a baking in a preheated oven for 40-45 minutes at 200c (need to adjust temperature for fan assisted ovens)

            Or if you wanted it sooner rather than later you can microwave your meal, remove film lid like before. Microwave; cook on full power for 9 minutes, leave to stand for 1 minute and jobs done. (Based on 750w microwave)

            This meal is to be cooked from frozen.

            Price:

            I had this meal from my local Asda store as they were on offer 'Weight Watcher freezer meals and desserts' 4 for £5.00. Which is a good price I think for 4 meals. However I have seen Weight Watchers ready meals in pound freeze too, but not the Tomato and Basil Chicken one yet.

            Nutrition Information:

            249 calories
            15.5g of protein
            30.7g of carbohydrates (8.8g of which sugars)
            7.1g of fat (2.7g of which saturates)
            4.2g of fibre
            0.8g of sodium
            2.1g of salt equivalent

            As stated on the box this product contains no artificial colours or flavours and no hydrogenated fats.

            Allergic Advise:

            Contains milk, celery and celeriac.

            Which still isn't wonderfully healthy but going on other ready made meals this isn't too bad either.

            Overall:

            I found this a satisfying meal, tasty, and one I would be eating again. I would recommend this meal if you're a fan of the ingredients like I was.

            Its good value for money, easy to prepare, and more than easy to eat.

            Additional Information:

            Incase you would like to find more out about Weight Watchers they have a very handy and useful website.

            www.weightwatchers.co.uk

            Weight Watchers Customer Service
            Millennium House
            Ludlow Road
            Maidenhead
            Berkshire
            SL6 2SL

            Telephone: 0845 345 1500
            Email: uk.help@weightwatchers.co.uk

            Thanks for reading :o)

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              22.03.2010 10:43
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              A really nice tasty dish!

              In a bid to lose weight I knew exactly what I needed to do, cut down my food portions tremendously and stop being so lazy. This is common sense I know but I struggle, I could eat and eat until feeling sick because I just love food, to be honest I think it's because I was bullied when I was younger and food has been my one comfort, not making excuses but years of heavy eating has took it's toll on my body and brain and I find it difficult to cook a decent, fresh meal (anyway) as well as cutting down my portions, even if I do use a smaller plate.

              So the past week I've been working out to my fitness DVD at home and when I went shopping in Iceland I only bought the weightwatchers ready meals for myself. I know microwave meals are not the healthiest option but they are small portions, VERY small compared to what I usually eat and I needed my brain to realise that I can actually survive on this small portion as this is actually all I should be eating anyway.

              I'm quite adventurous when it comes to my food and will try most things, unless it contains sprouts. YUK! So I picked up quite a few meals in Iceland, as well as Tesco, some on offer two for £1.50 and others £1.50 each. One of the £1.50 boxes were Chicken in Tomato and Basil sauce.

              The Weight watchers Chicken in Tomato and Basil sauce comes in the usual purple cardboard box with the weightwatchers from Heinz logo on the top left hand corner with a picture of the dish on the front. To be perfectly honest I don't think any of the pictures of any of the meals do them much justice because I find they look much better in the tray. The meal pictures also look quite big to, especially as they are on quite a small box which is pretty deceiving as believe me these meals are small. There is a brief description of this meal on the front of the box, Sliced chicken in a chunky tomato, courgette and red pepper and basil sauce served with deep fried potato wedges.

              The meals come in microwaveable, SMALL, black plastic trays. I find if I eat these meals out of the actual tray I feel like I'm only snacking so I have to put it onto a plate so it looks like a proper meal.

              Cooking it in the microwave for the required time of 9 minutes, and leaving it to stand inpatiently for just 1, the tomatoey aroma floated around my kitchen which was extremely appetising. Pouring the meal onto my plate, I first noticed how chunky the potato wedges were as well as how generous the helping was. The chicken was lovely, nice and tender but actually didn't 'taste' of much it was the tomatoey sauce with the hint of basil alongside the pieces of pepper that created the flavour and more of the textures. There were quite a few pieces of chicken varying in sizes and they blended in well with the sauce and pepper offering. The wedges are what impressed me the most, thick and chunky wedges, with a slightly crisp skin, but you soon sink your teeth into some proper potato, fluffy, tasty wedges. They seemed of much better quality than some typical potato wedges you can buy frozen. The tomato sauce itself isn't that thick, but it is bulked out by the pieces of tomato and peppers, the pepper add a little flavour and texture but they don't make the sauce hot or spicy which I liked. The basil flavouring added a little herby flavour within the tomato sauce offering that little extra zing rather than it just being a thin tomato sauce. I'd definitely reccommend trying this meal if you like the weight watchers range of frozen meals, it is tasty and could go well with a side salad if you want to bulk it out slightly but keep healthy.

              The whole meal contains 231 calories and less than 3% fat. If you are following the weightwatchers points plan the meal has a 3 1/2 points value.

              Now I've already said I know microwave ready meals are not the healthiest but you can't be perfect with your food and with cutting down my portions and adding exercise to my daily routine I've managed to lose 5lb this week, even with the nutritional info for this meal not being excellent, none the less what I'm doing so far seems to be improving my body slowly!

              The meal contains;
              231 calories
              13.5g protein
              29.1g carbohydrate of which
              7.8g sugars
              6.7g fat of which
              1.7g saturates
              1.7g salt equivalent

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              15.03.2010 16:29
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              A Delicious Meal full of Tasty Ingrediants

              Weight Watchers Tomato and Basil Chicken consists of 2 tender mini chicken breasts with chunky tomato, red pepper and courgette all coated in a basil sauce and served with a portion of potato wedges.

              This tasty meal contains just 249 calories and tastes absolutely delicious, I will say with this being a ready meal it does consist of 9g Sugar and 2g Salt (which is a quarter of the daily recommended amount).

              This meal is suitable to cook from frozen and I usually give it about 8 - 9 minutes in the microwave but different microwaves may vary but all cooking guidelines are on the box. It can also be oven cooked but I have never actually done it in the oven as it takes quite a bit longer.

              Tomato and Basil Chicken served with either a nice salad or plenty of vegetables to bulk it up a little and you have a deliciously tasty meal or even on its own for a quick light meal. For those who are following the weight watchers diet this particular meal has a point value of 4 so is quite low.

              Again like most Weight Watchers meals most big supermarkets will sell this tasty meal and at £1.62 (Tesco Price) I think it is well worth it.

              NUTRITION

              A 330g box contains:- 249 Calories, 9g Sugar, 7g Fat, 2g Saturates and 2g Salt.

              STORAGE

              Suitable for Freezing

              This is one of my personal favourites as it is low in Weight Watchers points and tastes really good.

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                10.02.2010 12:46
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                a great product from weight watchers

                I picked this up in sainsburys a few weeks back for £1.50 (it was 50p off but you can still pick up weightwatchers meals for cheaper else where)

                The box informed me 'Marinated chicken mini fillets in a chunky tomato, with courgette, red pepper and basil sauce, served with crispy potato wedges' ok, sounds good to me i love basil sauces.

                and i wasnt dissappointed with this product it tastes fantastic, the tomato and basil flavour working well with the chicken, which wasnt dry like some microwave meals and the potato wedges which were not as soggy as in others.

                as with all weight watchers meals there's not enough and i boiled up some peas to go with this particualr meal. 330 grams ,which is actually more than a lot of their dishes (often 320g). the packaging is the usual purple colour and is very easy to microwave so no need to faff around at all. this meal has 249 calorie, only 4% fat and is 4 weight watchers points. so its fantastic in that aspect (i believe i can have around 30-35 points a day (yay!)

                its another great meal by weight watchers which is not only healthy but really nice, what more could you possibly want? Recommeneded

                Tony

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                19.01.2010 22:13
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                Back on the dreaded Diet, so reaching for the nice, healthy ready meals that is Weight Watchers. Asda is selling 5 for £5 on a large range of their frozen meals and the deal included a few desserts as well, so my freezer is nice and stuffed. Since Diet food can normally be expensive, especially for the brand named goods, then 'll take an offer when I can get 1. I think this normally sells for about £1.40 for the 330g meal.

                The meal is in a plastic tray which you just pop in the Microwave and cook for 7-8 minutes depending on wattage.

                The box is alright. The weight watchers brand has a nice purple colouring on the boxes, and we have the label to say that it is Weight Watchers from Heinz. Well if Heinz is making the food, then I think it will be ok quality.

                Per meal this only has 249 calories and 7.1g of fat. Surely there won't be much to this meal? You'd be surprised.

                Once cooked this smelt lovely. When I took it out the Microwave all I could see was a couple of thick cut Potato Wedges and a load of quite thick red stuff. When I took it out of the tray and put it into a bowl, then it looked more like the thing. Underneath the thick-ish covering of Sauce there was 2 decent sized Chicken Fillets and a few more Wedges. The Chicken wasn't massive, but it made for an enjoyable and filling meal. The Chicken Breast was juicy and tender, the Wedges made me feel like I was having Chips, and the Tomato Sauce with the nice hint of Basil made everything taste more interesting.

                I will have this again as it has my favourite Meat in it, and it doesn't taste like a dry boring Diet meal. It tastes like real food!

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                May appeal to some, and it was quick to cook.

                When I went food shopping the other week, I decided to pick up a few 'lazy meals' as I often want something warm and filling straight away after walking home from work. I was looking out for the healthiest ready meals I could get, and I picked up this Weight Watchers meal without really paying much attention, as my basket was already full to bursting!

                I opened it the other day thinking I'd add some potatoes and veg to it, and was surprised to find it already had potato wedges and some veg in it! I hadn't even looked at the picture I was so busy reading the nutritional information, and assumed it was just a couple of chicken breasts! More specifically, the description involves 'marinated chicken' in a 'chunky tomato, courgette, red pepper and basil sauce, served with crispy potato wedges'. Nice!

                I'd recently had an issue with the Weight Watchers chicken and mushroom pies as they aren't microwaveable (need to start paying more attention to what I'm buying!), so I checked this in the shop and found happily that it was. So last night I whacked it in for 8-9 minutes (including one minute to stand but it didn't need that) as a light dinner after a big Sunday lunch. All you have to do is peel off the lid and put it in.

                I was looking forward to my lazy meal, and it looked ok when I took it out of the microwave. However, when I went to transfer it to a plate it wasn't the easiest thing to do gracefully, and it looked like mushed up steaming baby food. Possibly if I'd left it the full minute to stand it might have turned out better...

                Despite following the recommended cooking time to the letter, the meal had that weird tang of something that's been microwaved too long. Obviously as the product contains meat, I would be wary of adjusting the cooking time, especially as I don't cook meat that often and can't make an educated guess.

                I also couldn't distinguish the bits of veg from each other as everything seemed drowned in the tomato sauce. Don't get me wrong, I'd prefer my chicken to be drowned than flavourless, but the problem was that everything was so mixed together that the wedges went soggy straight away, and it became a bit of a lottery as to what I was actually putting in my mouth. I couldn't taste the basil at all, the whole thing just tasted like soggy lumps of chicken, potato and a meagre amount of veg in thick tomato puree. There wasn't much chicken, which suited me fine, but what was there did taste very cheap and made the overall taste even worse. The best thing were the wedges, but they weren't nice soggy.

                This meal weighs in at 4 and a half weight watchers points, and has reasonable nutritional numbers apart from the fact that this meal gives you a third of your RDA for salt. I transferred it to a bowl for easier eating, and it filled less than three quarters of a smallish Ikea bowl (which is about half the size of a regular cereal bowl). Despite having Sunday lunch, I was pretty disappointed at the small portion...especially as its 'special offer' price is 2 for £4 in Sainsbury's at the moment - terrible, I wouldn't eat it again if you paid me.

                As soon as I finished it I wanted the taste out of my mouth as it was so artificial, and I was still hungry, so I ended up having a small portion of chicken dippers and chips, which was exactly what I was trying to avoid in the first place! So yes I had two semi-dinners last night, and I came to the conclusion that this Weight Watchers ready meal was very much a con! Expensive, tiny portion and so mushy and with such horrible flavours I doubt even babies would like it. The cats were interested in the bits of chicken I gave them, but I won't be buying this again.

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                  I'm really big on cooking, but lately, with being ill and having alot of troubles going around, I just can't be bothered cooking twice a day (plus scrambled eggs or oatmeal in the morning). Maybe this is the lazy way out, but I've found the best alternative to cooking all the time is the Weight Watchers ready meals. The bonus? They assist me with my weight loss too!!

                  I've been eating these ready meals nearly every evening for the past few weeks, but only now have I decided to share my opinion on them with you. Today it's the Tomato & Basil Chicken one.

                  According to the front of the box, "Marinated chicken mini fillets in a chunky tomato, courgette, red pepper and basil sauce, served with crispy potato wedges."

                  The meal comes in a medium sized purple box (slightly different from the image shown above), with a picture of the meal wrapped around one side. This picture looks like a delicious, home cooked meal and it really did draw me in. All of the necessary information is displayed clearly on the box so that even before picking it up in the shop, you can see the calorie content, points value (if you follow the Weight Watchers system) and the fat content. On the back of the box, you are told that the meal has no artificial colours, no artificial flavours and no hydrogenated fats - sounds great, right? The ingredients, company information and nutritional information is also on the back of the box, with the heating instructions on the side.

                  You can cook this in two ways - in the microwave or in the oven. I opted for the microwave option as the oven option would take 40-45 minutes - the same length of time that I could prepare and cook my own meal. I was told to remove the film lid before cooking and then to pop it in the microwave on full power for 9 minutes, then leave to stand for one minute. The cooking time changes depending on the wattage of your microwave.

                  Roughly 3 minutes after I put the meal in to cook, I started to get delicious scents circling round the house, who'd have thought a ready meal could smell so delicious?

                  7 minutes later (remember to leave it to stand!), I had a delicious looking meal sat in front of me. I could see 9 potato wedges of different sizes lying in top of a bed of chunky tomato sauce and chicken fillets. The potato wedges were golden and looked delicious, and sauce was giving off a delicious aroma. I took a bite out of one of the wedges. Perfect. Just the way I like them. Semi crunchy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. I ate all of the wedges first as I have a pretty OCD way of eating. Next was the chicken. I found 2 medium sized chicken fillets resting in the sauce. They looked moist and yummy, I couldn't wait to wolf them down. I cut off a chunk of chicken and popped it into my mouth. I was so surprised, it was the best chicken I'd ever tasted. How unusual. Halfway through the first chicken fillet, I was starting to feel full (that's my small appetite kicking telling me to stop feeding it!), so I took a gulp of water and waited a few minutes before finishing the rest off.
                  The chunky tomato sauce was delicious too. It was thick and full of tangy tomato flavour with plenty chunky vegetables mixed through it. Who'd have thought that something that cost only £1.50 would be so filling and tasty?

                  I like to eat the ready meals with a side portion of raw vegetables as I feel that the vegetables included in the meal aren't enough to do you any good.

                  In this 330g meal there is
                  - 249 calories
                  - 15.5g of protein
                  - 30.7g of carbohydrates (8.8g of which sugars)
                  - 7.1g of fat (2.7g of which saturates)
                  - 4.2g of fibre
                  - 0.8g of sodium
                  - 2.1g of salt equivalent

                  Compared to the guideline daily amounts for average adults, this is wonderful - these are also included on the box, but I won't bore you with those because you can find them absolutely anywhere!

                  Contains; Milk, Celery, Celeriac.

                  I bought this meal (and 4 others) for £1.50 each from Asda, but then found out that they are only £1 in Iceland, so I may have to start heading there to buy them.

                  Overall, I think this is an amazing meal that I'll definitely be buying again.
                  It's tasty, filling, cheap, quick to make and keeps my calorie intake down, what more could you ask for?


                  Thanks for reading!

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                    Weight Watchers tomato and basil chicken

                    I really love cooking, but I think I have lost the will to cook! I really cant be bothered with 'proper' cooking lately - I live alone, so I find it's a lot of hassle to cook healthy meals for one, and often there can be a lot of wastage when I buy vegetables as they go off before I have a chance to use them all. Also after doing an 11 hour shift, the last thing you want to do is cook!

                    I have decided I need to lose weight, and until I get my cooking mojo back, my freezer has become a sea of purple, with all the weight watchers ready meals I have purchased!

                    I have already tried a few weight watchers meals so far- I love the chicken curry and the beef hot pot - and the latest one I've tried is the tomato and basil chicken.

                    ~About the product~

                    This is a frozen ready meal which contains mini chicken fillets in a tomato, courgette, red pepper and basil sauce, accompanied by deep fried potato wedges (deep fried doesn't sound too healthy does it?). If you are doing the weight watchers diet, this has a points value of 4.

                    ~Packaging~

                    The product comes in a dark purple box, with a picture of the finished product on the front. The calories, fat content, and weight watchers points values are clearly displayed on the front of the box, beneath the product name.

                    The product itself comes in a plastic tray with a film lid. The film lid peels off easily which is good, as I remember buying something ages ago, where the film peeled off in strips and I kept finding bits in my meal - yuk!

                    ~Cooking it~

                    This can be cooked in either the microwave or the oven. The microwave takes 9 minutes, and the oven takes 40-45 minutes. Guess which one I chose?! It does say oven-cooking gives better results, but quite frankly, I am too lazy to wait!

                    ~What I thought~

                    When I heard the microwave ping, I walked into the kitchen and was greeted by the most amazing smell of basil. It was really gorgeous and made me want to try this product even more.

                    Appearance wise, I didn't think it really looked that special. It basically looked like a herby tomato sauce with a few potato wedges on the top. I couldn't even see the chicken at that point, as it was buried beneath the sauce.

                    I tried the sauce on its own first. I have to say, it was absolutely gorgeous. It had very small pieces of vegetables in it, and it had a lovely tangy taste, that was lovely alongside the basil.

                    The potato wedges were a golden colour, and the potato fluffy on the inside. They went amazingly well with the tomato sauce, despite the fact that if I was making a meal like this myself, I would never have thought to put potato wedges with it.

                    There were two mini chicken fillets underneath the sauce. I found them quite difficult to cut, and they looked a bit stringy, so I thought they would taste dry, but amazingly they were just the opposite- moist and tasty.

                    ~Nutritional info~

                    This has a weight watchers points value of 4. Per 330g meal, there are...

                    249 calories
                    15.5g protein
                    30.8g carbohydrate
                    7.1g fat

                    ~Price~

                    This cost just £1 from Iceland.

                    ~Conclusion~

                    This is definitely my favourite weight watchers meal so far. The chicken and wedges worked brilliantly with the sauce, and I doubt even had I cooked this from scratch it would have tasted so good. If you are only going to try one weight watchers meal, I would suggest this is it.

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