“ Brand: Young's / Type: Fish „
First off I must point out that I have never seen and cant find the light version of this meal. Whether they dropped the light part in the title (as this only contains 324 calories anyway per meal) or what I'm not sure but to be clear this is simply Young's Salmon Crumble and I have contacted the Dooyoo team and they told me to pop the review here so here I am!
I love fish and at the moment am trying to moderate my food to a bit more healthy. I love salmon as well so when I saw this meal at only a pound a box I decided to try it as I knew I was saving about 50p on the usual price (sold in Asda and all good supermarkets).
The box this comes in is light blue and peach coloured with a cut out section to the front of it so you can see part of your meal through it and there is a photograph on there shown too of the crumble and we are told that it is Young's 'Est. 1805' Salmon Crumble 'Chunky pieces of salmon fillets in a butter sauce topped with mashed potato and a crumble topping' and that it contains 324 calories only per meal and is responsibly sourced. On the back of the box other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice, there is an a glance nutritional chart and a full one given as well as being told a bit about the product, the weight is stated which is 300g, cooking instructions are listed and finally contact details for the manufacturer are given. The meal comes in a white cardboard tray of good size and with a see-through plastic cover over the top of it and all in its good enough, high quality and informative packaging.
The Meal Itself:
To cook this is simple and you have a couple of options to do so. You can oven cook it in the oven in about 40 minutes or microwave it (from frozen) in about 8 and a half minutes and I did the latter option with my meal and it cooked through really well in that time and looked nice enough too though i did eat it out of the provided tray.
What you get is plenty of soft and creamy, firm mashed potato that covers the salmon and butter sauce really evenly indeed. The whole thing is nicely and not overly seasoned though the crumble topping is very little (3% in fact) and that adds nothing really and just clumped to the middle of the meal to be honest. The butter sauce was light yellow and plentiful and really nice without being greasy but simply rich and creamy and the pink salmon was in quite large chunks and soft and tastes quite simply like salmon should with no bones or skin included at all.
The only issue with this is when you have microwaved it and try to pop it on a plate it does look like gloop however it does taste excellent and I will certainly buy this time and time again in the future with only 324 calories in it and 4.7g of saturated fat it isn't too unhealthy for me considering it has butter sauce in it and is filling enough for me too!
Available in all good supermarkets etc.
I was out food shopping today, following my purchase of a new skirt from the newly opened Urban Outfitters on Princes Street (that place is such a temptation) and I knew I needed a cheap week of food to make the skirt seem slightly more acceptable. I love Young's products and I have reviewed 1 or 2 in the past, and now it is on to the Salmon Crumble. I picked this up today in Farm Foods for only 75p. They have quite a selection of Young's ready meals and all of the pies are 75p which is a pure bargain. You can pick these up in places like Tesco and Asda for around £1 or slightly over, so Farm Foods is the best bet if you have one to hand.
As soon as I got in, I decided for a change to stick it in the oven; I am usually impatient and just stick it in the microwave but I had a massive load of laundry to hang out and other chores to do first. In the oven this pie takes about 45 minutes, whereas you can cook it in the microwave for anywhere between 8 1/2 and 9 1/2 minutes depending on how many watts your microwave is.
Basically, the salmon crumble is described on the box as "Succulent pieces of wild Alaskan Salmon fillets in a creamy white wine sauce, topped with mashed potato and a cheesy crumble". In my opinion this simple description alone is enough to make you want it! The picture on the box also looks appetising and you can see small green flecks in the pie, which logically (and referring to the ingredients list on the back of the box) is parsley for that added bit of colour and flavour. The pie comes in a black cardboard tray with a cellophane lid that must be removed for cooking, whether by oven or microwave. This is placed in a box which displays the product, nutritional information, ingredients and suchlike.
After what seemed like a super fast 45 minutes, I pulled my pie out of the oven. It looked just like it did on the box, golden brown and crispy potato topping with slightly darker crumble on the top, mmmm. You cannot get this when you cook it in the microwave, trust me, I have cooked about a million of them since I started uni last year. I attack it with my spoon (I recommend spoon over fork as it is quite saucy) and the potato is also significantly softer and slightly liquiefied when done in the oven, not entirely sure I like it. It's a bit claggy when you do it in the microwave as it is reconstituted potato but tasty either way to be honest. The sauce, however, burns the skin off the top of my mouth when I take a bite, so I would recommend leaving it to cool for say 5 minutes after the oven. The pieces of salmon in the pie are indeed plentiful and also succulent as promised on the box. The salmon is juicy and full of flavour and the chunks are a decent size and consistent throughout the crumble. Although the crumble is advertised as cheesy, the cheese is very subtle, adding a nice hint to it nevertheless. The sauce is delicious, not too runny and not too solid either, a nice consistency with a very nice flavour, easily identifiable as white wine sauce I would say.
The nutritional rundown is as follows:
Calories - 300, 15% of your RDA
Sugar - 4.8g, 5% of your RDA
Fat - 11.4g, 16% of your RDA
Saturates - 2.1g, 11% of your RDA
Salt - 2g, 33% of your RDA
I could not find any allergy information on this box. The nutritional information listed above is displayed in a nutritional information bar on the front of the box.
In my opinion this pie is an ideal ready meal for many reasons. For one, it contains 22% of your recommended daily Omega 3 intake, it is delicious, cheap, easy to track down in pretty much any supermarket. It tastes delicious with a stack of vegetables and cooking several with a load of carrots and/or green beans could make for a delicious, nutritious and fast family meal. I mean, with 3 of them costing you just over £2, tasty times despite the credit crunch if you ask me!! Ideal for kids who are not too fussed on fish just yet....it's nicely hidden away in all of the sauce and mash!