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Of late I haven't had much of an appetite. I haven't been really very well at all and I've been a bit stressed out to say the least with preparing to move up north. When you not feeling well you can't be bothered to cook really and so the other day my Mother popped round with some shopping for me. Me and my Mother have very different tastes when it comes to food and I expected a bag of frozen chips and peas and baked beans and what not to pitch up but they didn't thankfully and she had got me plenty of rice and pasta and things that I like and in with that she had picked me up some of Ainsley Harriotts Cous cous cous as she remembered me liking it and treating myself to it when I lived back home! I was so pleased as I do really like cous cous and find it ever so simple to make up and also because I am allergy intolerant to many things find this to be a safeish bet for me.
The cous cous comes in a red and black box with a photograph of Ainsley on the top of it along with a photograph of the cous cous made up and we are told that it is Ainsley Harriott Roasted Vegetable Style Cous Cous 'Just Add Water' and that 'Chargrill flavours combine...savoury cous cous rich in tomato, peppers and onion' and that it contains no artificial colours, preservatives, flavours, contains less than 2% fat, is suitable for Vegetarians, the weight is 200g and that my pack contains 2 sachets of the cous cous. On the back of the box other information listed includes being told how to make it up, there is a recipe suggestion, ingredients, allergy advice and a full nutritional chart is given as well as being directions for making it up and contact details for the manufacturer are given (Symington's LTD who incidentally and if my memory serves me correctly are the same people who manufacturer pot noodles!). Inside the box you get two large white and easy to tear open sachets which are silver foil on the inside and on each one we are simply told what they are. Decent enough packaging this is and of course it is informative enough too.
The Cous Cous Itself:
What you get in a sachet is enough for one person either as a meal or a side dish, personally I always use this as a side dish. Its a dry mix of creamy coloured cous cous with tiny bits of dark red dried peppers and tomatoes and some flecks of green herbs.
Making this up really is child's play! Simply place the contents into a bowl and add 160ml of boiling water, give it a stir and leave it to stand for 5 minutes and until the water is absorbed and then give it a final stir to separate the grains before serving it and adding butter or olive oil for flavour is optional (I like to add a little butter to give the dish a little added creaminess).
This looks nice, has a slight red colour to it and the cous cous grains plump out as does the dried vegetables which there are plenty of within it and it has a nice slight tomato smell to it.
I absolutely love this moist and nicely seasoned cous cous. Its easy to digest and light to eat and for me although it isn't highly flavoursome and is delicate in tomato and onion flavouring, thats actually what makes this go with anything really you want to eat with it. I have eaten this with chicken, pie allsorts and it really is versatile.
As I say the cous cous is moist, the vegetables plump out slightly and although previously dried are not tough or ropey though they don't provide all that much flavour really just texture and look good. I can however taste the wheat cous cous and a slight onion and the herb flavour and I love it!
Nutritional Information Per Serving (One Sachet):
Energy: 189 Cal
Fat Total: 2.0g
Dietary Fibre: 3.4g
Available in all good supermarkets at about £1.50 a box of two sachets!
Roasted Vegetable Cous Cous- Yummy!
I am on a diet after putting on around 6 pound over Christmas0 crazy I know! I put on weight really fast even though I do quite a lot of walking it really annoys me! So, I decided to eat healthy for once. When I went to Morocco they had a really nice Moroccan restaurant in our hotel and I hate a huge plate of cous cous and I loved it! So, I buy this now, as a memory and for the fact that I love it! I actually read someone's review on this and I was tempted to go and buy some then!
Cous cous is brilliant because it takes hardly and time to make and I think it is a lot healthier than having rice. Especially this one because it has roasted vegetables in it! Ainsley Harriot is a famous male chef and I really like what he has done with this recipe. In this there are tomatoes, peppers and onions! Personally, I am a really big fan of this kind of food so I tend to rave about it quite a lot.
This is low in fat and only has 180 calories, 2g fat and 0.73g salt per half a pack so it is good for you! The reason why I like this is because it can go with a meal or you can eat it on its own for lunch. Either way, it still tastes great!
To make this all you have to do is add 160ml of boiling water to the cous cous and leave it to stand for 5 minutes, then the cous cous soaks in the water and if you give it a little stir round it will taste lovely.
I love this because it makes a great treat to my rabbit diet!
Having joined Slimming World last year ( not for long admittedly!) I came across this product as it was recommended by the group for being low in fat and quite a tasty snack.
I bought a pack of 2 sachets which at the time were on offer in my local supermarket, although even at full price these are not expensive approx £1.60 I think.
It couldn't be simpler to make, place the contents into a bowl and add 160ml of boiling water and stir well. Leave to stand for about 5 minutes so the cous cous soaks up all the water and then fluff it up with a fork. You can even add butter or olive oil to it if you desire.
The roasted vegetable one contains tomato, peppers and onion. the taste is pleasent and can be easily eaten on it's own. I usually have this for lunch at work as it is so easy to make and so quick. you can also have this as part of a meal and it looks quite exotic and pleasing on the eye so it'll look like you've gone to some effort! There is also a recipe suggestion on the back of a packet and for more you can visit www.ainsley-harriott.com
Per serving there are 180 calories, 2g of fat and 0.73g of salt.
It also contains Wheat Gluten, milk, celery, soyabeans and may contain egg for those who have allergies.
Overall this is a tasty addition to a meal or a great lunchtime snack ideal for work. Not too pricey and will not pile on the pounds! There are a few other flavours available in this range.
Normally I'm not a huge fan of couscous, particularly not the stuff that comes out of a packet and taste of...absolutely nothing. However, yesterday evening I dug this couscous out of the cupboard. As I was in a bit of a rush the fact that the product takes just minutes to prepare was the major selling point for me. I am now very glad I tried this couscous and will definitely be buying it again.
~What is it?~
This is a savoury couscous that contains chunks of chargrilled peppers, onions and tomatoes. Each packet serves 2 and doesn't contain any artificial preservatives, colours or flavours. It is from Ainsley Harriot's (think Ready, Steady, Cook!) range of food and is available in most supermarkets. The best offer at the moment is Asda where you can buy one packet for 59p or two for £1. I think this is great value as there is easily enough for two people or one if you're feeling very,very hungry.
~How to prepare~
This is so simple to prepare and is perfect for people like me who aren't exactly accomplished cooks. According to the packet all you need to do is;
Empty the packet into a bowl.
Add 160ml of boiling water
Leave to stand for 5 mins.
Fluff up the couscous with a fork and serve!
Occasionally I find that products which require the adding of water need more or less liquid than the amount stated on the packet. However, in this case it was perfect and the couscous absorbed all the water without being either soggy or dry.
In my opinon, this has a great flavoursome taste. There are plenty of vegetables in the dish and they really do have the chargrilled flavour promised on the label. Rather than everything being the same flavour it was easy to differentiate between the vegetables and they kept their natural flavour wonderfully . Also, the couscous wasn't too salty at all which can often be the case with prepackaged food. The couscous wasn't runny or bone dry and was very filling to say there are just 180 calories per serving. It almost melted in your mouth and was of equal to any made from scratch couscous I've tried.
I will definately be buying this product again and am looking forward to trying the other flavours from the range. It would be a great side dish with any meal and as it is not too strong or spicy could be a great way to get kids to eat their veg. It is great value for money and performs on every level. Easy to make, not filled with additives and delicious to eat. What more could you ask for?
Several of you will remember that I posted a review of Ainsley Harriott's Moroccan Medley couscous quite a while ago now, which I really enjoyed and thought was a good buy. I have since gone back to Asda and bought many more of these couscous packets in as many different flavours as I can, and so I thought that I would share my opinions on all of the ones that I've tried. This review is about Ainsley Harriott's Roasted Vegetable Couscous, which is a gorgeous meal that is low in calories and fat.
The great thing about this couscous is that it's insanely easy to prepare. All you do is open the sachet, pour the contents into a bowl, add 160ml of boiling water and leave it for five minutes or until all the water has soaked in. Then you eat it. Easy to prepare meals like this are great in so many ways, as although there are some people who can spend a long time preparing good meals from scratch, most people need food that's quick to make and eat every now and again. I'm not a terrible cook, but I'm not good enough to be able to make tasty couscous with Moroccan vegetables and spices from scratch, so it's great that I can just go out and buy this.
In terms of calories, this meal isn't bad at all. I must admit that I was a bit disappointed when I got this home, as although the packet states that there are 180 calories per serving, it turns out that each pack is meant to contain two servings. I do like to eat a lot, I'll admit, but when you see a whole packet's worth prepared, you'll realise that only someone with a small appetite or who is sticking insanely strictly to their diet will only want to eat half of the packet, unless it's only as a snack. I happily ate the whole packet, and found that it was definitely enough for a lunch, and would probably be enough for tea, too, though I'd probably need a snack later in the evening if this was my tea. In total, I had 360 calories worth of couscous in this meal, which is great for me, as I'm trying to stick to between 1200 and 1400 calories daily. The fact that it contains over 66g of carbohydrate, however, means that it's unsuitable for anyone who's trying to stick to a low carb diet.
Of course, a low calorie and fat content means nothing if the meal doesn't taste nice, but I am very happy to say that this couscous is gorgeous. The couscous tastes nice and isn't too dry or soggy, and it has a nice tomato flavour about it which isn't too strong or too subtle. The other vegetables taste fresh and gorgeous despite coming from a packet, and give this couscous a delicious summery taste.
In conclusion, since this couscous tastes great, is easy to prepare and is diet friendly, I will definitely be buying it again. To be honest, I would probably still buy it even if it wasn't all of the above, as it is so insanely cheap that by eating this couscous often I can significantly reduce my food bill. When I first bought this from Asda, it was selling at 64p each or 2 for £1 (meaning that I could have lunch for a fortnight for only £7), but when I went last week they were 3 for £1, which means that they were around only 33p each. If this offer is on the next time that I go I am going to stock up, as I feel that this couscous is something that I am going to enjoy eating for a long time.
It has been quite a while since i tried this product, but I do remember it well. It was on offer in morrisons at the time, two for one, and I remember thinking that it might not be something I would buy normally if it were not on offer due to the price. i tend to buy plain couscous ordinarily, and jazz it up myself.
I found it extremely easy to make, you simply add water, zap in the microwave, stir, zap a bit more, let it stand, job done. It's really very tasty too! Always a bonus.
it's a nice packet, bright colours, and nice layout. The box contains two 100g sachets, and claims that each sachet serves 2, though I can easily eat a sachet to myself (though it would be enough for two people if having it as a side dish with something else).
It is suitable for vegetarians, and has less than 2% fat. Nutritional information is: Energy 763kJ (180kcal), Protein 7.3g, Carbohydrate 33.2g (of which sugars 2.3g), Fat 2.0g (of which saturates 0.7g), Fibre 3.4g, Sodium 0.29g
I would happily recommend this product, it is very quick and easy to make, and handy if you're short of time, feeling lazy.
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