“ Brand: Asda / Type: Other Ready Meals „
Before I get stuck into writing this review I feel that I must point out that this is no longer marketed as a 'Be Good To Yourself' product as far as I am aware but now its simply called 'Reduced calorie'. I will be describing the packaging and the product to the best of my ability anyway just in case this is available to purchase but this Be Good To Yourself one certainly isn't available to purchase on the Asda website as I have just looked. Me, well I hate cooking. Well that's not entirely true. I don't mind cooking when I have company like for my boyfriend or friends over and the likes but when I'm on my own I really cant be bothered with going to much effort for one. Over recent years though we have been spoilt with a variety of ready meals and some that actually are good for us if we make the right choices! I buy myself alot of ready meals and usually have one for lunch or if I've had a really busy day will have one for tea, again if I'm on my own. Recently much to my boyfriends disgust when we were in Asda I bought myself a few cheap ready meals. With moving homes this week I feel its practical to buy these in for myself though it almost caused a rift between us cos he really hates ready meals and he cooks everything from scratch...well that's him and I don't so tough! This one cost me just a pound and was one of my choices along with a few others. I'm a real fan of home made fish pie and have made it myself a few times in the past and as he looked at it and scorned at it I decided to annoy him and buy it even though I didn't fancy it much lol. The Packaging: The box is light blue and on the front of it we are clearly told what it is and who it is by, there is a healthy eating symbol shown and we also told that it is a 'Chosen by you' product and there is a photograph shown of the meal, we are told that it contains no artificial flavours, colours or hydrogenated fat, that it contains less than 400 calories per serving, cooks in 50 minutes and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown along with the weight given which is 360g and then on the back of the box other information provided includes the ingredients and allergy advice being given, there is a full nutritional chart stated along with cooking advice being given and contact details for Asda are clearly listed. Nice enough looking and informative packaging this is and inside the box you get a large tray of the fish pie covered by a see-through plastic. To cook this is simple and you have two options of how to cook it, in the the oven for around 50 minutes or in the microwave for about 9 minutes, I opted to cook mine in the oven purely because I have had this type of meal in the past and microwaved it and it went all soggy and sloppy and the potato topping was mushy and I wanted it to firm up a bit through oven cooking it and have a baked sort of looked to the potato. I made the right decision to cook it in the oven and to be patient for once! The potato was plentiful and appeared piped and had gone a little golden and firm. I shoved a spatula under it and got it out almost in a large whole of pie apart from the underneath bit that I had to scoop out with a spoon. What you basically get is lots of mash potato topping with a slight taste of cheese to it and its well seasoned and unlumpy. Then you get a light cheese sauce which is cream in colour and quite thick with anchovies and pollock within it which again is well seasoned. I did find there wasn't very much fish in it at all and I couldn't taste anchovies anywhere but what there was was, was pleasant enough/ Basically this is a very plain fish pie and is really just mash potato which is creamy and seasoned nicely with a hint of cheese flavour and some pollock in a cheese sauce and I have to admit that although I felt what I ate was ok it was rather boring and could of done with having more fish and maybe some vegetables in it and the texture was a bit too sloppy for me. However is is a rather filling meal and with under 400 calories and not alot of saturated fat in it its ok....just not one I'd buy again when there are so many other much more interesting but still low fat and calorie ready meals on the market around the same price but its not one I'd avoid like the plague either! Only available from Asda stores costing a pound per meal in the frozen aisle.
For lunch one day this week in work, I opted for a Asda good for you range Fish pie. Asda good for you range, offers consumers a choice of healthier and lower calorific food options. This range in my prvious experience is always good for money and tasty as well as making you feel as if your doing a bit to remain healthy. This fish pie had caught my eye. (that rhymes) The day before when I was doing a bit of shopping. The pie was situated in the freezer isle among a huge variety of other frozen ready meals. I love fish pie and the picture of the actual pie on the packaging looked really scrummy. So I decided to give it a whirl. On the reverse side of the outer box packaging was great info on nutritional values of the pie, ingredients and allergy advice. There are also very easy to follow instructions regarding cooking times. The only downside to the packaging though was because it is cardboard I found that when my pie was left out to defrost the cardboard became all wet and this put me off the pie as the box looked so grubby. When I heated the pie in the microwave. I found the cooking times on the box to be very accurate. The pie firstly had to be cooked for six minutes, left to rest for two minutes, cooked for a further four minutes and then rested for a further two befor consumption. (These cooking guidelines were based on a 750w microwave. As the pie was cooking in the microwave, the beautiful rich buttery smell mixed with the fish smelled divine. Someone actually asked me what i was having as it smelt so nice. When I finally took it out of the microwave the pie looked very appetising. The potato topping looked golden brown and the delicous aroma of the meal had my tummy rumbling with anticipation. When I had taken the lift back up to the office and sat at my desk I began to taste this pie. It truly was good. It wasnt as delicious as I had anticipated though. The potato topping was nice but quite thick and stogy. The fish in the butter sauce was gorgeous and flavoursome but there was just not enough of it to moisten the potato. The pie was seasoned well but there wasnt a great deal of fish within the portion. I also noticed that some of the fish flakes were quite dark in colour and that put me off. The fish was tasty though and soft in texture. Dotted through the fish pie buttery sauce was sweetcorn and carrots. I found this to be a welcome addition to the pie as it provided a depth to the flavour and a change from the thick texture of the potato. The portion was certainly filling for luch. I felt full and satisfied when I had eaten it. And I didnt feel hungry until tea time. I wouldnt think this would be sufficient for someone like my hubby though as it wasnt a particularly generous portion. I would certainly purchase this again for my lunch. It wasnt a taste extravaganza. But it was fine for a working lunch. It was only 400 calories which when compared to the calorie laden rolls and baguettes that are offered by the office caterers I thought this was very good. I am also keen to try other ready meals within this good for you range. The beef hotpot looks particularly appealing. When i get around to sampling these I will let you know via review if they were any good. The best thing about this meal though was the price. This fish pie was a jaw dropping £1. I couldnt believe how cheap in price this was. And it was really good value for money.
This fish pie brings back memories when my dad used to make our dinners every now and again. He was the one who always gave us slightly more exciting meals than my mum and we would always have chocolate bars too as a nice bonus. He always liked to make his time with us special. Im not trying to make my mum sound horrible here, because she isnt, but my dad cooking was just that little more exciting. Anyways i bought this fish pie remembering how much I used to like it when my dad made it. It is packaged in a cardboard box and the actual fish pie is in a rectangular container. Looks pretty boring to be honest. I oven my fish pie for about 35 minutes on gas mark 7, despite what the box says as I never trust those things so prefer to use my own judgement with guidelines from the box. After the time is up, I love opening the oven to reveal a nice and appetizing creamy fishy smell. It is usually bubbling hot, so I like to transfer it onto a plate and serving straight away, just like how my dad used to do it for us. When transferring the pie onto a dish I noticed that there was a reasonable amount of sauce, which is something I really love. I hate it when your food is too dry. Upon eating the pie, I like the taste it has but the texture of the fish is something that could be improved and I remember feeling the same way when my dad used to serve it to us. The fish is a little hard and not quite soft enough, meaning that when you have a mouthful of this pie, you have to chew threw the fish which means that you have to concentrate a little too much. The potato that makes up the pie is really soft and creamy and really boosts the quality of this dish. Overall, I will always love this dish and would recommend it! It is certainly a winter warmer and is something I eat to make me feel good. Its creamy mash is delicious, just wish the fish was that little bit softer.
I met an old friend in town a few weeks ago and as usual we had lots of news to catch up on, she is always busy with her family and I always seem to be busy doing something or other. Anyway to cut a long story short I asked her if she fancied coming around for a bite of lunch one day. That was fine and I was really looking forward to her coming, but first of all I had to find something to eat, I know that Jan isn't too keen on meat so I had to find time to wander around Asda to see what I could come up with. Something light, fish maybe? I could always open a can of tuna fish and make a Fish pie, they seem to go down well. Passing by t`he Ready meals section I lingered to read the carton of the Asda Good For You` Fish Pie, it seemed ideal and at £1.75 a serving it wasn't going to break the bank either. So I settled for two fish pies to be served with a side salad. The bright packaging must have caught my eye, a succulent fish pie with a green and yellow daisy on the carton sleeve telling me that the pie was `Good for me`. So each pie contains just 379 calories, not bad for a light meal, low in sugar and fat, medium in salt but quite high in saturated fats..in fact it was 8.5g, so way above average there. The fish is sourced from a certified fishery and meets the environmental standard. Asda say they have taken extra care to remove the fish bones but they cannot ensure that every single bone has been removed. The fish pie contains gluten, wheat, fish and milk, but is free from all artificial colouring or flavourings. The list of ingredients looked appetising, vintage cheddar and chive sauce, mashed potatoes, onions, cream and the fish was Alaskan Pollock. Not at all phased by this, having eaten Pollock before I now know that its a white fish with a mild taste. Preheat your oven to 200C or Gas mark 6 and then remove the outer cardboard sleeve and the inner plastic sleeve from the dish. When the oven has reached temperature then place the fish pie in the centre of the oven to cook for around about 35 minutes. When the cooking time is up then take the dish out and just stand it on the side for a moment or two, it gives it time to settle into shape. I served it on a warm dinner plate with a bowl of mixed side salad. I noticed straight away that the mashed potato looked extremely tasty, it had formed a golden crust, just the way I like it, it had been well-seasoned too. The fish was in a creamy cheese sauce, chopped chive gave the sauce some colour and extra taste came in the form of chopped onions. So many of the ready to eat meals are bland and a bit uninteresting, but this one managed to keep us both interested. Jan enjoyed hers, the salad idea went down well too. The cheesy sauce didn't run off of the fork, it stayed covering the chunks of white fish. All in all you would have struggled to find any fault with it at all. I think `impressive` is a fair word to sum it all up. It is rare that I ever buy a chilled ready meal, so I was expecting mediocre. Asda did itself proud with this dish.
I am a big fan of fish pie generally. I like fish but I am a lazy eater and the fact a fish pie has no bones and sauce and you can eat it with only a fork really appeals sometimes! Having a healthy meal in the freezer for those lazy days when you cannot face preparing a meal is definitely a bonus. (Remind me to stock up on these before the new baby makes an appearance!) I am not sure why I decided to by the Asda Good For You Fish Pie. It must have been on offer I guess because fish is so good for you that I don't usually worry about trying to find a lower fat version of a fish dish. What is good about the Good For You range is that they do not contain artificial colours, flavours or aspartame. Actually the latter goes for all Asda own products. They will not use Aspartame. I mention this whenever I can. I think they should get a nobel prize for this. Aspartame is evil and this is no reason for it to exist! This pie for me is a little buttery. I am not a big fan of butter sauce but if you are you will love this pie. In fact, even as someone who does not like the taste of butter, this was still a tasty meal. The fish and mash potato topping absorbs the butter pretty well. It's just I would prefer a parsley sauce with a fish pie. Another good thing about this pie is that it contains Pollock. Pollock is pretty much cod by any other name. It is a very flaky, mild tasting white fish. The reason it is so good is because the cod stocks are dwindling due to over-fishing so wherever an alternative can be used, it should be. At just under one pound per meal, it would be rude not to!
~*~ Asda Fish Pie ~*~ It is only quite recently that I have started experimenting with fish dishes. Up until a few months ago, fish was a dish that, quite honestly, scared me! I really can't explain why, just the sound of 'fish pie' would put me off my food! Silly I know. But, in my attempt to lose weight I realised I was going to have to ditch my usual calorie-loaded choices of food and start to experiment with some healthier, lower fat alternatives, so decided to brave giving a few fish dishes a go - and I'm glad I did! ~*~ The Good for You range ~*~ The Asda 'Good for You' range is a relatively new selection of products which includes fresh and frozen ready meals, savoury and sweet snacks, cheeses, pizzas and biscuits, amongst other things. The aim of these products is to provide the health conscious (and calorie counters!) easy to prepare meals that are nutritious and healthy, and lower in fat, saturates and calories than their competitors. The Good for You promise is that products will not contain any hydrogenated fat, artificial colours or flavours or aspartame at all, ever. All of the products in the good for you range are well packaged and it is easy to see what they contain, with the amount of fat, calories, salt and sugars all clearly labelled, usually on the front of the product, although in the case of this fish pie it is on the back. ~*~ The taste test ~*~ This pie is described as "succulent pieces of fish fillets with sweetcorn and carrots in a buttery sauce topped with mashed potato and a sprinkling of breadcrumbs." The fish contained in the pie is Alaskan Pollock, not a fish you generally hear a lot about and not something I had knowingly tasted before, but I bravely decided to give it a go.... So, first things first is cooking the product. This fish pie is frozen, and comes in a pack of 400g - one pie is one portion, meaning it is made to serve one. If you decide to cook from frozen in the oven, this will take 50-55 minutes, or, if you can't wait that long, stick it in the trusted microwave and it will be ready in just 12 minutes - yep, that's the option I went for! I'm one of those annoying people that wont start cooking something until I'm absolutely starving, and by then I cannot bare waiting long for a meal to cook, so usually end up eating whatever cooks the quickest! I have however had this pie oven cooked before, and to be honest the results are not that much different (although for best results it is always advised to oven cook), so I'd recommend the microwave every time! On bringing the pie out of the oven I was faced with what looked very much like cottage pie, or perhaps even just a tray of mashed potato! There wasn't a particularly fishy smell to the pie which was a great big plus for me, as although I do like fish, I can't stand fish that is too fishy! The pie looked cooked well, and actually quite appetising, the breadcrumb topping makes a real difference to its appearance. I wasn't expecting too much from the meal, considering it was a frozen 98p ready meal, but I was very pleasantly surprised. There were some good sized fish chunks in there, and a good ratio of sauce - I hate it when products are overflowing with sauce getting everything else on your plate covered with it! The only criticism I will say is that the vegetables were few and far between, but this was made up for by the generous serving of mashed potato topping. ~*~ The nutritional information ~*~ As I mentioned before, one pie is one serving for one person. Each pie contains just 343 calories which is very low considering all you'll need to serve it with is a side of vegetables. It is also low on sugar (5g), fat (8.9g), saturated fat (3.6g) and has a moderate 2.1g of salt, which isn't too bad. Overall, good nutritional values as far as a ready meal goes, and brilliantly low on calories and fat! ~*~ The price ~*~ These frozen meals are available from Asda for just 98p each. They are constantly on offer in store as a part of the '5 for £4' deal, which is a great way to stock up. You can mix and match these with some of their other frozen meals from the good for you range, including tomato and basil chicken pasta, beef lasagne, and a variety of other chicken ready meals. ~*~ The verdict ~*~ I was pleasantly surprised with this meal from Asda. I never usually put much faith in frozen meals, thinking they can always be home cooked much better. Ok, a home made pie would actually be tastier and better for you, but this is a very handy meal to have stuck in the freezer for days when you can't be bothered to cook, or simply haven't got the time and want something you can chuck in the microwave and be eating in ten minutes. As the meal is low in calories, it makes it ideal for people watching their weight. It is one of my favourites, as the mashed potato and fish combination leaves you feeling really full like you have just had a good hearty meal, without leaving you feeling guilty afterwards - in fact, it's innocent enough that you can also indulge in dessert! Overall, a nice little product - not the most luxurious you will find on the market, and not the highest quality or tastiest ingredients, but definitely worth having in the freezer, and for 98p you can't really go wrong! Tender pieces of white fish in a buttery sauce, topped with seasoned mashed potato. LESS THAN 3% FAT. NO HIDDEN NASTIES*. 343 CALORIES PER PIE. *No artificial colours or flavours & no hydrogenated fat. "We promise that all good for you products are always low or lower in fat and won't ever contain any *hydrogenated fat, artificial flavours, artificial colours or aspartame." Let's hear it for... Pollock - a source of protein. Your body breaks down protein into amino acids. Amino acids are the basic building blocks for maintaining healthy muscles and bones. Did you know the average adult needs 45g of protein a day? Each 400g pie contains LOW Calories 343 17%, LOW Sugar 5.0g 6%, LOW Fat 8.9g 13%, LOW Sat Fat 3.6g 18%, MED Salt 2.1g 35% of your guideline daily amount.