“ Brand: Asda / Type: Beef „
This meal is part of Asda's Good for You range which is lower in fat and calories than regular ranges.
The meal is described as 'Soft noodles topped with succulent strips of beef in an aromatic ginger and soy sauce with shiitake mushrooms, choi sum, sugar snap peas and water chestnuts'.
This meal can be cooked directly from frozen, which is good as it means you don't have to plan ahead and defrost it. The meal should be cooked in a microwave and it only takes around ten minutes overall, with a bit of stirring half way through.
I was impressed with the meal size. It was considerably larger than many ready meals and certainly enough to fill me up.
The taste of this meal was OK. The beef was definitely good quality compared to the meat you usually find in ready meals, and there was enough of it. The noodles tasted perfectly acceptable. The sweet peas were abundant and juicy and the choi sum had a decent head to stalk ratio.
However I found there was a bit too much spice in the ginger sauce for me and I had to stop eating a couple of times because my tongue was burning. Afterwards I had to have quite a bit of water before it subsided. If you like spicy food though then this will be right up your street.
The meal contains 2 of your recommended fruit and vegetable portions which makes it an easy way to be healthy. There are no artificial colours or flavours, and no hydrogenated fat either. The beef is a good source of protein and the sugar snap peas contain thiamine (vitamin B1) which according to the meal's packaging helps your body release energy from carbohydrates.
One pack contains 6.8 grams of fat and 11.6 grams of sugar (unfortunately Asda's website doesn't give a calorie count and I have thrown the packet away).
This meal costs £2.44 if you buy it by itself, but you can purchase 2 'Good for You' ready meals for £4.00, which makes it better value. I would much prefer to pay a little more for a meal like this which is made from decent ingredients and has some positive benefits for your health, than to pay half the price for a value ready meal which is packed full of salt and has very few vegetables or meat pieces in it.
I would give it three and a half stars overall.