“ Brand: Asda / Type: Other Ready Meals „
I like quick, convenient meals and I also like to try and eat a bit more healthily these days, so I quite often pick up a ready meal from Asda's Good For You range. This range promises products that are low or lower in fat and do not contain any hydrogenated fats, artificial colours or flavours, so you can rest assured that they are not causing you too much damage!
Last week I decided to try the Seafood Paella. It normally costs £2.50 but was on special offer at 3 for £4, which I thought was a great deal. You can mix and match meals with others in the range as part of this offer, so along with the paella I also bought a Chicken Sizzler and some Chicken Enchiladas, both of which I will review soon once I have tried them!
The paella comes in a black plastic tray covered with a plastic film, and this is housed inside a recyclable cardboard box. The box describes the meal as 'Scallops and succulent prawns with Arborio rice, peas and peppers'. It has a picture of the meal looking very yummy.
You can either cook this meal in the oven or the microwave. It takes around 5 minutes in the microwave which is impressively quick, or 22 minutes in the oven. I used the microwave just for convenience! Unfortunately though the meal cannot be frozen which is a real shame as it reduces how convenient it is. Most of the meals in the Good For You range can be frozen so I'm not sure why this one can't be.
Once I'd cooked the meal I was a bit put out that it didn't look much like the photo on the box! There was a lot of very runny, watery sauce around the rice and everything looked a bit mushy. When I tasted it, it seemed like all the meal was flavoured with this tomato-ey sauce and a general fishy taste, and it was difficult to really pick out the flavours of the peas, pepper, prawns and scallops. On the other hand, there were really generous portions of soft, well cooked scallops and large, juicy prawns, so they definitely didn't skimp on the fish. The meal was certainly edible but I wasn't massively impressed with the overall taste.
The meal contains one of your daily portions of fruit and vegetables which is good news for those of you who are trying to fit in your 5 a day. The meal also contains 382 calories, 5.1 grams of sugar, 9.1 grams of fat and 1.6 grams of saturated fat. These values are impressive, especially the low level of saturates. However the meal does contain 1.5 grams of salt which is a bit high for anyone on a low salt diet.
I will probably buy this meal occasionally in the future but it's definitely not one of my favourites from the range and it won't be a regular fixture on my shopping list.