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Asda Good For You Shepherd's Pie

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Brand: Asda / Type: Other Ready Meals

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      12.07.2010 08:13
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      Ready meal that's low in calories and low in taste

      This is the third meal I've tried in the Asda Good For You Range.


      This meal comes inside a generic plastic tray which is covered with the usual see through film and encased in a paper carton. The front and back of the carton have a picture of the shepherd's pie on a plate with a few green vegetables and state that the product contains no artificial colours or flavours and no hydrogenated fat. There's also a little green bubble telling us that the products contains 339 calories per 400g pack.

      The side of the carton contains the usual ingredients, nutritional information, storage instructions, recycling information and cooking instructions. This product is suitable for freezing and can be microwaved from chilled or frozen as well as being oven cooked.

      This product is described as:- " Tender minced lamb, carrots, onions and peas in a meaty gravy, topped with fluffy mashed potato."

      You can visit www.asda.com for more information about their products or www.asda-goodforyou. for further information about a healthy lifestyle.


      Potato Topping (55%) [Water, Potato Flake contains [Colour (Curcurmin), Whey Powder (Milk), Salt, Ground White Pepper] Water, Minced Lamb (12%), Carrot (4.2%). Onion (4.0%), Peas (1.8%), Wheat Flour, Maize Starch, Beef Extract, Tomato Puree, Salt, Roasted Barley Malt Extract, Mint, Ground Black Pepper.

      Nutritional Information per pack {per 100g in brackets}. All figures are for the meal if it is microwaved.

      Energy kJ: 1426kJ {375kJ}
      kcal: 339kcal {85kcal}
      Protein: 16.0g {4.0g}
      Carbohydrate: 44.4g {11.1g}
      of which sugars: 2.0g {0.5g}
      Fat: 10.8g {2.7g}
      (of which saturates): 4.0g {1.0g}
      Fibre: 5.6g {1.4g}
      Sodium: 0.68g {0.17g}
      Equivalent as Salt: 1.7g {0.4g}

      Allergy information: Contains gluten, milk, wheat, and barley
      May contain traces of nuts and / or seeds

      At the time of writing Asda are charging £4 for 3 meals from the "Good For You" range .

      Taste and Opinion:

      I really wasn't in the mood for cooking last night and, having had a decent sized lunch decided to see what this was like. I popped it into the oven then settled down at the PC to fill in all the other product details above whilst it was cooking.

      The first thing I noticed, before I even put this into the oven, was that there appeared to be much more to this meal that it's Weight Watchers equivalent. A quick check online confirmed that the Weight Watchers Shepherds Pie is 320g and contains 216 calories whilst this Asda product is 400g and contains 339 calories. Once it's cooked, of course, there's not a whole lot to see apart from the top layer of potato which actually looks quite nice.

      Pushing my fork in I took a taste of the potato. It's tastes "ok", nothing special, but certainly not horrible either. They don't appear to have added anything to the potato topping to give it any sort of flavour which is strange. Perhaps a bit of seasoning of some sort would have improved the taste somewhat. In terms of consistency I think that the potato is more creamy than "fluffy" as claimed in the product blurb. It's almost the same as when you've used a little too much milk/butter/margarine at home and it's turned out a little more smooth than you'd intended it to be.

      I was quite disappointed with the minced lamb which wasn't particularly tender as the blurb claims. To be honest I found that it was more chewy that tender and there was far too little of it to be satisfying. The carrots and peas were fine, although again, there weren't particularly that many of them and I didn't detect any onion at all, although given the ingredients there must have been some in there somewhere.

      I'm quite surprised that the ingredients list the potato topping at 55% because whilst eating this I felt as if it was 75% potato topping and 25% minced beef and vegetables.

      Overall, I wasn't very satisfied with this product. It's not that it tastes horrible, because it doesn't, but the potato that makes up the vast majority of the meal is a little too smooth and tasteless and there's not really enough minced beef used to make up for the deficiencies of the potato.

      In nutritional terms this comes in at 339 calories but it I didn't find it to be particularly filling. The sugar and fat figures, (0.5% for sugar and 2.7% for fat) are very low so if you're trying to cut down on your sugar intake,. fat intake or both then this would be a good ready meal to have (providing you could get past the taste drawbacks).

      In conclusion then I'd say that this scores rather low on the taste front so it's not a product you should be buying if you're looking for something tasty to have at mealtimes.


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