“ Brand: Asda / Type: Potato „
~*~ Asda Salmon Meal ~*~
I am one of those annoying people that "can't" cook and has no intention of learning (actually, had any intention of learning until recently when I was shamed into it, but I shall save that for another review!). I therefore like to ensure that I have a good stock of ready meals and quick dishes that are as healthy as possible, and this one from Asda is definitely one of my favourites!
The product description is "Atlantic salmon fillet steamed with lemon and cracked black pepper butter served on a bed of charlotte potatoes, broccoli florets, baby spinach leaves and fine green beans". Sounds good so far! On opening the pack you are faced with two compartments - one containing the salmon and potatoes and the second with the vegetables. Cooking is extremely easy! Simply take out the salmon and stick it next to the plastic dish containing the veg and potatoes in the microwave and cook on full power for 5 minutes. After this, stir the vegetables and recover with the plastic film, cook for a further 2 minutes and your done!
One of the main things I like about this ready meal is that it actually feels like a real meal. Once it is dished up onto your plate, it actually fills the whole plate - a good serving size compared to the smaller sizes of other meals.
The salmon in this meal cooks very well. I've eaten it countless times and it has always been the perfect consistency, with a good flavour. I can be very fussy with my fish so this definitely gives the meal brownie points! The one thing I will say is that the salmon could be classed as a little bland. I personally like boring food, but the 'lemon and cracked black pepper' that is described on the box to be on the salmon is hardly taste-able - you could be fooled into thinking it was just a plain salmon fillet easily. The potatoes also cook well. I was a bit curious as to how these would turn out, as I had never tried frozen microwaveable new potatoes before, but they cook as good as they would if done in the traditional way. The portion size of vegetables is very good and the choice is good - the spinach, broccoli and beans go together well and make it into a really filling and healthy-tasting meal!
This meal is ideal for those counting their calories - there are a mere 264 calories in the whole meal, which is very good going! There is also just 6.8g of fat and 23.6g of carbs. Overall, a very healthy meal, I should imagine one of the healthiest frozen ready meals on the market!
This meal is currently selling for £2 at Asda in the frozen section - this is a special offer however, and it usually retails for just under £2.50. Although this is expensive for a ready meal, I do think it is worth it (especially for £2) and it isn't really a 'proper' ready meal - this is what I tell myself to justify the spending anyway!
Overall, I definitely recommend this product, it's perfect for having in your freezer for when you want a quick balanced meal, and ideal for those trying to lose a few pounds but still want a good meal inside them!
As part of the health kick that myself and my husband is partaking of I am increasingly finding it difficult to constantly cater for my families dinner needs.
As part of that problem I have been purchasing some of the delicious looking meals that are part of the "good for you" range that is made by Asda, although in fairness when I picked this one up it was not the one I thought it was, but never mind, here goes anyway!
The meal I will now review is - "Good for you, zesty salmon with baby new potatoes"
As with all the "Good for you" range the packaging is a bright and fresh coloured yellow and green. Part of the brand name is made into a daisy symbol so that would explain the colour scheme!
On the front of the cardboard sleeve there is all the usual information, brand name, product name and description, fat content, calorific content and the fact that this product contains no artificial colours, flavours and hydrogenated fats.
The meal itself is held within a plastic compartmented container that is held within the cardboard sleeve. With this being a frozen ready meal there is a plastic film lid on the plastic tray, but due to the way you have to cook this meal you have to half remove it, not an easy task!
The tray has two big compartments, one side holds green beans, broccoli and spinach, with the other side holding around five baby new potatoes. On the top of the potatoes there is another plastic bag holding a rather small portion of salmon with a small circle of herbed butter on the top. The salmon, still held within the bag has to be taken out of the tray and placed beside the tray, perforation up, next to the tray in the microwave ready for cooking.
This is a microwave meal so the cooking methods will vary from different wattages, I will state the cooking time for mine which is a 750w cat b microwave. For the next one down or up you either add (for lower wattage), or decrease the cooking time by 1 minute.
Cook on full power for 5 minutes
Stir vegetables and recover with film lid
Cook on full power for 3 minutes
Stand for 2 minutes
Stir and serve.
The vegetables are delicious, but may not suit everyone's palate. I do like my veg quite soft, I am not an al dente type of person. The vegetables were soft and all mixed together, though still very juicy and full of flavour.
The potatoes are a different story. They were cooked to perfection, nice and soft, but they were not very nice to eat. The skin had gone a grey colour, and was chewy, no nice at all!
The salmon has been over cooked, with the edges of the fillet going very chewy, this however detracted nothing from the flavour. The flavour was beautiful, fresh and flavourful, with the butter having melted and mixed with some of the liquor from the fish, a true delight to eat.
I do feel that there should have been separate cooking instructions for the fish pouch, even if it was a simple instruction for shaking the pouch or placing it in a different cooking position.
The nutritional information is as follows -
Per pack -
6.8g of which sugars
3.2g of which saturates
On the particular diet that I am following (Weight Watchers), this makes this meal 4 ½ points, not bad with there being a few potatoes as well, could probably do with being eeked out a bit with more vegetables.
There are also some nutritional warnings these being that this meal contains milk and fish (obviously), it may contain traces of nuts and/ or seeds.
There is also a small chance that this meal may contain some small fish bones, though I have yet to find any.
These are priced around the £2.30 mark with there being an ongoing offer that allows you to buy two of the bigger meals in the range for £4.00.
Others available include - king prawn spaghetti and salmon pasta, both of which are delicious.
For more information on others available in the range visit - www.asda.co.uk
Thanks for reading x