“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Frozen Food „
With my mate who I am residing with at the moment being a Vegetarian and me getting landed with doing most of the cooking I am constantly on the look out for interesting foods to try out. I'm not a Vegetarian but don't mind eating it along with her providing that we vary what we eat or I can get really bored lol!
I spotted these in Asda costing £1.00 a box and you get ten of them and that seemed very good value for that quantity and this brand in my opinion!
Oblong cardboard box with a photograph of one of the fingers on a fork and Captain Birds Eye is on there too. I am told that they are indeed Birds Eye and in this case '10' Vegetable Fingers and that they contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. Other information listed on the box includes ingredients and allergy advice being given (Contains: Wheat), a full nutritional rundown chart is shown along with being given advice on how to store them (these can be frozen by the way), the best before date is clearly stated along with cooking instructions and contact details for Birds Eye Ltd are given. Nice enough box and of course it is all informative enough as it needs to be.
What you get are fingers...much like fish fingers in appearance. Rather long and oblong and not too thick they are coated liberally and evenly in breadcrumbs. To cook these you can either pop them under the grill for about 10 minutes or oven cook them in around 15 minutes and straight from the freezer. I have cooked these both of these ways and both ways are the same really to the outcome and taste of them.
Once cooked they take on a lovely golden colour, are not messy to handle and look a bit crispy and hold together well.
Taste wise well both me and my mate love them. The breadcrumbs are crispy and not too hard and not seasoned allowing you to control that. The inside is moist but not mushy and made from juicy and sweet sweetcorn kernels, cubes of carrot and some nice green, fresh looking peas and they have a slight taste of onion to them. They are nicely seasoned and taste and smell fresh. They are a great meal accompaniment and a way of eating vegetables though not noticing that you are type of thing...so maybe a good one to give the children!
I like the fact they have plenty of texture going on, are of good size, simple to cook and are tasty! A big thumbs up from me and my mate we have actually been out and bought rather alot of boxes over the past couple of days cos we like them so much! Lovely!
Nutritional Information Per 'Finger':
Available in all good supermarkets etc usually priced at £1.50 a box.
I had a friend staying over at the weekend so was on the look out for something meat free which we could both enjoy as she's a vegetarian. I took her to Asda with me to guarantee I didn't buy something she wouldn't like. After looking around for a bit we couldn't find anything we agreed on and were about to get a pizza when we saw these, Birds Eye Vegetable Fingers were in the frozen section so we decided we'd give them a try.
Price: These are only £1 for a pack which works out at 10p per Vegetable Finger so not too bad going! Until the 26th of April though they're on offer at 4 for £3 available on selected frozen lines so it works out at even better value which is great especially with a name you can trust like Birds Eye.
Packaging: The Vegetable Fingers come in a cardboard box holding the well- known logo of Birds Eye, it has a picture of a cut open Vegetable Finger on a fork and the range of different veggies in there looks pretty good. There is also a picture of Captain Birds Eye on the box and the background is a blue sky and green countryside which gives you the impression that the veg is field fresh, which to be fair it probably is. There is also the general information about nutrition and ingrediants.
Cooking Instructions: These are cooked from frozen in the oven at 220 degrees or Gas Mark 7 for about 15 minutes, I left mine in abit longer to crisp up though. It says on the box that these can also be grilled but I think they may get too well done too quicly under the grill so I opted for oven cooking.
Taste Test: When I got these out of the oven they had turned a lovely golden brown, exactly like Fish Fingers funnily enough! I served 3 each for myself and my friend this equating to 150kcal as each Vegetable finger in 50kcal, good if you're watching what you eat. We had ours with chips and peas but they would also go well with mash or salad, whatever you fancied at the time really as they're quite versatile and a great way to encourage kids to eat vegetables. On cutting into a Vegetable Finger I was greeted by a lovely smell, and could see that these contained peas, sweetcorn, carrot with potato holding it all together. On eating these tasted really nice and fresh which is surprising for a frozen product but it is said that frozen vegetables hold in all the goodness. The crispy texture of the breadcrumb coating contrasted nicely with the creamy potato inside and made a really nice combination. I was also surprised that the breadcrumbs had stayed so crunchy, as sometimes they can go soggy but this wasn't the case at all. We both really enjoyed these Vegetable Fingers and I think I'll be getting some more in soon.
Overall: I think this is a great value, great tasting meal idea and I wish I'd of tried them sooner. Even though I aren't vegetarian I'd definately be happy eating these for lunch or tea, or even as a snack on there own as they're also very low in calories. As I said before it's a different and tasty way of eating vegetables and I think adults and children will both love these.
I admit i'm not a huge Veggie lover, but the wife decided to try these believing they would be quite healthy, make a change and also they were on offer which is what she loves.
Considering these had 105 calories per 2 Fingers and 4.4g of fat and considering I can eat a whole box of a product like these with some Chips then I don't believe these are that good for you.
I think the right price of these are around the £1.60 mark, but they cost £1 when we bought them. They are frozen and are next to the Fish Finger items.
The box is ok. Just a slimline one like what the Fish Fingers one is like.
These had the same Breadcrumb coating as Fish Fingers. so looked crisp and tasty enough, but the inside was a whole lot different. The vegetables seemed to be blended to a kind of paste and there was some whole Vegetable chunks mixed through as well. The Vegetables in here are Sweetcorn, Peas and Carrots.
I have to say I quite enjoyed them. I had decided I would like them, but they were tasty, moist and not as bland as what I thought they would be like. Although I wouldn't and couldn't eat these that often, I would have them the odd time.
A nice surprise.
When I asked hubby what he fancied for dinner I got not reply as usual! but after having a root around in the freezer asfter deciding that we are going to eat everything in there before buying more we settled for fish fingers. I had a look in the box and there weren't many left but enough for our little girl and him. This left me thinking what I could have so I opted to have these Birds Eye Vegetable fingers as it was a fairly similar kind of thing.
As we were out for the majority of the day I thought this a good choice as it was nice, quick and easy to cook. I had not tried these before - to be honest I only bought them as I saw them for £1 in Iceland and I thought they may make a nice change. Plus I have just started Weight Watchers (again) and they were only point per finger so they are ok to have a couple for a quick lunch.
They come in a box of 10 and it has a picture of the new, rather good looking Captain Birds Eye (not the old bloke with the beard!) on the box. The box looks quite appealing witha nice sky and grassy scene which to me implies that the vegetables are nice and fresh.
These are almost identical in looks to a fish finger - exactly the same size and covered in a golden breadcrumb but raher than fish these are jam packed with tasty vegetables -sweetcorn, carrot and peas to be precise and held together with creamy potato.
These are are really easy to cook - just stick them in the oven for 15 minutes on 220 degrees/gas mark 7 and voila! They cab also be grilled.
It was that easy - i went back to them after about 15 minutes and they were slightly brown on the edges, the middle starting to turn golden. I will admiththey didn't look particulary nice but served them up anyway. I had them with mash and beans but they would be a nice instead of a vegetable accompaniment to many things especially if you have kids who won't eat vegetables.
So how did they taste? They were quite nice and had whole peas and sweetcorn and good chunks of carrot and not all mashed up. They had a slightly creamy texture with the mash and the breadcrumbs were quite tasty, not at all greasy as these type of things can sometimes be. The ingredients says that they also contain tumeric and this is very slightly detectable in them giving them a nice flavour.
A portion of these is 2 fingers although I had 4 as I don't think that 2 would be filling enough. Per 2 fingers you are provided with 100 calories and 4.5g of fat 0.5g of which is saturated.
Although these were nice enough I didn't think that they were anything special although I'd buy them again as a quick and easy dinner. My daughter likes them though and its less of a battle to try and get some veggies into her.
What are they?
Vegetable Fingers are a mixture of potato, carrots, peas & sweetcorn all coated in breadcrumbs. They look very similar to fish fingers, but are a lot tastier!
These are excellent if you find it difficult to feed your kids vegetables, or if you're like me and need a quick fix veggie meal for a Friday night other than pizza!
Sweetcorn, Carrots, Peas, Water, Potato Flake, Egg White Powder, Salt, Rice Starch, Yeast Extract, Onion Powder, Mustard, Wheat Flour, Yeast.
Per 2 Vegetable Fingers grilled:
1.6g of sugars
4.7g of fat
0.6g of salt
They seem pretty healthy and are free from those nasty additives!
The Vegetable Fingers come in a box of 10 which has a picture-perfect blue sky and a grassy field with a picture of Captain Birds Eye and also a picture of a vegetable finger.
At only 98p (Asda, Sept '09), they're extremely good value!
How do you cook them?
You can grill them for 10 minutes at a medium heat, turning occasionally. Grilling is the healthiest option and is the only option which the box provides nutritional values for.
You can also oven bake them at 220°C (fan: 200°C) for 15 minutes.
I've only ever oven baked them and I found this cooks them very well and they taste great.
What do they look like?
As I said before, they look very similar to fish fingers. When you cut into them, you can see all the little bits of vegetables inside them. They're mainly white with bits of green, yellow and orange.
I've heard that you should try and get a variety of colours into your diet and these are definitely colourful.
The important taste test!
They taste amazing, you are able to taste every vegetable inside the Vegetable Finger. They're not dry at all and have a pleasant texture in your mouth. The slight crunchiness of the breadcrumbs paired with the almost creaminess of the vegetable filling is wonderful and very enjoyable.
They're quite filling although I don't think 2 is enough, I usually have 4!
What can you eat them with?
I'd say almost anything! I generally have the Vegetable Fingers along with waffles or chips and beans. You could have them as a side dish for a meal or you could even have them in a sandwich! Well, you get fish finger sandwiches. Same principles should apply!
They taste delicious and at only 98p, they're worth trying! They're an excellent way to get your kids, or even yourself, to eat more vegetables. They're also a great snacking food, you could have a chocolate bar or at least 6 of these! I know what I'd rather have!
This review is also on Ciao.co.uk under the same username.
I have been eating vegetable fingers for years now. It must have been about 15 years! I started eating them when I was a child and decided I didnt like vegetables. My poor Mum tried everything to disguise vegetables in my dinner, putting a jacket potato in a blender with vegetables and nothing seemed to work. Eventually she bought a packet of these and god knows how she got me to try them (she must have lied about their name) but I loved them and it worked. They were vegetables in a form that even the childlike version of me could eat!
Nowadays I actually like vegetables. I really enjoy them, and even more, I eat them out of choice. I still however eat and like vegetable fingers. They are the same shape as fish fingers, long and rectangular. People normally eat between 2 and 4 in a meal. They come in a cardboard box (which is great for recycling) and are kept in the freezer. They do not take long to cook and can be done fried, in the oven, or under the grill. I like them so they are crispy on the outside and slightly brown.
The fingers are coated in golden brown bread crumbs and the inside is mashed vegetables with flavouring. The taste is nothing extravagent, its just good simple food. The fingers taste great with a meal, or in a sandwich as a quick snack.
One thing, these have a low calorie content, so will also be good for dieters.
Having a 3 year old in the house who refuses to eat vegetables can be quite stressful at mealtimes, but the one food that my son will eat and does not have a tantrum over is these birds eye vegetable fingers!
On the front of the box is a picture of Captain Birds eye and also a picture of the vegetable fingers, you can clearly see that the fingers contain carrot,peas and sweetcorn. It says on the box that there are no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
When you take these fingers out of the box the breadcrumbs look quite pale, they look a lot like chicken or fish fingers which is why I think my son likes them.
Oven gas mark 7 - Place the fingers on a baking tray cook for 15 minutes or until they are crisp and golden. You can also grill the fingers but I have never done this.
Vegetable(57%) Sweetcorn (45%), Carrot(36%), Peas (18%), Water, Potato Flakes, Egg White Powder, Salt, Rice Starch, Onion Powder, Mustard , yeast extract.
Breadcrumb - wheat flour, yeast, salt
Batter - wheat flour, water , salt
On the back of the box you will find the nutrition Information 2 fingers contain:-
Calories - 105kcal
Sugars - 1.0g
Fat - 4.4g
Saturates - 0.5g
Salt - 0.5g
Contains wheat, egg, mustard
==What do I think?==
My son and I have been eating these for about a year, when he first started eating these I was so amazed as my little boy is really fussy about eating vegetables yet when he has these he eats them with no fuss or tears!
We had these for tea yesterday and when you cut into the fingers the first thing you see is the bright coloured vegetables especially the carrots. The filling inside the finger is quite moist with a hint of rice and potato,the carrots and peas are very soft as is the sweetcorn.
The breadcrumbs are crunchy and tasty but are not hard and give a good added texture to the fingers, the fingers taste a little bit sweet and there is a slight taste of rice.
You get 10 fingers in the box and they cost between £1 - £1.50 depending on if there are any offers.
My son goes out with his grandparents once a week so I tend to put these in his lunchbox now and again as he likes to eat them cold!
I love trying new foods it adds to the excitement of shopping and my meals so when I spotted a box of Birds Eye Vegetable Fingers in Iceland I had to try them out. It wasn't only me I was thinking of here either though it was my 21 month old twin boys - they are already sticking their noses up at broccoli and cauli on their plates so this was going to be a way of feeding them some sort of vegetable without completely scaring them off.
The box is quite an attractive box to be honest and wouldn't put anybody off - unless of course you really hate veggies. It's a lovely grass green and sky blue colour with the Birds Eye sailor standing in the corner proudly showing off the brand name. We are told that there are 10 Vegetable Fingers in the box and there is a picture of a bitten veggie finger on a fork too. It looks colourful and different and definitely something I wanted to try. The box of 10 Veggie fingers cost me just £1 and they were situated in the Veggie freezer in Iceland.
Two of these fingers contain;
They contain No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
When taking them out of the box to cook them they look no different really to a fish finger - the difference was the filling and they did actually have a lighter colour to them than fish fingers.
You can either cook these in the grill or the oven, I cook mine in the oven for roughly 15 minutes, after that time they darken slightly in colour so I cut one open and ensure they are piping hot inside.
To cut one open you are met by some beautiful bright colours - they are fun looking fingers full of chunks of carrots, peas and sweetcorn and coated in crisp breadcrumbs. Although they are filled with different chunks of veg not one piece forms a lump in your throat or becomes hard to swallow it blends well together to form a lovely tasty finger.
The crisp breadcrumbs give them a slight crunch and add a lovely texture when eating them. The vegetable filling is very soft and actually has a sweetness - it doesn't come with the horridness that some veggies are associated with by many. These are quite tasty and slightly sweet vegetable fingers which are a clever way of introducing veg to your children, especially younger kids. They are colourful and fun looking and wouldn't put any children off I don't think. My boys eat them no problem at all as they are soft and cause no problems whilst eating them.
They are not that big and filling but make a satisfying and tasty meal when accompanied by some salad or even boiled potatoes which is what I had the other day.
These are fun fingers for both adults and children - but now you can watch your kids enjoy vegetables too!