“ Brand: Grassington's / Type: Other Ready Meals „
Review of Grassington's Multigrain Vegetable Bakes.
I first came across this product around a year ago when I moved into my daughter's home to care for her daughters while she stayed in hospital with her son during major surgery. My daughter had stocked up her freezer and pointed these out to me as she thought that I would enjoy them. I am a long time vegetarian, who generally avoids any form of frozen burger type product. These were a whole new experience and became a regularly purchased product in our house!
The multigrain vegetable bakes are marketed under the 'Grassington's' label. These bakes are a delicious combination of sweet potato, mixed beans, spinach and tomato coated in a wholegrain, oat and quinoa seed shell.
The bakes are presented in a recyclable cardboard box, the front of which shows an image of a healthy looking family skipping through a field and a picture of two of the bakes served with vegetables. The Grassington's logo, brief nutritional values and the all important (to me) vegetarian society endorsement can also be seen on the front of the box. Cooking instructions, ingredients, full nutritional values, storage instructions and allergy warnings can be found on the reverse.
The package weight is 454g and the box contains four individual bakes.
The Cooking Instructions, Texture and Taste
These vegetarian bakes are perfect for a main meal or served in a bun, as a lighter lunch.
Grassington's suggest the bakes should be cooked for 30 minutes in a conventional oven, gas mark 6, 200 degree centigrade, 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Fan assisted oven users may need to decrease the cooking time by a few minutes. Microwave cooking is not recommended.
When cooked according to the package instructions, the deep, round bakes leave the oven crispy on the outside, with a delicious spicy inner. The bakes smell very savoury and are easy to cook taking a mere 30 minutes. They resemble a knobbly burger when cooked, the raised texture of the coating turns a pale golden brown and the deeper brown filling provides a pleasing contrast.
The texture is two fold, you bite through the crisp outer shell and your teeth then sink into the delicious filling. The blend of vegetables and spices is in my opinion just right, not too hot, yet far from bland, a complaint I often have with processed vegetarian fare. I can detect the tomato and sweet potato flavours and although I can see flecks of green, presumably the spinach, I cannot actually identity it in the taste.
These bakes are quite large, around half an inch thick and with a diameter of around three inches. I find one is adequate when served with vegetable, salad or a jacket potato. Obviously everyone's appetite is different!
The bakes keep their shape well during the cooking process.
Ingredients, Nutritional Values and Allergy Advice
I won't go into depth here, as I am sure no one really ever reads this sort of thing on review sites! A basic summary follows, feel free to skip!
Vegetables (58%) (Sweet Potato, Onion, Red Pepper, Tomato, Spinach, Potato), Beans (17% ) (Cannellini, Haricot), Batter [contains Water, Wheat Flour, Wheat Starch, Salt], Breadcrumbs (7%) [contains Wheat Flour, Yeast, Wheat Malt, Oatflakes, Quinoa Seeds, Colour: Caramelised Sugar Powder, Turmeric Extract, Paprika Extract, Cracked Black Pepper], Dried Potato, Seasoning.
[contains Sugar, Corn Flour, Salt, Garlic Powder, Tomato Powder, Yeast Extract, Herbs], Sunflower Oil, Tomato Purée, Wheat Flour, Red Chilli Pepper, Garlic Purée.
Nutritional Values each oven baked 'Bake' contains:-
148 calories, 5.2g Protein, 3.6g Fat, 23.7g Carbohydrate, 0.3g salt.
The product contains Wheat, Gluten, Malt and Oats. Not suitable for nut allergy sufferers as produced in an area that also uses nuts.
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
It is worth mentioning that the crunchiness in the coating comes from the quinoa, a grain which has more protein than any other grain. Quinoa is a small round grain of a pale brown colour which some readers may be familiar with as a topping on continental breads. It is a mild flavoured grain with a lovely firm texture.
Grassington's was launched in 2006, they produce a range of frozen meal accompaniments and main meals all designed to make eating a healthy diet easier. Grassington's pride themselves on producing high quality, healthy alternative meal solutions for all the family.
Products include vegetable quarter pounders, spicy bean burgers, sweetcorn and sweet potato waffles, bakes and sausages. Grassington's have a website full of interesting information about their products and vegetarian diets in general, even if you are a meat eater, it is well worth a look as the ideas and products are suitable for everyone.
Grassington's contact details:-
Telephone:- 0800 854 776
Postal address:-Grassington's Food Company, Dale House, Leeming Bar, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 9UL
Availability and Cost
I usually buy Grassington's products in Sainsbury's, they are also available in selected Co-Op and Morrison's stores. The price of the Multigrain Bakes is generally around £1.70 - £2 for a box of four, however Sainsbury's sometimes have these on special offer, so it is worth keeping an eye out!
My Thoughts and Conclusion
These bakes are a winner in my opinion, tasty, not too high in fat or calories, easy to cook and versatile in as much as they can go with so many different accompaniments! I am as I stated earlier in the review, not a fan of frozen vegetarian foods, all too often they are what I regard as 'pretend meat', a vegetarian version of a traditional meat product. I take the view that as I chose not to eat meat, why would I wish to eat pretend meat?
My meat eating partner has also enjoyed this product and I highly recommend Grassington's Multi Grain Bakes to others.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 November 2009.
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