“ Brand: Iceland / Type: Beef „
It would be interesting to know how many people buy this meal; i am pretty sure it's most likley to be people living on their own; people who perhaps can't really be bothered to cook for themselves or people who just want something quick. To be honest I think this meal is ok! I have quite often bought it in the past.
My partner isn't very well at the moment; now usually when I'm with him, either he or me will cook a good meal for ourselves. I was trying to encourage him to eat last night but as he didnt want to go to iceland, he just asked me to get him a pizza! I spent a long time in Iceland ( I am a frequent shopper there!). I got him his pizza (which turned out to be the wrong one; thick crust instead of thin crust!) and i decided to get myself this Iceland Roast beef dinner. It is also available as a chicken dinner but I prefer the beef. It takes about 40 minutes to cook in the oven (you have to put the yorkshire pudding in 5 minutes before the meal is cooked). You can also microwave the meal, but i prefer it cooked in the oven.
The minute i stepped back in the front door; he saw my meal and said "oh... i would have eaten that!" Then he looked at his pizza and said "its the wrong one" I offered to go back to Iceland but he said no. I felt a bit guilty that he had the wrong pizza and i had something that i liked!
Anyway, i know some of you out there may think "my god i would never buy a frozen roast dinner" or you may think it would taste horrible ; but it is actually pretty decent. At the moment they are only £1.50 in Iceland and to be honest you get a fair amount. Admittedly you don't get that much beef and its the very thin variety but its' just about enough. The gravy is delicious, the small roast potatoes are in plenty supply and taste fine and the Yorkshire pudding.. well its just like a frozen one. Not much to it but it's ok. No problems with the peas, they are quite nice and tasty. Unfortunately the main thing wrong with the meal is the carrotts. Whever i have bought this meal, the more larger the carrotts, the less well they turn out; often too crunchy, hard and taste underdone. There isn't really that much you can do about this.
The picture on the box makes the meal look quite appetizing. There are only 356 kcal in the meal itself, which i think is good considering its a decent size and a roast dinner.
To end my story about my partner and the pizza; he left it too long in the oven and it burnt! I felt terrible; my roast dinner was cooked to perfection (albeit the carrots weren't). I offered him some but he wouldn't have any of it. Poor thing. needless to say he only ate about a third of his pizza. I hope he gets well soon!
Overall i do receomend this meal; despite the hard carrotts; it's cheap, no dirty dishes to clear up (like when you cook your own roast) and whilst of course it won't be as good as one you can do yourself, its saves you plenty of time, its filling and tastes pretty good.
This is as cheap as you can get for a full roast dinner I think! Iceland is selling this entire meal for 1.75. The contents include 3 slices of beef (2 if you buy lamb), a Yorkshire pudding, couple of baby potatoes and your peas and carrots, all drenched in gravy.
Now as most would expect, its not going to be one of the best meals you've had when it comes to taste. I mean what can you expect really for that price. But just add a little salt and black pepper and it starts tasting alright.
The cooking instructions vary: if you're popping it in the oven (which I would advise, as the Yorkshire pudding gets stiff really quickly in the microwave), then you need to cook it for 40-45 minutes depending on your oven- whether its fan assisted or not. Or you can microwave it for 10-12 minutes. All you need to do is remove it from the box and place it in the oven with the plastic on. Be careful when removing the plastic, the steam just gushes out...I learned the hard way!!! And you're ready to eat!
If you're strapped for cash, and fancy a roast dinner, without the preparation, then it's definitely a try..you might actually like it!
I bought this meal from Iceland for a national price of £1.75. It's one of their standard frozen meals, which are cooked from frozen to be eaten. It comes in a cardboard box with a bright £1.75 square on the top. It's a big value pack and below it says 'Beef Roast Dinner' showing a picture of the contents.
Inside the box is a container with the various things. The potatoes are in one part and the meat and vegetables are in another. There is also a Yorkshire pudding by itself, which is cooked too. You can microwave it all in around 10 minutes depending on your microwave wattage.
It all cooks thoroughly as it's a ready meal but you must read the very simple guidelines are you are required to cook certain parts for longer before adding the rest. The meal is all steaming hot when it comes out. Make sure you don't leave the odd potato in the box and realise after that it wasn't cooked - like I did.
I didn't think the quality of the meal was excellent, but I was even more disappointed in the taste. The meat tasted alright but nothing special. You got 3 thin cuts of beef and it wasn't very tasteful. The vegetables were pretty vile really.
The carrots at least tasted real although I am not too fond of them but the peas were vile! This was all in a thick sauce, which looked nice but tasted of nothing so it felt like I was just eating pure fat.
The potatoes were slightly better but still not overly nice. I think the only nice thing on my plate, which I had to eat in one go, was the Yorkshire pudding. It tasted like a good Yorkshire pudding and had a nice flavour. So overall, I would not say the meal tasted at all great however it was pretty easy to prepare and it was something hot and filling.
In conclusion, it's not one of the best meals I've had from Iceland. It tasted good in parts such as the Yorkshire pudding and the meat was alright, but the rest wasn't great and the peas and sauce were vile. It's very easy to prepare, but not as straight forward as other Iceland meals. However, it is hot when it's ready and it was quite filling, despite having to force some of it down, it didn't come back up luckily! Not really recommended as it was not a £1.75 well spent.
Thanks for reading,