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Marks & Spencer Count on Us Chicken & Asparagus Risotto

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Brand: Marks & Spencer / Type: Chicken

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      10.02.2011 21:57
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      Good for veggie lovers; bad for those with spicier tastes

      I try to eat as healthily as possible and my evening meal is generally something low fat (well, about 80% of the time anyway). Usually I make something from scratch but tonight I was out shopping and was feeling too lazy to make anything, so I popped into M&S to get a ready meal.

      I love M&S food and was so tempted by some of the more unhealthier meals, but I had my sensible head on and so plumped for a Count On Us meal. I am also trying not to eat wheat at the moment, and was pleased to see that this meal was wheat-free.

      M&S say that their Count On Us range has been 'specially developed to be low in fat (less than 3%) and calorie controlled' - and this meal has 325 calories and 2.7g of saturated fat.

      The packaging is the usual plastic tray containing the food, with a cardboard sleeve. The cardboard sleeve is white, with the M&S and Count On Us logo on it and a photo of the food on a white plate.

      I heated this up in the microwave for 3.5 minutes and then put it onto a plate. The photo on the packaging is representative of what the meal looks like when you 'cook' it - pale creamy risotto rice mixed with the green of the asparagus tips, and the white of the chargrilled chicken. The sauce is pale and flecked with green, as it contains asparagus puree, spinach and grana padano cheese. It's nothing very exciting to look at.

      Taste-wise, it is a lot better. The asparagus is slightly crunchy, and it tastes fresh and of a high quality. The rice is soft and creamy, and the chicken is good quality breast meat - no nasty brown bits which I hate. Some might find it fairly bland, but I love vegetables so I didn't mind too much.

      When I first poured the meal out onto the plate I did think that it didn't look very much, but I found it very filling and was more than satisfied with the portion. 3 hours later, I do feel a little bit hungry but that's maybe just me being a bit greedy ;)

      I would buy this again, but if something with a bit more spice or flavour was also available, I would go for that first. Personally I liked this meal, but some might find it bland or not filling enough.

      This costs £3.50 for a 385g pack.

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