“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Other Ready Meals „
I try and cook from scratch where possible, but every now and again its handy to have a few choice ready meals lurking in the freezer waiting for the time when my laziness and hunger requires a meal that goes "ping" after five minutes or so of radioactive fuelled cooking.
The Sainsbury's Basics range Sausage and Mash ticks the above boxes for me.
You get half a tray of mashed potatoes and half a tray of a rich, thick and fruity sauce / gravy containing sausage pieces and chopped onion. I normally count around ten pieces of sausage (I haven't ever counted the onion pieces; life's far too short) which I would guess roughly makes up one thick sausage. The mash is quite bland but made up for by the juicy sausage pieces and tasty sauce. Top tip - mix the mash into the sausages and sauce to counteract the blandness.
Sainsbury's Basics range Sausage and Mash normally sells for 84p, although I have picked one up for 39p reduced, so its always worth doing an impression of a circling vulture if you're in Sainsbury's and see a member of staff with the reduced items sticker gun on their way to the refrigerated ready meals section.
Also, the fact that this meal can be frozen for up to one month makes 84p for one meal a good price.
Another good quality, good value product from the Sainsbury's Basics range, although the blandness of the mash forces me to objectively award only four stars and not the full five.
I love nothing more than buying some bargains in my local Sainsbury's and I recently found a 'Basics Sausage & Mash' for just 19p (usual price 85p) and for this I received a 300g portion which is ample as a decent sized lunch. I have had one of these for dinner before and just had some extra mash with mine.
This sausage and mash is provided in a plastic tray with no frills and the top is sealed with clear cellophane to keep everything in and there is a cardboard seal over the top which contains all the usual information, nutritional information, ingredients etc and everything about this product shows that its cheap but for under £1 I wouldn't expect anything more!
There aren't whole sausages in this meal, they are slices, and there is probably 1 -1 ½ sausages but this is an ample amount for the amount of mash provided. The sausages are coated with a gravy which has quite a meaty taste to it and is lovely and smooth in consistency. The sausages are meaty and seem to be much tastier than the usual basic sausages so I was quite pleased with this. The slices were quite generous and I found myself cutting most of them in half just so they lasted as long as the smooth, slightly creamy mashed potatoes.
Per 300g meal there are 257 calories, 4.2g sugar, 11.1g fat 4.2g saturated fat, 5.5g fibre and 1.8g salt so even if you had this as your lunch it could comfortable fit in to part of a healthy diet.
Overall this was quite a nice meal and was far tastier than I expected it to be. Obviously I was very please with the 19p I paid but I would also be happy to pay 85p for this as I think this is fantastic value and the portion size would suit a little one at teatime but just be cautious of the salt. 5/5 from me as the taste was lovely and this was the ideal portion for lunch.