“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Curry „
Well, it's that time of year again. Leftover mince pies and Quality Street are banished in a wave of January good intentions! At work, where our diet has solidly consisted of cake and biscuits for what seems like months, I'm looking for healthy lunches, and something warming in this Arctic weather. In Sainsbury's last week I happened upon this ready meal in the chilled cabinet. A healthy option curry with an almost too good to be true calorie count! Cynically, I didn't have high hopes for the taste, but decided to give it a go anyway.
This meal is part of Sainsbury's 'Be Good To Yourself' range, and contains less than 3% fat. The box displays the calorie, fat and salt contents on the front, using the 'traffic lights' system of colour coding - all the colours are green! I don't think I've ever eaten anything with an all green go ahead before, unless it was a salad! This 400g pack contains a ridiculously low 263 calories and equates to 4 Weight Watchers Points. It contains 2 of your 5 a day vegetable portions, and is suitable for Vegetarians. The current price for this meal is £1.99 at my local Sainsbury's.
I cooked this curry by microwaving for 4 minutes. It may also be cooked in a conventional oven for 20 minutes, and may be frozen and cooked straight from the freezer too. I was impressed that the curry looked very similar to the picture on the box, as very often the photograph of a ready meal seems to be somewhat idealised! This box contains a portion of yellow basmati rice, and vegetables in a curry sauce. The vegetables included carrots, green beans and cauliflower, and were in largish, easily identifiable pieces. When cooked the meal smelt appetising, several colleagues commented on the good smell!
The box advertises this as a 'medium' curry, although I found it to be on the mild side of medium, only slightly spicier than a mild curry like a korma. The vegetables were not over-cooked and overall this was an enjoyable lunch. Despite the low calorie count I found it quite filling. It was especially good to notice authentic ingredients such as garam masala, garlic, ginger, corriander. Although this is a processed food I was able to identify all of the ingredients as 'real' foods! I think this is an excellent attempt at a healthy version of a favourite meal that is usually laden with fat and calories. It won't replace your curry takeaway, but if you do want a healthier option light meal this is one that doesn't disappoint.