“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Beef „
When it comes to cooking I'm such a lazy so and so, so the other day when I spotted this meal for £1.50 in Tesco I couldn't wait to get home to eat it as I love beef and roasties but have no intention of slaving over a hot stove, and paying out shedloads of money for all the stuff needed for just me to eat it!
This meal comes in a black plastic tray with two compartments within it and it has a see-through cover over it and it comes in a brown coloured box. On the front of the box there is a photograph of a Sunday beef dinner and we are told that it is Tesco Classic Cuisine Beef Dinner and that it contains no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours and that the vegetables count as a recommended portion a day, that it takes 40 minutres in the oven to cook from frozen or 12 minutes in the microwave, the weight is stated which is 400g as is the price (£1.50) and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. On the back of the box other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice, there is a full nutritional chart shown as well as cooking instructions clearly stated and contact details for Tesco are given. Nice, informative packaging this is.
The Meal Itself:
What you get is like I stated earlier a black plastic, rather deep tray and in that you get two large compartments, one containing 2 thin slices of tender looking beef with thick gravy and the vegetables which there were plenty of and the other compartment contained the potatoes (about 9 small pieces) and a Yorkshire pudding that resembled an Aunt Bessies small one (and you add that to the oven 5 minutes before the end of the meal cooking time).
To cook this is simple as you can oven cook it or microwave it and I popped it into the oven and within 40 minutes it was smelling wonderful and meaty in my kitchen and looked hot and all your left to do is serve and eat it of course!
This meal I thought was great in some parts and not in not in others. The meat really was tender with no veiny bits or fat in it though it was thin and there really was only two small slices in it, though it was really tasty and incredibly easy to cut through and chew etc. The gravy was thick enough, meaty once again though there wasn't really enough of it in my opinion but it was well seasoned and not one bit lumpy, too thick or too thin. The vegetables within this, there was a lot of and to me the green peas were a bit rough tasting. They tasted and looked like fresh garden peas and were sort of al dente cooked but a bit woody in flavour for me and the baby carrots looked like they came out of a tin and were whole and really watery in parts though hard in other places though naturally sweet.
The potatoes I liked in this alot. Yes they had a pre frozen boxed taste to them and they were nothing like home made roasties of course but they did look golden like roast potatoes should and were not greasy and tasted of potato though these could of done with a bit of seasoning...I did add my own salt to add a little flavour to them and I enjoed them. The Yorkshire pudding was terrible. Hard and crispy I almost broke a tooth on it and so it went into the bin. It wasn't just hard but totally flavourless too and I hated it!
All in all this is a nice enough meal. The meat and potatoes is nice and it is a generous portion of food though skimped on meat sadly! You can of course add to this food wise if you want to and make up some extra gravy but all in all I think this is worth the £1.50 I paid for it, if like me your lazy!
Nutritional Information Per Pack:
Only available in Tesco stores and also available is a chicken dinner for the same price.