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Tesco 'Healthy Living' Lamb Biryani

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Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Ready Meals

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      06.10.2008 13:54
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      A really nice dinner I wouldn't hesitate to buy again and again

      I love spicy food so when mooching around Tesco's starving, this in the freezer section caught my eye. Unusual for me choosing anything 'healthy' and as soon as I got it home I did think I'd made a mistake as I find so called healthy food to be rather disappointing on the whole taste front and wasn't really sure why I bought it lol!

      The Packaging....

      Black plastic squarish black deep dish type thing with a clear plastic peel off cover over the top and you can see your frozen meal under it. Over the top of that is a light green cardboard sleeve that goes over and slides off easily. On this in dark green writing I'm told it is a Tesco product and under that in multi colours in large writing I'm told it's 'healthy living' and under that I'm told it is indeed Lamb Biryani. Then under that again in dark green writing I'm told it's 'Mince lamb in a biryani sauced served with spiced basmati rice, chickpeas, a selection of vegetables and a creamy mint dressing' and next to that there are what we know as healthy living type symbols of drawn on little men in a white colour. That it is 1 of 5 a day (I assume that's about our vegetable intake), a good source of fibre and a good source of protein and that it contains to artificial preservatives, flavours or colours. Then there is a is a picture of my biryani and under that I'm told it takes 12 minutes from frozen to cooked in a microwave, there is an at a glance nutritional chart, the size is stated (400g) and I'm told to keep the product frozen and the display till and best before date is shown. On the back once again I'm told what it is, how to cook it and how to store it, ingredients, allergy advice and cautions, full nutritional rundown, promise from Tescos about the product and contact details for Tesco's and once again told the size of the product (as I've stated already) and there is finally a black bar-code.

      To Cook....

      Oven cook in 35minutes 190c/375/Gas Mark 5.
      Microwave 9-12 minutes (depending on wattage of microwave).

      The Meal....

      Well I popped mine in the microwave from frozen as I was starving. It looked nice and colourful and interesting frozen and it did appear healthy under the see through film that I popped so it wouldn't explode in my microwave. I put mine on for the full 12 minutes and stirred halfway through cooking which was all very simple indeed. When I tipped it on my plate it was hot and well cooked throughout and the once thing I did appreciate was that is wasn't swimming in liquid but appeared moist.

      Frozen I had seen mainly sliced aubergine on the top of the meal and a big lump of white sauce which was the mint sauce. Of course my stirring half way through meant I had mixed up the food and it had all blended together well. Visually on my plate it looked nice enough though it wasn't a huge portion. The smell was spicy and I could identify the cumin but I could also smell a nice vegetable, light smell to the my food that really made me want to munch my way through it!

      I could visually see most of the ingredients listed (I will for this reason list them for you). It had a slight yellow colour to it and plenty of rice, aubergine, spinach, and cherry tomatoes (cut in half). The rest of the ingredients I assume were blended into the sauce this contained that had sort of evaporated into the dish as I saw no onions (but could taste them) but I did see flecks of spice throughout my dish. The vegetables were juicy and nothing was soggy. The rice was well cooked as were the chickpeas and my only complaint was neither could I see the lamb mince but I couldn't taste it either. I poked through my food and really, no lamb!

      My Opinion....

      Truly delicious. Looks good and is healthy and doesn't bust your belly as it's too not too much food. Yep I could have easily eaten more it was so yummy. Everything about it was nice and nothing was overpowering. Apart from the lack of mince(that didn't bother me anyway) there is nothing bad about this product. It's nicely spiced and I loved the fact that the sauce within the product kept it cool (the mint) and I liked the fact that it wasn't blow your brains out hot but it was mild and you could properly taste the food. Tasty it was and it never stunk my house out though left a nice smell of cooking in my home. I'd definitely purchase this again and again. I loved it and it's quick and simple to cook! However if you want a taste of lamb... your going to be left disappointed!

      The Ingredients....

      Mixed Rice (33%), Lamb (15%), Aubergine (10%), Spinach (7%), Cherry Tomato (7%), Onion, Mint Sauce (5%), Date, Apricot, Tomato, Tomato Purée, Garlic Purée, Ginger Purée, Coriander, Salt, Cornflour, Water, Chilli Powder, Coriander Powder, Cumin, Green Chilli, Turmeric, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Ginger, Clove, Nutmeg, Bay Leaf

      Mixed Rice contains: Water, Chickpeas, Basmati Rice, Turmeric, Cumin Seed, Cardamom Seeds, Salt

      Mint Sauce contains: Milk, Cream, Water, Cornflour, Lemon Juice from Concentrate, Mint

      Allergy Advice...

      Contains milk
      Recipe no nuts
      Ingredients cannot guarantee nut free
      Factory no nuts

      Nutritional Value (Each Pack)

      Energy 470kcal
      Protein 17.5g
      Carbohydrate 65.0g
      of which is sugars 12.9g
      Fat 15.1g
      of which is saturates 5.5g
      mono-unsaturates 7.4g
      polyunsaturates 0.9g
      Fibre 10.6g
      Sodium 0.5g
      Salt equivalent 1.2g

      Only available in Tesco priced at £2.28 per meal or currently at time of posting this or any two healthy living frozen ready meals are £4.00

      Recommended from me!

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