“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Ready Meals „
I work shifts, so I often have to eat my evening meal at work. This means I have to eat microwave meals from time to time, and one of the ones that I've found edible is Tesco's Light choices Macaroni Cheese.
The packet describes it as 'Egg Macaroni Pasta in a creamy cheese sauce made from skimmed milk and reduced fat soft cream cheese and garnished with reduced fat cheddar cheese'
If you hadn't worked it out from the 'Light Choices' this informs you that this is a 'low fat' version of Macaroni Cheese. I try to choose low fat versions of food, because the 'boffins' tell us this is supposedly better for you. To be honest I'm not convinced. Obesity has become an epidemic only since they have been telling us to avoid fat, but thats my opinion, and I try to be a good girl and do what I'm told.
The pack comes fresh, but it is freezable, and I have to say when I eat it, the pack has usually been in the freezer, so it might be better if it hasn't been frozen.
The pack has a cardboard sleeve which gives you the cooking instructions for both fresh and frozen, using with an oven, or a microwave. when you take the pack out of the sleeve it has a tray which contains the pasta and sauce, with a film lid. The cooking instructions recommend removing the film lid, for cooking in the oven and piercing for the microwave. The dish is then placed on a baking tray for 20 minutes in the oven or put into the microwave for various times dependant upon the wattage of your microwave.
When the food is heated through, it should be stirred.
I find there is plenty of sauce, and on occasion I have found the sauce to be a little bit too runny, although it is tasty, and coats the pasta well. The macaroni is cooked al dente, and makes a tasty, if not overly substantial meal. It is adequate, but if you have a large appetite you'll probably go hungry. My husband could eat two of these without a second glance!
The taste is pleasant, cheesy, and the pasta chewy and it doesn't leave any nasty aftertaste in your mouth. It has a distinctive cheese taste, and although it is supposed to be garnished with cheddar, I find the taste to be very mild and not that cheddary. This certainly isn't gourmet food, but it is adequate to keep you going when it is the only alternative.
The pack contains 465 calories
Salt equivalent 1.9g
It is suitable for vegetarians. the allergy advice on the packet says ot contains wheat, milk, gluten egg and mustard. There are no nuts in the recipe, but the ingredients cannot be guaranteed nut free. There are no nuts at the factory.
It is available from the fresh meals counter at Tesco, and costs £1.42 per pack, although they occasionally have offers where you can by two meals for something like £2. I usually buy them when theyrre on offer and put them in the freezer.