“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Curry „
I am not a Vegetarian but when I can I do try to go to go for a veggie option! So last week I was out hungry shopping in Tesco and bagged this which cost me £2.00 and I thought it was a bargain! The Packaging: Black, large black plastic tray with a clear plastic film over the top of it. Over that a bright green sleeve pulls on/off and has a large 'window' to the front of it so you can see the meal through it. On the front on the sleeve in green, white and black writing I'm told it is Tesco 'Healthy Living' Vegetable Curry which is a good source of fibre and vitamin c and counts as 1 of your 5 portions of vegetables a day and is free from artificial preservatives, flavours, colours and hydrogenated fats. I'm also told it serves 1, microwaves in 4 and a 1/2 minutes and is suitable for home freezing and Vegetarians, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there and finally (on the front) there is a display/use by date shown. On the back of the sleeve I'm told a bit about the range of these 'Healthy living' products and how to cook this particular one, I'm given a list of ingredients and allergy advice, nutritional information is stated along with storage advice, size is stated (375g), contact details for Tescos is given and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice looking, informative packaging this is. A Bit About The Healthy Living Range.... A positive approach to nutritionally balanced eating. In our Healthy Living range we don't use any hydrogenated fat, artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners. we use only wholesome ingredients and limit fat, saturates, sugar and salt. A serving of this Healthy Living product contains less that 30% of a typical adults guideline daily amounts for salt, sugar, saturates, calories and fat. The Meal Itself: So to cook this it takes 4 - 4 1/2 minutes in the microwave in the container it comes in. No oven cook instructions are given for this and it appears to be just a microwave meal. I cooked it for the full 4 1/2 minutes and when I got it out there was lots of not so fluffy, but well cooked beigy coloured rice sat on top of a light brown, thickish sauce. So I stirred it all up and blended the curry all together and noticed there was not that much sauce at all but quite alot of vegetables. So the rice was cooked but rather bland and a touch hard for my liking. The sauce is meant to be masala but for me it was really mild and creamy with a taste of coconut to it and a slight hint of chilli but I wasn't keen on the sauce at all, it was simply ok. The vegetables were as I said visible and in abundance. Red and yellow thin pepper slices, onions and pieces of cauliflower and some shrivelled up spinach leaves were throughout the dish and all very well cooked, sadly thought they didn't taste seasoned. Large chunks of potato in this which were really hard and uncooked spoilt this more than anything else for me and tasted really undercooked! Overall.... A bland dish really. It looks good and feels kind of good and healthy to eat it and I like being able to recognise what I'm eating but I found it just as I said really bland with no real kick and I got bored really very quickly with it. Allergy Advice: Contains milk. Recipe: No nuts. Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free. Factory: No nuts. Nutritional Information Per Pack.... Calories: 305 Sugar: 5.1g Fat: 7.3g Saturates: 4.2g Salt: 1.5g Only available in Tesco Stores priced as I previously mentioned at £2.00 a meal and other meals are available within this range of course.