“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Ready Meals „
As I said in my previous review of the Tesco Light Choices Chicken and Broccoli Pie, I have been on a bit of a health kick since my summer holiday - lost just over a stone so far and hoping to get this down even more by Christmas - before the inevitable week spent watching telly and stuffing my face with Quality Street! I've been eating low calorie ready meals for my tea on a Wednesday when I'm staying late at work and have so far found the Tesco Light Choice range tasty and great value for money.
When I spotted this Lamb Moussaka on the shelf last week, I pounced on it - I am a MASSIVE aubergine fan, and at only 230 calories it couldn't have been more attractive! It comes in the usual ready meal plastic tray with a colourful cardboard sleeve with an image depicting some very tasty looking Moussaka and a bit of text: " Minced lamb in a rich tomato ragout, with slices of aubergine and potato, layered with a white sauce. Contains 30% less fat than Tesco Shepherd's Pie". This moussaka can be prepared in the oven (30 mins) or the microwave (7 mins) - I say this type of ready meal is ALWAYS better done in the oven, but we only have a microwave at work, so that's the route I went down.
I found that upon leaving the moussaka to stand for a few seconds after heating, that the béchamel sauce very quickly dried to form a skin, which was pretty unappetising, but not one to be deterred where food's concerned, I stirred it in. I was surprised to find that the sauce was actually really creamy and rich, very tasty indeed and certainly felt more indulgent than it was!
As I started to tuck in more though it was a bit strange as I kept expecting a tangy tomato taste like in a lasagne, but this was not forthcoming - this in fact was a bit insipid-tasting. As I delved deeper down, I was dismayed to discover that the sliced potato was raw despite the dish being piping hot throughout. And the lamb mince was obviously not the best quality either - full of fatty bits and gristle. The aubergine was ok, but didn't make up for the meat and potato.
Each 350g pack contains 230 calories, which is saintly for what is a fairly substantial meal, and 7.4g of fat. I got this for £1.25 on a half price offer and was sorely disappointed, so if I'd paid £2.50 for this I'd have been really angry. It may be that it would have been better done in the oven but frankly I'm not prepared to buy it again to find out!