“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Other Ready Meals „
Although I'm not officially on a diet, I do try occasionally to eat the right things, especially when they're lower fat alternatives to my usual favourites. Last week in Tesco I spotted Weight Watchers quiches on offer at only £1 (usually £1.34), there were two varieties available, Mediterranean Vegetable and Bacon and Leek which I opted for.
The quiche comes in a small square card box, clearly displaying the Weight Watchers logo and a picture of the quiche with a chunk cut out looking tasty. Inside the box the quiche is kept in a foil tray, and is an individual portion. The quiche can be frozen making it a great thing to have in the freezer for an easy meal and cannot be re-frozen after it's been defrosted.
Weight Watchers Bacon and Leek Quiche can be eaten hot or cold, however I decided to heat it up for about 15 minutes at 180 degrees so the top goes a little bit crispy, and it starts smelling delicious.
Cutting open the quiche the pastry is lovely and crisp but at the same time as it's quite thick on the outside edge so on the inside it's quite moist. The pastry on the bottom was also quite thick, and by the time I got to this part I was finding it a little bit stodgy and decided to leave some as the taste was becoming bland aswell.
The filling of the quiche is really tasty, it's very soft which contrasts with the crisp pastry and the smoked bacon gives a lovely flavour. The leeks add a nice little bit of crunch and there are a few cubes of the bacon, the cheese and free range egg mix is tasty too, making for a delicious accompaniment to salad.
Nutritionally, being Weight Watchers it's not too bad, with 327 kcal, however there is 16g of fat and 7g of saturates which isn't great. Having said that though I should imagine the fat is in the pastry and as I left a good portion of this due to its stodginess I didn't feel so bad. There are 9 ProPoints in each quiche.
Overall, Weight Watchers Bacon and Leek Quiche was okay, the filling was tasty but the pastry was a real let down, this is obviously where the fat has been cut back on but there's still a lot in there! The price is good though at just £1 for a quiche and to be honest, it's big enough to be shared if serving with a large salad as the pastry is too stodgy to enjoy the whole quiche.
As with most weightwatchers products these quiches are very tasty and a great way to have the foods you would normally have to avoid on a diet. When they were first introduced, I found that they were around £1.50 each, but they have slowly come down in price and can now be found for around £1 each in most of the major supermarkets, which is a much more realistic price point.
When I tries these for the first time I expected them to be tiny and have little or no flavour. I couldnt believe that they actually had pastry - thats my favorate part of a quiche, which is probably why I had to join weightwatchers in the first place haha.
The only thing I will say is that they dont have bacon, its more like ham, not a problem for me, but I wish they would say that instead of bacon. Other than that, they are great.
They quiches are easily enough to fill you up as part of a sensible meal. I actually find them so filling that I only need salad with it. They are very easy to cook, just toss them in the microwave for a few minutes or eat them cold. They are suitable for frezzeing too and having frozen some, I found that they came out just as good as eating them fresh.
To be honest, I find it hard to tell the difference between these quiche and the full fat version, flavour wise. What I like most is that they are great when you're in a real rush, which anyone who diets will know, can be a real problem if you're not prepared.
Weightwatchers Bacon and Leek Quiche
I am somewhat fanatical at the moment with trying to lose some weight for the summer and I am buying lots of Weightwatchers, and Slimfast products, to give myself a bit more variety rather than just sticking to Weightwatchers alone. One of Weightwatchers products that I do really enjoy along with a lovely fresh green salad is this little quiche.
This is an individual quiche and comes in a box of about 5" squared with Weightwatchers in large bold blue lettering at the top of the box and a lovely picture of the quiche on the front.
This Weightwatchers quiche contains 30% less fat than a standard quiche but this in no way compromises on the taste.
When you open the box the little quiche site inside a foil tray and looks just like any regular one. You then have two choices as to how you can eat this either cold or heated through in the oven. To heat in the oven you must first remove all the packaging including the foil tray and place on a baking tray. Then put in the oven and cook for 15 - 20 minutes on gas mark 6 or 200c, 400f and then leave to stand for 5 minutes once cooked.
For those interested in the nutrition, this 165g quiche contains:-
Energy ~ 308 kcals
Protein ~ 12.2g
Carbs ~ 34.7g
(of which sugars) ~ 5.3g
Fat ~ 13.4g
(of which sats) ~ 6.4g
Fibre ~ 3.0g
Sodium ~ 0.40g
Salt Equivalent ~ 1.0g
And the allergy advice is it contains milk, wheat, gluten, egg and mustard.
Once cooked this little quiche tastes really nice. It is not too sloppy and has a good texture in the pastry, not too soft of too hard. The pieces of bacon and leek in the pie are of a decent size and the bacon has a good texture and flavour. The pie 'sets' well giving a firm egg support to the bacon and leeks and it too tastes really good and 'eggie'. It doesn't have that cardboardy taste that you so often get with weight loss products. Served in conjunction with a nice fresh green salad and some tomatoes (all points free), then it makes a lovely low points meal.
This pie gives a Weightwatchers points value of 6 points, so when I tell you that my daily points allowance is 18 points it may give you some idea of what this means. The points value is calculated by the number of calories in any product, and also based on the amount of the product that you are eating, and you are given a daily points allowance based on your BMI, how much you wish to lose, and how quickly you want to lose it.
This quiche can be found in all good supermarkets at various prices, but I got mine for any 2 for £2.00 as they were on offer in Tesco.
Thank you for reading my review!
The majority of my household are on the weight watcher diet, and it is quite interesting to see when I open the fridge or the cupboard the new products they have bought when been out shopping and I am quite surprised at the vast range weight watchers now do, ranging from bread, to chocolate bars, to frozen desserts and what this particular review is about... their bacon and leek quiche. Its been quite good that my parents on trying the weight watchers diet as it gives me a chance to cut out some of the rubbish and eat what they eat now and then and so I decided to cook the bacon and leek quiche before work and then have it with a salad at work on my break. Now I don't know about you but I prefer my quiche cold and I will often opt out of quiche Lorraine to have any other flavour, and as bacon and leek are two of my favourite foods it sounded perfect!
The quiche is a nice size for one, you can cut it into 4 small pieces which was fine for my salad. It comes in a foil tray like most quiches and then in its weight watchers box which states that it is worth 6 points on the diet.
Out comes the quiche and put on a baking tray for 20 minutes on 200 on the oven. After 20 minutes the quiche looked done, nice colour on the pastry and smelt nice too. I left it to cool before I cut it as it seemed a bit soft in the middle. After another 20 minutes or so I decided to cut the quiche, and the middle was still quite soft and 2 out of the 4 slices the middle collapsed on me,but I was surprised the pastry didn't, now comparing this to other quiches I didn't think it was meant to be this soft but I popped it in with my salad in a box and kept it in the fridge at work.
5 hours after cooking the quiche and it was was break time and I was ready to eat it, it still had a nice colour not as a distinctive smell as when first cooked but not many things do. The middle was still soft but after a couple bites I got used to it and it was very enjoyable with my salad, I cant say there was a very strong flavour of leek or bacon but if you had your eyes closed you could probably distinguish between that and a quiche Lorraine. Now at a £1 this quiche was great value for money and I would recommended as a lunch meal rather than a dinner. My favourite quiche is a broccoli one from Marks and Spencer's but as you can imagine that one is not in the same price range nor the same point range and therefore cant really compete on the flavour however those of you who are on the weight watchers diet or want a small quiche with less fat then its one to go for!
I have always liked a nice bit of quiche, but my Weight Watchers points does not often extend to treating myself to a piece. When I saw that Weight Watchers themselves have developed a slightly lower fat quiche I decided to buy one to try, especially as it was on offer in Tesco at just £1.
I have just eaten some with a salad for my dinner and I must admit it was delicious.
It comes in a little foil tray, as do most quiches, and is then put into a card box to keep this quite fragile food safe from bangs and bashes. My quiche was in excellent condition upon opening the box, despite the fact that when my granddaughter put a bottle of pop in the fridge she managed to throw it on top of the quiche.
The pastry case is very nice, I assume this is where Weight Watchers have cut down on much of the fat content because pastry is notoriously high in fat. Despite this I found the pastry to be moist and it had a lovely melt in the mouth consistency which I really enjoyed. I did find the pastry crust a little thick at the top, but then I just cut this off and saved even more points!
My quiche was bacon and leek flavour and I must say it was very tasty indeed. The central egg/cheese filling was softer than I would expect from a quiche but once my tastebuds had adapted to this change I realised I enjoyed this more moist consistency very much. There is a strong bacon flavour and a fair few small cubes of bacon, the leek adds a tangy flavour to the quiche and although I couldn't actually taste this as such I was certainly aware of the addition of this lovely vegetable because of the seasoning it added to the quiche.
All in all I was very impressed with this quiche. Come on, it's hardly a £10 Waitrose offering but as far as the price goes I think it is a perfectly adequate addition to my shopping list. I had half of the quiche with an egg, some haslet and salad and was full up after eating. The half a quiche was filling and substantial when combined with these other foods and I will certainly buy it again, probably on Wednesday when my daughter is popping in for lunch because she always moans about Weight Watchers food and I want to see her eat this and then show her the box!
Each full quiche contains 6 Weight Watchers points, as a guide I am allowed 21 points a day so by just eating half I can easily fit this quiche into my eating plan whenever I fancy it.