“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Beef „
This review is about another Weight Watchers meal. Depending on what mood I am in or what I feel like eating I buy these Heinz Weight watchers meals. I also eat them regardless of whether or not I am actually dieting; this is due to their amazing tastes and what I consider to be very good quality.
I had never tried this Beef & Red Wine casserole meal before and when I saw it I thought it looked delicious. This is one of Heinz's weight watchers frozen meals. On the front of the box is a picture of the meal. It shows plenty of pieces of beef surrounded with carrots and potatoes. The sauce to the meal looks very appealing.
I like Beef cooked in red wine and when I tasted this meal I was amazed at how great the flavour was. You could taste the red wine. The meat was extremely tender , the potatoes had cooked well and the sauce is excellent. You will really need to try this for yourself to realise how good it is. The sauce is quite rich but not overpowering and of the right thickness to compliment the whole meal.
The only down side to this meal is that there is not enough! To be honest I could eat 2 of these meals in one go; that could just be me being greedy of course!!
I cooked the meal in the microwave, only taking about 7 minutes. The potatoes do not come out crispy when cooked in a microwave. However, you can also cook this in the oven and i would think they are more likely to turn out crispy when cooked in this way. It takes about 40 minutes to cook in the oven.
Fried potatoes (24%, Potatoes, Vegetable oil, Dextrose)
Cooked beef (14%) Beef, Tapioca starch, Salt, Beef extract, Colour - plain caramel)
Red wine (10%) contains preservative- potassium metabislphite)
Concentrated beef stock (Beef stock, Water, Maltodextrin, Salt, Palm fat,
Modified maize starch
Unsalted butter (contains milk)
Yeast extract (contains barley)
Calories & Nutrition
In each meal there are 259 kcals
Carbohydrates; 28.3g of which sugars 6.0g
Fat ; 9.3g of which saturates 2.8g
Sodium; 0.7g of which salt equivalent is 1.7g
You can currently buy this super meal at Asda for only £1.50. A lot of similar Weight Watchers meals are a £1.00 but I would really call this one just a little bit extra special and well worth the extra £0.50 pence.
If you are dieting or watching your weight, you will not be disappointed with the tastes in this dish. I cannot recommend this meal highly enough. If I could give it 10 Dooyoo stars I would!
I had one of these Beef And Red Wine Casserole meals from Weight Watchers last night and even though it was quite small it was yummy. They've brought a few of these casserole meals out over winter and honestly they're all kinda the same as each other but this one has got a wickedly rich gravy and doesn't taste like a low fat meal to me.
It takes about 45 mins to cook in the oven and smells lovely while it's cooking, it's a proper meaty smell and I couldn't wait to tuck into it because I was starving by the time it was cooked! lol
The casserole has got quite a bit of beef in it, it's cut up quite thin but I like that because it means it cooks dead tender and tastes like proper beef and not that cheap stewing meat that you usually get in these frozen meals. It's not chewy and has got a proper fresh taste and texture, I love the taste of it because it's soaked up some of the rich gravy and that makes it taste even BETTER than plain beef! Yummy!
There are loads of diced potatoes in the meal and if you seperated them I reckon there would be more potatoes than actual casserole. It doesn't matter that much though because they're yummy and if you put a bit of salt and vinegar over them before pouring the casserole gravy over the potatoes then you'll make them taste delish! They're cooked so that they're soft and they taste like real potato not processed and frozen stuff.
Mixed in with the beef in the casserole there are a few carrots, mushrooms and slices on onion. They're cooked good and are nice and tender but they don't taste of much and there's not that much veg in the casserole, Weight Watchers are a bit tight with their veg and it's stupid because low fat meals SHOULD have plenty of vegetables in them to bilk the meal out!
The gravy is wicked in this casserole and there's enough so you can dip a piece of bread in to soak the last bit up. You can't taste wine in it but it's got a delish rich and meaty flavour, it goes proper nice with the beef and potatoes and makes the meal taste like there should be more than 275 calories in this meal!
Recommended..... yummy and deffo doesn't taste low fat!
Weight Watchers Beef & Red Wine Casserole
I have been doing Weight Watchers online for about a month now and am working my way through lots of their ready meals.
I purchased this particular meal from the new Home Comforts Range as I really like casseroles and the points value is nice and low. It's usual price is £2.08 at Asda if you buy just the one but I got mine on a 4 for £5 offer.
~ Packaging & Instructions ~
The Beef & Red Wine Casserole is a frozen meal & comes in the usual purple coloured Weight Watchers packaging with a picture of the casserole on it.
The meal is in a plastic heat proof tray and covered with clear film.
I always microwave meals like this but you can either oven cook for 40 - 45 mins or microwave for around 7 mins.
~ My Opinion ~
Described on the box by Weight Watchers as 'Tender pieces of beef in a red wine gravy, cooked with mushrooms, carrots and onions, served with diced potatoes'.
When I removed the meal from the box I pleased to see a very generous helping of the diced potatoes sprinkled on the top of the meal. I thought Weight Watchers would have been stingy with these as they bump up your points if you eat too many.
Now that I am dieting I am always pretty desperate for food come dinnertime and as this meal was being microwaved a delicious, strong, casserole smell started to fill my kitchen and I couldn't wait to get stuck in so when I served up this meal I was pleased to see the amount of carrots, mushrooms, onions and beef it contained.
When I started eating I wasn't disappointed. The gravy was a nice consistency, not too thick and not too thin with a gorgeous red wine taste. The beef was cut into small strips and was really nice and tender with no chewy bits and the carrots were just right, sometimes they go too soft in casseroles and I prefer them to be a little bit crunchy which they were.
The only thing that let this the casserole down a little bit were the potatoes, there were plenty of them but they were slightly chewy. I think next time I will oven cook this meal to see if they go crispy.
I really enjoyed this casserole and will definitely be buying it again, it has been my favorite Weight Watchers frozen meal so far.
~ Boring Bits ~
The Weight Watchers Beef and Red Wine Casserole is less than 3% fat and 254 calories per 330g serving.
The meal is 4 points if you are following the Weight Watchers diet.
Nutritional Information (per meal):
Energy kJ: 1069kJ
of which sugars: 6.0g
(of which saturates): 2.3g
Salt equivalent: 1.7g