“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Beef „
I got this in Cooltrader for 99p and didn't mind buying it for that money because even though I don't like a lot of the Weight Watchers meals I thought it would be ok for a change. It was ok but not that good and I was still starving hungry after eating it! You get a plastic tray that has got rice in half and the beef and black bean sauce in the other half, you can either cook it in the oven or microwave it. I nuked mine because I'm lazy. The rice was cooked quite nice but some of it clumped together while it was cooking, I had sprinkled a bit of water over it before putting it in the microwave and that stopped it drying out like the rice in a lot of these kinds of frozen meals. The beef was cooked perfect, it's proper tender and there's no fat or gristle on any of it. The beef is cut into small thin slices and it's got a wicked meaty flavour but has soaked up the flavour of the black bean sauce as well. The sauce is nice but it's not a very good black bean sauce because it just tastes of a tangy gravy to me. There's a few black beans and slices of pepper but they don't taste very fresh and the peppers are very slimey feeling and that wasn't very nice so I ended up sorting them out. Even for 99p I won't bother with this again because even though the beef was nice there wasn't a lot of it in there and it didn't taste that oriental even though it had got rice and black beans in it!!!
After a fairly big, and ridiculously early, lunch yesterday I found myself feeling hungrier than usual at teatime. Usually on a Sunday I will counteract the heavy roast with a salad but I realised I wanted a hot meal and knew immediately which one I wanted - the Weight Watchers Beef and Black Bean that has been sitting in my freezer for a while now. After cooking for around 40 minutes it was piping hot and both looked and smelled very nice indeed, this meal can also be cooked in the microwave and I believe this method takes less than ten minutes. The main components of the meal are rice, beef, peppers and black bean sauce. I adore the rich, sweet flavour of black bean inspired foods and I must say this smelled delicious and very authentic - which considering this is a Weight Watchers meal is a bit of a feat! It didn't look great when I spooned the meal onto my plate, I must admit. The sauce looked a little too much like gravy for my liking and there weren't many strips of beef at all. The rice looked quite nice although some of it had burned a little during cooking and this gave it a bit of a yellow tinge which wasn't terribly appetising. The flavours of this meal were either very good, or very bad with absolutely no middle ground at all. The beef was tender and meaty, even though there wasn't much of it in the meal I was very impressed indeed with what was there. The sauce was excellent too, it has a rounded black bean flavour which complimented and infused the meat wonderfully. The rice and peppers however were big disappointments. An awful lot of the rice had gone crispy during cooking and this didn't soften even when I poured the sauce over it, I couldn't eat at least a third of the rice on my plate as I was scared of snapping my teeth on it! And the peppers were just a soggy, tasteless red and green mess so I won't even bother going into any more detail about those! It's a shame really because I think there need to be good low fat oriental meals available to us Weight Watchers as I'm sure many of you will agree that the single biggest thing that prevents us losing weight is the thought of everyone else tucking into a Chinese while you sit there with your lettuce leaves! I may buy this again as I must admit I thought the sauce and meat were perfect, but I'll cook up my own rice as the grains provided are appalling. If you're following the Weight Watchers plan this meal contains just 4 Weight Watchers points, which is great really as you can easily eat this as a hot meal during the day for roughly the same amount of points as a cold sandwich. If you can bear the rice that is!