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      06.09.2014 21:33
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      A delicious ready meal

      Weight Watchers from Heinz Chicken and Lemon Risotto is available in most supermarkets. It is normally for sale in my local Tesco's at around £1.79 but it is currently on social offer at 2 meals for £3. Because of this deal my husband and I decided to pick a meal each and I chose this risotto.

      Each Weight Watchers Chicken and Lemon Risotto contains 311 calories (so only slightly more than a chocolate bar!) it has 5.1 g of fat and 1.7g of salt. I am not following the weight watchers diet but for those that are this meal is 8 points per meal.

      This risotto tastes great, I would not normally go for something with a cistrus flavour but the lemon flavour in this risotto is really subtle and delicate. In my risotto I only had 3 bits of chicken but the chicken was didn't seems as plastic and processed as I have had in other ready meals from different brands.

      In my Weight Watchers risotto I had quite a few peas and tiny pieces of red pepper and tomatoes. These vegetables make the meal look really nice and colourful and people do say that you eat with your eyes before your mouth.

      I had my Heinz Weight Watchers Chicken and Risotto with a sliced tomatoe. Despite this ready meal being calorie controlled and part of a diet plan I found it tastey and it really filled me up. I microwaved my ready meal for 6 andd a half minutes in my 1,000 watt microwave and it came out great!

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        03.03.2014 17:28
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        A nice easy meal

        Tesco recently had the frozen weight watcher ready meals on offer at £1 so I decided to stock up on them as they make easy meals to have with a bit of veg or salad when I'm feeling lazy and can't be bothered to cook from scratch. I got my usual favourites - lasagne and beef hotpot and also 2 of the lemon chicken risotto meals which I hadn't tried before but I thought that they sounded nice and they looked nice on the picture on the box too. This meal usually retails at £2 for 320 grams.

        I ate one last week for my tea with some vegetables and one today on its own for my lunch at work. The meal comes in a cardboard box which is easy to open and it is recyclable. The box is really informative with nutritional info, ingredients and information on how to cook the meal which is easy to understand. The box also has got a picture of what the meal should look like once it's heated up. In my opinion it looks really appetising on the picutre.

        Inside the box there's a black plastic tray with the food inside, it doesn't look too appealing when it's all frozen to be honest but it doesn't look unappetising either. Cooking the meal is very straight forward - pierce the plastic film lid, place it on a microwaveable plate and cook from frozen for around 7 and a half to 8 minutes if I remember correctly.

        Then leave it to stand for a minute or so, remove the film lid and you can either eat it straight out of the tray or add it onto a plate with a nice salad or veggies. I'd recommend eating it with veg or salad as this makes it more filling. The first time I ate this meal I had it with plenty of veg and was left feeling full and satisfied whereas today when I ate it on its own I have to be honest I felt like I'd not really had much and I was wanting to eat something else, I wasn't overly hungry to start off with but eating this made me more hungry!

        The meal is tasty and it is basically white rice in a creamy sauce with lots of peas and other small bits of veg and some lemony flavoured chicken. The chicken has for a bit of a chewy texture to it and it tastes processed compared to freshly cooked chicken but it is tasty and very lemony and there is a decent amount of it - I'd estimate that there was about 4 quite big pieces in it. The rice is very soft and fluffy but there is not very much of it and there are lots of peas.

        The sauce is creamy and milky tasting, it goes well with the lemony chicken and it does taste fairly indulgent considering that this is a low calorie meal. The meal is worth 8 pro points/307 calories. All in all this is a nice meal, it is quick and easy to cook and it's tasty and doesn't taste low calorie. However it isn't very filling on its own without veg or salad with it, so I'm going to knock one star off of my overall rating. Recommended.

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        26.07.2012 23:52
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        Not to my taste I am affraid

        My hubby and I both love cooking and would normally cook our dinner but occasionally we go out and buy something if we are too busy to cook on that particular day. One of those days was today; we just didn't manage to cook dinner so we stopped at small local Tesco Express on the way home from In-Laws to fetch some pizza. My hubby is not fussed when it comes to pizza (or any other food in fact) so managed to pick something up pretty quickly. I on the other hand am quite picky. I didn't seem to find pizza I would like due to lack of choice so I picked up this Weight Watchers Chicken & Lemon Risotto.

        I am not on Weight Watchers diet or anything but I normally pick healthier or lower fat option where possible. This was my first experience in buying anything frozen from Weight Watchers (although I had previously tried their desert which I quite liked).

        This product was frozen when I brought it and came in the cardboard box. Inside the box, there is a plastic tray with risotto in it covered by see through plastic film lid sealed over it. Cardboard box has the Weight Watchers logo printed on it amongst all the other things. It does state that this meal contains 7.0g fat, 337 cal and 9 points. There is also long list of ingredients listed on the box; I feel it is just too long to list here however I did think to myself that there seems to be a lot of things in this tiny portion of risotto.

        You have two options when cooking this risotto which is either by using an oven on 200 degrees which will take 40-45 minutes or using microwave which significantly reduced cooking time to 7 min 30 second for 750W microwave or 6 minutes 30 seconds when using 850W microwave. I chose to cook mine using microwave as it was quite late and by then I was starving so wanted to eat it as soon as possible. Full cooking instructions are printed on the box.

        I was really looking forward to this even though I didn't know what to expect. I love chicken lemon risotto, we quite often cook it at home. I must say, I am very disappointed with this product. I have followed cooking instructions thoroughly and cooked it according to the instructions however the rice still didn't seem to be cooked properly so I cooked it for tiny bit longer. There was not much chicken in the risotto (I only found 3 strips in mine). It looked creamy however it tasted very artificial and I have also failed to taste a lemon!!! It had some vegetables in it; mainly pieces of red pepper cut in small squares and some peas.

        I have purchased this product from Tesco for £2.18 for 330g portion. Weight Watchers products are widely available any supermarkets though and can often be purchase on multibuys or special offers.

        I have eaten this risotto as I was starving however I shall not buy this product again as I did not enjoy it. To me it is too artificial tasting and lacks in flavour.

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          07.06.2010 09:58
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          A quick and convenient tasty lunch

          I'm a big fan of quick and convenient foods, I'll be honest I'm just too lazy half the time to cook meals from scratch so I tend to have quite a few microwave meals stashed in my freezer for them extra quick meals I want. In amongst my microwave meals you will always find some sort of weight watchers meal, I love them. I'm always willing to try something new, unless it involves sprouts so when I seen a meal I havn't tried yet in the weightwatchers range the other day I popped it into my basket.

          It was in fact Weightwatchers from Heinz Chicken and Lemon Risotto. It comes in the usual deep purple cardboard box with a picture of a ricy meal on the front and we are briefly told that this is 'Marinated chicken slices in a delicate lemon zest sauce with a splash of white wine, mixed with white rice and a vegetable medley. If you are following the weightwatchers point plan this whole meals consists of 5 1/2 weightwatchers points.

          This particular meal contains;
          327 calories
          7.0g fat
          3.0g saturates
          1.5g salt equivalent

          The meal comes in the recyclable black plastic tray, not very large trays but it happens to be a substantial lunch inside this small tray, even for my large appetite. Each part of this meal was generous, the rice was plentiful, the vegetables mixed in were not lacking either and as for the chicken well they were a decent size for a small tray and there were around 8 pieces which actually offered a 'bite' to eat. The chicken tasted lovely on it's own, it just flaked away and melted in my mouth, it had a sweet hint to it thanks to the lemon within the rice. The rice is creamy, sweet and lemony although not a bitter lemon, it is a mellow sweet lemon flavour which is hard to put my finger on if I'm honest. I liked the flavours but not sure if I liked the whole chicken and lemon combination, however if I were to have the rice seperate it tasted delicious, and it was very filling to. The vegetables didn't really offer anything tastewise really, it just looked slightly colourful. I'm glad the lemon flavouring wasn't overpowering and bitter, it did work well within the rice though. It's a very 'light' tasting lunch and I would eat it again and would say it is worth a try.

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            08.05.2010 18:52
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            Highly recommended

            I do find Weight watchers products can be very hit and miss but I do love lemon flavouring in food so decided to give Heinz Weight watchers chicken and Lemon risotto as try. I do think that the way to lose weight is not to rely on ready meals and home cooking can work out much lower in calories but these are convenient and good for the occasional meal when you don't need to put much thought into counting your calories.
            The packaging is clearly on the purple weight watchers packaging with a plate full of the risotto which did look very appetising.

            The pack cost me £1.75 from Iceland and this was for a 330g pack.
            The dish contains 5 1/2 weight watcher points
            Kcals 327
            Fat 7.0g
            Saturates 3.0g
            Allergy advice: contains celery, milk and egg

            The pack advises that the pack is best cooked in the oven for 40-45 minutes but by the time I had thought about tea I wanted something that cooked quicker so followed the microwave instructions which took seven minutes to cook. It then was required to stand for a minute before serving.

            I sat down to eat with my son who actually wanted to try mine but this may well be more to the fact it is mine than anything to do with smell or aroma.

            The rice was streaming hot on serving. It had about half a dozen slices of chicken a few peas and red peppers mixed in. There were certainly far less vegetables in this dish than pictured on the box. The Dish smelt sweet with a hint of lemon seeping through which drew me into sample my dish. The chicken was a complete surprise to me. It was infused with the lemon and melt in the mouth chicken which I have rarely if ever experienced in a ready meal. Rice in a risotto can be a real challenge and I was quite expecting it to be soggy but was very surprised to discover it was al dente and had a little crunch. It was well complimented by the rich creamy sauce which was sweet yet again had a subtle flavour of lemon.

            My only disappointment in this dish was the vegetables. They were very sparse which I find a little disconcerting in a dish that is designed to help people lose weight. People who do lose weight are encouraged to increase their vegetable intake .I have read how people who are obese are often lacking in vitamins and so would expect the vegetable intake in a dish like this to be more than a few peas and peppers. Sadly the vegetables that were included were completely tasteless.

            Overall I was very satisfied with the dish and will be purchasing again. I do think next time though I would add some extra peas to my dish as I do feel this would enhance it further. This is one of the few weight watcher meals I would highly recommend for taste.

            This is a subtle lemon but very creamy rice dish which hit the spot for me. This can be found in your freezer section of your local supermarket and it is worth looking out for offers on weight watchers meals as they are frequently on offer.

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              04.04.2010 00:04
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              A waste of money

              Something different? I thought i would give this a try for a change. The dish comes in a luxurious deep purple cardboard box. The dish is in a plastic tray inside and can be placed directly in oven to cook in the dish. The packaging clearly displays all the nutritional information.

              I was disappointed with this meal. The lemon in the dish makes it fragrant like pot pourri. It was over powering and tasted very much like perfume. The dish did not cook evenly in the oven either, one side was dry and hard and the other side mushy. I think this is because the meals must not be frozen flat as the sauce is frozen all to one side. Chicken was scarce in the dish too. If this had been the first WW meal i had tried i wouldnt be trying any more. Given this is a calorie controlled meal its a poor meal for the calories it is.

              In asda this is £1.86 compared to a lot of other WW meals at £1.46 so this must be considered as one of the more premium meals.

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                24.03.2010 16:52
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                A tasty ready meal but not for when you are famished!

                After booking my summer holiday a few weeks ago I finally have some motivation to lose a couple of pounds. I have been making the effort to eat healthy which for the most part has meant cooking from scratch and eating lots of fish and veg. I havn't found cutting down on chocolate and biscuits too difficult, the real struggle for me is the temptation to just get a takeaway on those long days when I really cannot be bothered cooking. To try to avoid this I have been trying out several different 'healthy' ready meals so that I can have something relatively healthy in the freezer for those days when I just cannot be bothered. Most of these ready meals have turned out to be very disappointing but the Weightwatchers Chicken and Lemon Risotto was actually quite tasty,


                * * * *Availability/ Price* * * *
                This ready meal seems to be available in the freezer section of most supermarkets alongside the other Weightwatchers meals. It is not one of the cheapest from the range and it usually costs around £1.85. However, there are often offers on the Weightwatchers ready meals making it cheaper.


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                The meal comes in a purple box which has a picture of the prepared meal on the front. The packaging matches the others from the Weightwatchers range.


                * * * *Preparing* * * *
                The meal can be prepared in the microwave or in the oven. I usually go for the microwave just because it's quicker and I think it turns out nicer anyway.


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                The first time I was bought this I was a little unsure as to whether or not I was going to enjoy it. The smell when it is cooking is quite lemony and I'm not too keen on anything too zesty or tangy. I was pleased to find that the lemon flavour was actually very subtle. The risotto is creamy and contains peas and small pieces of pepper as well as chicken. The chicken is marinated and has a nice coating on it. The chicken was much nicer than some other ready meal chicken which can be too soft and squishy. The amount of chicken was also quite generous for a ready meal.

                My main complaint would be that the portion size wasn't really big enough so I didn't feel fully satisfied after eating this. I usually have this on days when I'm not absolutely starving or if I am then I have some bread or salad with it. It would be nicer homemade but as risotto takes ages it is a quick and easy alternative and with only 327 calories!

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                  12.02.2010 21:02
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                  Weight Watchers Chicken & Lemon Risotto

                  Description: Manufacturer: Weight Watchers / Type: Ready Meal


                  Like so many of us, I managed to eat and drink far too much over the festive season. Unfortunately, this has meant that or the last few weeks, I have been trying to shift those few extra pounds.

                  One of the best ways for me to do this is avoid snacking of course, but because I work shifts, this isn't always easy. I find that far too often, I eat the wrong things at the wrong times, so the best way to prevent this is to make sure that I have a decent and fulfilling meal, which helps stop me reaching for snacks later.

                  Unfortunately, another issue with working shifts is that I don't have as much time as I would like. I often find myself looking for a quick lunch to take to work and these microwave meals are handy and convenient. Like all products in the range, the meal comes in predominantly purple packaging and has a picture of the food on the front, along with the Weight Watchers logo.

                  This is possibly my favourite microwave meal from the range but I do find that it is a little small so I recommend that you try to prepare some salad, vegetables or bread to eat along with it.

                  The meal can be cooked in a conventional oven and also put into the microwave for around seven minutes. When ready to serve, you will notice the gentle lemony aroma immediately.

                  This 330g meal will cost around £1.85 in the frozen section of supermarkets but can often be found on special offer. I recently bought 5 for £5 from a local shop.

                  The consistency of this risotto is pretty good for a frozen meal. The rice is tender but not soggy and the sauce is quite thick and creamy, binding the ingredients well. I had expected the lemon flavour to be quite weak but found it surprisingly well flavoured with a delicious citrus taste to each mouthful. If you are not a fan of lemon then I recommend that you avoid this meal as it will probably not be for you!

                  There are tender pieces of chicken and vegetables through the risotto, and although they are not very big, they are quite tasty. For me, the nicest part of this meal is the creamy lemon sauce though which works well with the rice. Unfortunately, being a ready meal and a diet one at that, this is never going to rival home made risotto, but for a quick and convenient lunch, it certainly tastes nice enough.

                  If you have found that most diet meals are bland and unappetising then it would be worth trying this one as it is a bit better than most. It is quick and easy to prepare and can often be found on special offer in shops - 4 Dooyoo stars from me!


                  Nutritional information is as follows;

                  Calories - 329
                  Protein - 45g
                  Carbohydrate - 42.7g (6.5 sugars)
                  Fat - 9g (3.9 Saturates)
                  Fibre - 1.5g
                  Sodium - 0.8g
                  Salt - 2.1g
                  Weight Watchers Points: 5 ½

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                    05.02.2010 21:51
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                    a good healthy meal

                    Weight Watchers (from Heinz) Chicken and Lemon Risotto is an unusual product, now I'm a huge fan of weight watchers meals and eat them regularly if I'm on a diet or not (if I'm not on a diet I'll have one so I can have a few cakes later in the evening) but I couldn't quite get my taste buds around this particular meal.

                    It's not that the product was horrible in fact I quite enjoyed it, I'm just not sure why. The risotto was extremely lemony (with lemon zest the pack informs) a bit too lemony for my tastes, the risotto itself was sticky and stuck to the roof of your mouth as you would expect (its how my home made ones turn out) and had peas and peppers as well as the chicken (and whipping cream alarmingly. Why?) I think the strangest thing about the meal was the chicken though there was a fair bit about 5 lumps in the pack, it seemed to taste a little like chicken tikka flavoured chicken I sometimes get, it at least looks like it and my mind played tricks on me, which in any case stopped me from fully enjoying my meal.

                    Like all weight watchers meals and being nearly 6ft and about 14 stone there's not enough to fill me up so I have to have some vegetables to go on the side. The product is not small and may be enough for a smaller person; 330g, contains only 327 calories, is only 3% fat and 5 and a half weight watchers points.

                    The package is in the usual purple box weight watchers use and takes around 7 minutes in the microwave. The price was a very reasonable one pound. i picked this up on special for a quid

                    A different product worth giving a go, I think I'll be trying it again the future to see if I can figure out if its really for me or not.
                    If you have any other questions feel free to message me
                    Tony

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                      21.01.2010 21:00
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                      a less than average meal from Weight Watchers

                      After yesterday's success of my salmon meal from Weight Watchers, I decided to try the risotto for my dinner tonight. I am a fan of all things with lemon in the ingredients as I love the freshness on my palette, so I was looking forward to trying it. I have also recently started making my own risottos and I like the texture I get from the meal, especially when I don't want to have a complicated meal.
                      This risotto needs to be cooked in the microwave in one sitting, which is a plus when buying ready meals as I can just leave it to cook rather than wait around and stir half way through the process. This meal will take on average 8 minutes to cook in a 750 watt microwave.

                      Being from Weight watchers, I wasn't expecting great portions, but I do think this is slightly smaller than the portion of salmon I had last night. Once cooked, there is a generous amount of sauce included in the meal, but I think this overshadowed the amount of rice that was included as I found every mouthful was very wet.
                      I never actually expect too much meat when it comes to ready meals, but there was an average portion of chicken chunks, and the flavour coming from them was really nice, and they were almost char grilled in flavour, giving the dish a whole new tang against the blandness of the rice.
                      The sauce is a lemon as previously mentioned, but I felt this was quite bland and there wasn't enough lemon to come through the flavours of the chicken and the other ingredients in the rice.
                      There are also plenty of peas and pepper slivers included. I am not a fan of peppers when cooked but these pieces really were small enough for me to eat without noticing which was really good as I managed not to sit and pick them all out.

                      I was slightly disappointed at the flavour on a whole from this meal. Perhaps I was expecting better things when I read the sauce being described as lemon. It was nice to have a generous amount of sauce in the meal, but sadly lacked in the flavour department.
                      On a plus side for the meal, the calories are low and the meal will only cost you 5 ½ points from your daily allowance if you're following the Weight Watchers diet. This also equates to 327 calories, which is very low for a main meal, hence it doesn't fill you up for long.
                      For any dietary needs, the meal doesn't contain any artificial colours or hydrogenated fats, but does contain celery, egg and milk.

                      Overall I was fairly disappointed at spending my £1.87 on this meal. This probably isn't a choice I would opt for in the future which is a shame as risotto has potential as great comfort food especially in the winter months, and if the flavours were slightly better then I would be someone to buy frequently when I needed a quick meal.

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                        A delicious meal from Weight Watchers that you don't have to be on a diet to enjoy.

                        With the New Year came another enrollment at Weight Watchers, I haven't been sticking to the plan for several months so the inevitable weight gain wasn't too much of a shock. What was a shock, however, was learning to moderate my eating to fit in with my daily points allowance.

                        One ready meal which has been heaven sent for me is this Chicken & Lemon Risotto from the Weight Watchers frozen meal range. It costs almost £2 so is midway thought the range price wise, but the flavour and satisfaction of eating this meal makes it worth it's weight in gold.

                        As you would guess from the name, this is a chicken risotto flavoured with lemon. It cooks in the oven in around 40 minutes or alternatively you can cook it in the microwave within around ten minutes, I have only used the oven method but my daughter regularly microwaves hers and apparently there is little difference in the taste.

                        Although the risotto doesn't look at all appealing whilst frozen, when cooked it has transformed into a creamy and extremely appetising meal. I'm impressed with the smell too as it has a delicate lemon aroma which mingles beautifully with the creamy smell of the rice and sauce.

                        The flavour is delicious, bearing in mind that this is a Weight Watchers meal I give it complete credit for avoiding tasting like a dieters meal whatsoever. The sauce which binds the rice together is creamy without being sticky, it's perfectly seasoned with a vague spiced flavour which marries beautifully with the tender pieces of chicken.

                        The chicken is cooked surprisingly well and it tastes extremely fresh, this is unusual with most ready meals (and particularly Weight Watchers ready meals I find) as frozen chicken tends to be notoriously rubbery. I adore how the sauce clings to the chicken because it makes it such a simple job to scoop up rice, chicken and sauce all on the same fork.

                        There are peas and red pepper slices mixed in with the rice and my only complaint about this meal is that there aren't enough of them. Like the chicken they are flavoursome and cooked beautifully but they serve merely for colour, there are so few vegetables that the flavours barely register through the general risotto flavour.

                        Fused throughout the whole dish is the most perfect lemon flavour, it's slightly sweet and has given the risotto a wonderful burst of citrus fruit. It's never overpowering but is strong enough to be apparent with each mouthful, which is ideal for me as lemon is one of my favourite accompaniments to chicken.

                        If you have begun 2010 with a healthy eating resolution then I heartily recommend you try one of these excellent risottos. Weight Watchers food is gradually getting better and with this meal they have pulled out all the stops; it tastes wonderful, is very low in calories and being full of carbohydrates the risotto will keep you feeling full for longer. When I fell of the dieters wagon back in October I continued to eat this Chicken & Lemon Risotto because, quite simply, it's the tastiest frozen one I've eaten.

                        The whole risotto contains just 319 calories, or 5 1/2 points for those of you who are following the plan. To put that into context for you Weight Watchers novices, my daily allowance is 21 points so a mere 5 1/2 for such a filling meal is excellent news.

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                          03.10.2009 22:19
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                          Well worth it! :)

                          There are some times I am left to fend for myself so in my opinion anything is fair game in the freezer even my mum's Weight Watchers stuff, lol!

                          Now I'm a student it is time to customise myself with the microwave anyway :-P

                          This 'Chicken & Lemon Risotto' is a dieting ready meal which actually tastes really good and has real lemon zest in it for added tanginess...

                          The meal is boxed in a purple packet with a brown plastic tray covered in a clear film inside it that you just pierce if you are microwaving this or cooking in the oven.

                          This ready meal is described as: 'Marinated chicken slices in a delicate lemon zest sauce, with a splash of white wine, mixed with white rice and a vegetable medley'. Some of the vegetables are not what I would eat normally but I don't mind them as they are in the sauce and so are soft and nice...

                          This risotto weigh 330g and has 329 calories in it, this equals 5 ½ points and has less than 35 fat.

                          The sugars are low at 6.5g and the salt is pretty high at 2.1g. There are no artificial colours and no hydrogenated fats...

                          For allergists there is celery, eggs and milk.

                          The white rice is fluffy and soft and there is 29% in the meal, the coated chicken is 15% and is in small chunks and there are peas and red peppers to add colour and flavour. There is whipping cream included for a lovely rich taste and the lemon essence is really strong and tasty to say there is only 1% included.

                          The sauce is really light creamy in colour and there is plenty of it to soak the rice and vegetables up and I cam say this is my favourite weight watchers frozen dinner.

                          There isn't a lot but it is good so I give it five stars and the price is about £1.79 (so I'm told!) :)

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                            26.09.2009 20:50
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                            Risotto made easy

                            I do believe that home cooked fresh meals are best and I enjoy cooking and experimenting in the kitchen...but like most I do have the sneaky ready meal in my freezer. Well being a student and sometimes I just want a yummy quick meal that requires zero thought and on days like these WeightWatchers Chicken and Lemon Risotto is pure perfection.

                            I'm not an obsessive dieter (not at the moment anyway) but I do try to eat healthy and care about what I put in my body (discounting the copious amounts of chocolate I consume) so I opted for the WeightWatchers variety when I started experimenting with the occasional ready meal. Ready meals can be notoriously unhealthy, with either crazy high salt levels or far too many calories to count but at only 329 calories and less than 3% fat there's no need to panic with this meal.

                            However, WeightWatchers meals are not just for dieters, some of them are delicious heaven, yummy, fragrant, easy and quick to prepare so don't be put off if you aren't weight watching. My grandma, a proud octogenarian, has recently been buying these in; she is a fantastic cook but living by herself she says she has lost some of the inclination to cook and she finds these perfect for her small appetite. I also can't count the number of students I know who are addicted to these meals. Unfortunately not all WeightWatchers meals are that tasty and to be honest for my palate some verge of being disastrous but this risotto is heavenly and by far the best in their range - which is very lucky as my own attempts at risotto haven't always been that great.

                            'Marinated chicken slices in a delicate lemon zest sauce, with a splash of white wine, mixed with white rice and a vegetable medley,' is how they describe it and I have to say this is very accurate and once cooked looks exactly like the picture on the packaging which is very refreshing, as many leave you slightly disappointed with results.

                            To cook it couldn't be simpler, either pop it in the oven or microwave and wait... easy peasy. For best results they recommend cooking in the oven at 200/Gas Mark 6 for 40-45 mins, but if this seems too long go for the microwave and you'll only have to wait 6-7 mins. I always opt for the microwave and have never been disappointed with the results. Even by frozen meal standards this one seems easy there's no 1 min at this temperature another and that and so on, just piece the film lid, stick it in and wait. One quick stir is needed before eating though; a risotto with only one stir needed who's complaining.

                            The zesty lemon aroma of this meal hits you instantly, so fragrant and strong it truly does smell delicious. It is always the perfect risotto consistency, not too runny and soupy but not too thick either. Usually the meat in ready meals are not quite right but the lumps of chicken in this are so tender and flavoursome and surprisingly there's plenty of them too. The chicken is not too thinly sliced, unlike in other chicken based ready meals, which helps to make you feel like your getting your money's worth.

                            The risotto is 29% rice and the rice is the perfect consistency too, as it doesn't clump together but separates beautifully. Accompanying the rice and chicken is the healthy mix of vegetables and peas seem to be the most prominent along with the small chunks of red pepper. All covered in a rich but light creamy sauce, which is by far the best bit. Whilst the lemon is the most powerful fragrance (and believe me it will overpower your entire kitchen) it is not as overwhelming when tasting, just enough to leave a fresh zingy to tickle your taste buds.

                            For those with big appetites this will probably not satisfy you for long but it is designed for dieters. The meal is 330g and would cover just over half of an average sized plate, but it is still surprisingly filling. If I'm having a very hungry day I do occasionally add extra vegetables or even stir in a handful of prawns, which go brilliantly with the creamy lemon sauce. Making it either the perfect lunch or filling dinner.

                            This meal is usually about £2 (though I have seen it at £1.50) and can be found at most supermarkets. Like most WeightWatchers meals there is usually some offer available on them wherever you choose to shop.


                            ~~~Nutrition Info: per pack~~~

                            Calories - 329
                            Protein - 45g
                            Carbohydrate - 42.7g (6.5 sugars)
                            Fat - 9g (3.9 Saturates)
                            Fibre - 1.5g
                            Sodium - 0.8g
                            Salt - 2.1g

                            All of which make only 5 and a half points for those who understand weightwatchers points. Making it the perfect meal to help slimming or weight control, provided you count those other sneaky little calories you consume throughout the rest of the day.

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                              22.07.2009 15:20
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                              A tasty risotto but leaves me wanting more!

                              I have recently lost a couple of stone and while I'm about the size I want to be, obviously I don't want to undo my hard work and as such am continuing to watch what I eat. When I was dieting, I discovered Weight Watchers' wide range of microwave meals, and have to say I'm fairly impressed. This risotto has to be my favourite.

                              Risotto is not the easiest dish to make, what with all the stirring and such, so it's nice to see microwave varieties cropping up which actually taste pretty decent. This meal microwaves from frozen in 7 1/2 minutes, and after a little stirring is the perfect consistency.

                              I'm generally somewhat cautious about microwave meals in general, especially those containing meat, but the chicken pieces in this, of which there are plenty, are tender and tasty. The sauce is creamy and tasty, the rice cooks without hardening into a clump (this doesn't require any stirring mid-cooking) and there are a few plump peas thrown in for good measure.

                              And the lemon? Well, let me put it this way, it was so lemony it smelled as if I had just cleaned the microwave with a citrus kitchen cleaner! The meal includes lemongrass puree as well as pieces of lemon zest. If I'm honest, I don't much enjoy the idea of eating shards (albeit small) of lemon peel, but the taste of the risotto is not nearly so overpowering as the smell!

                              While this is a really tasty meal, the 330g portion is not overly generous. Bear in mind that Italians usually eat risotto as a first course instead of pasta, well that's about the size of the serving, in my opinion! I usually add a slice of bread and margarine to mop up the sauce and it makes for a good lunch, but I'm sometimes a bit hungry (or greedy) later if I've eaten this for my main meal.

                              For such a creamy dish (but not so much so it's sickly), it is relatively sin-free with only 329 calories and 9g fat. If you are following the Weight Watchers points plan, it has 5 1/2.

                              Each risotto costs just under £2, although the Weight Watchers meals are often on offer at Tesco. They can be found at most good supermarkets. While the price isn't so different to other ready meals, in these credit crunch days I think considering how filling it is, no matter how good it tastes, I would just as soon eat a hearty soup for lunch instead.

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