“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Other Ready Meals „
There are times when only a pizza will do, however being on a bit of a diet at the moment and trying to get in shape for a triathalon I don't want to be eating loads of processed flour and cheese, so I opted for a Weight Watchers ham & Pineapple pizza oval.
The pizza is 100g, so about 1/4 of the weight of a normal pizza, and honestly not very filling at all. I had mine with a huge salad, and it kept me full for about 3 hours, then I was ready to hit the biscuit barrel.
Despite the tiny size, the taste is good, the base is a bit too crispy, but the top is moist and has an adequate amount of cheese. there is lots of pineapple and a fair bit of ham. However this was a bit clustered, meaning when the edges were burning it still wasn't cooked through in the middle.
Asda sell these for £1.32, reduced from £1.87 on their rollback scheme. I'm not sure if they will go up in price again soon. I have also seen some of the Weight Watchers pizzas in my local freezer shop for 69p.
The pizza only takes 7 minutes to cook from fresh, or 11 minutes from frozen. And at 200 calories or 3 1/2 Weight Watchers points its a filling alternative to a couple of biscuits, a bar of chocolate or bag of crisps, but I'd really struggle to call it a meal!
My mum brought a few of these Weight Watchers Pizza Ovals because they were only 39p in Cooltrader instead of nearly £2.00 in Tesco, not that she'd spend that much on one individual pizza anyway because that's a proper rip off!
Mind you even at 39p I don't think they're worth it now I've eaten one because they're not really like pizza at all and the flavours aren't very good either.
This one is ham and pineapple but they do another couple of flavours like spicy chicken and plain cheese and tomato I think. The problem with this pizza is that it hasn't got a lot of flavour and I don't think they taste of pizza and are more like a cheese and ham toastie in flavour and not a very good one either!
There's not a lot of cheese on it and if I was on a diet I reckon I'd rather go without pizza that eat this stupid version that's hardly got any cheese or flavour on it! The ham is quite nice but a bit watery tasting and the pineapple goes all squidgy when you cook the pizza oval and doesn't taste of much either. The pineapple is still a bit juicy but it's not a very nice sort of juicy and is just wet more than anything.
The tomato sauce is naff too and not herby enough for me, I reckon with it being a diet pizza they should have made the tomato sauce full of herbs because there's no calories in them and it would have made the pizza loads tastier.
The pizza base goes a bit hard in the oven and it's hard to tell if it's supposed to be a thin crispy base or a deep pan one, for me it's more like a swollen pitta bread than anything else and I wish it was a bit more doughy because that would add a bit of substance to the pizza.
I don't like these pizzas at all and even if I was on a diet I wouldn't bother with them because I could make cheese on toast taste more pizza like than this!
Thinking about it this is probably one of them products that gets raved about on diet forums while people convince themselves it's a good substitute for pizza but I reckon you're better off to buy a pizza base and put the toppings on yourself if you're counting calories!
When trying to eat healthily, one of the products I fall down on in cheese, especially in great big thick doorstep sandwiches . So, I decided that rather than a cheese sandwich, I'd go for a nice hot pizza with cheese all melting and gooey on the top, and I figured I might as well go for the healthy weightwatchers option- especially as it was only 3.5 points for the whole thing, whereas my favourite pizza is the same number of points per slice!
Now, it's not the biggest pizza in the world - it's sort of like a large pitta bread in size, but looking at it through the clear window in the packet, is looks to have a generous amount of tomato base sauce, some nice chunky bits of pineapple and some nice thick ham . The cheese seems a little bit thin though, and the pizza only comes in a thin and crispy option .
Taking it out of the packet, I realise that the makers have cunningly put all the toppings in the area of pizza displayed by the clear window on the pack, and the rest of it looks pretty naked. The sauce does not go all the way to the edge, leaving a thick ring of bare crust which I just know is going to go dry and horrible during cooking. There wasn't anywhere as near as much ham and pineapple as there first appeared, and some rearrangement of the toppings was required to balance out the pizza.
Cooking this is simple, simply bung it into a preheated oven for 5-7 minutes . Obviously if cooking from frozen it will take longer, but this is covered on the pack .
Taking it out of the oven, I was disappointed. Where was my lovely melted cheese aroma . In fact, looking at the pizza, the cheese hadn't melted at all, but rather gone crispy and brown. Ah, this is the problem with low fat cheese - it's rubbish for melting . The ham had gone brown around the edges and curled up, and the pineapple seemed to have shrivelled up . The pizza in general just looked dry and unappetising, but I'd cooked it now, so I might as well eat the thing.
So, I took a bite into it, and just as I suspected , it was very dry. The ham, whilst actually seeming to be quite a nice quality ham, was dry and rubbery, and the cheese tasted burnt rather than the delicious gooey meltiness I had been craving for days. The pineapple despite appearances remained moist, but was very flavourless, and the tomato sauce was bland . They could have added onions and extra herbs without disturbing the points amounts, as these are both points free ingredients.
For those not working in points, per pizza there are 220 calories, 4.3g of sugar, and 2.3g of fat .
Overall, I was very disappointed with this pizza , and I certainly wouldn't buy it again . Whilst it might only be 3.5 points, I think I'd rather save up some points and treat myself to some real pizza indulgence . This wasn't particularly cheap either, £1.75, and it certainly wasn't really big enough for a full meal, more of a snack .
I won't be buying this again - it was a real let down of a pizza, and wasn't large enough or tasty enough to be satisfying .
Trying to follow the weight watchers plan is usually pretty easy but sometimes, especially after a long day at work, my mind messes with me and craves things which I know will blow my daily points allowance. One such frequent craving is PIZZA!! I would happily say that pizza is my biggest weakness when it comes to dieting, give me a dominos tandoori hot for tea every night and I would be in heaven...however, at 2.5 points per slice it is not a wise idea.
So...whilst shopping in Asda at the weekend I came across this pizza oval and even better it was reduced to £1.10 (usually £1.89) because it was close to the sell by date. I was amazed to see the oval was only 3.5 points which seemed incredibly low - so I hastily chucked it in the trolley.
Having now tried it I would say that whilst it is definitely pizza-esque it didnt really hit the spot for me. The size of the pizza is a bit like a larger than average pitta bread and that is what the base reminded me of, thin, crispy to the point of crunchiness and with no chewability factor whatsoever. I thought it was very dry but if you like thin and crispy it would be ok I guess.
There is a tomatoey sauce on the base but it is very thinly spread which again makes the overall pizza taste dry when you eat it. I had added some sliced mushrooms to the top of my pizza as they represent no extra points, these filled out the topping a bit which I have to say was a little sparse. I counted 6 small pieces of processed smoked ham and 5 pieces of pineapple for the entire 'hawaiin' element. Low fat cheese is sprinkled very sparingly over the entire thing but not enough to taste or for it to melt and go stringy.
Once cooked the ham dried out quite a lot but the pineapple did stay quite moist which was lucky because if this had also gone dry I get the distinct impression that it would have been akin to eating cardboard.
Yes - its only 3.5 points out of your daily allowance but to my mind every mouthful reminds me of what im missing out on and just makes me crave a proper pizza even more. Having thought about it, I reckon I could make a much tastier and fairly low point count pizza by making it on an actual pitta bread with no point roasted veg and tomato sauce (which I usually use with pasta - basically a tin of chopped tomatoes, garlic, onion and whatever veg are in the fridge) and a small amount of grated low fat cheese.
This could have been so much better and to be honest I would not buy it again although it has inspired me to create my own version. Also I think £1.89 for this product is high and you are basically paying for the weight watchers name on what is, in my opinion, a sub standard product. For less than that I reckon a home made version would taste nicer.
Usually I am a big advocate of WW food products but not this one.
Looking around my local Sainsbury's the other day I noticed they had started stocking the Weight Watchers pizzas which everyone raves about in my meeting, I know they sell them in Asda but I wasn't making the 20 mile round trip to this supermarket just for a pizza.
A Pizza Oval is supposed to be just like a real pizza, only containing far fewer calories than any other frozen or chilled pizza on the market. I wasn't expecting much to be honest, but popped it in the oven for my tea tonight and can honestly say I was rather surprised at how tasty it was.
I chose the ham and pineapple version because it's my favourite pizza flavour, it took only around 10 minutes to cook and infused the kitchen with a delicious rich tomato flavour. I couldn't wait to tuck in!
The pizza is quite large, it's an individual sized pizza but bigger than those tiny individual pizzas Tesco sell. The base is fairly thin and the edges had gone crispy, but unfortunately the bottom underneath all the tomato sauce and cheese was a little bit soggy. This doesn't bother me really but I know some people don't like a moist pizza base of if you're one of those then you might want to cook this for a little longer and risk burning the ham pieces.
The ham and pineapple is scattered nicely across the top of the pizza, I had to rearrange the ham slightly as it had all bunched to one end but this was easily done and to be expected really considering the bashing food generally takes on the way home from the supermarket. Once cooked the smoked ham looses much of it's flavour and tasted rather synthetic, to be honest I took most of it off as it had a similar flavour to the vile turkey-ham my granddaughters' eat all the time and wasn't meaty in the slightest. The pineapple has warmed through nicely and remains moist and juicy, I'm a pig and ate mine without a knife and fork and each time I bit through a piece of pineapple I was surprised at how much juice squirted onto my tastebuds. The pineapple was full of flavour and tasted quite fresh, unlike a recent pizza I bought from Iceland on which the pineapple tasted like wet pieces of cardboard.
Each 100g pizza contains 220 calories and 2.3g of fat, which equates to just 3 1/2 Weight Watchers points. For such a tasty snack, forgetting the vile reformed ham, this is a reasonable amount. My only bugbear with these Pizza Ovals is the price as this one small pizza cost £1.89 which is very expensive and I think it could be cheaper as why should we pay through the nose for something better for us than usual. But then isn't that the same old double standards?
I first found Weight Watchers Ham & Pineapple Pizza ovals when looking for a good low fat pizza in my local sainsburys. As anyone on the Weight Watchers plan will know, a normal pizza is quite high in points, so its good that a low points pizza is available for when your having pizza cravings!
The pizza doesn't look like it has a lot of topping when you unwrap it from its packaging, but once its cooked it seems to have plenty. The pizza is thin crust and has plenty of flavour. It does come in other flavours but the pizza ovals do seem to be quite hard to get a hold of.
The pizza is quite expensive for the size of it, but cheaper pizzas of this size do seem to have a much higher points value. I don't mind paying a little bit more for this pizza and it tastes good and its low fat!
Also, because the pizza is small, it is easily stored. It also good to have for lunch with a salad or as a large snack.
Overall, well done weight watchers!!
When I was browsing the aisles in my local Asda store I came across a distinct urge for a pizza a lovely thin stonebaked crust oozing with cheese and toppings just like the one's you get from Domino's or Pizza Hut but being on the Weight Watchers plan that would mean using up the majority of my daily points allowance and the next days so I decided to settle for second best and opt for one of the new Pizza Ovals at a very low points value.
I had previously had the larger pizza's in the range and enjoyed them but these seemed ideal for lunch or as part of a main meal so I popped in the Ham and Pineapple flavour and continued shopping and the next day I had the pizza for lunch.
*~*Pizza Oval Options*~*
There are currently 3 delicious pizzas in this range the Ham and Pineapple, Hot and Spicy and the Cheese and Cherry Tomato, in my store there was only the choice of 2 the Hot and Spicy and the Ham and Pineapple which retailled at £1.88 and the complete portion totalled 3 and a half points which is great if you are on a realatively small number of points like I am.
*~*Who makes them?*~*
The Weight Watchers Pizza ovals are procduced by Paramount Foods under licence from Weight Watchers and they recently won an award from the Innovative Pizza Product Category at the Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association Awards (PAPA's) for their hot and spicy flavour.
*~*Is it any good?*~*
The flavour of the pizza is much better than other lower fat pizza's offered by Tesco this is because they are much tastier, the ham is flavoursome on the light and crisp base which takes approximately 8-10 minutes from the fridge to cook in the oven.
The pizzas can be cooked from chilled and from frozen but if cooking from frozen they tabe approximately 15-18 minutes according to the packaging, but I find they do need a little longer or they are still lukewarm in the middle of the pizza.
The smell coming from the oven as they cook is mouthwatering and really gets my tastebuds flowing the toppings are generous enough I was a bit unsure when I removed the product from the box and removed the sellophane wrapper as it did not look all that appealling and appeared to be lacking somewhat in cheese but there seemed to be enough ham and pineapple to give enough flavour.
Once the pizza was cooked I cut it in half and took my first bite and the flavours set my tastebuds tingling the cheese had melted underneath the ham and pineapple and the pizza base was crisp to the bite, it was really delicious.
The tomato topping was tangy and combined with the mozarella cheese, ham and pineapple pieces this was a really appetising product from Weight watchers.
Not suitable for vegetarians, vegans, coeliacs or those with a nut allergy.
Ingredients include milk, gluten and wheat.
I personally find these really enjoyable and find that I can have them as a snack or early in the evening if I need something to use up the remainder of my points.
I haven't tried the hot and spicy pizza yet as I keep going back for this one as it is delicious.
I prefer these to the frozen pizza's previously made by Heinz as these taste a bit more "real" than "diet".
I do think that at £1.88 they are a little more expensive and could do with being priced a little lower as I think you don't get a lot for the price that you pay.
My partner also had one of these and for someone with a passion for Pizza Hut stuffed crust he enjoyed this more than I thought and gave it the thumbs up to get some more in the freezer!
Put pizza back on your menu! Ham & Pineapple Pizza.