Product Type: Weight Watchers Ready Meals
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Eating lasagne and watching your hips at same time!
Weight Watchers Lasagne
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Weight Watchers Lasagne
Date: 12/09/13, updated on 16/09/13 (72 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap if bought in offer, low in calories and in fat
Disadvantages: Lacks flavour, nightmare if cooked in microwave.... it goes everywhere.....
When it comes to ready meals I have admit I am an avid fan of them. Living on my own (if boyfriend isn't about of course!) I find ready meals a quick and simple option for me. Having lost about 6 stone through the Weightwatchers plan a few years ago now, I trust the brand and ate them often due to the points being on the front of the box so it was simple to know I was eating healthily.
So some days I revert back to Weightwatcher meals to try to keep my weight steady and lets face it this brand (Heinz Weightwatchers) have plenty of ready meals and the likes within their range so I never get bored as there is simply so many to choose from!
One I have eaten a few times is this Beef Lasagne in the past and this I found myself eating a couple of nights back. Its a meal I buy often though not always from Weightwatchers though as I have just said I know this healthier so I usually put it with a green salad usually and to be very good indeed!
The box this comes in is mainly a purple in colour and there is a photograph of the meal on there as well as being told what it is and who it is by, we are told that the meal is 7 points (helpful really if you are on the Weightwatchers plan in the main) and that it contains just 257 calories and 7.7g of fat then on the back of the box other information tells us a bit about the product, ingredients and allergy advice is given along with a full nutritional chart, we are told that the meal weighs 300g, heating instructions are given and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly stated.
The Meal/My Opinion:
The meal comes in a reusable black plastic tray which is rather deep and it has a see-through plastic cover to it and to cook it all you do is pop it in the oven for about forty five minutes or in the microwave for about six and a half minutes, either way this should be cooked from frozen for best results according to the claims on the packaging.
I have had this a few times as I have stated earlier. Although I think it takes ages in the oven (in my opinion) it does crisp up and firm up alot better in there than through microwave cooking, the microwave doesn't brown it of course and it is a lot wetter and as not as firm or as simple to get out of the tray.
Taste wise, either way...well I think its ok, it doesn't rock my world or make me think of homemade in any shape or form!
What you get is a large portion of layered white pasta which is rather soggy and bland, I think I have seen three layers of this but it all kind of sticks together so its hard to tell. You then get really thin dark brown but none greasy or gristly beef mince (not a lot of it I have to add) that is a bit flavourless in a diced tomato sauce which appears to have no seeds in it and not be seasoned either and this mix is meant to be seasoned with chillies, garlic, thyme and basil but all that I can detect from that really is dried basil and thyme and there really isn't much of it though you can see little speckles of it within the sauce. The very top layer (that browns in the oven but not in the microwave) is meant to be cheese and cream, to me its a little flavourless and again doesn't taste one bit seasoned and on the cheese front it certainly isn't a nice strong, rich cheese.= and its quite thick and gloopy and tastes more watery/creamy than anything else really.
Like I said there is plenty of it and if your going to purchase it I would say cook it in the oven but for me the whole thing is a little bland, there really isn't enough garlic, thyme and basil within it and as for the cheese flavour pftttt...its only just delectable if your really search with your tastebuds for that flavour.
I don't hate this, if I cook it in the oven its bearable, microwave..... No way you remove it from its tray cooked that way and its just a messy pile of gloop! Overall all though I just wish its flavours mingled better and were more apparent and that the mince wasn't so dry (even though in a bit of a bolognaise mix!).
I buy mine from a local freezer centre at a pound a meal however if not on offer in all good supermarkets its costs about £1.75 and is readily available!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Summary: A meal I buy occasionally and am not really sure why to be honest!
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