“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Other Ready Meals „
I am not really on a diet but have been trying to cut down a little on how much I am eating as I tend to snack a lot at work and eat portions the same size as my husband in the evening! Recently on nights when my husband is not eating with me I have been sampling some of the Weight Watchers frozen ready meals which are made by Heinz as they are a quick, easy, very low calorie meal. One that I purchased recently was the Mushroom and Broccoli Wedge Melt, this was unusual for me as I tend to purchase meals with meat in but thought I would have a change.
I have been purchasing these Weight Watchers frozen meals from Iceland where they are very reasonably priced at £1.25 each or 3 for £3.00. Personally I think this is great value and perfect for having in the freezer to offer a quick meal in a hurry.
All of the Weight Watchers frozen meals come packaged in small rectangular cardboard boxes which are predominantly purple in colour and have the Weight Watchers from Heinz logo on the front. It also states on the front of the box how many calories and how much fat the meal contains as well as how many ProPoints are in the meal for anyone following the Weight Watchers diet. There is also a picture of the mushroom and broccoli wedge melt served on a plate on the front of the box which I must admit looks rather appetising. On the back and sides of the box you can find all the necessary information that you need to know about the meal including full ingredients listing, nutritional information, storage and cooking instructions. Inside the box you will find the meal contained in a black plastic tray with a clear film lid across the top. The outer cardboard box is also suitable for recycling.
As the meals are frozen they are suitable to keep in the freezer for around a year. You also cook the meal from frozen which makes them very convenient if you are after a meal in a hurry. To cook the meal you can either remove the film lid and place the tray in the microwave for 7-8 minutes or in the oven for 40-45 minutes. I personally microwaved my meal but found that it cooked perfectly well in the specified time and was piping hot.
Obviously with this being a meal designed by Weight Watchers it is much lower in calories and fat that many other ready meals. One 300g Mushroom and Broccoli wedge melt contains the following nutritional information:
Calories - 236 kcal
Protein - 10.2g
Carbohydrate - 33.7g
Fat - 5.6g
Fibre - 4.8g
Salt - 1.3g
ProPoints - 6
This meal comprises of potato wedges in a mushroom and broccoli sauce. I was surprised to see little florets of nice fresh green looking broccoli and slices of mushroom mixed within the sauce. There was also some small red pieces which I identified as red pepper from the ingredients listings on the box. I was really impressed with the look of this meal as well as the taste. The potato wedges were a nice even size and were a golden colour on the outside but fluffy and soft on the inside. The sauce was of quite a thick consistency and did taste of mushrooms as well as a subtle cheesy taste from the mozzarella cheese contained within it. I thought that the combination of the soft potato wedges, creamy sauce and crunchy broccoli florets made this a lovely tasting meal. Some people may have found it a little on the small side but I felt satisfied after eating and did not have the over full, sluggish feeling that I often have when I eat larger portions. This meal would also work well served with a side portion of extra vegetables or some nice lean chicken if you wanted to make it into a larger meal.
Overall this meal certainly exceeded my expectations it was a good quality, tasty, cheap and easy meal with having the added bonus of being very low in calories. I would definitely recommend this meal for anyone following a weight watchers diet or not!
After deciding I needed to shift those 'few' extra pounds I settled on healthy eating, rather than signing up to a plan that I knew I'd struggled to keep to with two small children around. Whilst on a visit to Iceland I spotted a whole section dedicated to Weight Watchers frozen meals, 2 whole freezers full and all on offer for £1 a piece! Who can resist a bargain? First off there was an array of choice, so I settled for quite a few different meals and can happily say the Mushroom and Broccoli Wedge Melt is by far my favourite!
The meals are boxed in purple cardboard boxes a clearly state 'Weight Watchers from Heinz'. On the front of the box it gives you an explanation of what is in the meal, this one is described as 'Broccoli florets in a mushroom sauce with potato wedges'. Also clearly stated is the calorie value for the whole meal (242cals), the points value (4 1/2) and how low in fat (less than 3% fat). The weight is 300g. (I must point out that I am led to beleive the points value stated on these meals are the old version, not the new ProPoints - so please make sure you check this out if you are following a ProPoints plan!)
The meal itself is in a plastic container with a film lid. These meals can be microwaved or oven cooked. Having tried both methods I personally prefer to pop mine in the microwave - 8 minutes and 1 minute standing and a tasty healthy meal is served! Unlike most microwave meals that contain potato products I find that these ones are not 'bitty' once cooked, they are cooked just as well as if they were from a bag and popped in the oven for 20 mins. The musroom sauce itself can only be described as lovely - there are peices of mushroom and peppers in the sauce alongside the broccoli, and the sauce is the right level of creamy mushroom sauce, without being overpowering. The broccoli florets come out lovely and soft after the quick swizz in the microwave, not hard like I've experienced before. The pepper is more of a texture within the sauce rather than a heavy flavour.
The meals are not very big, they are a perfect blend together taste wise, but they can be a little less for a main meal. For this reason I accompany mine with cauliflower, or other veg, to make it more filling for very little calories.
I got mine from Iceland for £1 on an offer, but full price is normally £1.50. I think this is very reasonable for a microwave meal, even more so for a Weight Watchers from Heinz meal. You can also get these is other supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys, but I have found these tend to be on offers of about 3 for £5 or almost £2 each.
Contains gluten, wheat, milk, mustard. There is 4.2g of saturated fat within the meal.
As I said previously this is my favourite Weight Watchers meal by far - the flavours and textures are perfectly balanced and I would recommend this to anyone not only as a healthy but also as a tasty snack.
After a recent visit to Iceland I stocked up on some weightwatchers meals as they seem to do a huge variety compared to other stores that gives you the lasagne, hot pot, curry and fish pie. I grabbed a few different kinds since I was in a hurry and didn't realise what I had actually bought till I returned home. I was surprised to see I had picked up the mushroom and broccoli wedge melt as I generally go for something that contains meat.
Weightwatchers meals are made by Heinz and come in a purple cardboard box which clearly indicate they come from the weightwatchers brand. This particular meal contains less that 3% fat and is the equivalent of 4 and a half points values.
This weight watchers meal, like all the others can be cooked in the microwave or by oven but I always prefer to do the microwave. The meal basically consists of broccoli florets and wedges (with the skin on) in a mushroom flavoured sauce. Upon looking at the meal cooked you kind of get the impression that it isn't going to fill you as it seems to contain a lot of sauce compared to ingredients.
The sauce is very creamy and contains small pieces of mushroom and also red peppers and onion. The packaging suggests that it also contains mozzarella cheese but I can't taste it. There is a lot of sauce and I must admit it is very tasty.
It looks to me like the broccoli is blended in with the sauce as I only seemed to get 2 small sized florets of this I can however see bits of green blended with the sauce.
The meal contains a variety of different sized wedges. They are very soft and tasty and the skin left on gives them extra taste.
I have to be honest and say that this meal is probably less filling that some of the other weightwatchers meals however you could make some vegetables up to have with it as there is plenty of sauce to cover them.
I would definitely recommend this meal it is tasty and one of the better weightwatchers meals.
As I am cutting down my portion sizes tremendously at the moment which is alot of hardwork as I am so used to big, beasty and hearty meals I have been trying out the weightwatchers selections in Iceland. Iceland near me offer two freezers full of weightwatchers products one freezer containing the products which cost £1.50 and the other containing the products that cost just £1. One of the many £1 products I have been impressed with are Weightwatchers Mushroom and Broccoli Wedge Melt.
This meal from WeightWatchers comes in the easily recogniseable deep purple cardboard box with a picture of the meal on the front. We are told that this meal is Broccoli florets in a mushroom sauce served with potato wedges. The front of the box also informs us that this meal contains 242 calories, less than 3% fat and is 4 1/2 points on the weightwatchers plan. The picture of the meal on the front doesn't look all that great to be honest being such a frumpy dish with dark colouring thanks to the mushroom but this didn't deter me as I don't eat with my eyes!
The meal comes sitting in a small, shallow, black microwaveable tray with a peel off clear film on top. Pierce this several times and pop it in the microwave the recommended time and just wait for it to cook.
Taking it out of the microwave I could definitely smell the mushrooms and to look at the dish well it just looked like grey, lumpy soup. I wasn't that sure if I was going to like it to be honest but I was quite surprised.
The mushroom sauce is as to be expected very mushroomy, it's thick and creamy and holds alot of flavour, a bit peppery too I think. Around the bottom of the tray you may find the odd thin and small mushroom slice adding a little chew. The broccoli florets, although I'd probably call them twigs offered a little green colouring here and there and green goodness that I love it's just a shame there wasn't many and they weren't very big as they mixed in lovely with the sauce. The potato wedges are chunky and a generous size, soft and tender to bite into with a slightly crisp skin. The mushroom sauce complemented them well. Thanks to the thick cream sauce and the chunky, tasty potato wedges I found this small tray very filling and overall the dish was real flavoursome too.
This meal contains;
1.5g salt equivavelent
For anybody whether dieting or not, who likes mushrooms this is definitely worth a try, it may not look like much in it's small tray but it's quite tasty and satisfying and definitely worth the £1 too!