“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Other Ready Meals „
Weight Watchers Salmon & Broccoli Wedge Melt
Description: Manufacturer: Weight Watchers / Ready Meals
Like so many of us, I managed to eat and drink far too much over the festive season. Yes it was great at the time but now my jeans feel tight and I feel a little sluggish, so have been trying to eat healthy foods in order to lose a few 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, so these ready meals from Weight Watchers are a great way to have something quick and convenient. I am not actually following the Weight Watchers diet, but still find that their products are a good way to follow a calorie controlled diet.
These meals will cost around £1.60 each but are often to be found on special offer in supermarkets. I recently bought several for just £1 each. These meals are found in the freezer section of the supermarket and are suitable for microwave cooking which makes them a handy lunch option to take to work. They can also be cooked in a conventional over, see the pack for full details.
Now I cannot lie, I have tried quite a few Weight Watchers meals which are a bit disappointing but this one is actually quite tasty. It is basically pieces of salmon and broccoli in a creamy cheesy sauce with potato wedges. The sauce is much richer and creamier than I had expected it to be, so it doesn't really feel like a "diet meal" which is great.
The pieces of salmon are tender and tasty and the broccoli is firm and fresh. The potato wedges are also delicious, and go really well with the creamy sauce. My only real complaint about this meal is one that they all share in my opinion and that is that there isn't enough of it! I understand that portion control is important but do find that I have to eat this meal with vegetables or bread in order to feel full. It is well seasoned too and I didn't need to add salt or pepper.
If you are looking for ways to cut down on calories then this ready meal is a tasty and convenient way to start. Served with a decent sized salad or some steamed vegetables it is a healthy way to feel full and satisfied and I would definitely recommend it to you. 4 stars from me, simply because it could do with being a little bigger!
Nutritional information is as follows;
5 1/2 Weight Watcher points
297 calories (320g serving)
10.7 g of fat
4g saturated fat
1.2g of sugar
and 1.5 g of salt.
Ingredients are as follows;
Savoury Sauce, Fried Potato Wedges (28%), Broccoli (14%), Salmon (14%), Vegetarian Mozzarella Full Fat Soft Cheese, Breadcrumbs, Savoury Sauce Water, Skimmed Milk Powder, Modified Maize Starch (Contains Preservative-sulphur Dioxide), Vegetable Oil, Wheat Flour, Salt, Sugar, Onion Powder, Flavourings (Conain Fish), Stabilisers-sodium Polyphosphates, Sodium Phosphate, Cirtric Acid, Spice, Colours - Beta-carotene, Curcumin, Paprika Extract, Fried Potato Wedges Potatoes, Vegetable Oil, Dextrose, Breadcrumbs Wheat Flour, Salt, Yeast
As a student I often can be a little lazy with cooking, I can't afford expensive ingredients and I'm far from being a haute cuisine chef, but at the same time I am trying to break away from the fattening ready meal which seems to be targeted at students.
In my first year, naivety with food and being too busy to prepare proper meals caused me to put on two stone. No one likes having thunder thighs and a pot belly, so I have been spending my second year trying to get the calories off.
I can't afford a membership to weight watchers and don't follow the points system as I like to put what I want into my food, not just whatever weight watchers has made up for me. However as an alternative to ready meals which I have had before, I have bought a few of these to put into the freezer for when I'm feeling lazy.
I have to say I have been extremely surprised when it has come to these. I have tried a couple of the weight watchers meals before - the chicken curry and sweet and sour chicken and haven't been impressed. I don't know if they've upped the game a bit in recent years in regards to how it tastes, but this particular meal was lovely.
It melted in my mouth, the melty cheese sauce, the broccoli was lovely, and this is coming from a really fussy chicken nugget eater who usually hates veg! I ate it all, the salmon was nice and it was nice to actually get some veg and salmon in my diet, even if they weren't fresh, something which i don't usually have. The potato wedges were a nice touch and I wouldn't have even thought of putting them in.
In terms of taste I'd give it an A*, in fact, I wouldn't have even known it was dieting food, if it weren't for the meal size.
You don't get a lot but it is supposed to be for cutting down and the food was so filling that I didn't feel the need for snacking afterwards which was great!
I have also had the lasagne which was really nice.
The standard price for this was £1.62, though often I see these meals going for £1 each in supermarkets. I'm definitely going to get some again, it was so easy to do, just pop in the oven for 45 mins and I know I'm getting a low fat meal!
In terms of weight watchers points, it was about 5 1/2 points,
which was 297 calories in a 320g serving, as it comes.
There was 10.7 g of fat, about 4g being saturated fat, 1.2g of sugar
and 1.5 g of salt.
Here is a list of the ingredients:
Savoury Sauce, Fried Potato Wedges (28%), Broccoli (14%), Salmon (14%), Vegetarian Mozzarella Full Fat Soft Cheese, Breadcrumbs, Savoury Sauce Water, Skimmed Milk Powder, Modified Maize Starch (Contains Preservative-sulphur Dioxide), Vegetable Oil, Wheat Flour, Salt, Sugar, Onion Powder, Flavourings (Conain Fish), Stabilisers-sodium Polyphosphates, Sodium Phosphate, Cirtric Acid, Spice, Colours - Beta-carotene, Curcumin, Paprika Extract, Fried Potato Wedges Potatoes, Vegetable Oil, Dextrose, Breadcrumbs Wheat Flour, Salt, Yeast.
So I'm being nice and helpful to the other half by eating Weight Watcher meals with her in the evenings when i get back from work instead of cooking up my normal meals from scratch that are slightly more calorific, and last night i was presented with a Salmon & Broccoli Wedge Melt.
It consists of Salmon, Broccoli, Potato wedges and a creamy sauce, all coming in at 297 calories but then you can understand why when you see the portion size, not what i would call an evening meal, not enough to fill a normal dinner plate, let alone my apatite !
So i looked at the cooking guide, and there are 2 choices, 8 mins in the microwave or 45 minutes in the oven, with plenty of things to get done, i opted for the microwave method, 8 minutes later 'ping' my dinner is ready, so i take it out of the microwave, leave it to stand for one minute and then onto a plate.
First impressions were it looked and smelt good enough to eat, so i sat down at the table, took my first fork full and heres what i thought ...
The sauce is of a nice texture, with a strong cheesy taste.
The broccoli was fine, soft enough to crumble in your mouth yet still retaining that broccoli taste.
The potato wedges were moist and soft, these would have obviously benefited from being cooked in an oven instead of the microwave, with the oven giving them a more crispy taste as opposed to the soggy texture the microwave created.
Now the salmon, not to my taste at all.
I don't eat salmon every week, so i am not pretending to be an expert on the food, but i do eat it every now and again and this salmon tasted awful, very salty, very rubbery, almost like the salmon that i serve my cats in there whiskers pouches.
The salmon put me of the meal, so i fed it to my cats who judging by the clean bowls afterwards would disagree with the review i am writing at the moment !
The other half still has plenty of other meals to try, and the ones i have tried so far have been very nice, so it looks like it was just this particular meal that is not to my approval.
***oops i notice this is for the wrong dish. i will change it once the baby is asleep lol **
another day, another weight watchers meal! oh woe is me. but no i actually love most weight watcher meals and last night i tried their Mushroom and Broccoli Wedge Melt, which i was informed has Broccoli florets in a mushroom sauce served with potato wedges. ok fair enough, i just wondered where the meat was!
so first lesson is to read any packet before you buy it, as i like to have some chicken with my dinner, but never mind this product was as usual very nice with a tasy mushroom sauce and quite a few wedges too! which werent soggy, neither were the vegetables either which is good. but as usual i had to add some etra vegetables so i would be satisfied (the dreaded brussels!). and as it was on special for only a quid i shouldnt complain at all to be honest
as i said the meal is quite small, at only 300 grams (a bit smaller than others they make) and therefore only for those watching their weight. the meal contaisn only 242 calories, less than 3% fat and is four and a half weight watcher points. the dish only takes 7 minutes in the microwave.
its a good solid dish by weight watchers if a little small and in need of some meat in my opinion!
Most of us are on a diet or healthy eating plan after Christmas. This wasn't actually the reason I bought this ready meal funnily enough, but more for the reason that I have been ill during the past week, and now my body is craving salmon and broccoli for some strange reason. Having a limited choice from being at work, this ready meal popped out at me, and I was willing to pay the £1.89 price tag purely because it ticked all the boxes for what I wanted to eat. I didn't care that it was a Weight Watchers meal and that it would be only 5 ½ points or 297 calories for the whole meal, but for those of you watching your weight then this might be useful information.
The meal itself is in a fairly small portioned size tub, but being Weight Watchers it's nothing less than I would have expected. In its frozen state, the meal doesn't look very appetising, but once cooked; the whole appearance changes and takes on a new outlook.
Straight away you can tell there are more potato wedges than either salmon or broccoli, but to be honest I thought there was a lot of broccoli, albeit small pieces hiding under the generous helping of cheese flavoured sauce.
Salmon was a bit sparse, but what I did eat were in decent sized chunks, and tasted just right in terms of flavour. The broccoli I felt was cooked well, being not too soft, but not raw either, and the wedges were small enough to be cooked in the brief time frame without leaving them hard in the middle.
The whole meal cooks in eight minutes in an 800w microwave. I liked the fact that you can cook it in one stage rather than having to go back and stir half way through. Although I did almost forget that my meal was cooking, but this gave it chance to cool before eating.
There is a layer of cheese sauce on the meal and this bubbles nicely with all the other ingredients. I found that each mouthful had a generous amount of sauce included, but it wasn't too runny that there was any left at the end.
I felt all the ingredients gelled well together and it made me feel as though I was eating something healthy despite the name on the box.
Overall, I think this meal was great value for money in terms of the fact that it was completely edible and didn't feel or look as though you had just reheated it. Should you choose to arrange this on a plate, I think it could look really good. Sadly the meal hasn't filled me up enough, but deep down I did know this would happen when I bought the meal. Weight Watcher meals are never enough for a full portion, but coupled with an extra dish would probably suffice a smallish appetite.
I was pleased to see that there are no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fats included in the meal, but there is gluten, wheat fish and milk included which maybe usefully for any allergy sufferers reading this.
Weight Watchers is an international company that offers various dieting products and services to assist weight loss and maintenance. While I haven't personal followed the exact weight watchers diet plan I do use there products when I am trying to lose weight. As a lifelong yo-yo dieter I struggle with my weight. I find weight watcher produces can help me stick to a calorie controlled diet.
I'm a huge fan of convince food I find it handy to be able to simple pop into the freezer and grab a dinner to stick in the microwave. I find Weight Watchers Salmon and Broccoli Wedge Melt makes a handy, tasty healthy meal. while the portion is rather small I tend to pad it out with extra frozen veg which I boil along side when microwaving the dinner. The creamy sauce is rather tasty and you get real chunks of salmon too. I can recommend this for anyone trying to lose of help maintain there weight. As it only contains 297 calories and 10.7g fat or 5 and half points if your doing the weightwatchers programme.
As a points worshipper at the church of Weight Watchers I do like to have some of their Ready Meals in the freezer. They are very quick and convenient and as the points total is wrote on the side in big figures - it saves you having to work out how many points you have used up.
For those unfamiliar with the Weight Watchers programme - the theory is quite simple. Each food item has an allocated number of points and if you stick within the number of points that you have been allocated you will hopefully loose weight.
The meal can be cooked in either the microwave for 8 minutes or in the oven for 45 minutes. I don't tend to like the taste of microwave meals and find that they do taste much, much better when cooked in the oven. This does take away some of the convenience and quickness of a ready meal - however on a plus point you still don't have to do any washing up! The meal comes in a little black tray which you just place in the oven or microwave.
The meal smelt really pleasant as it was cooking - with the potatoes on the top giving me a slight, 'roast dinner' type smell in the kitchen.
After it was cooked I was initially a little disappointed with the portion size - normally I find the Weight Watchers Ready Meal portion sizes quite filling - but as I gazed on this I wondered whether it would even fill a small child!
However it did look very appetizing. Even though there were few chunks of salmon in number, they were very pink in colour and seemed to be of a high quality. They tasted great - surprising for a convenience food. The broccoli was also well cooked and the tasty, mozzarella, cheesy sauce was a great accompaniment. The potato wedges were a nice treat on top - particularly as I was cutting down on potatoes as part of the diet. Although they were roasted they were nice and soft inside and again didn't at all taste like you may expect for a ready meal.
For those following the Weight Watchers points plan - this meal does provide you with 5 ½ points - which would be a quite low points amount if you had it for an evening meal. For non dieters the meal still only provides less than 300 calories and less than 3% fat.
As a meal this tasted really great, the salmon, potatoes, broccoli and cheese sauce complimented each other vey well and it was indeed lovely. It didn't taste at all like convenience food and instead felt like you were eating a nice home cooked meal. As it only cost £1.50 as well, it made for a fairly cheap evening meal.
However the main disappointment for me was the portion size. I was left feeling hungry again an hour or so later - if I was to buy again (and I would like to because of the taste!) I would probably have to add some additional vegetables or have it for lunch.
Overall though a delicious meal from those clever chaps at Heinz and Weight Watchers.
I am not really one for ready meals as I like to cook so preparing a meal from scratch is no hardship for me, but I do keep a pile of Weight Watchers meals in the freezer for those times when I want something I can just put into the oven and forget about. Some of the meals are lovely but some are appalling, so it is always with some trepidation that I try a new one.
The Salmon & Broccoli Wedge Melt looked the most interesting on the shelf in Tesco today and knowing I wouldn't have time to cook tonight I decided to have it for my tea.
The cooking time is quite long, 45 minutes at gas mark 6 but you can pop it in the microwave for a few minutes although the results obviously won't be as good as if you've cooked it the conventional oven.
After it had cooked I was quite impressed at the quantity of food in this meal, it's by no means a large meal but compared to a lot of other Weight Watchers ready meals I've tried there was more in this than the majority of them. It looks nice enough too, there are plenty of lovely looking potato wedges which still have their skins on and the salmon pieces look succulent and tasty. Admittedly there wasn't a huge amount of salmon in there but what was included was beautifully cooked and perfectly pink. The rest of the meal consists of a decent amount of broccoli, which is more than just a nod in the direction of including veg in the meal, and a rich looking sauce binding it all together.
I can honestly say this is a delicious meal. The salmon that looked so good actually is extremely tasty, it has a fresh taste to it which I was surprised about as I've been let down so many times by salmon within ready meals that I'd almost given up finding a decent one. It has a pleasant fishy flavour which is quite intense as I ate it, the salmon is cubed into very small pieces which I found perfect as it meant I could eat one small piece in between mouthfuls of broccoli and wedges. This is better I find than those ready meals which cube the salmon bigger as this means you can sometimes have as few as three or four pieces of fish in your entire meal.
The broccoli was nicely cooked, not being a very big fan of this particular vegetable I ate all this first to get it out of the way but I must admit that when combined with the delicious mozzarella sauce it made the smelly green stuff taste so much nicer.
The wedges were the absolute best thing about the meal. There were ten or twelve wedges of varying sizes, which gave the meal a much more home cooked appearance than if they were all standard size. These wedges were cooked beautifully, the skins on some of them were nice and crispy but the insides of all were fluffy and very tasty indeed. I thought they had a bit of a flavour like frozen roast potatoes, in particular they put me in mind of the Aunt Bessies roasters, but this was fine by me as I like these spuds. Again the sauce makes them seem even tastier, I left the wedges until last and used them to scoop up the sauce that was left on my plate which meant there was no waste at all!
The meal contains just 5 1/2 Weight Watchers points, which to put into context I am allowed 21 points per day to split across all my meals. For those of you who are not following the plain, the meal is still a great one has only 297 calories which means anyone can fit this into their diet. Incidentally, Weight Watchers use wild salmon in this meal which is infinitely better than farmed salmon as far as both taste and fish welfare go.
Having been on weightwatchers on and off for the last 4 or 5 years, I have tried most of the weightwatchers products over time.
Whilst I try and cook from scratch so that I can see exactly what is going in my meals, there are days when time is at a premium and I am in danger of grabbing a bar of chocolate to eat on the run instead of eating a "proper" meal. These are the days that I opt for a ready meal - just take it out of the packaging and pop it in the oven or the microwave.
I generally found the weightwatchers readymeals to promise a lot but deliver less than expected - rather disappointing when you are on a diet because you feel as though you are already missing out on all the good things in life (chocolate!). However, I have found the salmon and broccoli wedge melt to generally have a bit more flavour to it than most, and the number of wedges is enough to be filling, yet not too much so that you are either stuffed full or feel guilty.
These meals are, I believe, 5.5 points and I reckon you are getting a fair bit for your points value. By adding a few extra veg or a bit of salad you make it even more substantial, and for the very hungry, you can even add a bread roll for 3 extra points and your whole meal is still only 8.5 points - not bad for a main meal and well within most points allowances!
As some of you might be aware after my leaving various comments on your own reviews (stop reviewing wispas...you make them sound so delish I want to run out of the office and buy one!!) I officially started my diet on Monday. Not any old diet either - I decided, after having considerable success a couple of years ago - to do weight watchers and this time do it online.
I should firstly point out that I'm fairly rubbish when it comes to cooking - I have a great boyfriend who recognises my lack of skills and cooks for me most times - but if he is not around, I'm more of a stir-fry/beans on toast/chuck something in the microwave kind of girl.
After looking at the various recipes on the weight watchers website, I decided to ease myself in gently, and try some of their quick meals. Especially as in Sainsbury's on Monday night the offer for these WW quick meals was 4 for £3. A bargain really! I have tried Weight Watchers meals before and I am fully aware of their portion sizes. I was therefore prepared to still hear my stomach moaning a couple of hours after eating these so I bought 4 meals from this range - one being the Salmon & Broccoli Wedge Melt.
Ingredients, Nutritional Info & Weight Watchers Points
Weight Watchers Points: 5.5
Energy: 311 Calories
Saturated Fat: 4.0g
Potato Wedges (24%, Fried in Vegetable Oil), Water, Reconstituted Skimmed Milk, Broccoli (14%), Salmon (14%), Mozzarella full fat soft cheese (2%), Modified Maize Starch, Vegetable Oil, Wheat Flour, Salt, Sugar, Onion Powder, Flavourings (contain Egg), Stabilisers - Polyphosphates, Sodium Phosphates, Citric Acid, Spice, Colours - Beta-carotene, Curcumin, Paprika Extract)
The instructions are simple - take off the cardboard cover, unpeel the film from the pack and either pop in the microwave for 8-9 minutes or pop in the oven. I decided to have this meal for lunch today and so popped it in the microwave. Upon taking the meal out of the microwave, you are immediately smelling the aroma of the cheesy melt - it does smell quite delicious! It says to stand for one moment so I do so, then tip the contents on to the plate. It's worth noting also that the wedges are on top and the salmon and broccoli are underneath - so the flavour is quite well preserved and cooked nicely!
There is a substantial amount of wedges with the meal (as you can probably tell from the ingredients list!) , and a reasonable amount of salmon which are in small chunks. The colour of the meal is also quite aesthetically pleasing! A mixture of creamy cheese colour, green broccoli and pink salmon. It does truly look appealing - if on the small side!
Pleasantly surprised - I found it rather good! The wedges were tasty and the broccoli was the perfect consistency - not to soft and not too hard. The sauce was also delicious. The only let down was the salmon. As I have mentioned, you don't really get a lot of salmon in this meal but the bits you do get are rather bland to be honest. Saying that, unless you spice up salmon a little bit, I always think Salmon can be a bit bland anyway! The other ingredients are much more appealing.
I think it could be improved and still be (reasonably) healthy if they added more vegetables to this to make it more filling - there was a nice amount of broccoli, but a bit more might have made the difference!
This is a good quick meal for lunch or a light meal for dinner. Like most WW meals, it isn't substantial and with it being a ready meal, generally I'd say not recommended to eat everyday! However, the meals are cheap, quick to do and fairly tasty. This is the best Weight Watchers meal I've had so far so I think I would buy this one again - Id just make my own dinner in the evening - otherwise having something this small might make me eat my own arm off afterwards!
Weight Watchers Salmon and Broccoli Wedge Melt
I am one of the laziest cooks in the world. By the time I get in from working all day, all I want to do is chuck something in and have it ready in five minutes - hence the amount of beans, spaghetti hoops and jacket potatoes I eat! Even when I haven't been at work, I never seem to have enough time to make a 'proper' meal. So, when I saw this 'Salmon and Broccoli Wedge Melt' on offer in Tesco for '2 for £3' I thought it would be worth giving a go!
How Weight Watchers Works
I am not 'on' a particular diet, but the Weight Watchers meals are made up with points values written on each of their products. On the Weight Watchers diet, you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want as long as you stay within your daily points target.
Alternatively, Weight Watchers have a second plan 'The core plan'. Under this plan, you eat foods with low calorie density - foods that are low in calories per ounce, meaning you feel fuller but consume less calories. Cucumber, for example has 10 calories per 100g. Dairy Milk has 530.
The nutritional information
Each serving (one pack) contains just 297 calories, which is pretty good going for a full meal - meat (well, fish), vegetables and potatoes. You can't really get much better than that!
Each meal contains 11g of fat which isn't bad, 34g of carbohydrates and 16g protein. If you are following the weight watchers plan, the meal contains 5.5 points.
The cooking and taste
I absolutely love microwaves, and how you can just shove stuff in them, leave them to it and pop back in ten minutes to a perfectly cooked meal. Woo. Anyway, this product takes nine minutes to cook in a 750W microwave. Not bad for a whole meal - I can't see myself preparing anything from scratch in that time! So, remove the cardboard packaging and stick it in the recycling bin, pierce the film lid and you're ready to go!
On removing the product from the microwave I could instantly smell the salmon. I'm a bit funny with salmon - it has to be perfect and not have too much of a 'fishy' taste - silly I know, as it is fish! The smell was a bit too fishy for my liking but I decided to give it a go anyway. The smell of the potato wedges was gorgeous, and very tempting. They didn't look or smell like a low fat variety at all, which is great! The first bite of the meal was the potato wedges, which are on top of the meal, kind of like a pie! They were cooked perfectly, soft on the inside and slightly harder on the outside, which a good 'Southern fried' flavour coating. The broccoli pieces and sauce inside was also good. In a lot of ready meals, the vegetables can be a let down, with them being too soft, or sometimes not seeming to cook at all. This definitely wasn't the case with this product!
On to the salmon.... There were about ten chunks I'd say, in the product, each of them roughly the size of a standard playing dice. The colour of the salmon was pale pink, sometimes with a bit of a grey tinge. And it tasted fishy. I love grilled salmon, and smoked salmon, but unfortunately I didn't enjoy the salmon in this product. It was by no means bad, just pretty standard, and definitely nothing to get excited about.
Price and availability
You will find this meal along with a good range of other weight watchers products in most supermarkets including Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's at its usual price of around £1.96. Tesco currently have this on offer for '2 for £3', and Iceland are currently selling it for just £1.50, so if you only want to try the one variety, check Iceland out first!
This wasn't a bad meal, but it was by no means the best ready meal I've had. Just because it was Weight Watchers brand doesn't mean it is healthy - it tasted quite salty and fatty, even though it was so low in calories. Ready meals are definitely not the healthiest options to eat so I only repeat purchase the ones that I really like - which I won't be doing with this product! It's worth trying out if you're not as fussy with salmon as I am, though. The potato wedges were my favourite part of the product, and I guess this made the meal worthwhile in my case!
Asda have a great range of fresh, healthy ready meals, including 'Zesty salmon with baby new potatoes'. This is a meal with fresh, plain salmon, new potatoes, broccoli, spinach and green beans, freshly frozen to make a great, balanced, nutritious meal. It's £2.28, or two for £4 (they have a great range of healthy meals including a variety of fish, chicken and vegetarian dishes). If you are looking for something with no preservatives or flavours, I recommend this over the Weight Watchers version every time!
My husband turned up one night after a late shift with a Weight Watchers Salmon and Broccoli Wedge Melt for me as I always moan how hungry I am if I've stayed up for him coming home and then moan again that I've got to fish something out of the cupboard or fridge and cook it. I was very grateful as it sounded delicious but decided to wait until tea time the next day to eat it so I popped it in the freezer. After cooking my kids dinner, I was starting to feel hungry and couldn't be bothered to wait for this to cook in the oven (45 minutes after pre heating oven) so decided to bung it in the microwave instead. 9 minutes if you have a 750W microwave, 8 minutes if you have a 850W. Mine is 900W so I took the plastic tray out of the box, peeled up the corner (no time to stab the plastic, I was starving!), shoved it in the microwave and turned it on, setting the timer for 7 minutes 30 seconds.
When it was cooked, the box said to wait for 1 minute. I got out a plate and waited. After the minute was up, I peeled back the lid and popped the food on my plate. Not a great deal there. Oh well, it smelled nice enough, you can really smell the salmon... maybe it was really filling?
Sitting down I was really looking forward to my meal. Having had loads of weight watchers meals in the past I knew that they mostly tasted great. So what did I think of this one? To look at the cooked meal, you will notice it is mostly made up of potato wedges and brocolli. In amongst them you can also see the pink salmon. This is all covered in a rich, creamy cheese sauce. My first fork full consisted of a bit of the salmon and some brocolli covered in the sauce. It was gorgeous. The salmon melts in your mouth. The broccoli is nice and soft, just how I like it and the cheese sauce isn't too cheesy so you can still taste the other flavours in the meal but is still quite thick. The potatoes were also really nice and soft in the middle.
Having read a few other reviews on the internet about this meal, I read that one of them says there is not enough salmon. I have to disagree. I think there is just the right amount. The salmon pieces are bite size but full of taste. Any more and I think it would over power the dish. Salmon has a very strong taste and I think in a dish like this it has to be used sparingly.
Now I've told you that I really enjoyed this meal and I though it tasted gorgeous but the portion size left me disappointed. Having followed the Weight Watchers plan succesfully in the past and becoming a gold member, I've tried a great deal of these type of dishes. Normally I find that the portion size is good, and the meal leaves you feeling satisfied. Not overly full but you do feel like you've had a good meal. This meal was slightly disappointing. I expected the small portion size to still leave me satisfied, but it didn't which left me scouring the fridge for a chocolate pudding (I hadn't got anything planned and was still hungry!).
One serving (320g) provides
10.7g fat (of which 4.2g is saturated fat... the bad stuff that sticks to your bum!)
34.1g carbohydrates (of which 1.2g are sugars)
If you are following the Weight Watchers plan this dish provides 5 1/2 points out of your daily allowance which I think is quite good for a meal of this type and you could always serve it along side some more zero point veggies if you like something a bit more filling. I think this is what I will do if I buy this meal again as I do like my veg. I am planning on trying it with some fresh green beans. Yummy!!
Weight Watchers meals aren't just for people who want to loose weight. I think they are a fab healthy option and they almost always taste as good as the full fat varietys. I do watch what I eat after having my kids as I put weight on very easily so these meals are ideal for me if I'm in a rush and haven't got time to cook something from scratch, which I often don't as a busy Mum.
This meal contains Gluten, Wheat, Milk, Fish and sulphur dioxide so please avoid if you can't eat any of these things. If you are a vegetarian who eats fish, I cannot see anything on the ingredients that you wouldn't be able to eat. My Dad is a strict vegetarian, and apart from the salmon, there is nothing he would avoid on the list of ingredients. The cheese is vegetarian.
As I didn't buy the meal, I'm not sure how much it cost but these type of freezer meals are usually around £1.75 and available widely from Supermarkets.
In conclusion, this is a lovely tasting meal and I will definitely buy one again in the future but next time I will serve it with some other veg as the portion size is much too small to fill me up. If you like salmon and broccoli, this is one to try.
Written by me and also posted on Ciao under my user name lizngaz.