“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Other Ready Meals „
Weightwatchers have a lot of ready meals - as someone who used to go to Weightwatchers I think making your own healthy food from scratch is much nicer, but I needed something quick one evening and didn't want to have anything too high fat. A lot of low fat meals seem to be pasta or rice-based which I'm getting a bit tired of, so I bought this as a wee change. It appealed to me due to the cold weather and seemed like comfort food.
The meal comes in a black plastic tray with 2 compartments - 2 sausages and gravy in one, and the mash in the other. It's covered with clear plastic and then encased in a cardboard sleeve, which features the Weightwatchers logo and a picture of the meal. You can microwave it or put it in the oven.
I was stupid when buying this as I didn't read the ingredients on the back of the packaging. Therefore I didn't realise that the cider gravy contained my mortal enemy - MUSHROOMS. Bleurgh, I hate them. They taste awful and I'm convinced I am allergic. So once I had put the mash onto a plate and set the sausages beside it, I had to spoon the gravy onto it rather than pouring it over, making sure I didn't accidentally add any pesky mushrooms. The gravy also contains onions, and a decent amount, so I don't feel I'm missing out by not having the evil mushrooms in it.
The gravy is tangy, thick and rich. It feels hearty and warming and much better than you'd expect from a low fat ready meal.
The mash is mainly a mix of potato and carrot and it's smooth and tasty. You don't get enough mash in my opinion but this is a Weightwatchers meal after all so maybe I am just being a greedy pig! The sausages are small but juicy-looking, not all horrible and dried-up looking that sausages for cooking in the oven can be. I have tried the Weightwatchers Spaghetti with Meatballs meal and the meatballs in that seem more like Quorn than proper meat, but thankfully that's not the case with this meal. Okay, the sausages aren't exactly the finest you're ever going to have but they are substantial, tasty and meaty enough.
I didn't still feel hungry after eating this so it is satisfying but like I said before, I do think a little more mash would have been nice. I would buy this again - even if I have to pick out the mushrooms!
This costs around £2.30.
Thanks for reading.
I have tried a few of the Weight Watchers meals and to be honest they can be a bit hit and miss. Often they are tasty but the portion sizes are just too small and you end up eating more in snacks than if you'd just eaten a normal meal in the first place. However, after seeing a few of the Weight Watchers ready meals on offer at Sainsburys I decided to put a couple in my trolley as they are useful to have in the freezer for when there's not much time to cook.
Price: As I said, these are on offer at the moment, at £1.50 a meal they're pretty good as the ingrediants seem to be of good quality, especially compared to some other ready meals out there. Normally they sell for about £2.40, so the saving is quite good, and they can usually be picked up on special offer the mojority of the time.
Packaging: Like most ready meals this comes in a plastic tray with two compartments covered in plastic film so the meal can be viewed before purchasing. This is then protected by a card sleeve as seen in the picture above.
How to cook:
Microwave- From chilled, cook for 6 minutes, giving it a shake after 3 minutes and leave to stand for 1 minute before eating. From frozen, cook for 11 minutes, giving it a shake after 6 minutes and leave to stand for 1 minute before serving.
Oven- 190 Degrees/ Gas Mark 5 for 30-35 minutes from chilled and 50-55 minutes from frozen.
The Taste Test: After taking this meal out of the microwave it smelt and looked delicious, I served it up pouring the gravy over the meal, which by now looked homely and comforting. There are two decent sized sausages which, although not like a proper high meat content sausage are good for a ready meal, very tasty and plenty for the portion size. The root vegetable mash consists of potatoes, parsnip, carrot and swede, it's not overly mashed like some meals and again does feel homely. All this is nicely accompanied by the rich cider gravy, which contains just enough onion to give it a nice sweetness, I feel the mash really needs the gravy as I tasted it without and it was a bit dry.
Nutrition per 400g meal:
Fat: 11.6g (17%)
Sat Fat: 3.2g (16%)
Salt: 2.2 (37%)
Sugar: 8.4g (9%)
Overall: This is one of the best Weight Watchers meals I've tried, it's tasty, filling and can easily be accompanied by vegetables for those with a larger appetite. The meals are good value. especially when on offer and obviously good for all those people watching their weight in the new year.
Weight Watchers Sausages In Cider Gravy
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. I have successfully managed to lose almost five pounds by giving up treats and eating healthy foods so am not trying to lose a couple more and then maintain the weight loss.
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.
Let's face it, who wouldn't be tempted by sausages in rich onion gravy with vegetable mash? This meal sounds and looks great so I was keep to taste it and see if it lived up to my expectations.
There are two plump pork sausages in the meal which are pretty good. They are not the best sausages that I have ever tasted but certainly not the worst either and the gravy is sweet (probably the cider) and delicious. There are plenty of onions through the gravy too, which is a tasty addition.
The vegetable mash if really good, it contains carrots, turnip and parsnip and has a great earthy taste which is slightly sweet too. I am a massive fan of vegetable mash and in this case, it was the perfect addition to the rich and sweet gravy.
As always with Weight Watchers meals, this one did seem little on the small side, but served with plenty of fresh vegetables, it is a tasty and convenient way to watch your calorie intake without feeling that you are eating "diet food".
The meal contains 312 calories and 3.2g of saturated fat. There are five and a half Weight Watchers points in it which is pretty good if you are following their diet.
This is perhaps the best Weight Watchers meal that I have eaten and definitely worth trying if like me, you are looking to lose a few pounds.
This meal is one of the best from Weight Watchers I reckon, I'm not doing Weight Watchers but some of their meals are quite nice and I buy them to try and cut down on the fat I'm eating.
This one is Sausages In Cider Gravy With Vegetable Mash and it's yummy. You get 2 thick sausages and quite a bit of mash and I think the meal is proper filling and wicked for a hot lunch in the cold weather we're having.
It takes for ages to cook in the oven, you can do it in the microwave too and that still takes longer than most ready meals. When it was cooked I was happy with the portion of the meal, I'd done some peas up to go with it so it looked like more of a full meal when I added them to the plate.
The sausages have got a nice flavour, they're a bit herby and proper meaty. I wouldn't guess these was low fat sausages from the taste of them but they have got a bit of a harder texture than other sausages. The vegetable mash is made from carrots and swede and it's loads nicer than that sounds! lol The mash is creamy and has got a yummy buttery flavour, you can taste the vegetables but they're not too strong and I'd been a bit worried about that because I'm not mad keen on swede.
The gravy isn't that good, it's thick but has got a bit of a sticky texture to it. It tastes nice and beefy but I wasn't that mad on how it felt to eat it, the onions in the gravy was a but slimey as well so I didn't eat them and it felt like Weight Watchers had concentrated on putting a wicked meal together and then rushed the gravy!!!
It was alright though and the taste of the gravy went nice with the sausage and vegetables.... but next time I eat this meal I'm going to put the least of the gravy as possible on my plate and make some of my own to pour over it.
If you're on Weight Watchers this meal is 5 1/2 points.
Watching your weight can be a nightmare but with meals like WeightWatchers Sauses in Cider Gravey with Vegetable Mash is it an enjoyable experience.
For those on the plan, this is 51/2 delicious points and is quick and easy from the microwave to the plate. The sausages are of the thick pork variety and come with a thick beefy tasting gravy, with the cider taste seeping through, and onions. The sausages are absolutely delicious and it does feel a little indulgent knowing that sausages are normally very fattening. They are soft to the taste and smell delightful.
The Vegetable mash is soft and creamy and is packed with the taste of carrot & swede which i love. The dish is very filling and can be eating with more vegetables of your choice to make sure you are full. It can be cooked in the oven or in the microwave and is in a tray with a plastic covering which can be jabbed so you can cook the meal in the tray.
It is a satisfying meal and actually makes you feel that you have had a hearty meal and is fabulous for the winter months.
Oh my god this is gorgeous. When you are on a diet or healthy eating plan you tend to miss those comfort food meals that are high in fat and WW points if you are following the plan. I must admit I was a bit sceptical about this but I thought it was worth a try. I love sausage and mash and I have to say the taste, texture, smell and portion size were all fantastic.
You get two biggish sausages smothered in onion gravy with a seperate portion of mash and a lovely big helping of rich tasting cider gravy with onions. It is tasty, quick and low in fat however you really feel full after you have eaten it and also feel a sense of satisfaction that you have eaten something substantial for your meal rather then a salad or something. I buy this regularly and can heartily recommend it.
Yesterday evening I was feeling quite peckish but as I was cooking a stew I knew my dinner was going to be some time away, after a quick look in the freezer I decided to cook up one of the Weight Watchers ready meals to fill the hole and help me avoid reaching for the biscuit tin.
This meal is Sausages and Vegetable Mash in a Cider Gravy, which sounds lovely although from experience I know Weight Watchers meals can be a bit hit and miss.
After cooking it forever, around 50 minutes, I put the meal onto my plate and was surprised at how nice it looked and smelled. There are two plump sausages and a small pile of orange/yellow mash with a rich looking gravy that smells lovely.
The taste test is surely the most important thing, and this meal was fine in this regard. The pork sausages are meaty with no pieces of gristle, they are a little plastic tasting but this is easy to get over because they are perfectly seasoned and after the first bite or two they'll just taste like normal lower fat sausages. I like the fact that they are not greasy as this is what puts me off eating regular sausages as I always find they have a kind of impacted fatty taste which I don't like at all.
The vegetable mash is made up of carrots, swede and parsnip. It's tasty and moist, although would I think benefit from a knob of butter although this is probably defeating the object of buying a Weight Watchers meal in the first place! It has a strange sweet flavour which isn't the sweetness of the carrots but something else, it's not a bad flavour but I personally prefer the veggie mash I make at home which may be higher in fat (thanks to aforementioned butter) but is much tastier.
The gravy is lovely, it's nicely meaty but the addition of the cider gives it a very slight sweet fruitiness which is very tasty indeed. It compliments the sausages and vegetable mash with my only complaint being that there is not enough gravy in the meal to completely moisten the mash. There are long pieces of onion in the gravy but these don't taste of anything and are there more to give the impression of eating the classic sausage/onion combination. They do have a nice texture which is unusual for a ready meal and have not gone slimy or sticky during cooking.
I can't fault this meal at all, it obviously has different flavours to a meal containing full fat sausages and buttery mash but then think of the huge calorie savings by eating this meal and I think you'll quickly get used to the different taste.
I buy my Sausages and Vegetable Mash from the chiller cabinet in Morrisons and freeze it when I get home, the whole meal contains 312 calories and 3.2g of saturated fat which isn't bad at all compared to the fat content in the Richmond sausages that I buy for my granddaughters. The meal costs around £2.75 but can often be found on offer at £1.28, which to be honest is a much more reasonable price to pay although I do buy them at full price too. If you're following the Weight Watchers plan the meal contains 5 1/2 Weight Watchers points, compare this to one thick Richmond sausage which contains 3 points on it's own (from memory) and you'll see how much better off you are to buy this meal for your sausage fix.