“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Pizza „
I have never been terribly fond of the Weight Watchers range of pizza as to my tastebuds they never actually taste like pizza, I have taken to making my own should the urge for pizza strike - although to be honest this doesn't happen often as I have never been a big pizza lover. This Spicy Chicken Pizza Oval, however, is extremely tasty. It still doesn't taste or feel like you're eating a pizza, but the flavours work very well together and the overall experience of eating one is very pleasant. It's rather small, I would estimate the size of this pizza is roughly the size of a large pitta bread. The base is very thin and crisps up nicely at the edges; I would rather the actual bottom of the pizza stayed a little softer if I'm honest as this would make it a more substantial meal, but as a low fat snack this really cannot be beaten. The tomato sauce spread on the base is very tasty, it's a spicier version of the type of tomato sauce that would appear on most pizzas and I was actually rather surprised at just how tasty it was. There is very little cheese, but this wasn't a shock as being a low fat pizza I personally wouldn't expect there to be a huge amount of cheese as this would only serve to bump up the calorie and fat content of the pizza. Toppings are spread fairly thin across the top of the pizza; a small amount of spicy chicken breast paired with sliced green and red peppers gives a delicious flavour, with the only sticking point for me being that there are simply too few of each item. Actually that's not true, the truth is there are visibly more slices of pepper than there is chicken and that irritated me somewhat as I am not the greatest lover of peppers. I peeled some of the green peppers off while the pizza was still frozen but whilst eating there still seemed to be rather too many slices of pepper in relation to anything else. The Pizza Oval takes roughly 10 minutes to cook from frozen, this short cooking time is perfect for 'diet food' as it means when hunger pangs strike I can have a low fat and flavoursome snack ready in minutes. After cooking the cheese bubbles up nicely and the aroma rising from the pizza is extremely appetising, try as I might I simply cannot spot any of the chilli flakes that Weight Watchers assure me have been sprinkled on top of the pizza - and I cannot taste them either! I wouldn't say this pizza is amazingly spicy, there is a certain level of heat which comes off whatever the chicken has been marinaded in but other than this it has a pretty bog standard taste. The chicken is cooked surprisingly nicely and is deliciously tender, unfortunately there simply isn't enough of it on the pizza for it to give a great deal to the overall flavour of it. Each Spicy Chicken Pizza Oval contains just 232 calories and 3g of fat, this is reasonable for something which taste so nice although please do not go into this expecting something to replace your greasy Pizza Hut pizzas as it's just not the same. For those of you who are following the Weight Watchers plan, the whole pizza contains 3 1/2 Weight Watchers points. To put this into context for you, I am 'allowed' 20 points per day and a standard slice of spicy chicken topped pizza in Perfect Pizza equates to roughly 7 Weight Watchers points. To put it bluntly, if I was of the mind to eat pizza then I don't think this Weight Watchers version would satisfy my craving - but next time I'm looking for a tasty hot snack I shall certainly reach into the freezer for another of these.
Having previously tried the Weight Watchers Ham and Pineapple oval I was excited to see another flavour shop up in my local freezer shop. At 79p they seemed a decent price, although they go for £1.39 in the supermarket. These aren't huge pizzas like you'd normally gey, but a small oval about the size of a pitta bread. At only 232cals the pizza is very low on calories, and you can afford to stick a large salad on the side or even some low fat chips or garlic bread to bulk out the meal. I have a pretty small appetite, and it wasn't even enough for me. Where the ham and pineapple pizza oval seemed to have a lot of toppings, this one was much more sparse, with almost no cheese, and th toppings there were were clustered in the centre. This meant the oval did not cook evenly and was still quite raw in the centre long after the base had burned. I did not rate this one as highly as the ham and pineapple oval, and even then neither are in any way comparablw to an actual pizza. If you're on a diet and craving your pizza fix I would rather have a single slice of a thin and crispy real pizza than this dry, battered oval any day.