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When it comes to cooking its not something that I'm great at and I tend to get by with ready meals or toast and the likes really as I think its a waste of my time cooking for one person!
However I do get sick of eating bits and bobs and it can work out an expensive way of living so from time to time I do buy a mix of some kind and make something up and eat half and save half, usually opting to freeze some for another time.
I do like gravy dinners and I love sausages and recently my mother bought me a massive tray of sausages for my freezer and I had them earmarked for making them into sausage casseroles and so when I was out I bought a couple of these mixes so I could put some veg with them and some mash and that kind of thing.
This mix comes in a squarish foil on the inside, plastic on the inside sachet and on the front of it we are clearly told that it is Colemans 'Norwich' Sausage & Onion Casserole Recipe Mix (This used to be just a sausage mix but it is now called sausage and onion by the way!) and that it serves 4 people and there is an at a glance nutritional chart given then on the back of the pack other information listed includes its ingredients, there is a full nutritional chart given, we are told what we need to buy to make it up and then how to do it, that the mix is suitable for Vegetarians, the weight is stated which is 45g and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly stated.
What you get is a pinkish powder and plenty of it with little bits of green herbs clearly visible in it.
Using it couldn't be simpler and all you need to do is fry off some sausages to brown them and then add them to a casserole dish with chopped up onion and mushrooms and add this in 3/4 of a pint of cold water and pour it over the top, give it a quick stir to cover your ingredients and bung it in the oven for about an hour! Even I can do this!
After one hour you end up with a delicious and what I think of as a gravy dinner! You get plenty of the mix/gravy which is nicely seasoned, a nice thick consistency and brown in colour and rich in flavour..... gravy which to me is a gravy with a hint of garlic flavour and thyme to it which brings out the flavour beautifully of the sausages and of course this being a Vegetarian mix you can use Vegetarian substitutes if you want to and although there is a recipe given on the back of the pack you can add whatever you like to it and I have added peas and carrots and things like that to it!
This is a brilliant and easy tasty meal idea, gives 4 good portions and like me you could freeze portions to if you want to!
Available in all good supermarkets etc at about 70p a packet.
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I have used Colemans Sausage Casserole mix many many times and have continued to use it when making meals for my family. The packet cost me £0.79 from Tesco, which I feel is a really good price as it does completely transform a meal and make what would be sausages and mash into something much more memorable. The packet contains 40g of dried powder which comes in a foil backed package which keeps it fresh. Because it is dried it has a really long shelf life and so it can sit in the cupboard for a long time until you're ready to use it.
I guess everyone uses it slightly differently - and it does give you directions on the back as to how to use it. I don't measure out my ingredients but basically just throw it all in together, depending on what I have in the fridge. However, typically I fry the sausages with some onion, peppers and mushrooms and then add this to a casserole dish. Once I have done this I add some spinach and then I mix together the packet with about 600mls and then pour this into the casserole dish with some chives and crushed garlic. It then goes in the oven for about 45 minutes.
I find the sauce to be rich and warming - and it has a tangy tomatoey taste which complements the sausages perfectly. It makes a nice sauce to dip mashed potato into as well as it is thick and so coats anything dipped into it well. I just really enjoy it.
Sausage casserole is an ideal andinexpensive supper dish. One packet of Colmans sausage casserole sauce mix makes sufficient sauce to casserole one pound of sausages and it is well priced at around 75p a packet. Sausages make a decent family meal but on the other hand they do benefit from being spiced up a little. Colmans sausage casserole mix is simple to use and the herbs and spices add an interesting touch to the meal.
The casserole mix contains Parsley, Sage, Nutmeg, sugar, Marjoram, yeast extract, dried onions and a combination of other flavourings. The casserole mixture is produced by Unilever foods and the packet has a good list of clear instructions.
Casseroles are easy because you place all of the ingredients into one large oven proof dish, cover the dish with a lid and then pop it in the oven to cook itself. Colmans recommend that you place the sausages under the grill to brown them before you put them into the casserole dish. Once the browned sausages are placed into the casserole dish then it is time to add the other ingredients. Add a couple of sliced onions, some sliced pepper and a generous handful of sliced mushrooms. Open the packet of casserole mix and put it into a jug. Add a half a pint of cold water to the mix and then pour it over the sausages and vegetables.
Pop the dish into the oven ( 180C/gas mark4 ) and the casserole will take about an hour to cook. The method is easy and the end result is tasty. As the casserole begins to cook the herbs, spices and flavourings fill the kitchen with a wonderful aroma. As the casserole cooks it thickens and when the dish is cooked and you remove the lid the sauce is thick and it smells excellent.
Sauasage casserole is a wholesome meal. Serve the casserole with creamed potato and extra vegetables and you have a very tasty family meal. Colmans casserole mix makes the entire process simple and the end result is very good indeed. Try some for yourself and see.
Coleman's Sausage Casserole Recipe Mix
My girls really like sausage casserole and have done since they were very small. So whenever they come over to visit me I like to give them whatever they like. As neither of them tend to have the time for cooking casseroles this has now become a bit of a treat for them.
For ease and convenience I often use Coleman's packet sauce mixes as they are cheap and easy to use and also have a very long shelf life so I always seem to have some in stock.
Coleman's of Norwich was founded over 180 years ago and they have become a household favourite producing such things as mustards, sauces and a wide range of packet sauce mixes. Their range is very extensive and includes sauces like sausage, beef and chicken casseroles, hot chilli sauces, bread, cheese and fish sauces and also pasta sauce mixes to name just a few.
The sauce mix comes as a very fine powder which is contained in a red, sealed plastic packet that has the familiar 'Coleman's of Norwich' logo across the top. These packs contain 40g of the sauce mix which is supposed to serve 4 people when made up.
When you open the pack to make up the sauce the smell of the powder mix is very strong having a spicy tomato sort of aroma and the powder is very fine so is extremely easy to mix.
It is very simple to cook with this sauce. Firstly you need 1lb of sausages, which I usually brown off under the grill for better results, although you don't need to do this. Place your sausages in a casserole dish and add 2 medium sized onions finely sliced, 115g or 4oz of sliced mushrooms and 1 finely sliced red pepper. Then simply pour your sauce mix over the ingredients and place the lid on the dish and pop in the oven and cook on gas mark 4, or 180c (350f) for about 1 hour.
Once cooked serve immediately with freshly cooked vegetables and/or creamy mash potato for a really delicious meal.
This packet sauce mix contains no artificial colours or preservatives and no MSG's. The nutritional values of the mix per serving are as follows:
Calories ~ 388
Sugars ~ 11.4g
Fat ~ 22.1g
Sats ~ 7.3g
Salt ~ 2.44g
And it contains traces of egg and milk for those who need to know the allergy advice.
It tastes really delicious with a nice tangy tomato base with a hint of herbs and a real winter warmth that makes for great tasting comfort food.
If, as I do, you brown the sausages off first under the grill, the sausages take on a more crunchy consistency making them a little more chewy rather than the very soft texture that is produced if they are not browned off. I prefer them that way but it's down to personal choice. The sauce when cooked becomes quite thick and leaves a nice rich coating on the onions and red peppers and really soaks into the sausages leaving them so tasty.
All in all this packet sauce mix produces a really lovely tasty casserole dish that is so easy to cook and very convenient. Just mix together and pop it in the oven and go and put your feet up with a cup of tea. It tastes really delicious with a nice tangy tomato base with a hint of herbs and a real winter warmth that makes for great tasting comfort food. A packet sauce mix that I would highly recommend!
These sauces can be found in all the good supermarkets at a cost of around 70p each or you can usually get them on offer for 3 packs for £2.00, which is a wonderfully cheap meal for 4 people.
Thank you for reading my review!
Colmans Sausage Casserole
Herbs and Spices (paprika, parsley, sage, marjoram, nutmeg, black pepper)
Flavourings (Contains lactose and wheat)
Dried lemon juice
Although you can deviate from the recommended recipie found on the back of the packet, I followed the recipe nearly exactly and so can review this casserole mix better.
You will need Sausages, onions, mushrooms, red pepper and water.
We did not use the red pepper in our dish though did add some garlic.
Cooking is very simple with the instructions on the back of the packet. The text is rather small so reading glasses may be needed (at least they were for me!).
The oven needs to be preheated to 180 degrees. We pre-grilled the sausages first before adding to an oven proof dish with the mushrooms, onions and garlic and the packet mix which simply needs to be added to water and mixed and then poured into the dish. Once in the oven, it says to allow one hour for cooking though I would say if you have pre-grilled the sausages you are looking at between 30 minutes to one hour depending upon your oven type.
We served this meal with potatoes though have also had it with vegetable rice. Either way it works well.
The caserole mix gives a large amount of gravy which is where the taste of the mix can really be seen. It does not have a storng taste though a somewhat dominant tomato base to it. When I say dominant, though, I certainly do not mean overpowering. You can tell that there are some spices and herbs in the mix though again, none are overpowering so after the first time, we added extra spices to enhance the flavours of the mix.
When cooking, the smell is a little strong though this simmers down once it is fully cooked and becomes a pleasent aroma.
The gravy of the packet mix starts off very thin though does thicken up nicely. If you would prefer it a little more thicker, try adding a little flour - it works wonders and does not change the taste at all.
It is difficult to comment on the appearance of the actual mix once cooked as it mingles with the rest of the food though it does have an orangy tinge to it - perhaps the tomato base I would say. It is clear in appearence and looks mouthwateringly good.
The packet is average size in an orange tinge with a mouth watering image of the sausage casserole on the front. Recipe and ingredients can be found on the back though text is rather small.
This packet costs around 0.75p which I think is a great price.
I have tried various sausage casserole mixes and I feel that this is the best one of the lot. The price is right and it makes a lovely, easy addition to your meal. Fully reccomended!
My review is going to be about Colman's Sausage Casserole recipe mix,I very often use Colman's recipe mixes, They offer a great quick meal idea without to much faffing about.
~~ History of Colman's ~~
Colman's was founded in Norwich over 180 years ago, most famous for their mustard they now offer a wide range of mustard's, condiments and packet sauces such as mint sauce, chilli mixes, parsley sauce, beef bourguignon sauce mix, tartar sauce, and even English mustard in a squeezy tube.
~~ What's in the packet ~~
The sausage casserole mix comes in a red/orange packet with the famous Colman's of Norwich logo at the top. Inside the packet is 40g of the dry ingredient mix to create the basis of your sausage casserole. The packets also have quite a long shelf life so they are ideal for keeping in the store cupboard.
~~ Cooking Instructions ~~
Before you begin you will need to gather up some ingredients
1lb of sausages
2 medium sized onions
1 red pepper (however I have never put this in mine)
It is so easy to prepare, brown the sausages (I always do this otherwise you end up with anemic looking unappetizing sausages at the end) chop all the ingredients and place into an oven proof dish, add the sausages. Mix the packet mix with 1/2 a pint of cold water and add to the dish, cover and cook for 1 hour on gas mark 4
~~ Ingredients ~~
Wheat Flour, Dried Tomato, Cornflour, Sugar, Spice Extracts, Parsley, Sage, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Salt, Dried Onion, Dried Yeast Extract, Flavourings (contain lactose & wheat), Vegetable Oil, dried lemon juice
~~ Allergy Advice ~~
Contains traces of egg and milk
~~ Nutritional Information ~~
Of Which Sugars 25.5g
Of Which Saturates 0.3g
Salt (based on sodium) 5.7g
~~ Price and Availability ~~
Colman's packet sauces are currently on offer in Tesco 3 packets cost just £2.00 and you can mix and match across the whole range, which is great value for money. There normal retail price is about £0.74 and the Sausage casserole mix is widely available from all the main supermarkets.
~~ My Overall Opinion ~~
These are great alternative to homemade casseroles especially if you are not very good at getting a tasty end result, or are unsure of what herbs will enhance your dish. It's easy to cook, smells delicious and can be used to hide vegetable for fussy kids. It does have a strong smell to start of with which put me off somewhat but once cooked it smelt really nice and had thickened up lovely. I have also cooked this in the slow cooker and can definitely recommend it that way. I would describe this sauce mix as a tomato based dish as that is one of the predominant flavours, it doesn't taste too salty and has just the right amount of other flavours so it doesn't overpower the meat and vegetables.
If you love sausage casserole but don't have the time or inclination to make it all from scratch then why not "cheat" and give Coleman's sausage casserole a go?
For around 85p you get a 40g packet of mix. The good news is that this mix contains no artificial colours, preservatives or MSG. The bad news is that it can still be quite unhealthy as a quarter of the made up recipe contains 41% of an adults recommended daily amount of salt, 32% of the recommended daily amount of fat and 388 calories. If you are watching your salt intake and/or your weight then this product may not be for you.
To make the mix all you need to add is 1/2 pint of cold water, stir well and then pour over the casserole. Place the casserole in the over for an hour on gas mark 4, 180C, 350F and then serve. Simples.
If you follow the recipe then what you end up with is a gravy mix with a slight tomato and herb taste to it. However, my girlfriend and I really don't like gravy, and while the tomato and herb taste differentiates itself from the taste of normal gravy, the consistency is still too runny and gravy-like for our liking. As such what I tend to do is instead of adding cold water, I add a can of chopped tomatoes to the mix and stir it all together. This gives the mix a much thicker consistency and enhances the taste of tomato, which I personally love. If you don't like tomatoes that much, then why not try adding a can of baked beans instead. Added to the casserole mix gives the beans a slightly spicy aftertaste and goes very well with the sausages. That's what I love about this product. You can substitute the water for a variety of other ingredients, making it a very useful product if you like being inventive with your dishes.
A very diverse product, you can substitute the water for a variety of other ingredients and the result always seems to come out tasting very nice indeed. It's not the cheapest casserole mix on the market, but in my view it's definitely one of the best.
It was my turn to cook last night and we had 2 packets of expensive sausages about to go off so I had to use them up somehow, I don't eat a lot of sausage so was stuck for ideas so I went to have a look round Tesco to see if I could find something.
I got this sausage casserole mix mainly because I love sausage casserole but also because it's made by Colman's and I love their mustard so trusted this to be ok. It was only 77p so I thought it would be worth a try because I know I've seen my mum using their cottage pie mixes before.
It's easy to make up with water because it comes as granules that mix up well and you can smell the sauce starting to come together as soon as you put the mix in. I browned the sausages first under the grill and then put them in with the mix and some sliced mushrooms and a few spoons of sweetcorn.
The sauce that is made up from this mix is very nice and loads better than I thought it would be for such a flat sachet of powder! It tastes rich and meaty, the sauce is a bit salty but I expected that and don't mind a bit of salt but anyway it's not so salty that you can taste it with every mouth full.
The sausages finished off nice in it and the sauce thickens up so that you wouldn't believe it's made of water. I thought it went proper nice with the mushrooms too because they did soak a bit of the flavour up while they were cooking.
I can taste onion and a bit of garlic in it and the sauce has got a bit of a herby flavour that I can't seperate but it's a good mix of herbs that flavours the whole dish.
I thought it was wicked and everyone else enjoyed their dinner, I put mash out as well and it was a nice filling dinner that was just right for the weather last night because it was freezing.
I'll deffo buy this again because it was so easy and perfect for a lazy cook like me!
Colman's Sausage Casserole Sauce Mix
I tries this packet mix for the first time last night. I usually like to make things from scratch, but time got in the way, and I grabbed a pack of this from the supermarket instead.
I used sausages with choritzo in which really added to the flavour, threw in mushrooms, carrots and yellow pepper (add towards the end of cooking so they retain their crunch) and put it in the oven. Then made some mashed potatoes too, just to add to the "comfort food" theme!
This casserole was really, really good. I was actually surprised at how nice it was. It cooked easily, no fuss or mess and tasted gorgeous. In fact when I served it, I got loads of compliments.
Normally, I am suspicious of packets of dried ingredients but this on really does work, it is cheap and simple and I will definitely be getting more and leaving it in the cupboard. If you are planning to try it, then I highly recommend it!
PS - I won't go into ingredients etc, just have a look at the packet before buying and see if you are happy with the contents, it is all explained there. Enjoy!
Sausage casserole is definately one of my signature dishes. However, the other day I was dissapointed to fing that my local asda had none of the Colemans mixes left. So i decided to try the Asda's own version. The added binus is the fact that they were cheaper 38p each or on offer at 4 for £1 (you can mix and match the sauce mixes with a wide range of choices, including chilli, sheperds pie, chicken causser and many others).
The picture on the front of the packet is a very appealing one of a perfectly cooked yummy looking sausage casserole, and the pack gives clear and concise cooking intructions on the reverse.
I only bought the one sauce mix at this time, just incase. However this mix was absolutley gorgeous, it was thick, and had so much flavour my mouth was bursting. It is well worth a try as it is as nice as the colemans and a little bit cheaper.
My only regret is that I did not get the ones on offer I cant wait to try what other sauce mixes Asda has to offer.
This really is home cooking at its best!
Since my little one was born I never seem to have the time to cook what I call proper meals, I always used to love cooking roasts, casseroles and pies etc and miss it now, plus I'm sick to the back teeth of sticking something frozen in the oven, there are only so many things you can cook with chips before you start hating them.
One day I decided to have a good look round my local supermarket for something different to make and I spotted the Colman's packets and liked the sound of the sausage casserole mix, with Colman's being such a trusted brand I knew it would be a good quality mix so I had a look at what I needed and off I went to find all the ingredients.
All you need to make this is 1lb of Sausages, two medium sized Onions, 115g of Mushrooms and one Red Pepper (if you wish). To make the casserole you heat the oven to 180 chop all the ingredients, put them in an ovenproof casserole dish, you can brown the sausages first if you wish (I tend to do this), then mix half a pint of water with the mix and pour into the casserole dish, cover and put in the oven for one hour giving it an occasional stir and job done, one sausage casserole.
It says this recipe serves three to four people but as there are only two of us I tend to only cook the amount of sausages we need (so three for my partner and two for me).
I have to say when I first tried this I was very pleased with the result, the casserole had loads of flavor (tomato and herbs, had a nice kick to it), a nice thick sauce with it (which was good as I'm a mega sauce/gravy fan but my partner does not like anything to runny) and best of all was incredibly quick and easy to make. Its best to use good quality sausages with this as I think cheap ones may not taste so nice. I find this works very well with a good old serving of mash.
Ok so this still is kind of cheating when cooking as I expect most people cook this kind of thing from scratch but I find it ideal for me, I can quickly nip into the kitchen whilst my baby is having a nap and get it all prepared and in the oven for when my partner gets home from work.
The other thing I find great about this product is it gives you other recipe ideas on the back of the packet for example, instead of using pork sausages try beef ones and replace 150ml of water with beer, think I may be trying this one at some point.
The pack cost 64p from my local supermarket and contains about 43 calories per serving so a nice cheap and reasonably healthy meal.
I have been feeling very lazy of late and not been cooking my meals from scratch as much as I have wanted to.
My latest lazy meal has consisted of using a packet mix, something I haven't done for a long time, but when I saw it on the shelves in the supermarket last week it reminded me of when I used to eat this all the time.
Coleman's has been a household name for years and they do plenty of different packet mixes. Nothing is as good for you, but these aren't too bad for you occasionally, as they don't contain any artificial colour or preservatives.
Basically this sauce mix will replace the need for you to chop and find certain herbs in your cupboard. It contains all the ingredients you need to make a liquid sauce, yet it's presented to you in dry form to keep longer in the cupboard.
Sausage casserole mix is packaged in a sachet of foil lined paper which is opened easily by tearing the top off. I have always found the packets open easily without tearing and spilling the contents all over the work top.
The sachet provides you with all the instructions you need to make a casserole. It really couldn't be simpler and you only need water, sausages and whatever veg you choose to add.
The contents of the sachet is poured into half a pint of cold water and mixed so there are no lumps.
The sausages will need to be browned in some oil if you don't want them coming out soft with no texture to the skins. I was being very lazy and didn't bother to brown them and decided to put up with the softness. My toddler was eating this too so it made it easier for her anyway this way.
The smell from the dried contents is very tomatoey and slightly herby, but nothing too strong. As I mixed it with the water I found it mixed well and didn't leave too many lumps that had to be bashed out.
Seeing as I was being exceptionally lazy I added all my veg and I also chopped up the potatoes and put them in the dish with everything else too. Keeping an eye on it through cooking I decided if I needed to I could add more water. I was only going to boil some potatoes up separately anyway so I was saving myself washing up.
Cooking time for this casserole is an hour in a 200 degree oven. It's such a simple dinner and takes no effort to prepare really. The proof was going to be in the tasting.
As it came out of the oven after an hour, the smell was wonderful when I lifted the lid from my casserole dish. The potatoes were just about done so I would recommend if you're going to add potatoes then cut them up into small chunks.
The sauce had thickened to a nice consistency and incorporated the chopped onions I had added really well. As an afterthought I quickly cooked some peas and sprinkled them over the top. You could serve with any vegetables you like, or even puree them down and add to the sauce for extra goodness for children who don't like their veg.
The casserole provides some good portion sizes with using 2 sausages per person. The potatoes really bulk it out and make it a filling one pot meal.
As I started to eat, the old memories of comfort food came rushing back to me. The sweet yet tangy flavour of the dark rustic coloured sauce exploded in my mouth, toned down by the plainness of potatoes and sausages.
The whole meal really was a success and it will be going on my shopping list on a regular basis in future, especially as its only 69p for a sachet.
Anything that makes my life a little bit easier in the kitchen is a godsend to me . Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy cooking, but most days I just dont have the time to plan things out .
My cupboards, as a result, are full of various mixes for sauces and such that I can use to jazz up some meat . This is one of those convenient little items .
Costing 85 p a packet in my corner shop, these are very small packets that don't take up much space in your cupboard at all, and have a relatively long life (Mine have always had about 6 months or so left when I buy them) so its something you can keep around as a 'Just in case'.
Its an absolute doddle to use - on the back of the packet it tells you what else you need to make the casserole - sausages,onions, mushrooms, and peppers. You slap the sausages and your chopped and prepared veg in an ovenproof dish, and mix the packet contents with water, before pouring over, and whacking it into the oven for an hour and going off to do your own thing.
Cooked as instructed, it smells delicous, herby and tomatoey, and the vegetables are perfectly soft and tender . The sausages taste delicious, and they absorb all the flavours from the sauce, which has thickened in the oven, with plenty to use as gravy (this casserole goes perfectly with mash).
My only gripe is that the sausages come out a little too soft - so I brown them in a pan for a few minutes before cooking as per the packet instructions.
Naturally, just how nice this tastes depends on your sausage . A smartprice cheap sausage tastes great, but using differed kinds of sausage each time produces different flavours . Its also fun to play around a little with the other ingredients - Using half water and half red wine in the mix really makes it yummy! I also like to add extra veg - tomato, chunks of carrot and celery, just tomake sure my family gets their five a day!
I always serve my casserole with a generous helping of mash, so with 8 sausages it can easily feed 4 as a meal . The packet itself contains 388 calories, for those of you watching your figure, which isn't bad at all .
Its a great product for making a nice hot family dinner, especially now the nights are getting colder. Or make it as a nice romantic dinner for two - whack it in the oven, and spend the hour snuggled up together on the sofa in front of the fire!
A highly recommended winter warmer .
This is another favourite of my little niece and actually has also become a welcome additon to the range of things my boyfriend and I now eat, the secret is to ake sure you get some good quality sausages from the butcher and then this is a really nice casserole.
I tend to cut the sausages up into small bite size pieces and then fry them in some oil just to brown them off, then I add them to a casserole dish with some chopped up onion, sliced mushrooms, a tin of Tesco value chopped tomatoes and then finally you mix the contents of the sachet with half a pint of cold water and pour this all over the food, it then goes in the oven for an hour or so and you have a lovely warm dish that goes really wel with either rice or mashed potato. It has a lovely tomato flavour to it and the sausages are lovely after an hours soaking up the juices.
It is also versatile I have added peppers and carrots on different occasions and thesauce is quite thick when it is finished so sometimes I dd a little water for the last five monutes or so just to thin it out a bit. These sachet are only about 59p as well so they are good value.
This is one of the nicest packet mixes for sausage casserole I have found, it has just the right amount of flavour, and dosnt taste to salty. It contains herbs and spices and is very easy to use, you simply mix it will water and once its dissolved you add it to your sausages, mushrooms, onions, peppers and whatever other ingredients you like.
The pack insructions say to put it all in a casserole dish and cook in the oven for an hour but you can just fry your sausages and add a little gravy to make it thicken up quicker if you dont have an hour to spare.
It costs around £1.49 and you can get it from most supermarkets including Saisburys and Tescos. It can feed a family of four and contains 338 calories per complete meal for one.
The pack states it contains traces of Egg and milk.
Its a great warming meal for kids who dislike vegetables and adults who dont like to spend to long cooking a meal. I have mine with mash and peas.