“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Sauces „
I have been doing Weight Watchers online for a few weeks now and am working my way through lots of their ready meals, sauces and desserts.
I purchased this sauce from Asda where they are currently on offer for £1 a jar along with a few other sauces from the Weight Watchers Range.
~ Packaging & Instructions ~
The sweet and sour sauce comes in a 350g glass jar with a screw top lid and serves two people. On the label there is a picture of some very tasty looking sweet and sour chicken along with all the nutritional information, ingredients etc.
The cooking instructions are very simple, you just fry you diced chicken until browned and then add the sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.
~ My Opinion ~
This sauce is described on the label by Weight Watchers as 'A delicious Sweet & Sour sauce made with sweet red peppers, baby corn and pineapple.'
I didn't get on well with this sauce from the start! I could not for the life of me unscrew the lid and had to wait for my husband to get in from work and do it for me.
When I took the lid off I was hit by a very strong aromatic, vinegary smell and the sauce looked quite nice and thick.
I poured the sauce into the pan with my diced turkey ( I usually buy turkey instead of chicken as its cheaper and I like it!) and noticed that as the sauce simmered it seemed to thin out and turn a bit watery. I also noticed that there were very few baby corns, peppers and pineapple compared to other low fat Sweet and Sour sauces I have used.
I served up the Sweet and Sour turkey with some rice and got stuck in. The sauce was very thin and seemed to get more watery the longer it was on my plate, it also had a strong, overpowering vinegar taste to it. I know Sweet and Sour sauce usually does but this one just does not taste good! My meal wasn't very tasty at all and I was really disappointed with this Weight Watchers product.
I also noticed that if you compare the nutritional information with other brands of Sweet and Sour sauce this one is not actually that much lower in calories or saturated fat so next time I make Sweet and Sour I won't be using this sauce and will go back to using the supermarket own brand versions which I usually buy.
I definitely will not buy this sauce again but I suppose it has helped me keep the calories down as I ended up leaving half my dinner! If I did ever end up having it again I would add some more peppers to bulk it out a bit.
~ Boring Bits ~
The Weight Watchers Sweet and Sour sauce is low fat and suitable for vegetarians
The jar contains enough sauce for 2 servings. Each serving is 1 point if you are following Weight Watchers.
Nutritional Information (per 175g serving):
Energy kJ: 301kj
of which sugars: 10g
(of which saturates): <0.2g
Salt equivalent: 1.0g
Water, Tomato Puree, Sugar, Carrot, Red Pepper (4.6%), Onion, Baby Sweetcorn (4.7%), Maize Starch, Spirit Vinegar, Pineapple (2.8%), Pineapple Juice from Concentrate, Lemon Juice from Concentrate, Salt, Ginger, Colour (Paprika Extract), Black Pepper
Sweet and sour sauce, in a jar lasts for ages. I think of it as lazy cooking for myself and always have a few jars of various sauces hidden away in the cupboard for emergencies and nights where there just isn't enough time (which is most evenings for me!) I like sweet and sour sauce from the Chinese, and although I don't expect the same high standard and taste from a jar, something near it would be nice!
The jar full or sauce serves a family of four medium sized portions. I cook the chicken / vegetables /whatever first and then add the sauce and let it simmer for the last few minutes. The sauce does not need cooking, it only needs warming up. I have tried a few different jars of sweet and sour sauce and one of the things I look for is that it contains some extras, like peppers and pineapple. Although I add vegetables anyway this helps get a few extra in.
The sauce is pink in colour and relatively sticky and sweet to the taste, I always rinse the jar out with a bit of water to try and thin out the sauce a tad. The sauce cooks easily and smells nice whilst it is doing so. It tastes thick and sticky and very sweet. It doesn't have an incredibly strong taste to it, which is good as this can put people off. It goes well with the chicken and vegetables that I add to it.
The only downside to watch out for with this sauce is that it stains. If you get it on the table or clothing, be careful to wash it off quickly before you cant!
Both my partner and I enjoy cooking a meal from scratch in the kitchen and that includes cooking sauces sometimes though you just need a standby in the cupboard for a quick meal.
I spotted the Weightwatchers range of sauces in Asda in the aisle with all the other cooking sauces and for £1.28 per jar now bear in mind that this only serves 2 people, ok if there are just 2 of you trying to lose weight but for the family you would probably need two jars.
On the shelf was the Sweet and Sour sauce with babycorn, looked tasty so it went into the basket.
The sauce itself is in a tall narrow jar exactly like the picture and contains 350g so half a jar is a serving for one person and would equal 1 points which really really good.
The sauce is a deep red colour and you can clearly see the bits of babycorn, red peppers and pineapple in the sauce.
The jar does state that this is suitable for vegetarians but the product may contain traces of nuts.
Water, Tomato Purée, Sugar, Carrot, Red Pepper (4.7%), Onion, Baby Sweetcorn (4.7%), Maize Starch, Spirit Vinegar, Pineapple (2.8%), Pineapple Juice from Concentrate, Lemon Juice from Concentrate, Salt, Ginger, Colour: Paprika Extract, Black Pepper
Per 175g the values are:-
0.0g of which is saturates
Personally I like to know the nutritional information before I buy a product as on weightwatchers if it is not already calculated in points then you can work this out to see if it is an option for you.
The sauce is just poured over vegetables, chicken, pork or prawns and simmered gently until all the ingredients are cooked, usually for about 20 minutes or so.
I will be honest and say that this sauce is not the best and if you are not on a diet then I would say opt for the full fat version if you want to sample something that tastes like it has been prepared in the restaurant.
The sauce is tasty don't get me wrong but you could probably find a version on the internet that would taste better than this and still be fairly low in points.
I won't buy this product again even though it is low in points as neither my partner or I enjoyed it and vowed to stick to making our own or buying a better brand like Blue Dragon which would contain a few more points.
We used this sauce with some thin pork steaks and the meal was really disappointing, there was not really a sweet and sour taste to the sauce it just had a very strong taste of tomatoes and a lack of chinese flavouring.
This sauce tastes bland and really has something lacking, I have made a recipe from scratch from the weight watchers cook books before now and got better results.
The sauce has a thin watery consistency which really put me off when the food was cooking, although there were peppers, babycorn and pineapple in it, we added more fresh pineapple and mushrooms and this seemed to improve the taste.