“ Brand: Asda / Type: Snacks „
I am not a Vegetarian but from time to time I do eat Vegetarian food. I like meat free days and I love nut roasts and the likes and the other day I spotted this nut roast mix in my local Asda store costing only 82p a packet and decided I must try it out.
The packet is dark green on the outside with a photograph of the nut roast on there and we are told that that it is Asda Nut Roast Mix and that it is Vegetarian and contains no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat and the wight is stated which is 150g. On the back of the packet other information listed on the back includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, there is a full nutritional chart stated and contact details for Asda are given.
Well the mix is a dry mix and is made of 35% nuts (cashew and peanuts) blended with soya, dried vegetables, onion, herbs red pepper and a few other things. It has a powdery texture in some part and lumpy from the nuts and soya in others. You can see flecks of red pepper and onion within it and to make it up is ever simple, just add 100ml of cold water to it and mix it up well and then you can oven cook it for 20 minutes or microwave it in 3 minutes.
I oven cooked mine and it cooked well in the time stated on the packet and it went slightly golden and had a nice bumpy looking texture to it and gave off a nice nutty aroma as it cooked.
Taste wise this was really good. It tasted really nutty and well seasoned and as I consumed it, it went to a creamy taste as I chewed it with a subtle hint of garlic flavouring to it. The texture was great with the middle of it being softer than the outer of it which went slightly crunchy.
The nuts tasted great and not too hard though I couldn't really detect alot of flavour from the vegetables really but I could see them.
This is a great value buy, and easily serves two people and of course is suitable for Vegetarians. Its moist and tasty!
Nutritional Information Per 1 Serving (This serves 2):
Energy: 376 Kcal
of which sugars: 1.3g
of which saturates: 4.3g
equivalent as salt: 1.1g
Only available in Asda stores.
Review of Asda Nut Roast Mix.
Asda have introduced some additions to their range of meat free products recently. I spotted this nut roast mix in the dried goods aisle and as the price was considerably lower than similar mixes that I have purchased from Holland & Barrett, I decided to give it a go.
The nut roast mix is presented in a non recyclable foiled pouch containing 150g of dried ingredients. The pack colour is dark green and has an image of a couple of slices of delicious looking nut roast, surrounded by vegetables. The Asda logo, use by date, a large green V denoting vegetarian and a flash declaring the product contains no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fats on the front. Full nutritional values, ingredients, cooking instructions and Asda company information is detailed on the reverse of the package. The pack is designed to serve 2 people.
The ingredients within the pouch obviously need to be reconstituted before cooking. Asda suggest the following cooking instructions.
To oven cook:-
Empty the contents of the sachet into a bowl. Add 100ml of cold water and mix well. Pour into a greased 300ml oven proof deep sided container. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Turn out onto a serving dish and garnish
To Microwave the product:-
Empty the contents of the sachet into a bowl. Add 100ml of cold water and mix well. Pour into a greased microwavable deep sided container. Microwave on full power for 3 minutes (650W). Turn out onto a serving dish and garnish.
The cooked nut roast can be served hot or cold.
~~All Important- the Taste and Texture~~
Asda have scored a hit in my opinion with this nut roast. The roast cooks to a beautiful golden colour and has a rough and chunky looking surface. The roast smells very good, nutty and wholesome.
When I ate mine hot I found it sliced well without too much crumbling, the nuts were firm and the texture of the whole thing was just about right, firm and chewy with a little 'bite' to it.
I did find that the roast was slightly dry and stuck to the roof of my mouth, perhaps another time I will add a touch more liquid to the mix to counteract this.
The flavours of the herbs, nuts and vegetables were a pleasant blend, nothing was over powering although there was a mild garlicky after taste.
When eaten cold, the texture of the nut roast was quite different. It sliced very well indeed and kept it's shape when cut. The roast was far more dense and solid in texture when cold and the flavour of the nuts was more defined. No roof of the mouth business when eaten cold either!
I have to say that I preferred it cold and would serve this with a salad or jacket potato as a main meal.
This nut roast mix provided a hot main meal for myself and my daughter and then a cold light meal for me the following day, so although our servings were not huge, I actually got 3 servings from the nut roast mix.
~~Ingredients, Allergy Advice and Nutritional Values~~
Nuts (33%) [Cashew, Peanuts] , Peanut Flour (26%) , Oat Flour , Whole Wheat Rusk , Dried Textured Soya Protein (8.9%) , Dried Vegetables (4.3%) [Onion, Red Pepper, Mushroom] , Yeast Extract , Dried Mixed Herbs , Natural Flavouring , Garlic Powder .
Product contains Gluten, Oats, Wheat, Nuts including *Peanuts, Soya and Soy beans.
*May also contain traces of other nuts and/or seeds.
Suitable for vegetarians.
Brief Nutritional Values per 100g of cooked nut roast:-
Protein 14.2 g
I have only provided a brief run down on the above details as I am sure no one really wants to wade through huge amounts of information of this type! Undoubtedly anyone with food allergies would be double checking packaging for themselves before purchasing.
~~Availability and Price~~
Available from Asda supermarkets and www.asda.com for online grocery shopping. The product can be found in the dried goods aisle of the supermarket along with other dried foodstuffs such as lentils, pulses etc.
The price for this 2 serving pack of nut roast mix is a very reasonable 78p, a fraction of the price similar mixes cost elsewhere.
~~My Thoughts and Conclusion~~
I am a vegetarian of many years standing, in fact I've probably been vegetarian for longer than some review readers have been alive(!).
I am a dab hand at creating nut roasts from scratch, yet there are times when it is useful to have a packet mix in the cupboard for convenience. Nut roast mixes tend to be a bit hit and miss in their quality and consistency, but I think Asda's Nut Roast Mix is a winner.
Of course, a packet mix version of any dish is rarely going to be as good as the home made equivalent, but I would recommend this product to anyone, be they vegetarian or meat eaters.
I think this product would make an excellent standby for meat eaters to have on hand for visiting vegetarians!
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 January 2010.
N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name.
Update:- 21/10/11.... Since I wrote this review, Asda have introduced a 'Chicken' flavour Nut Roast mix, please be aware that this review concentrates on the original version, which is still available, not the newer version........