“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Bread „
I first saw these a couple of months ago in ASda. They were in the chilled isle with all the garlic bread type products and pasta's. I love garlic bread but it is often so high in fat, so I just dont buy it at all.
These are 3.5 points for the whole thing and at about 60p I thought they were fairly reasonably priced, so I brought a few to put in the freezer. I completely forgot all about them and then a couple of weeks ago, I was defrosting the freezer and found them.
They are chilled but are fine in the freezer, mine had been frozen for a good few months and they came out fine. We had it with spag bol and they were lovely. They come out of the pack pre-portioned so all you have to do is throw them in the oven for about 12 minutes and they're done.
They have a very crunchy texture on the outside but are soft and tender inside. I would actually say that I prefer these to garlic bread because they are more tasty but far less greasy and lighter on the stomach.
I dont buy garlic bread anymore as these are far nicer and better for you.
I love having these with salad and there is easily enough for two or three people. If only all diet food was as nice as these are!
Weight Watchers Garlic and Herb Ciabatta
Description: Manufacturer: Weight Watchers / Type: Bread
Like so many of us, I managed to eat and drink far too much over the festive season. Yes it was great at the time but now my jeans feel tight and I feel a little sluggish, so I have recently been trying to eat healthy foods in order to lose a few pounds.
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 on.
One of my weaknesses is definitely garlic bread, I really enjoy it and when I saw this ciabatta from Weight Watchers (containing just three and a half Weight Watchers points), I was keen to try it and see what it was like. The bread cost me £0.80, can be found in most supermarkets and is suitable or freezing.
When you open the bread, you will notice the garlic smell straight away which is good as I did wonder if it would be bland. The bread goes into a preheated oven for between five and eighth minutes (check pack for specific cooking times as this differs according to the type of oven you have) and is ready to serve.
As it is cooking, the bread fills the kitchen with that delicious garlic bread smell and when ready, the bread is golden brown and slightly crispy. Ciabatta is a great bread to use for garlic bread because it has a fab texture with a chewy crust and a fluffy centre. There is plenty of garlic butter which makes the bread deliciously moist and the garlic taste is just right - not too strong but powerful enough to be tangy and delicious.
In my opinion, this is a tasty and convenient garlic bread and if I didn't know that it was Weight Watchers, I probably wouldn't guess. It is great bread with an ample amount of delicious garlic butter and an excellent accompaniment to salads or meals, well worth trying!
Nutritional information is as follows;
3.6 grams of fat
0.8 grams of saturated fat
I do like anything garlicky, especially garlic bread. Normally I wouldn't be concerning myself with diet food but when Mrs B came back from Morrisons laden with 10 Weight Watchers Garlic and Herb Ciabattas (they were apparently half price and at 44p too good of deal to be missed) she raved about them so I thought I'd better see what all the fuss was about.
The ciabatta isn't the usual size of the garlic baguettes you can get. I would say it's about half the size and has five slices in total, makes sense seen as though it's for those watching their weight. As I normally eat about half of a usual garlic baguette this was just about the right size for me to scoff alone. It comes in the recognisable Weight Watchers packaging which is white and green with a blue Weight Watchers logo and a picture of the ciabatta. The packaging is part of the reason I'm always put off their products as they really don't look that appealing to me. On opening the packet I'm surprised to see the ciabatta looks like any usual one would. The aroma of garlic whilst cooking is lovely, not too strong but enough to get the old taste buds going. It doesn't take long to cook at all, just under 10 minutes. Once out of the oven the ciabatta I have to say looks really appealing if I would have been presented with this without knowing it was Weight Watchers I don't think I would have guessed.
The top is a lovely golden colour and firm to touch. As with most garlic breads, the ciabatta is partially pre cut, so depending on your preference you can either just tear at it or if you want to be more refined use a knife to fully separate the slices. As I push the knife down I can feel that the ciabatta is crispy. There is an ok amount of garlic and herb spread coating the slices. I would say if you like your slice oozing with butter then you would be disappointed. I'm not, because for me it's more about the garlic flavour then the amount of butter. Now I like to dunk my garlic bread in a beef stew, so the garlic flavour has to be enough to stand up against the rich flavours of the stew but not so garlicky that it's overpowering. From first dunk the bread soaks up my stew, I take a bite and I can definitely detect the garlic and herb flavour but it compliments the stew nicely. I would say the garlic flavour is of medium intensity, so just right for me. The texture is as you would expect from a ciabatta, a very crisp crust, with a soft but almost chewy light inner. It did a good job of feeding me up, with some diet foods you feel as though you've not eaten, this is definitely not the case with this. It's not stodgy like some garlic breads can be, its just satisfyingly filling.
From looking at the packaging I can see the ciabatta contains 3 ½ Weight Watchers points. This doesn't really mean much to me but Mrs B says this amount of points is quite a lot lower than a standard garlic baguette. So I guess that's a good thing then. If you are not following a 'points' diet but still conscious of these things the ciabatta has 230 calories and 3.6g of fat, which doesn't seem bad at all for a food that is usually quite naughty. The ciabatta is suitable for vegetarians and as an added bonus the ciabatta can also be frozen for later consumption. Usual selling price is 88p from Morrisions, which seems to be quite a high price I feel. It doesn't seem to be widely available in other supermarkets though I do believe it is available in some Asdas.
Overall, I would be more than happy to eat this again. I didn't really expect to like it but I did.
As some of you may already know, I have been following the Weight Watchers plan for some time now. At one time their food was appalling inedible slop, but nowadays the selection has grown and the quality of Weight Watchers branded food is much improved.
Take this Garlic and Herb Ciabatta for instance; even as late as last year it would not have occurred to me to buy a product such as this, knowing it wouldn't have cooked well and would have been largely flavourless. How times have changed in the world of Weight Watchers food!
I ate the Ciabatta for lunch today with a large bowl of homemade vegetable soup and I couldn't have asked for a more filling, tastier accompaniment to my meal.
When taking it out of the wrapper it looks like a plain Ciabatta, I can vaguely make out the four shallow looking slits in the surface of the bread and the garlic aroma is amazingly strong even before cooking. Yes, this Ciabatta does need cooking but this is a quick process and takes just 6 - 8 minutes at Gas Mark 6.
As it was warming through the strong aroma filled my kitchen completely and I found myself counting the seconds down as the Ciabatta smells so rich and inviting. I did, however, wait until it was cooked before diving in and I must say I'm surprisingly impressed.
The surface of the Ciabatta has a delightful crunch, yet the bread inside is extremely soft and comforting. The slits I mentioned earlier open up slightly during cooking to reveal a delicious looking garlic butter on each slice of the bread; at this point I was actually wondering how on Earth Weight Watchers have managed to keep the points value so low as Ciabatta is notoriously high in fat (in bread terms, of course) as well as, obviously, the garlic butter.
The flavour of the Ciabatta is rather intense, like all garlic baguettes the slices are buttered on both sides and the butter is remarkably thick. The garlic flavour is apparent from the very first bite, with the herbs working to give it a more rounded overall flavour. There isn't as much butter used as I originally thought, well I assume there isn't anyway as the slices of Ciabatta are not particularly greasy and it's completely possible to pick a slice up without managing to smear oil all over your fingers.
I think using Ciabatta bread in place of a baguette was a work on genius on Weight Watchers part. It makes it so much more filling and interesting to eat, dieters will certainly not feel deprived while watching their friends and family tuck into pizza and garlic bread - because now we have our own.
I wouldn't exactly call this Ciabatta stodgy, although it is rather heavier than plain white bread. This, however, is good news for dieters as I found the Ciabatta very filling and the strength of flavour means that my tastebuds were left satisfied after what would otherwise have been a rather uninspiring lunch.
There are 3 1/2 Weight Watchers points in each Garlic and Herb Ciabatta. To give you an idea of where this fits in the points system as a whole, allow me to explain that I am currently 'allowed' to eat 20 points per day. An average garlic baguette will usually weigh in at around 6 1/2 point, so by switching to this delightful Ciabatta will give you quite a saving on your daily allowance.
I bought this Garlic and Herb Ciabatta from Morrisons when it was on special offer at 44p, I think this is excellent value and if I remember correctly this was a half price offer so even at 88p I am extremely impressed.
First things first: I am writing this review with the empty packet for the garlic bread in front of me for reference, and it smells quite pungent, so I will try to keep this reasonably brief, lol!
I don't often buy garlic bread as I find that a whole baguette is too much for me and my partner to eat by ourselves. However when I saw this little garlic ciabatta, with just five slices to it, I thought it was just the right size for the two of us to share.
Added to that, it was reduced at Asda from the normal price of 89 pence, to just 15 pence! 15 pence - you can't get much for that these days! It was reduced because it was nearing its use by date, but seeing as these breads are freezable, I just popped it in the freezer to use at a later time.
I decided to cook the garlic bread with a salad containing beef and garlic mushrooms. This made a really nice combination. The bread cooked in just 8 minutes, although it did need defrosting first which is always a little bit inconvenient!
The bread came out nicely, it was cripsy and nicely floured on top, and soft and warm inside. The garlic wasn't too strong and the garlic butter was quite thin so if you are looking for a really intense garlicky experience then you will not like this as much as some other garlic breads, however I thought it was nice enough.
It was the perfect size for two people, or if you are a big eater you could easily have it by yourself with a meal, or on its own for a snack.
The whole ciabatta contains just 3 and a half Weight Watchers points. This equates to it having 230 calories, 3.6 grams of fat and 0.8 grams of saturated fat. For an entire garlic ciabatta I think this is quite good, and if you only have half of it then it's even better!
This is a nice little treat to have for a change if you're watching your weight, however if you are not concerned about dieting then you will probably want to go for a more garlicky (and therefore more fatty) sort of bread.