“ Brand: Aunt Bessie's / Type: Other Vegetables „
These parsnips are a quick, convenient and tasty way of getting one of your 5 a day, but I just wish Id looked more carefully before over indulging in them thinking I was being so healthy!! The product is quite simply sliced parsnips with a honey and oil glaze. As they are frozen they have a very long best before date of around 18 months (Although they're lucky to last the week in my house!) They are very easy to make- just roast for 30 minutes at 220 oC/Gas 7. The suggested portion is 125g so you get about 4-5 servings per bag. This will cost you 163Kcal, 9.4g Fat (3.9g Sat. Fat) 6.9g sugar and 0.32g salt. If you follow weight watchers point system, it works out at 3.5 points. I was quite shocked at first because in my head I was just thinking parsnips are 0 points and the glaze surely would only be a couple!!! Although they are not the healthiest option, they do make a great alternative or accompaniment to roast potatoes and they've even satisfied me as a replacement for chips. They can be found in the freezer section, vegetable aisle and cost £1.79 for a 600g bag. I purchased mine from Sainsburys and at the time they were 2 for £3.00 on all Aunt Bessie products which include many favourites such as roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, yorkshire puds and carrot and swede mash. Even though I was a bit disappointed when I looked closely at the Guideline daily amounts, I am likely to buy these again. They have a crispy golden coating and a nice taste- The smaller sized ones in my opinion are the nicest- sometimes the bigger ones I find have a bit of a chewy centre! I would also recommend having some kitchen roll at the ready to dry off some of the excess oil after cooking! I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend these but I would suggest them if someone asked. Of course, like anything- eat in moderation!!
In Asda they're selling the 600g bags of Aunt Bessies Honey Galzed Roast Parsnips for £1.00 a bag. I love roast parsnips and for that price thought they were worth trying. They're yummy and I thought they were wicked, they taste dead fresh and the parsnips were lovely and sweet. The natural sweet flavour of the parsnips comes through as they're roasting and then the honey glaze of them makes them sweeter again. When we roast our own parsnips we don't add any glaze or anything so I was a bit worried about using something that was going to taste of honey with my dinner. The honey flavour isn't very strong though and I wouldn't say the parsnips tasted exactly of honey even though it has given them a yummy sweet taste. The parsnips have got a very light batter on them and are cut to the right size to cook through properly. The batter gives them a tiny crunch as you bite through the outside but inside the parsnip is lovely and soft, it hadn't gone slimey like another brand of frozen parsnips that we tried a few weeks ago and I reckon they taste as good as fresh. A serving of these roast parsnips is 125g and they will contain 163 calories and 9.4g fat. It's better for your diet if you can be arsed to peel and chop your own but by the time you've cooked them in a roasting tin of fat then the calorie content won't be much different. I think this are wicked and will deffo buy them again, actually my mum said today that she might buy a couple of bags for Xmas dinner because they are so nice. This proves how good they are for me because my mum doesn't cut ANY corners when it comes to Xmas dinner and for her to be using a frozen product is a shock!
Aunt Bessie Honey Glazed Roast Parsnips are £2.09 for a 750g bag in Tesco. It's a little bit more than you'd pay if you bought fresh parsnips to glaze yourself, but to be honest, it's really not a whole lot more. A 750g bag of plain Tesco own parsnips costs £1, then there's the chore of peeling and dicing them all plus adding the honey glaze to consider. So the first thing to appreciate about these is that they're really quite affordable, and they cut out a lot of the hard work! When you've already got lots to do to make a Sunday Roast, these are a little godsend for helping to keep the workload down. These are cooked in the oven, and don't need any oil or anything as they're already coated in everything they need to cook. They take about 25 minutes to cook, which is on par with roast potatoes if you're doing those at the same time. As these start to get close to being cooked, a divine smell of sweet, roasted parsnips starts to come from the oven and fill the kitchen. I absolutely love the smell of these, and it really whets my appetite. Once cooked, these taste very crispy on the outside, and the honey glaze is absolutely perfect. It really compliments the natural taste of the parsnips, and is sweet without being sugary. Inside, the parsnips are lovely and soft. I really like the way the texture of the skin and the inside compliment each other so perfectly. These really are excellent quality, and so cheap and easy to cook alongside your Sunday Roast. Given the chance I'd eat them all week round, but as with any vegetable that's been covered in oil and honey - sadly they're more of a treat than a healthy veggy!