“ Brand: McCain / Type: Beans „
I love veg and as well as cooking plenty of the fresh stuff I do like to have some good quality frozen vegetables in, when I spotted the new McCain range of vegetables I had to try them. They were on special offer in Morrisons at £1 a packet and are basically a selection of vegetables in sauce that are ready to eat within 5 minutes of taking them out of the freezer. They really appealed to me so I bought several packets of the different varieties, this one being the McCain Express Baby Carrots and Green Beans. Preparing them is simplicity itself, you simply stand the bag in the microwave and zap for around four minutes depending on the strength of your microwave. Then you simply pour the vegetables and sauce onto your plate and enjoy. There are more baby carrots than green beans and this was a slight annoyance as I was hoping for a more equal split, I've since had more packets and this is the same with all of them. The vegetables are nicely cooked, they don't taste like microwaved veg if I can put it like that. The carrots in particular have a crisper texture than if I'd cooked fresh for myself but they are flavoursome and palatable, and so were the green beans although I must admit I found the soft texture of these more appealing than the masses of carrots on my plate! The vegetables are cooked in a thin honey and mustard sauce, there was little flavour to this which was probably so as not to overwhelm the more delicate flavours of the carrots and green beans. The problem is McCain have toned down this down too much and you really have to concentrate on your food to get even a hint of the two flavours, the sauce works well to moisten the veg but if you're after a bit more of a kick then I'd recommend stirring through a spoon of wholegrain mustard before pouring the veggies onto your plate. As I said earlier, they were on special offer when I bought them but they are now their regular price of around £1.49. Granted, this is an expensive way to eat vegetables but I live alone so a single packet is enough for me - if you have a large family then the cost would obviously become an issue. The rest of the range are nice too, although this is my favourite of all of them especially with a nice smoked cod fish cake. Each packet contains a respectable 59 calories, although the fat content is higher than I'd expect at 1.9g which is due to the sauce I'd imagine. I am following the Weight Watchers plan and the one packet contains just one point, which isn't bad for convenience but do remember that both carrots and green beans are free foods on the plan so I always feel like I am diddling myself out of a point when I have these!