M&S have introduced some new meals to their Count On us range, a range of ready meals which have been specially developed to contain less than 3% fat and 400 calories. These meals are currently priced at 3 for £8.
With being due to have a baby soon I will be heavily relying on ready meals, I could plan to make meals from scratch now so that I can simply re-heat them once baby comes along but I know that that won't happen, I'm far too lazy. Instead, I plan to buy healthy, tasty ready meals like these.
I've tried a few of them now so thought that I would share my thoughts with you guys.
Rosti Topped Shepherd's Pie*. 266 calories, 8.7g fat, 2 of 5 a day, serves 1.
I had high expectations for this shepherd's pie topped with carrot, swede and potato rosti. Despite the packet saying that it served one I attempted to split it between two, this was a mistake as we were both quite peckish after. With the potato topping being shredded it isn't as filling as a shepherd's pie typically would be, listen to the advice of M&S and serve it as one portion! This aside it was gorgeous, the lamb was deliciously rich and the topping fluffy and tasty.
Two filled Steak & Red Wine Yorkshires. 213 Calories, 3.4g fat per serving. Serves 2.
I couldn't resist picking these up when I went into store to collect my samples, they sounded absolutely delicious. Spencer and I had one each for lunch that day and were satisfied with this alone, though if we were particularly hungry I would add veg. These were so tasty, full of flavour and the perfect comfort food.
Beef Ragu*. 378 calories, 5.8g fat, 1 of 5 a day. Serves 1.
I found this to be the perfect portion for me for lunch. It was filling and tasty and the pasta didn't dry out like it does in some other microwave meals.
Chicken Arrabbiata*. 396 calories, 6.5g fat, 1 of 5 a day. Serves 1.
Spencer had this one as it was described as spicy and I don't do spicy food! I did try a little bit though and have to say that if you are a fan of spicy food then this will be a hit. The pasta wasn't dry and the chicken was delicious, it didn't have that processed bouncy texture that is common in cheaper convenience food.
Indian Takeaway Meal for One. 384 calories, 10.8g fat. Serves 1.
We picked up two of these, one each for a Saturday night treat. It was lovely though some of it a bit too spicy for me personally. The rice wasn't dry and once again, the chicken was 'proper' chicken. We're already looking forward to trying the Chinese takeaway from the same range.
For those of you following the Weight Watchers plan the ProPoints value is displayed on each packet.