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3 Meals in 30 mins

Monday, 6 December 2010

I made...

Roasted Chicken Breast in a Sun Dried Tomato Dressing with a side of potatoes, peppers and courgettes
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Flaky Cod Fillet in a creamy Mornay sauce with a side of potatoes, broccoli, carrots and parsnips
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Wild Pacific Pink Salmon in a creamy White Wine and Asparagus sauce with a side of potatoes, beans, carrots and peas
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All in 30 mins! Am I a pro cook or what.

hmm....

hmmmmm......

OK, you got me. All I did was poke a few holes, stuff the little pouches in the oven and plate.
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I do eat ready-made meals every now and then. The pictures on the packaging are always so droolworthy, it's hard to resist sometimes. Plus, they are so convenient. I had a few vouchers for the new Findus Fresher Taste range, so I thought I'd give them a try. They come in unique flavourlock pouches - vacuum-packed to remove air and extend the life of the food beyond other frozen, bagged equivalents. The see-through packaging also acts like a mini roasting bag, retaining more of the natural moisture and flavours of the dish from the moment it is frozen to the time it is served up on a plate.

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What I like about it? The vegetables and potatoes are in a separate pouch to serve with the main dish, this allows different cooking times and avoid overcooking. These pouches are ready to microwave (under 10 mins) or oven bake (30 mins) straight from the freezer. Extremely convenient, all you have to do is plate them nicely to impress your family. Tastewise, I loved the chicken breast. The sauce is really flavourful, well seasoned and the chicken breast is surprisingly tender. As for the fish dishes, they were slightly overcooked. I used a fan oven, so you could probably switch off the fan or bake it at a lower heat or bake it shorter than the suggested time.

What I don't like about it? The portion is too small. 2 packets just weren't enough for us, that's why I made 3! We are pigs afterall, huh!

These dishes have been developed for people who enjoy great tasting, premium quality food but don’t always have the ingredients, motivation or energy to cook it from scratch. Each meal is designed to be cooked straight from frozen, either in the microwave (approx 8 ½ minutes) or the oven (30 minutes).

The new Findus Fresher Taste range consists of four, luxury recipes developed by a team of expert chefs.
  • Roasted Chicken Breast in a Sun Dried Tomato Dressing with a side of potatoes, peppers and courgettes 354 calories per pack
  • Flaky Cod Fillet in a creamy Mornay sauce with a side of potatoes, broccoli, carrots and parsnips 402 calories per pack
  • Wild Pacific Pink Salmon in a creamy White Wine and Asparagus sauce with a side of potatoes, beans, carrots and peas 301 calories per pack
  • Tender Chicken Breast in a vintage cheddar and bacon sauce with a side of buttery broccoli, green beans and peas
The range launched in September 2010 and is available in major retailers including Tesco, ASDA, Morrison, Waitrose and Co-op at an MRSP of £3.99.

This is a sponsored post by Findus. All opinions are 100% mine.

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