FOOD & SHOPPING
Put all thoughts of dry, over salty/sugared and unhealthy ready meals aside. For there are some just-launched healthy ready meals which will surely change your mind. We’ve been busy sampling and these are our top picks.
First up is the Potage range which is absolutely delicious and tastes incredibly fresh. You’ll find them under their ‘Hot Pot’ range and our favourites included the Aubergine Parmagiana, Lasagne and Welsh Chicken Tikka Masala. Prices start at £4 for the weekly soup and all meals come with very clear instructions on how to heat up and can all be cooked in both the microwave and oven. As with all the Potage products, their packaging is recyclable and they have a no waste food policy. Plus the packaging looks great and you’d be just as happy to serve this food to guests as have it on your own. Order online and it will be delivered to your door.
Available either online or at their shops, the new Daylesford Signatures are organic ready meals for two people made at the kitchens on the Daylesford Farm in Gloucestershire. Prices start at £3.99 for the soups and include Fisherman’s Pie, both Beef and Vegetable Lasagne and Cottage Pie. Our favourites were the Vegetable Lasagne which was light but tasty and the Bone Broth Soup. One word of warning though, do take the plastic off the dishes before cooking (rather than just spiking it as we did) and they can only be cooked in the oven, not the microwave. If you’re a fan of Daylesford food as we are, then you’ll definitely like these ready meals too.
Deliciously Ella launched her range of five frozen vegan meals at the beginning of the month. There is Yellow Thai Curry, Sweet Potato and Black Bean Shepherd’s Pie, Five Bean Chilli, Spinach and Potato Cakes and Cauliflower and Lentil Dahl. All are Gluten Free and need to be heated in the oven. Our favourite was definitely the Yellow Thai Curry made with butternut squash, peppers and mushrooms. If heating up for two people though, you will need to add rice with it and to our taste, a bit of extra chilli too. Buy from Whole Foods, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose or Ocado, prices start at £4.99.