riocaz's Journal, 20 March 2013

Okay it's a pimped M&S ready meal.

Roast pork loin, savoy cabbage, mashed potato, broccoli, carrots sugarsnap peas and roast butternut squash with a apple and cider gravy (the lumps in which are lentils as it's from the M&S "Fuller Longer" range).

Not bad for less than 700 calories.

It's one thing about ready meals. They are generally crap. But at least they allow you to minutely control the most calorie dense parts of the meal.

I can make a better roast. But to do it I would have to buy too much pork for a single meal. And make just enough mash for this meal (which is something I am terrible at I can make mash but I am utterly incapable of portioning it for one)... And even then it would likely be higher in calories than this ready meal was.

Strangely I find the cheapest and most expensive ones tend to have the best ingredient lists (i.e. least additives) and so long as you can recognise the vast majority of the ingredients you should be okay.

Diet Calendar Entry for 20 March 2013:
1031 kcal Fat: 26.50g | Prot: 60.68g | Carb: 134.60g.   Lunch: Egg Mayo and Cress. Dinner: butternut, Roast Pork Loin with Apple and Cider Sauce, sugarsnap, Sainsburys basics carrot and broccoli. more...
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Comments porn :-) Now we're talking. I think if it's for one person I do think it's often cheaper to buy for one for the amount of different ingredients. But yeah, sounds like you definitely cook a better roast :-) 
20 Mar 13 by member: blueniamh
Yum! Looks great! 
20 Mar 13 by member: FullaBella
It's definitely cheaper to buy a ready meal over buying separate individual ingredients when you are a single person. Don't get me wrong I LOVE a proper roast. But it's not feasible for one person. Yes I can have leftovers and make other things. But frankly what ends up happening is that >50% will be wasted because I got bored on the 3rd day. Or it languishes in the freezer until I find it again god knows how long later. Ready meals aren't great. They have to appeal to too wide an audience. But they do have their place, and of them the M&S fuller longer range is one of the best (though like most it always needs lots more veg. 
20 Mar 13 by member: riocaz
Have to totally agree. It only works if you bulk cook and freeze meals and you can't really do that with a good old fashioned roast. Thumbs up to the supermarkets for the ready meal for one (something they got right. All they need to do now is reduce their prices instead of bogofs ) :) 
21 Mar 13 by member: jonnybadback
Looks pretty tasty, I hope you enjoyed it! 
21 Mar 13 by member: The Blue Box


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