Since joining Slimming World two and a half years ago, I have very rarely bought a ready meal. If I have, then it’s been from a supermarket’s own healthier range, or SW’s own. I do love being in the kitchen and getting my cook on, but sometimes I just don’t have the time or basically, just cannot be bothered… So when I was asked if I would like to sample the my healthy kitchen (myhk) range of ready meals, I accepted the mission.
Our meals are full of goodness because of what we put in, rather than what we take out.
Every one of our ready meals is under 500 calories and made with nutritious ingredients, with no artificial flavours, colours, or preservatives. Better yet, we make sure every meal offers at least one nutritional benefit, whether it’s low in fat, saturated fat, or salt, is a source of protein or fibre, or contains 1 (or more!) of your 5 a day.
I was sent the whole range of myhk meals to try. As well as being contained in microwave safe plastic packaging, all of the myhk meals contain a unique steaming paddle. The main ingredients of your meal sit on top, whilst the sauce to go with your meal is underneath. When cooked, this is then carefully lifted out ready to mix everything together. I thought this was a really great idea!
This paella is cooked with chicken, Piquillo peppers and chorizo, and served with Arborio rice with a tomato sauce. Its benefits include being low in saturates, high in protein, and 1 of your 5 a day. It had a good amount of chicken and chorizo, and a spicy kick that came from the peppers and chorizo. I’ve never cooked a paella, so I did really enjoy this as I rarely eat it.
This dish is cooked with giant cous cous, smoked paprika, red peppers and prawns, and served with a tagine sauce with dried apricots and chickpeas. The benefits of this one include being low in both saturates and sugar. It did taste quite sweet but that was mostly from the fruit and spices that were in this dish, including dried apricots, sultanas, cinnamon, and star anise. There were plenty of prawns, and I did find this one had a spicier taste that balanced the sweetness. I’ve also found a new liking for giant cous cous!
This chicken dish contains pickled carrot, red pepper, pak choi, and edamame beans, served with rice noodles and a shitake mushroom sauce. The main benefits include being low in fat and saturates, high in protein, and it includes 2 of your 5 a day! I love mushrooms and oriental vegetables so I really enjoyed this one; The Husband wasn’t so keen though. It wasn’t particularly spicy, but did have a slight bitter tang to it.
Pea, Mint & Rocket Risotto
This risotto is made with pea & mint pesto, pickled cabbage, and rocket, served with a creamy onion sauce. Its benefits are being low in sugar, and 1 of your 5 a day. I love a risotto and for me it has to be super creamy. So, this one didn’t disappoint, as it was creamy from the sauce. Pea & mint are two flavours that go exceptionally well together and this had just the right amount of mint, and the pickled red cabbage gave it that extra bit of zing.
Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Risotto
This vegetable risotto contains roasted red pepper, courgette, red onion, and butternut squash, served with a tomato and chilli sauce. The benefits of this one include being low in fat, saturates, and sugar, plus another one that is 2 of your 5 a day. The Husband wasn’t so keen on this one due to the majority of the vegetables in it (he’s a fussy so-and-so!) but I really enjoyed it. It had a spicy kick that I would expect from a Mediterranean dish. Admittedly, I’ve never made a risotto without meat but I think I will be in the future after trying these.
This meal consists of jasmine rice topped with prawns, pickled carrot and coriander, and served with a katsu sauce. The main benefits being the same as the vegetable risotto; low in fat, saturates, and sugar. I love katsu curry sauce but usually have it with chicken so I was eager to try this one with prawns instead. The pickled carrot and coriander give a different dimension of flavour to the spicy sauce, and it went well with the prawns.
Overall, I enjoyed all of the dishes; I would be most likely to go for the Moroccan Prawn or the Pea, Mint & Rocket Risotto if I came across them, but unfortunately we don’t have a stockist nearby. They are a great alternative to the usual low fat ready meals you come across though; very flavoursome and full of delicious ingredients.
RRP – £3.95 per meal. Available to purchase from Waitrose, Ocado, or Amazon Fresh if you’re in London.
Our rating – 4/5
I was sent these products free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & my own.