“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Other Ready Meals „
The one thing that you will never see me making in my kitchen is mash potato and even if other people make it I am really very wary of the stuff. I hate lumps you see....really hate them and so it really is a food that I don't eat very often at all. However living on my own I do like the odd sort of gravy dinner and there is only so many roast potatoes a girl can be bothered cooking and eating and lets face it they are not that healthy and I am weight conscious I have to admit! I had bought in Smash and other instant mashed potato mixes but wasn't thrilled with them and did even try another brand of frozen mashed potato but again it just wasn't that good so I gave up in my quest! Having been a member of WeightWatchers very many years ago and successfully losing a massive amount of weight following the programme I am familiar with alot of their foody offerings which the majority of the time I was eating them I did actually like. This one though I hadn't tried before though and after spotting it in a local frozen specialist store for just a pound a bag I thought it had to be worth a try! The Packaging: This mash comes on a mainly purplish coloured plastic bag (not resealable so do have a freezer clip handy if not consuming the whole lot!) and on the front of it we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and there is a lovely photograph of a bowl of the mash shown. We are told that a portion contains only 2 points (significant information if you are following the WeightWatchers plan!), that there is only 2.4g of fat and 81 calories per portion and that the entire bag weighs 650g and then on the back of the bag other information listed includes ingredients, allergy advice (contains milk) and a full nutritional chart along with being told how to heat it up, storage advice is given and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly stated. As I mentioned before this is not a resealable bag which would of been a good idea but you can tie it up or use a clip or something so I will let Heinz off for that! The Mash Itself: What you get is lots and lots of large rounds of off white potato which is smooth and quite thick with lots of flecks of dark green spring onion through each of the 'patties'. These can be warmed up over the hob for a few minutes and in a saucepan or you can microwave cook them which is what I do. For one person/portion I put 3 patties in the microwave for two minutes.....so fast food this really is! Whilst cooking through you get a lovely fragrance of mash really with the onion and when I go to remove it I simply give it a quick bash up with a fork and away I go! I didn't think that this would be as all that good as it is to be honest! What you get is lots of off white fluffy looking mash which is nicely and gently seasoned with a sort of creamy consistency and no lumps whatsoever within it.......it's simply smooth and with a creamy taste and texture. The spring onion in it is chopped up really small so I don't get bits of that but I do get the flavour of it and seriously, well you wouldn't know this was a low calorie and/or fat food at all and me, well I couldn't make mash better than this myself! I find it quick to prepare, to taste great and its versatile whether putting on it on a roast dinner or having a quick grilled pork chop, corn on the cob and some of this (ala tonights gastronomic delight!) or onto of a Shepherds pie.....you can do whatever you like with it! Its really filling and you get alot of product for your money. I think whether your weight conscious or not this is a simply fabulous buy and me....well I won't buy any other type of frozen mash again now that I have found this cos its simply superb! Widely available from all good supermarkets and one that I heartily recommend!
I could eat mashed potato every day and not get bored, so i would describe myself as a bit of a fanatic. It has to be tasty, it has to be a bit creamy, and must look good. For this reason, i normally avoid products that are not a potato, a bit of butter and a bit of milk, along with a bit of effort. My usual thought is that the ready made options unless it is the sort of top end of the market product are an absolute waste of space in my house. I am not following weightwatchers but have done in the past, so the first thing that struck me is that the portion of mashed potato is only 2 points. To me that seemed pretty good. For this, you could have 3 patties of mashed potato that was liberally mixed with spring greens. The frozen pieces in themselves did not look overly attractive or have a particular smell, but i felt a bit inspired today to serve as a pie topping to my family as i had a bag, and not enough time to peel enough spuds. There were 2 options in how to prepare it. You can microwave it for a couple of minutes, stir and serve. That sounds a nice easy option. You can also heat them gently on the hob. This is the option i went for today. It worked quite well but as i had a large family sized portion i found that it was sticking onto the bottom of my pan quite badly cooking it this way. I am likely to microwave it in future as i am not fond of pan scrubbing. As it cooked, it began to look a lot nicer. It is not really mash though. It is more like a potato puree. I can never get my potato to go as smooth as this from a hand masher. It also had a pleasing amount of spring greens. Not enough to put the kids off when i served it, but enough to give it a visual enhancement and enough to taste. When it came to the taste test, i really liked it. It is not mashed potato, but it is a very good substitute for a meal accompaniment. I also found that it was a good portion size for the number of points. Because it had the lovely taste from the spring greens i would happily be satisfied with the smaller portion. The kids also liked it, which to be honest did surprise me, but again, i think it looked and tasted good. My husband was less keen. He ate it but didn't like how pureed it was. In summary, it is a decent product from an established range. I find sometimes the savoury meals are not as good as the sweet range. However, this was something i liked and would definitely buy again. It might even help me lose a bit of the weight i keep threatening to get rid of. It contains only what it should - potato, semi-skimmed milk, spring onions, butter, salt and pepper. And for only 79 calories for a 100g portion, then i might also have a space for a weightwatchers pudding.
Now, I'm not one for frozen mash. In fact I don't think I'd ever eaten it until I saw that Weight Watchers have developed their own, which is lower in points than the usual creamy mash I dollop on my plate. I wasn't expecting much from it if I'm honest, it's just that since I joined Weight Watchers I've gone on a mission to try as many of their foods as possible for the simple reason that it's handy to have ready-pointed food in the kitchen for times when I can't be bothered to cook from scratch. I cooked some this evening to go with a nice piece of salmon and some vegetables and was surprised at how tasty this mash was. The mash comes in small round patties and one serving equals three patties, this will account for 2 Weight Watchers points. You can either pop the patties into a saucepan and heat while mixing, or microwave them for a couple of minutes making sure you stir regularly. Cooking by either of these methods will result in a pile of fluffy looking pale mash - it doesn't look great really, but scooped onto the plate with the rest of my meal it looks fairly appetising. I gingerly took a small forkful and was really surprised at how nice it was. The mash tastes creamy and surprisingly natural, you can obviously taste that it's not real fresh mashed potato but it's hardly synthetic at all and is richer than I had imagined it would be. The mash is flavoured with spring onion and this is a nice addition to the potato, there are small flecks of onion which gives it a nice homely look. It's a natural spring onion flavour which is probably what gives the mash the rounded flavour it has. I really enjoyed this mash. I found it easy to cook (well, heat!) and very tasty as part of my meal. To be honest there wasn't much there for 2 points, I could have had 200g of plain mashed potato for these points but a huge dollop of unflavoured mash doesn't compare favourably to this highly seasoned and interesting mash. I'd definitely recommend it to those of you who are following the Weight Watchers plan because these patties make portion control very easy, and is a low point way of having a bit of mashed potato with your dinner without all the extra calories butter and milk brings. For anyone else, well I don't know to be honest. You'd want more than the small pile that the 3 patties produce, and considering the mash is priced quite highly at £1.59 a bag I don't think it would really be cost effective. It's nice though, of course I'd rather a huge pile of fresh buttery creamy mash but this definitely passes all expectations and is well worth trying.