Monday, 24 June 2013

Japanese Ramen Innocent Noodle Pot

So I was feeling brave and decided to try the Miso Ramen flavoured Innocent pot today for my lunch and was immediately relieved upon opening it to be greeted by the lovely aroma of wild mushrooms and miso.
As with the other flavours of the noodle pots the vegetables retained both their flavour, texture and colour upon cooking which I always find to be a good thing as sometimes when you microwave vegetable things especially in a sauce they can go a bit well limp and lifeless tbh.
Anyway I shall continue on, the sauce itself brought a very mild warmth with it that even the most avid spice hater would thoroughly be able to enjoy and appreciate. The edamame beans add a lovely burst of colour to the pot along with a nice crunchy texture. The noodles were really thick and I think that I actually preferred them to the thinner noodles that were in the Tom Yum pot. Overall I really enjoyed this product as it was perfect for a light yet filling lunch!

Vegan - Yes
Calories - 197
Buy Again - Yes
Price - £3.90
Score - 7.5


Thursday, 20 June 2013

Quorn Lemon and Black Pepper Escalope

Quorn has such a fantastic range of products and sometimes it is overwhelming (in a very good way of course!), since the weather has finally started to brighten up I was craving something that was light but full of flavour to go with my Jersey Royal Potatoes and salad, I believe that I have found the perfect product in the form of a Quorn Escalope!
The lemon flavour is mild, adding a pleasant zing that worked well against the slight heat that the black pepper brings. the crispy bread crumb coating is absolutely delicious adding a crunchy texture along with all of the flavour.
The price is very reasonable for two delicious escalopes, especially when you compare it to the price of a good quality meat equivalent.
Overall this was a tasty product that could easily be enjoyed by both meat eaters and veggies!

Vegan - No
Calories - 256
Buy Again - Definitely
Price - £2.50
Score - 7.5

Monday, 17 June 2013

Blueberry Chobani

I am a massive fan of Greek or strained yogurt because of how thick and creamy it is making it feel like a bit of guilt free indulgence! So when I heard that Chobani were launching a brand new flavour I was very excited, even more so when I discovered that it was blueberry, a flavour I feel is often overlooked for other more popular fruits like strawberry and raspberry (not that I don't love either fruit).
The packaging design has changed from when I last bought this brand and I must say I think that I prefer the new design it is clean looking and just has more visual appeal, anyway onto the actual review now.
Upon my first scoop I instantly knew that I was going to enjoy this deliciously thick yogurt that is typical of a high quality brand like Chobani. As I delved deeper into the 170g pot I found the blueberry compote on the bottom and as I suspected it was a perfect accompaniment to the slightly tart flavour of the yogurt. It had an authentic fruity taste that I found to be far more enjoyable than the Danio version which I found to be a tad sweet for my tastes, my mother however much preferred the Danio version so I suppose it is all down to your personal taste.


Vegan - No
Calories - 131
Buy Again - Definitely
Price - £0.89
Score - 9

Friday, 14 June 2013

Innocent Tom Yum Noodle Pot

Whilst mooching around Tesco hunting for something for my dinner, I noticed that Innocent had launched a brand new range of noodle pots, they all appear to be Asian themed as far as I can tell what with the takeaway style packaging (which I think is really creative and eye catching!). Due to them being new they were only £2.90 on an introductory offer, which isn't too bad when you would pay around £3.00 for a sandwich.
Today for my lunch I decided to sample the Tom Yum flavour which is described as 'Rice noodles with red peppers in a fragrant hot and sour sauce'. The vegetables were fresh and crunchy which worked very well against the soft rice noodles. I really enjoyed both the noodle and vegetable element but the sauce was just too spicy for me. I know, I know, Tom Yum is supposed to be spicy, it is even mentioned in the description! But I naively thought that it was just an exaggeration made by Innocent to draw more customers in, I was very very wrong... 
On initial tasting I found that the sauce added a lovely warmth with tomato undertones, but this quickly escalated into an unpleasant burning that prevented me from being able to taste any of the other flavours. That being said anybody who enjoys a little bit of spice would probably love this product but it just isn't for me with my ever so delicate palate haha!
However, I have not been put off trying more products from this new range as I look forward to trying the much milder sounding Japanese Ramen flavour!

Vegan - Yes
Calories - 239
Buy Again - I Doubt It
Price - £3.90
Score - 5

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Taifun Pizza Tofu



I have tried several flavours in the Taifun range and I think that this is by far my favourite.
The flavour that is most potent is the tomato - oregano which is absolutely delicious! It reminded me of the base sauce of an expensive and authentic Italian pizza, far from the cheap, sugar laden sauces that make up many generic shop bought pizzas.
For people who are expecting the entire pizza experience will probably be a little disappointed as it is totally devoid of any cheese flavour -which in my opinion is brilliant as I absolutely hate cheese! - but if you are looking for a tasty and healthy alternative to pizza then this is perfect.
It is a little more expensive than other vegetarian brands such as Quorn or Linda MaCartney but I honestly cannot deny the quality and uniqueness of this product. The only complaint that I have about it is that it was a little salty, but this didn't really detract from the overall delicious flavour.

Vegan - Yes
Calories - 163 per fillet
Buy Again - Definitely
Price - £2.79
Score - 8.5