So the other day I was strolling through my local Dischem, as you do, when the fridge filled with prepared meals caught my husband’s eye (he’s not terribly keen on the make up hauls that I go for…). Now normally, when I see ANY prepared meals I generally look down and keep walking – too much temptation really!
Anyway – my husband was hungry so… we ended up taking two of these home with us and I decided to share with you what we thought!
Before I go any further, I’d like to comment on the brand, what they represent – and why they will probably be on my shopping list going forward.
FItChef offer smart prepared meal solutions – home cooked alternatives really, no added sugar or weird hard-to-pronounce ingredients – all of this in a perfect sizing for a healthy meal.
And you may know from my previous posts, I have been on a healthier lifestyle journey – so just a few things we follow are home-cooked meals, no takeaways, no added salt or refined sugar and little to no gluten, dairy or white carbs (so rice, bread/alternatives, potatoes etc). *side note – When I was editing this I thought “hmm, that sounds terrible” but it really isn’t!!
Without knowing too much about the brand when buying the meals they seemed a bit expensive compared to other prepared meals, but the meal options looked interesting and the reassurance on the packaging about whole/real foods as well as a quick glance of the ingredient lists seemed to check out.
The two we chose were the Farmstyle Beef bobotie and the Beef Goulash. I was still slightly sceptical but after reviewing the ingredient list and the calorie counts, my anxiety relaxed.
The Farmstyle beef bobotie was my husbands choice, with a higher calorie, salt and carb content this isn’t something I would pick for myself but made a great choice for his lunch. He loved it – the bobotie was a re-mix of the old style dish that was tasty, while the vegetables (carrots and peas) were well cooked (i.e. not mushy or over watered). Overall the meal was a winner and left my husband full.
I had the beef goulash with pumpkin and spinach. Overall I thought the meal was great, a little more pepper and spices than I’d usually cook with but it wasn’t overpowering. The flavours were devine and the beef was not too dried out (as you find with many beef goulash recipes). There was also a lot of food packed into this one and I couldn’t finish it! (which is actually great for those hungry days right?!)
Would I buy them again?
Yupp! Now what I haven’t mentioned yet, is that they have a freeze date on the package – so if you pop them into your freezer, they actually last a good few weeks which is great if you want to keep something on hand for those days you are too tired or simply too rushed (or unable due to circumstances) to cooked.
*This post was not in anyway sponsored and is all my own opinion.