Time-Saving Tuesdays & 6 Nations of Food – Scottish Mussels in a Garlic and Butter Sauce

It’s been a while since I last posted a Time-Saving Tuesdays review so I thought why not introduce it to the 6 Nations of Food feature, I know this is a slight deviation off track but bear with me as it’ll all make sense soon.  I’m going to review something that my mother and I ate on Easter Weekend.

Time-Saving Tuesdays & 6 Nations of Food – Scottish Mussels in a Garlic and Butter Sauce

Time-Saving Tuesdays & 6 Nations of Food – Scottish Mussels in a Garlic and Butter Sauce

I love mussels, I’ve cooked them a few times and they’re fairly easy to cook, my mother bought this for me from Lidl.  I hadn’t had them for years and was quite looking forward to them.

Scottish Mussels in a Garlic and Butter Sauce - Cooking instructions

Scottish Mussels in a Garlic and Butter Sauce – Cooking instructions

The cooking instructions were clear and easy to follow and these mussels can be cooked in the microwave, boiled in the bag or in the hob.  The guidelines are easy for all these cooking methods.

Scottish Mussels in a Garlic and Butter Sauce - Ingredients

Scottish Mussels in a Garlic and Butter Sauce – Ingredients

I would have said that the muscle liquor tasted very winey, however, there was no wine in it.  I don’t know what the predominant flavour was but the sauce was excellent.  With hints of garlic and little flecks of carrots and tomatoes running through the sauce it really set the mussels off well.

Scottish Mussels in a Garlic and Butter Sauce - Nutritional information

Scottish Mussels in a Garlic and Butter Sauce – Nutritional information

I probably didn’t eat 100g of them because I had other things to eat as well and my mother was sharing them with me, but there were 4.6g of Carbohydrates in 100g.  I suppose had I not been on my low carb diet I wouldn’t have even noticed.

Scottish Mussels in a Garlic and Butter Sauce - Nutritional information from the front of the package

Scottish Mussels in a Garlic and Butter Sauce – Nutritional information from the front of the package

Here is the nutritional information from the front of the pack, while the sugar levels are good the fat, saturated fat are not brilliant and there’s a lot of salt for half a pack.  My mother and I are nightmares though we love salt, so this suited us.

Scottish Mussels in a Garlic and Butter Sauce - Ready to eat

Scottish Mussels in a Garlic and Butter Sauce – Ready to eat

The sauce was stunning as I’ve said, if I’d been eating bread I could have just had a bowl full of the sauce and dunked some bread in to it.  Some of the mussels were a bit chewy and some were quite small, but those aside the rest were excellent, sweet and plump.  This is a great way to try mussels if you don’t feel confident in cooking them yourself.  They were quick and easy to cook, whichever way you chose to cook them, I say congratulations Lidl, these were a triumph.

Time-Saving Tuesdays & 6 Nations of Food – Scottish Mussels in a Garlic and Butter Sauce

Time-Saving Tuesdays & 6 Nations of Food – Scottish Mussels in a Garlic and Butter Sauce

My next recipe, and final instalment of the Six Nations of Food will be towards the end of the week and it will be Mags Welsh Cakes…. I’ll let you guess what country that comes from lol.  I know I said I’d do Scotch pancakes but I couldn’t resist reviewing these Mussels. Wheelie Good Meals Social Networking

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A Bone To Pick With Asda

Ok you can’t beat a good fish finger can you, I love a fish finger and I eat them every now and again. I especially like them on a Tuesday before I go off to pool. My mother had made a white sauce recently with for my parents lunch, I thought I’d use what was left for a quick and easy meal with some mashed potatoes.

A Bone To Pick With Asda - The Package

A Bone To Pick With Asda – The Package

They’re Asda’s Chose By You Omega-3 Fish Fingers, described on the box as:

Fabulously tasty and sustainably sourced wild Alaska Pollock fillet wrapped in our crispy golden crumb.

I’d say that was a fair assessment, they’re tasty, the crumb is good and they are always soft and easy to eat… or so I thought , that was until I found a bone!

A Bone To Pick With Asda - The Bone In Question

A Bone To Pick With Asda – The Bone In Question

Above is the offending bone, it’s tiny… ok, ok I know! But it’s a bone, and you probably know by now that I’ve got a massive phobia about fish bones, and for that matter choking. It threw a proverbial massive spanner in the works of me eating this meal…. I had to stop! When I wrote this piece initially I was ready to slate Asda, but it’s not fair, because they advertise on the box that they may contain bones. I suppose I can’t understand why fish fingers have bones in them, but I also understand that they can be missed; I’ve done it when I’m cooking.

A Bone To Pick With Asda - The Warning On The Package

A Bone To Pick With Asda – The Warning On The Package

I just wanted everyone to be aware that this could happen to you, the bone was tiny and it was advertised on the package…. but it threw me and I had to stop eating the meal, be aware guys – there are hidden bones in your fish fingers!

A Bone To Pick With Asda - The Rest Of My Meal After The Bone Had Struck

A Bone To Pick With Asda – The Rest Of My Meal After The Bone Had Struck

I think I’m going to have to investigate other brands of fish fingers to see if there are bones in them, I may have to become the fish bone police! This could be quite problematic for people with varying disabilities, especially for people with visual impairments. Come back soon for the dinner parties you’re all waiting for!

Do you like fish, why not try my Comforting Classics – Cheats Fish Pie or “Quick and Easy Mid Week Pan Fried Salmon and Creamy Spelt” If you’ve got any suggestions for Time-Saving Tuesdays or a recipe you would like me to cook, let me know! Visit us on our social media networks or email enquiries@wheeliegoodmeals.co.uk.

Speak to you soon,

Rich

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Time-Saving Tuesdays Asda Chilli Con Carne and Rice - In It's Box

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Chilli Con Carne and Rice

I’m a big fan of Chilli Con Carne, it’s a favourite with my mother and I, when I make it I usually use my Fuss Free Bolognese Sauce as a basis and pimp it up adding kidney beans and spices. This week I’ve decided to review the Asda version.

Time-Saving Tuesdays Asda Chilli Con Carne and Rice - In It's Box

Time-Saving Tuesdays Asda Chilli Con Carne and Rice – In It’s Box

You’ll remember from previous posts that my mother shops in Asda, hence why I’ve covered so may for the blog. Where to start with this one, I suppose we’ll start for a change with the cooking instructions.

Time-Saving Tuesdays Asda Chilli Con Carne and Rice - Cooking Instructions

Time-Saving Tuesdays Asda Chilli Con Carne and Rice – Cooking Instructions

Hat’s off to Asda for these instructions, they are clear, concise informative and well displayed. I feel these would be easy for people with some learning difficulties and those with some visual impairments to be able to use. They’re even friendly for my microwave, that’s as rare as hen’s teeth as you know!

Time-Saving Tuesdays Asda Chilli Con Carne and Rice - Ingredients

Time-Saving Tuesdays Asda Chilli Con Carne and Rice – Ingredients

I like the ingredient list, other than Modified Maize Starch, Rapeseed Oil and Green Chillies it’s not far of the same list of ingredients I use in mine. I have been known to use butter beans instead of kidney beans as I find kidney beans a bit tough sometimes. The Nutritional Information can be found below:

Time-Saving Tuesdays Asda Chilli Con Carne and Rice - Nutritional Information

Time-Saving Tuesdays Asda Chilli Con Carne and Rice – Nutritional Information

I’m never sure about this part of my review but I noticed that there is 589 calories in the whole pack… that seems a heck of a lot for one meal or is it me?

Time-Saving Tuesdays Asda Chilli Con Carne and Rice - Plated Ready To Eat

Time-Saving Tuesdays Asda Chilli Con Carne and Rice – Plated Ready To Eat

I enjoyed this, a lot, the back of the box describes it as:

Minced beef, onions and red kidney beans in a spicy chilli sauce, served with rice

The sauce wasn’t too spicy, it had a one chilli rating on the front of the pack which I think summed it up well. It was tasty, it had a nice heat which didn’t smack you in the face. The minced beef was easy to eat and the rice was soft and fluffy, everything you’d want. I would say the only drawback would be the sauce may be a little runny. I’d give this an easy seven out of ten, I’d be happy to buy this again without any problem.

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