Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne

Forgive me readers for I have sinned…. it’s been 9 days since my last proper post!

Keri, Alice and Ben ready for Michael Jackson meets Meat Loaf

Keri, Alice and Ben ready for Michael Jackson meets Meat Loaf

The world has gone mad, since my last post I’ve had wheelchair melt down’s, I’ve been working on a new business start up, watched a fantastic Michael Jackson and Meat Loaf tribute act with Keri, Ben and Alice, visits from both Hayleigh and Stacey, updated to Windows 10 ( 🙁 ) oh and I may now soon be running one of the pool leagues I play in with Keri…. are you tired yet, you should be…. I am 😯 !

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne - In it's tin

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne – In it’s tin

Anyway, the truth is I’ve been finding blogging a bit difficult in amongst ll the silly grown up s**t I’ve had to do! And I could even have been accused of losing a bit of motivation, until last night. I suppose I’ve had a bit of a realisation that sometimes you just have to stop, you can only do what you can do. I finally got to have a catch up with Greg over a meal and a beer last night…. not the best steak I’ve had (ok I’ve only had two) but it was a good night. Our catch ups are often very cathartic, well for me at least

9oz Sirloin Steak From Weatherspoons Aberdare.... a bit fatty and not nice to eat on this occasion

9oz Sirloin Steak From Weatherspoons Aberdare…. a bit fatty and not nice to eat on this occasion

So on to today’s review, we’re looking at Tesco Everyday Value Tinned Chilli Con Carne.  Before I start the review you can read how I made Mags Cheats Chilli Con Carne or read my review of Asda Chilli Con Carne and Boiled Rice.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne - Information on the back of the tin

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne – Information on the back of the tin

You can see the ingredients and nutritional information above, in case you can’t read the key ingredients were:

Tomato Purée, Red Kidney Beans, Beef, Rehydrated Onion, Red Pepper, Green Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Garlic Powder, Cumin Powder

Ding dong! These are pretty much the ingredients I use to make my Chilli Con Carne’s bar the Rehydrated Onion (I use proper onion) and I don’t use Green Pepper, you can’t say fairer than that! However, there were some ingredients I wasn’t so familiar with:

Textured Wheat Protein, Malted Barley Extract, Modified Maize Starch and Colour (Paprika Extract).

If you know what any of them are please let me know because I’m baffled! The can contained 400Kcal, 10.2g fat (of which 4.4g was saturated) and 2.4g of salt! I’m going to learn what all these mean in time, if you know share your knowledge with me!

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne - Served with quick cook boiled rice

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne – Served with quick cook boiled rice

My mother and I have had this several times, as you can see above we’ve eaten it with rice, I’ve also had it with chips. It’s a really nice quick and easy meal, takes little effort to cook as it can be heated in the microwave or in a sauce pan and is tasty. Taking into account everything, and, very importantly its price I’d score this one an eight out of ten.8 starsMy only one drawback is the texture was a little sloppy at times, the kidney beans didn’t stand up very well and the meat was a bit mushy. That being said, it was just up my street with my teeth and my irrational fear of choking. I’d definitely buy this one again because it had a depth of flavour you wouldn’t expect from such a shop’s own branded ready meal, especially not one in a tin. You could pick the earthy cumin out and there was a slight spice that wasn’t too “smack you in the face” but was more of a gentle cwtch (hug to all your non welshies).  Well done Tesco, you’ve done good!

I bought that one because it’s a break from the norm, what’s next (shrugs head) who knows? I will, I promise, be braining you my Mystery Bag Meals post this week, it’s written up and waiting to go, and later on in the week sharing with you mine and Alice’s Pasta Disaster!

New Time-Saving Tuesdays Logo

New Time-Saving Tuesdays Logo

Thanks to Dave again for another fantastic logo, I don’t know where Wheelie Good Meals would be without you for your logos and Greg for his photography!

For now remember to visit us on our social media pages and come back soon and we’ll make more Wheelie Good Meals (you’ve got to love a catchphrase)! Happy Days (oops that’s two)!

 

Rich 😎

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken Tikka Masala and Egg Fried Rice

Hello again, carrying on from last week’s #TST (yes I’m hashtagging it now) cheating theme, here’s a Cheat Chiken Tikka Masala and Egg Fried Rice.

I can’t claim credit for this one, this was my mother’s idea! I’d bought the Chicken Tikka Masala some time ago and it was sitting in my cupboard, my mother (with the Time-Saving theme in mind) had bought me some sachets of rice.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Chicken Tikka Masala and John West Egg Fried Rice

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Chicken Tikka Masala and John West Egg Fried Rice

I was going out to my local for a quiz the other night and needed something in a hurry that would be fuss free but would fill me up ready for a few pints. My mother remembered that these were in the cupboard so cooked them for me.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Back of the Tesco Chicken Tikka Masala Tin

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Back of the Tesco Chicken Tikka Masala Tin

This can be cooked in the microwave 3 minutes for 800W or 2 ½ minutes for 900W. You can also cook it in a sauce pan on the hob, it takes about 4-5 minutes, stirring regularly, obviously all times vary depending on appliances (blah, blah, blah). It is described on the tin as

Chicken breast pieces in a medium curry sauce with yoghurt, double cream, tomatoes and aromatic spices.

There is a warning that says:

Caution: Although every care has been taken to remove bones, some may remain.

I don’t know what to make of this, I am scared of bones, in any type of meat. I’ve been known to leave a piece of fish if I find a bone because of my throat and my massive fear of choking – I think I was once quoted as saying

“I’d rather be shot than choke to death”

Extreme I know but it’s my worst nightmare, I remember going to a conference with my mate Adrian and another friend Derek. Derek was diabetic but (in the words of Marjorie Dawes from Little Britain) “Oh man he loved de cake”. He couldn’t get enough and consequently ended up having a bit of cake lodged in his throat, it took him ages to clear it and was very scary…. I don’t think that’s helped my irrational fears either! Right now I’ve scared you witless (or bored you) let’s move on…

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Back of the John West Egg Fried Rice Sachet

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Back of the John West Egg Fried Rice Sachet

The rice was a John West sachet, the cooking was simple, for a 750W microwave you had to

1       Squeeze the rice to separate the rice

2       Tear or cut the top of the pack to make a 2cm opening

3       Stand pack upright in a microwave and cook on FULL POWER for 90 seconds. Leave to stand for 30 seconds

4       Remove the pouch from the microwave and tear or cut open the top of the pack.

5       Empty the rice on to a plate and fluff up with a fork

The curry was tasty, the chicken was tender and succulent. The pieces were small enough for me to manage them (hence the spoon in the photo below). The sauce had quite a deep flavour , it was tomatoey and had a great background heat from ginger , garlic and paprika. The rice went well with it, it was fluffy and soft, it wasn’t claggy and difficult to eat.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken Tikka Masala and Egg Fried Rice Plated Ready To Eat

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken Tikka Masala and Egg Fried Rice Plated Ready To Eat

All in all this was a great success and a great idea by my mother. I’ll be trying more meals in tins in the future. Come back next Tuesday to see more Time-Saving ideas. Don’t forget if you have Time-Saving ideas please get in touch, you can never have too many ideas!

If you really like Chicken Tikka Masala and want to make it yourself, check my recipe out for a Leftover Chicken Tikka Masala. Thanks for reading, see you later on in the week with another recipe!
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