Thursday, May 24, 2012

I love Aldi: Frozen Meal Review Sundried Tomato Chicken

I know I know..  I am still that same person that blogged that I do not buy cake mixes. But as I am working from home a few days a week, I thought I would pick up frozen meals when I was at Aldi and just have some on hand for lunches. You know those days where you do not want to leave the house but want something to eat? There is only so many packets of instant noodles you can eat in a week.

I had read a few tweets about the frozen Mac n' Cheese so I bought one awhile back. As I am used to my home cooked ones with cheesey white sauce, parmesan, bacon and onion... this one went into the don't go there category. Here's the one that I had this week.

What Aldi says it should look like
This cost $4 from Aldi and I think the serving size is slightly larger compared to the other 'branded' ones. Price wise I think it is good, as I have paid more for less. A quick comparison with Coles Online says that a 320g serving of Coles Lite Pasta would be about $4.85.

This is what mine looked like
6minutes in the microwave .. ping.. I sat down to eat it with my weekly Target catalogue. I am the catalogue queen - seriously. The plus - it had crunchy beans in it which I did not expect. Lord knows if you are gonna be eating freezer meals you gotta pack some fibre in there. The pasta was ok, not as soggy as the Mac n Cheese. Chicken looked and tasted real - not compacted faux-ken (LOL) but the sauce was a little bland. I added white pepper to mine but it did not quite save it. It could probably do with some red wine in it when you cook it. I kid.

Compared to the Beef Stroganoff one, I think that one was better and tastier. I will take pics of that one and review next time I buy that.

The worse part about freezer meals is that the tiny serving sizes. I am not on a diet and honestly I think I need another packet right now. So now I'm off to search for biscuits or something.

Price: Tick
Appearance: Tick could look a lot worse
Taste: Half a Tick. The chicken and beans were good. The sauce was a little bland. I will not even comment about soft pasta as I think all frozen meals are guilty of overcooked pasta.
Will buy again Factor: Maybe ... I sit on the fence about this.

P.S: This is not a paid post. I had shelled out $4 for my own meal.


  1. Hahaha I love it. I am a big fan of Lean Cuisine, but yeah portions are too small!!!!!

    1. I have NOT tried lean cruisine but I have heard of raves about this years ago. I'm so tightarse though i will wait for it to go on offer. HAHHA

  2. That actually looks fairly decent out of the packet! Not sure about ready meals though... haha!

    1. Girl.. I'm still not sure about frozen meals. But girls gotta eat and fit supermarket shopping in one hour. I'm so Chink that I cannot eat sammiches. Well I did toasties for a while then got sick of it.

  3. Hmmm, I've never eaten a Lean Cuisine and only once at a Weight Watchers frozen meal. Not my thing. But, catalogues are my thing!! We call them our 'weekend reading' and all four of us (including Mr 3 and Mr 1) read them each week, often fighting over who'll go first!!

    SO great to meet you last weekend.

    1. D will take the toy and DVD ones and tell me what he wants and says Buy this mummy.. buy this.. and this. This one..

      Starting to feel sorry for myself about frozen meals now!


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