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In true spectacular fashion Dani found a product she loved and then the manufacturer changed it and it just isn’t as good anymore. That’s right. The Thai Green Curry I recently reviewed on my blog here has now had its recipe ‘improved’ only in my opinion the improvements suck!

Most noticeable changes are there is less spinach than in the original, it’s now a paltry amount and in the meal I tried was very bitty rather than being rich and vivid green like fresh spinach should be. They’ve also taken out the red pepper’s which were a gorgeous addition and added a little sweetness and swapped them for chunks of butternut squash, admittedly a vegetable I have never tried before and after trying it in this meal I am not sure I want to again. Thirdly and finally they seem to have changed the sauce and amount of chicken meaning your curry is slightly drier, slightly spicier and in my opinion slightly less enjoyable. 

As well as these changes the nutritional values have changed which in turn means the syn values have changed Sad smile The syn values are as follows:

7½ Syns per package/portion on Extra Easy

7½ Syns per package/portion on Green

13 Syns per package/portion on Original

 

The original was 6 syns and in my opinion was well worth it as an occasional treat, this new improved recipe won’t even get a look in now, especially not for 7.5 syns. Sorry Sainsbury’s but you’ve robbed me of my favourite meal and I really ain’t happy.

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Ready meals are bad! They are evil! When your on a diet you shouldn’t be eating them! That seems to be the general consensus between people when they know your on a diet but they are wrong as I have shown before by blog posts about meals from Iceland not all convenience food is evil or bad for you. I have a new favourite Sainsbury’s Thai Green Chicken Curry which comes in a 400g pack and costs between £3 and £3.85 depending on the store (it’s regularly on promotion) and takes just 5.5 minutes in the microwave.

It’s described as Coriander chicken in a green Thai sauce with jasmine rice, baby leaf spinach, red peppers and sliced baby sweetcorn. Perfect for those of us on Extra Easy as it gives just the right proportions of Super free foods and free foods.

Due to the fact its quick, easy and affordable this quickly became a favourite in our house. I love the fact that it’s all cooked at the same time. I love spinach and there’s plenty in these meals. The rice is delicately flavoured and the baby corn and red peppers compliment the meal really well. The Thai green sauce is really tasty and you get just enough sauce in this meal too. Not too dry not too saucy, absolutely yummy.

Syns wise are as follows:

6 Syns per package/portion on Extra Easy

6 Syns per package/portion on Green

9 Syns per package/portion on Original

 

 

Picture courtesy of Sainsbury’s.

Trifle

 

Total Syns: 10.5 (on all plans)

Serves: 6

Syns per serving: 2

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 x 12g Sachet’s of Sugar Free Jelly  3 syns
  • 6 Sponge fingers   6 syns
  • 1 sachet of White chocolate Options  2.5 syns
  • 1 small tub 0% Greek yoghurt
  • 1 x 200g tub of Mullerlight yoghurt

 

Method:

  • Break the sponge fingers into 1 inch sized pieces and place in the bottom of a large glass serving dish.
  • Make up 1 sachet of jelly as per the instructions on the packet. Allow to cool slightly and then pour over the sponge fingers. Refrigerate and leave to set.
  • Once the 1st layer of jelly is set, make up the 2nd sachet as per instructions. This time allow the jelly to cool thoroughly and then slowly add the tub of Mullerlight yoghurt ensuring it is all mixed together evenly.  Pour this over the set jelly layer and once again place in the refrigerator to set.
  • To make the cream topping take the 0% Greek yoghurt and beat the White Chocolate options powder into it. Ensuring all the powder is mixed in and the yoghurt now has a thick and creamy consistency. As soon as the yoghurt/jelly ‘custard’ layer is set carefully spread the cream topping over the top. Chill until ready to serve.
  • Serve with fresh fruit and enjoy.