Even the most organised menu planner sometimes find that they’re short of time. The new range of ready meals from myhk takes the stress out of meal planning.
I’m a big fan of planning meals ahead of time. There are all kinds of benefits like saving money, avoiding food waste and keeping to a healthy balance diet.
But let’s face it, life is hectic and sometimes even the best laid plans go astray. I know that I’m usually on a tight schedule in the evenings, because the boys do so many activities and I often have events to attend. So I’m always looking for quick and healthy ideas for dinner on those evenings when I’m more rushed than usual
I recently received an email from myhk, asking if I’d like to try some of their new range of healthy ready meals. Now, the eagle eyed may have noticed that I mentioned in a previous post that I don’t own a microwave. Well, I changed my mind on that and bought one recently. So I was only too happy to take a look at these ready meals.
They’re nothing like what I expected! My Healthy Kitchen (myhk) believe that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice taste or goodness when you need dinner in a hurry. Each one of their ready meals is made using high quality, fresh ingredients and they come in at less than 500 calories. There are no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, and each recipe offers at least one additional nutritional benefit. For instance, they may be low in fat, contain a rich source of protein or fibre, or make up one or more of your 5 a day.
There are six meals in the myhk range so far, including vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free options. But the most important question is: do they taste good?
I received three meals to try out: Pea, Mint and Rocket Risotto, Chicken Paella and Prawn Katsu. Each of the meals comes in a plastic container with a divider which separates the sauce from the rest of the ingredients. This clever idea means that the food retains its integrity and doesn’t end up stodgy and overcooked. They cook in less than 5 minutes, and I was really impressed by each of the meals.
The Pea, Mint and Rocket Risotto was light and delicious, with a sweet creamy onion sauce. It’s made with arborio rice and quinoa, which ups the protein content. A portion of crushed pea and fresh mint pesto really gives this risotto a fresh taste.
I love Paella, and this version of the Valencian classic has large chunks of tender roast chicken. The peppers and peas give the dish a sweetness that is balanced by the smoky flavour of the chorizo. I was really impressed by the size of the portions in myhk meals. Even though each of them comes in under 400 calories, you don’t feel deprived!
But my favourite My Healthy Kitchen meal was the Prawn Katsu, which you can see in the photo above. As you can see, the rice hasn’t been overcooked, and there are plenty of sweet juicy prawns in the meal. The sauce has a satisfyingly spicy kick, and the pickled carrots still have a bit of crunch to them. I think it looks almost as good as a home-cooked meal, and it certainly tastes good.
The other meals currently available in the myhk range are Roasted Mediterannean Vegetable Risotto, Oriental Chicken and Moroccan Prawn. They retail at £3.95, and I think they’re definitely a great idea to keep on hand for when you’re short of time.