Items sent for the purpose of review
I was recently contacted by the team behind MyHK (or My Healthy Kitchen) to see if I wanted to try their new meals. I’m currently on Slimming World so wavered for a bit as I didn’t know the syn values but figured out – they’re healthy, so why not?
These nutritionally balanced ready meals are available at Waitrose and Ocado, having recently launched there. When you’re pushed for time, it can be so tempting to pick up something not so healthy but this offers you a different option without having to eat salads all the time. Each meal is under 500 calories and has no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. Each meal has at least one other nutritional benefit too – whether that is low fat, low salt, being a source of fibre or containing a certain amount of your five a day.
They launched on the 15th of May in Waitrose and there are currently six myhk meals available to purchase. These are Moroccan Prawn, Roasted Vegetable Mediterranean Risotto, Oriental Chicken, Prawn Katsu, Chicken Paella and Pea, Mint and Rocket Risotto. They are all inspired by cuisines from around the world and have tons of healthy and exciting ingredients. So what was I sent?
We were sent the Pea, Mint & Rocket Risotto (made withArborio rice and quinoa crushed pea and fresh mint pesto, pickled red cabbage, rocket, and a creamy onion sauce); the Chicken Paella (cooked with tender roasted chicken breast, beautifully smoky chorizo, sweet Piquillo peppers, peas, Arborio rice and sundried tomato purée) and the Prawn Katsu Made with aromatic star anise, fennel, fenugreek, and coriander seeds, our irresistibly tasty katsu sauce has a spicy kick. It works perfectly with the flavours of the juicy king prawns, pickled carrot, and jasmine rice). A real wide variety of meals and flavours to sample.
I haven’t always been a risotto fan but this one was super delicious – packed full of flavour and colour and very filling – you get so much food in the pot; you don’t quite realise just how much food there is. This was very minty and very tasty.
I have always been a fan of paella so I knew I’d love the chicken paella – ate it so quickly I didn’t even get a picture of it before I scoffed it all! It tasted just as paella is meant to but I had the added benefit of knowing that it was super healthy too. Finally I tried the prawn katsu. I’ve always heard tons about katsu curries but had never actually properly tried one – I wasn’t disappointed though. It was packed full of flavour and oh so filling. That is exactly what you need from a decent ready meal – good taste and it fills your belly. I’m definitely going to be picking some of these up as sometimes I just don’t have the time to make a meal from scratch. They’re so delicious!
I was very impressed with My Healthy Kitchen ready meals but here is what you need to know:
Some of the meals are suitable for vegetarians – if they are marked with a green ‘V’, then you will know they are vegetarian. None of the meals contain nuts but they do sometimes handle nuts in the factory – so it is your personal choice if you choose to eat the meals. The pea risotto, chicken paella and prawn katsu are great if you are gluten intolerant as they don’t contain any ingredients with gluten BUT they haven’t yet been certified as gluten free. The same goes for the roasted veg risotto – it is made to a vegan recipe with vegan friendly ingredients but hasn’t yet been certified vegan. There are also some meals that are dairy free – the oriental chicken, the moroccan prawn, chicken paella and the veg risotto.
Each meal serves one person and because of the fresh ingredients, aren’t recommended for freezing. However I would definitely recommend these meals if you need a healthy option for nights when you just can’t be bothered.