Sunday 28 May 2017

Shopping around for: Cottage Pie

TESCO FINEST ABERDEEN ANGUS COTTAGE PIE
TESCO FINEST ABERDEEN ANGUS COTTAGE PIE
SUPERVALU COTTAGE PIE
WEIGHT WATCHERS CLASSIC COTTAGE PIE

Edel Coffey

For all of our gastronomic sophistication, sometimes only good old-fashioned home cooking will do. And if you're not the cooking type, a simulation of good old-fashioned food in the form of the comfort variety will do just as nicely.

Then, you can sip a glass of wine while your preferred ready-made meal heats up in the oven. Preparation time: nil. Our go-to comfort foods tend to be childhood staples such as chicken soup or the deeply comforting cottage pie, which is made up of minced beef, gravy, and topped with a layer of grated mashed potato baked to a crispy finish. Hearty, filling and the food equivalent of a giant hug.


TESCO FINEST 
ABERDEEN ANGUS 
COTTAGE PIE

€4.99
 per 100g - €1.24

This is from Tesco's fancy Finest range so it's not a fair comparison, but you do pay quite a bit more for this than the other choices here. The meat in this tastes really superior - the marbling in it melts when cooked - and the flavour is very tasty. Per 100g, you get 113 calories, 5.8g of protein, 0.8g of sugar and 5.3g of fat.

Rating: 5/5

WEIGHT WATCHERS CLASSIC COTTAGE PIE 320g 


€2.49
 per 100g - 77c

I'm not a fan of diet foods and generally the calories you save in opting for a low-fat meal are never quite worth the dark winter of the soul that comes from eating fake butter or sugar- or fat-free foods. Still, if you are counting the calories but still want something comforting, this should make your diet feel a little less sacrificial. Per 100g, you get 87 calories, 2.6g of fat, 1.3g of sugar and 5.6g of protein.

Rating: 3.5/5

SUPERVALU 
COTTAGE PIE 450g

€4.88 per 100g

This is from SuperValu's 'Prepared for You' range, which consists of freshly made meals ready to be put in the oven. What's not to love? This tastes home-cooked and is very filling.No nutritional value information available.

Rating: 4/5

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