A short time ago we were having a slight family meltdown, time was tight, Ollie was working overtime and the kids decided to play on my every single nerve.
In the past I had never really considered tea time to be a ready meal kind of meal for us as I prefer to home cook our meals and the majority of ready meals that I had personally tried in the past were minuscule and had a really processed taste about them.
However when the folks at Morrisons told me about their new revamped ready meals and asked if we would like to try them out I genuinely thought why not!
On arrival I was rather pleased at just how diverse their offerings were, and also the fact that some were aimed at family dining instead of just ping meals for one as I used to call them.
So What Did We Try Out?
Morisons Piri Piri Spatchcock Chicken – £4.50
“Deliciously tender chicken seasoned with spicy piri piri” – This was probably one of our favourite options, its was ridiculously moist and really tasty and we like the option of being able to add to it with potatoes of any variety, salad or rice, it was just such a really great option for the whole family.
Morrisons Pork Belly with Apple Sauce and Crackling – £6
“Slow cooked and seasoned pork belly with sweet, tangy apple sauce and crispy crackling pieces
for topping” – This was like heaven, if you’re a fan of belly pork this delicious option and cooked in 35 minutes with no hassle or mess as it comes in its own container
Morrisons British Beef Short Rib in Ale Gravy – £5
“Tender, fall-apart beef short rib is slow cooked in a rich spitfire ale gravy” – They cooked beautifully but and tasted amazing but for me the price of them for 2 ribs I felt was a little on the high side, that being said they were the only thing we were sent that we felt negatively about.
Morrisons Spaghetti & Meatballs – £2.17 (3 for £6) Serves 1
“Succulent British beef and pork meatballs covered in a rich cherry tomato and basil sauce ready to swirl into delectable free-range egg spaghetti” – One of our faves from the 3 for £6 range, in fact so much so there was a debate on who was going to finish them off!
Morrisons Beef Lasagne – £2.17 (3 for £6) Serves 1
“A traditional ragu made with tempting red wine, Italian pancetta, smooth passata and British beef. Layered through with creamy béchamel sauce and our free-range egg pasta” – I loved this one, not too runny as some can be and as with the other meals in the 3 for £6 they were a really reasonable size.
Morrisons Penne Mozzarella – £2.17 (3 for £6) Serves 1
“Free-range penne pasta, enveloped in tomato sauce, topped with smooth mozzarella cheese” – This was really really tasty and even oven cooking (you can microwave too) it was really well cooked and not in the least bit dried out like some ready meals are.
Morrisons Katsu Chicken – £3.25 Serves 1
“Crispy panko breaded chicken breast served with cats curry sauce and fragrant jasmine rice” – I adored the flavour in this one the only thing you have to remember is that you will need to oven cook the chicken then microwave the rice and sauce so don’t leave till 5 minutes before you want it *cough cough* like me.
Morrisons Chilli Pork Noodles – £3.25 Serves 1
“Spicy minced pork in a rich toban jhan chilli sauce with red peppers, crunchy pak choi and egg noodles” – This one I didn’t get a look in of as Ollie described this one as “like a takeaway” so its fair to say this one went down very well and was his favourite.
Morrisons Shepherd’s Pie – £2.17 (3 for £6) Serves 1
“Minced lamb in a smooth redcurrant and rosemary gravy topped with mash” – This is was really tasty and the mash was really velvety. I had tried alternative versions from other stores and the mash tends to be sloppy and watery but this was delicious!
Overall we were totally thrilled with the options we tried, I particularly loved the 3 for £6 options they were a great size and were really tasty, although I found oven cooking treated them better than nuking in a microwave.
Although we won’t be eating ready meals every tea time as I believe in everything in moderation, these will certainly be found in our kitchen again!
Thank you Morrisons for allowing us to try some of the new revamped ready meals we loved them!
Disclaimer: We were sent some complimentary meals for the purposes of this review. All thoughts and opinions were independently formed by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse.