I’m a huge fan of chorizo. One of my favourite soups is chickpea and chorizo (you can find my tomato and chickpea soup recipe HERE – just add some chorizo and syn it!), so I’ve been looking forward to trying out this paella meal for a while. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t tend to eat microwave meals, so it’s taken me some time to get round to it, but I finally got there this week!
This one is a complete meal in itself, although Slimming World do recommend that you add some speed food to make sure you’re sticking to the plan, so I steamed some veg to have on the side.
Chicken microwave meals do tend towards being a bit on the rubbery side, but, as with the other Slimming World ready meals, this one isn’t all that bad. The texture of the chicken isn’t as good as you would get if you cooked this from scratch yourself (incidentally, as with all the other Slimming World ready meals, the recipe is on the back of the pack, although it omits the chorizo and leaves it as a chicken paella), but it’s nowhere near as rubbery as some others I’ve tried in the past, and is quite pleasant.
I like spicy food, and I could have done with a little extra spice here, but I know there are plenty of people who like their spices a little milder, and they’re well catered for here. If I were to have this in the future, I’d probably spice it up a bit.
The chorizo-style sausage isn’t quite as good as actual chorizo, but if Slimming World decide to bring that out as a product, I would be happy to give it a try to make my favourite soup syn-free! All in all, it wasn’t a bad effort on the sausage side – I’ve tasted a hell of a lot worse, and it was actually quite nice, It didn’t have the same texture as real chorizo would have, but it was fairly decent.
The rice and veg in the meal were tender, and the sauce throughout the dish is very nice. All in all, this is a pretty good meal – nice flavours and textures, and it’s enough that you feel you’re having a proper, filling meal. I’ll happily try making the paella from scratch myself, although I think I’ll syn some chorizo to add to it – unless Slimming World decide to start selling their syn-free version…