Sainsbury's Basic Cottage Pie (better than Weight Watchers) 76p
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Sainsbury's Basic Cottage Pie (better than Weight Watchers) 76p

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LocalFound 7th Feb 2013
I actually discovered these for 70p in the Crawley Superstore, and thought I'd try them instead of Weight Watchers meals, which are about £2.50. The Sainsbury's Cottage Pies are 76 calories per 100gm, the Weight Watchers equivalent is 85. Per pack the cals are 219 Sainsbury's, and 342 Sainsbury's. I checked the nutritional values and the Sainsbury's one comes out better on almost all fronts. Whilst it's obviously a budget option, with more potato than meat, I still found it as tasty as the Weight Watchers ones, and a good option for a warm lunch. And at 70p a time I can stock up the freezer for a diet blitz. Just thought others might be interested.

p.s I would NOT recommend the Fisherman's Pie in the same range, tho Shepherd's Pie is fine
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Watch out for meat content in these cheap meals. Probably be withdrawn soon!
MJV

Watch out for meat content in these cheap meals. Probably be withdrawn … Watch out for meat content in these cheap meals. Probably be withdrawn soon!



You beat me to it!
You're not actually comparing like for like. Don't know if it's an attempt to mislead or just naivety. The basics is a 300g pack and the weight watchers is 400g, so obviously there is a bigger difference in calories. If the packs were the same size, the calorie difference would be 36, not the 123 you're making out. Other than that, this isn't a deal. It's the normal price for cr*p.
Wouldnt u be better off making your own? That way you know whats really in it and will probably be cheaper and better quality too.
If you like eating dead animals horse meat will not harm you.

hooray henry

Wouldnt u be better off making your own? That way you know whats really … Wouldnt u be better off making your own? That way you know whats really in it and will probably be cheaper and better quality too.

I usually do, but sometime I have to eat and run as I have I two jobs and kids to look after. I couldn't make this dish for less, frankly.
MJV

Watch out for meat content in these cheap meals. Probably be withdrawn … Watch out for meat content in these cheap meals. Probably be withdrawn soon!


Meat content for both is similar. Very low.
lowrieh1

You're not actually comparing like for like. Don't know if it's an … You're not actually comparing like for like. Don't know if it's an attempt to mislead or just naivety. The basics is a 300g pack and the weight watchers is 400g, so obviously there is a bigger difference in calories. If the packs were the same size, the calorie difference would be 36, not the 123 you're making out. Other than that, this isn't a deal. It's the normal price for cr*p.



Why on earth would I attempt to mislead?! The per 100gm figure is the one to look at, and it's 76 vs 85. I didn't notice the difference in pack weight, thanks for pointing that out.
lowrieh1

It's the normal price for cr*p.



Blimey, I wish I'd kept my mouth shut. Way to shame someone. Thanks. I just thought someone might be interested in a cheaper option for something. Some people can't afford to buy the constituent ingredients for meals. My husband is about to lose his job and we are struggling with shopping bills. I don't want to eat crap, but sometimes it's the option available.
I remember back when Value ranges came in to the supermarkets, they were all very keen to point out that the contents of the foods were the same, just that money had been saved on the packaging...so that'll be packaged in a horse instead of in a cow then...:) having said that, there's nothing wrong with eating Dobbin or Mr Ed, its all protein. I picked up some Zebra burgers from the butcher at the weekend and they were all good - even though I ate them while my daughters were sat watching Zou (a cartoon zebra) :). My wife did look a little green though...
Had basics lasagne at the same price too when I was in my local Sainsburys.
Also noticed Sainsburys frozen lasagne seemed cheaper today than last week.....hmmmmmm.....
GrouchoM

Blimey, I wish I'd kept my mouth shut. Way to shame someone. Thanks. I … Blimey, I wish I'd kept my mouth shut. Way to shame someone. Thanks. I just thought someone might be interested in a cheaper option for something. Some people can't afford to buy the constituent ingredients for meals. My husband is about to lose his job and we are struggling with shopping bills. I don't want to eat crap, but sometimes it's the option available.



It wasn't a personal attack so don't try and make it into one. I buy cheap stuff also, because needs must. I said this wasn't a deal because it's the regular price, the same as Asda 'smart price' and Tesco 'every day value'. There's a reason these are the price they are, and I buy them none the less.
lowrieh1

It wasn't a personal attack so don't try and make it into one. I buy … It wasn't a personal attack so don't try and make it into one. I buy cheap stuff also, because needs must. I said this wasn't a deal because it's the regular price, the same as Asda 'smart price' and Tesco 'every day value'. There's a reason these are the price they are, and I buy them none the less.



I said at the beginning of the description that I found them for 70p at my local Sainsbury's. People on here often mention a store where they found the deal but it isn't available online.

As for it being a personal attack, that's a matter of opinion. You started your comment wondering if I might be either naive or 'deliberately misleading' the community. That's a pretty 'personal' attack since it is trying to second guess the reason for an error by implying I could be dishonest. It would not have been 'personal', and far less contentious, to simply say "I've checked and the weights of these products are not the same".
Edited by: "GrouchoM" 7th Feb 2013
IndianaBlues

I remember back when Value ranges came in to the supermarkets, they were … I remember back when Value ranges came in to the supermarkets, they were all very keen to point out that the contents of the foods were the same, just that money had been saved on the packaging...so that'll be packaged in a horse instead of in a cow then...:) having said that, there's nothing wrong with eating Dobbin or Mr Ed, its all protein. I picked up some Zebra burgers from the butcher at the weekend and they were all good - even though I ate them while my daughters were sat watching Zou (a cartoon zebra) :). My wife did look a little green though...



It's all low quality MRM meat, and everyone knows it. Horse protein isn't intrinsically of a lower quality that beef. The French used to eat is all the time, and some still do. I'd personally rather not eat horse, but that's completely arbitrary. I am used to farming and have a fondness for cows, but it doesn't stop me eating them.
Looking at the news re Findus lasagne, it might be best to avoid this kind of food. Only an opinion ...
GrouchoM

It's all low quality MRM meat, and everyone knows it. Horse protein … It's all low quality MRM meat, and everyone knows it. Horse protein isn't intrinsically of a lower quality that beef. The French used to eat is all the time, and some still do. I'd personally rather not eat horse, but that's completely arbitrary. I am used to farming and have a fondness for cows, but it doesn't stop me eating them.



There are some pretty nast chemicals used on horses though, if a meat producer is happy to cross contaminate animals, then who's to say they'll be checking the veterinary records of the animal before processing?

mike
mclgannm

Looking at the news re Findus lasagne, it might be best to avoid this … Looking at the news re Findus lasagne, it might be best to avoid this kind of food. Only an opinion ...



seems whether its a value meal or full price,nothing is safe
GrouchoM

I said at the beginning of the description that I found them for 70p at … I said at the beginning of the description that I found them for 70p at my local Sainsbury's. People on here often mention a store where they found the deal but it isn't available online. As for it being a personal attack, that's a matter of opinion. You started your comment wondering if I might be either naive or 'deliberately misleading' the community. That's a pretty 'personal' attack since it is trying to second guess the reason for an error by implying I could be dishonest. It would not have been 'personal', and far less contentious, to simply say "I've checked and the weights of these products are not the same".



All this talk of cheap, cr*p food is making me thirsty. Even though I'm 'stuggling' I think I'll just go and fill my face with some nice Trout, Rioja and Cava.
I used to eat these kind of products, now I find I cook up a large batch of homemade food, portion it and freeze it. That way you can make it on a day you're less busy, have the convenience because its ready made all with the knowledge you know what you've put into it (also I find home cooked stuff tastes better too!)
Er no thanks, stearing well clear of processed meat now
lowrieh1

All this talk of cheap, cr*p food is making me thirsty. Even though I'm … All this talk of cheap, cr*p food is making me thirsty. Even though I'm 'stuggling' I think I'll just go and fill my face with some nice Trout, Rioja and Cava.



I wondered how long that would take you. Who's a clever boy!!! Have a badge. I said my husband is just ABOUT to lose his job, (ever heard of redundancy?) bringing our income down to a fraction of what it was. We're trying to save money now to pay the bills. I have two jobs earning less than the minimum wage. Have you got a job? Or are you on benefits? Who knows. If you can comment on my life, I can certainly do the same back. So what if we splashed out at Christmas when we could afford it? Duh. And they were 'deals' too - you know, that's why we're all here?

You seem to have appointed yourself as the lifestyle police round these parts. Coming from one of the poorest cities in the country I'd expect you to have a little more sensitivity about those suffering financial hardship. #BLOCKED for being a ****
lowrieh1

All this talk of cheap, cr*p food is making me thirsty. Even though I'm … All this talk of cheap, cr*p food is making me thirsty. Even though I'm 'stuggling' I think I'll just go and fill my face with some nice Trout, Rioja and Cava.



HA! Looking at the deals you've posted you know a hell of a lot about crap food!!! Holy cow! Have you got any teeth left!!!
GrouchoM

HA! Looking at the deals you've posted you know a hell of a lot about … HA! Looking at the deals you've posted you know a hell of a lot about crap food!!! Holy cow! Have you got any teeth left!!!



= MASSIVE FAIL! Feel the heat and weep. X):p
How nasty this site can get sometimes!You might not agree with someone's choice of product but if they're just trying to pass on what they consider to be a good deal, well, isn't that the point ? Personally, I make my own 'shepherdless' pie using Realeat Vegemince( or Quorn) and it's very tasty,cheap and easy to make, family loves it ....and no dead animal of any genus!( will expect the usual anti-vegetarian attacks now, of course....)
vonnyrad

How nasty this site can get sometimes!You might not agree with someone's … How nasty this site can get sometimes!You might not agree with someone's choice of product but if they're just trying to pass on what they consider to be a good deal, well, isn't that the point ? Personally, I make my own 'shepherdless' pie using Realeat Vegemince( or Quorn) and it's very tasty,cheap and easy to make, family loves it ....and no dead animal of any genus!( will expect the usual anti-vegetarian attacks now, of course....)



Thank you vonnyrad. A very classy intervention if I may say. :0)
Is this frozen or chilled?
The frozen "Weight Watchers by Heinz" cottage pie which you can get for £1 in various places is 320g, but only 66kc per 100g.

I don't find it a problem to buy frozen ready meals and stick them in the fridge and cook them from chilled.

And yes, you may get nicer food if you make a big batch up - but I have self restraint issues around food; which is why I'm so often trying to lose weight.
I'm steering clear of ready meals like this. I ate a Tesco chilled spaghetti bolognese and it was on Lorraine last week that it contained up to 60% horse meat. That was enough to put me off.

I also now try to make a big batch of something like shepherds pie, freeze and defrost when I need it.
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