Although I’ve been trying to be slightly more adventurous in the kitchen recently, I still seem to end up preparing and cooking the same meals.
It’s probably a good job I live alone as I don’t think many people would tolerate eating pasta several times a week. As you can imagine I was pretty pleased when I received an email inviting me to review a selection of healthy ready meals produced by a brand I hadn’t come across before called my healthy kitchen (myhk).
Last week a friendly gentleman in a refrigerated van appeared at my front door carrying a box containing food. Happy days! When I looked inside the box I saw that I’d been sent three myhk ready meals to try; Chicken Paella, Prawn Katsu and Pea, Mint and Rocket Risotto. At this stage I’ll admit that I had no idea what one of the meals – Prawn Katsu – would taste like.
What is my healthy kitchen (myhk)?
My healthy kitchen (myhk) was launched earlier this year with the aim of providing speedy, wholesome meals that don’t compromise on taste or goodness.
In an ideal world, we’d all have a fresh, home-cooked dinner every single night. But who has the time?
When it comes to quick, healthier options, you might feel like it’s a choice between bland, low-calorie ready meals and boring salads. But at my healthy kitchen, we don’t think you should have to compromise on taste or goodness when you need a speedy meal. [Source]
At the moment, there are six myhk ready meals available, each inspired by global flavours: Moroccan Prawn; Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Risotto; Oriental Chicken; Chicken Paella; Pea, Mint and Rocket Risotto; and Prawn Katsu.
Each meal aims to be as wholesome and tasty as something you’d cook from scratch, contains less than 500 calories and is made with healthy ingredients with no artificial flavours, preservatives or colours. In addition, each meal offers at least one nutritional benefit, whether it’s low in fat, saturated fat, or salt, is a source of protein or fibre, or contains one (or more!) of your five a day.
What can my healthy kitchen (myhk) ready meals be used for?
If you are in a rush and are looking for something fast, filling, and full of flavour to eat!!
The review process
As I have a nut allergy, I checked that none of the ready meals I’d been sent contained nuts. Fortunately none of the ready meals prepared by myhk contain nuts, so I was safe, phew!
Once I’d established I could actually eat the ready meals, the preparation and review process was quick and easy. Detailed, specific cooking instructions were provided with each ready meal, and as with most ready meals, all I had to do was remove the cardboard packaging, pierce the film lid, and cook the meal in the microwave for approximately three and a half to four minutes.
When I was satisfied that each ready meal was ready to eat, I got down to what I hoped would be the best part of the review process, actually eating the food!
I’ll start with a confession. Although I took a couple of photos of each ready meal before I put it in the microwave, once the food hit my plate I didn’t want to waste time trying to take arty food photos! It’s a good job I’m not a food blogger.
I’ve decided to give my thoughts on each of the three ready meals I was sent separately. I’ve also included information on the ingredients and nutrition information for each meal.
myhk says: Our take on the Valencian classic is simple but tasty, cooked with tender roasted chicken breast, beautifully smoky chorizo, sweet Piquillo peppers, peas, Arborio rice and sundried tomato purée.
Although the Chicken Paella smelt amazing when I removed it from the microwave, it tasted quite bland, and in my opinion was the least enjoyable of the myhk ready meals I was sent to review. While the roasted chicken breast was tender, I didn’t think the smoky chorizo was very tasty. I didn’t find the Chicken Paella very filling and less than an hour after my meal I felt hungry again.
myhk says: 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, picked carrot, and jasmine rice.
I’ll keep my review simple; I absolutely loved the Prawn Katsu! As an added bonus I found the Prawn Katsu really filling, and didn’t find myself searching for more food an hour later.
Pea, Mint and Rocket Risotto
myhk says: We make this vegetarian risotto with Arborio rice and quinoa crushed pea and fresh mint pesto, pickled red cabbage, rocket, and a creamy onion sauce.
As I’m not a huge fan of picked red cabbage, I was a little concerned I’d find the Pea, Mint and Rocket Risotto slightly too adventurous for my unsophisticated taste buds. Happily, I was proven wrong, and I absolutely loved the Pea, Mint and Rocket Risotto.
All in all, I really enjoyed the three myhk ready meals I reviewed. Although I found the Chicken Paella a little bland, I would definitely purchase the Prawn Katsu and the Pea, Mint and Rocket Risotto ready meals if I saw them on sale in my local supermarket. Now that I’ve discovered I enjoy spicy food, I might be slightly more adventurous in the kitchen…
With a RRP of £3.95, my healthy kitchen meals are available on Amazon Fresh and Ocado, and in Waitrose stores nationwide.
**Full disclosure: I was sent a selection of three myhk ready meals for free in return for an honest review. I did not receive any payment for this review and as always all opinions and dodgy photographs are my own**