Bird Eye 10 Minute Meal Challenge!

Birds Eye- Stir your senses

We were challenged to take part in the Birds Eye stir your senses,10 minute meal challenge!, we graciously accepted & went straight out to get Birds Eye's Stir your senses range.

With the cold day's & evenings now upon us, we all need something warm, quick & oh so delicious!.

Stir your senses is a range of international stir-cooked meals.

Delicious stir-cooked meals that are easily prepared in a pan from frozen in just 10 minutes!

So we put them to the test!, just to see how good they really are!

The range of eight stir cooked meals is split into four international categories:

·         Italian – these delicious pasta dishes include Tagliatelle con Porcini, Penne all’Arrabiata con Pollo, Pappardelle alla Bolognese, Gnocchi con Gorgonzola and Rigatoni alla Carbonara

·         Thai – Thai Chicken with Basmati Rice is the perfect dish to tantalise taste buds with a vibrant Thai curry sauce and light and fluffy basmati rice

·         Indian – The South Indian Chicken Curry is quick and easy way to enjoy tender pieces of chicken in a rich sauce with fragrant, flavourful rice

·         Spanish – Paella is often a dish enjoyed in a group, but Birds Eye’s Spanish Paella with Chicken and Prawn lets you enjoy the excitement of this Spanish classic with or without company

Tagliatelle con Porcini: Ribbons of fresh egg Tagliatelle in a creamy sauce with porcini and champignon mushrooms

South Indian Chicken Curry: Succulent chicken and basmati rice with delicate spices and chilli in a creamy yoghurt and coconut sauce

Thai Chicken with Basmati Rice: Tender marinated chicken and basmati rice with coconut, red chilli, lime, lemon grass and ginger

Penne all’Arrabbiata con Pollo: Penne Arrabiata with tender chicken, aubergines, red pepper and chilli

Rigatoni alla Carbonara: Tubes of Rigatoni pasta with smoked bacon and a creamy cheese sauce

Pappardelle alla Bolognese: Pappardelle pasta with rich beef Bolognese

Gnocchi con Gorgonzola e Spinaci: Gnocchi with Gorgonzola cheese and spinach

Spanish Paella with Chicken and Prawn: Succulent chicken, prawns and colourful peppers with garlic, oregano and chilli

We headed to our local Tesco store, & managed to purchase all of the range except the Gnocchi con Gorgonzola e Spinaci & Pappardelle alla Bolognese.

10 minutes seems no time at all! so we decided one lunchtime to try one each out for ourselves..

I had the Tagliatella con Porcini

whilst Dean had the South Indian chicken curry.

Start the timer!!

Tagliatelle con Porcini.

The packaging said  "Tagliatelle in a creamy sauce with porcini mushrooms"

I'm a huge lover of Italian food, and have been lucky enough to eat some amazing Italian dishes, my favourite being a place in London, that made every type of pasta from scratch in front of you..

The packet said I could cook straight from frozen, this is ideal for those of us who have no time to cook ourselves or any time to waste! 

I tipped the packet contents straight into my pan, & followed the 4 easy steps..
  1. Empty contents into pan
  2. add 2-3 tablespoons of water (I added 3)
  3. Stir & heat
  4. serve & enjoy!.

I really didn't feel like I had to stir constantly, I had it on a medium heat & it cooked it beautifully.

Times up!!
How did I do?

Initial thoughts were when dished up was; It smelt just like a proper Italian Tagliatelle meal.

The taste..

It had a creamy taste, the mushrooms & the pasta were cooked perfectly, it wasn't dry or had a funny after taste.
The Porcini mushroom's cut through the creaminess of the sauce & combined, made the dish, one of the most quickest tastiest dishes I've had!.

I cooked mine & Deans at the same time.

Dean's was South Indian Chicken Curry.

When not given enough time, rice can often be undercooked, not nice for anyone, I was surprised with both dishes portion sizing, They were all exactly the right amount per person.

again following the 4 easy steps in just 10 minutes I had cooked a delicious curry for Dean.

It smelt just like a proper Indian curry, it was full of flavour, the coriander was subtle, and the dish was not too spicy, instead a creamy like texture, the basmati rice, including the chicken was cooked perfectly.

It was hard to believe in just 10 minutes I had made two vastly different dishes for us both, they were both equally full of flavour, well cooked, not dry or lacking in flavour at all.

So what about trying them for dinners also?

I teamed Deans plate with Spanish Paella with chicken & prawn 
with a side salad & a small pork cutlet.

A's plate was Thai Chicken with Basmati Rice 
with a small salad & small pork cutlet

My plate was Rigatoni alla Carbonara
with pork cutlet & side salad.

Spanish Paella with chicken & prawn.
Tasted just like paella from Spain, the prawns were juicy (Dean told me, as I don't eat prawns)
the dish was very tasty, full of flavour, not dry & visually very appealing, teamed with the pork & salad really combined all flavours, not washing either out.

Thai Chicken with Basmati Rice.
Gentle kick of the chilli, soft rice, full of flavour & actually my personal overall favourite of the Stir your senses range.
A hadn't had anything Thai before, but gave it a go and did enjoy it!

The proof?

empty plates for the win!.

a welcomed sight, especially from A's plate! 
(we split A's Thai dish portion, because of his age)

A simple, delicious way to enjoy mealtimes, what more could we ask for as a family?

We were very surprised & delighted with the range that Birds Eye Stir your senses has, a wide variety of delicious meals, no more impossible large portions, or simply trying to guess the right portion size, which I do find difficult!.

Birds Eye Stir your senses range, really has taken the stress out of mealtimes, they taste exactly like they're supposed to, no funny after tastes & certainly not greasy, which is great for when your a health conscious family.

Stir Your Senses is available from £2.99 and can be found in retailers including Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Tesco, Morrisons, Iceland and Waitrose.

Stir your senses have made a permanent addition to our shopping list!

Zombiiemummy was sent vouchers to spend on the Bird Eye Stir your sense range in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are our own, all photography used is our own, however those that aren't have been used with full permission from it's original sources for the use of Zombiiemummy & none contained on our blog should be taken or copied.