We’ve got a double bill for you this week, as we take a look at two items from the Sainsbury’s Love Your Veg range: their Mac & Jack (macaroni cheese with BBQ pulled jackfruit), and their Sweet Potato Katsu Curry with Sticky Rice.
As we picked these both up from their new range that we hadn’t tried yet, we decided to cook them both up at once – and review them at the same time, too. Let’s start with the katsu curry.
First of all, though it is a ready meal for one, you might want to rethink sharing it if you were going to try it the same way as us. There are only three pieces of sweet potato and they are rather on the small side, with a lot of sauce and a lot of rice making up the bulk of the packaging.
The sauce is nice and tangy, however, and the rice definitely does what it says on the tin. The sweet potato is soft when eaten with that crispy outer layer that contrasts so well. It’s nice enough, but to be honest it was more or less what you would expect from a frozen microwave meal. If anything, I would say the sweet potato was better than I expected – it’s just a shame that there is so little of it.
Onto the mac and cheese now. Of course, you all know already that we have pretty high standards for both our mac and cheese and our pulled jackfruit! That’s what happens when you eat at vegan food festivals and get spoiled on the best. By the way, it does seem like they’ve really missed a trick by just making these meals vegetarian, and not vegan.
There is red pepper in the macaroni sauce, which is very cheesy and has just a hint of BBQ flavour. There are lots of spices hitting the back of your tongue, which is where most of the BBQ flavour comes from – definitely to be avoided if you are not a fan. The chunks of jackfruit are sadly sparse – a bit of a theme here – although tasty when you could get them. The meal could definitely do with having a few more added.
There is a nice, crispy upper layer of breadcrumbs to the macaroni which I did enjoy.
Overall, I would say these meals were just okay. That’s not exactly glowing praise, and I probably wouldn’t bother buying them again – maybe the Mac and Jack if I was really desperate. However, there are so many alternatives out there that I don’t know I would ever reach that point.