Monday, 16 March 2015

M&S Count On Us Review

I have been enjoying different meals with M+S recently and I was asked if I would be interested in featuring the Count on Us range. Its high time, with summer coming, I started to eat a little more healthily, with time at a premium, its also nice to eat a lower calorie meal that is quick to prepare too.

The M + S count on us range has been specially developed to be low in fat (less than 3%) and calorie controlled - allowing you to enjoy great taste without the guilt!
In order to lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than you use. Foods that are higher in fats and sugar tend to contain a lot of calories. This range has been developed to help people who are trying to lose weight sensibly, offering a variety of great tasting products to choose from that are both low in fat (less than 3g per 100g) and calorie controlled.

It can sometimes be a struggle finding foods that can be included as part of a reduced calorie diet but our count on us range includes an assortment of foods from prepared meals, to desserts to food on the go.

The meals I chose were ones that I was hoping were tasty and also close to favourite meals but of course without the fat.

As regular readers know a good curry is often on our family's menu, so the first meal I wanted to try was the Chicken Tikka Masala with Spiced Basmati Rice.
Perfect for a Saturday night if you still want to have a Fakeaway meal  with the rest of the family. Only 400 calories and it certainly does not taste that way.
It was creamy, lovely big chunks of chicken, the sauce is fragrant, spices very apparent and the rice was perfectly cooked.
It did not taste like a healthy meal and I have bought this again, Paige had one recently and said the same as me, it just does not taste as if its a healthy range ready meal.

Next on the menu is one of my favourite meals to eat, a Jambalaya  364 calories, 5.5 syns if you are on Slimming World. I  usually cook it at home, on rare occasions if I can find a good dining establishment, I will choose it. 

I love rice mixed with meat and veg. I decided to risk it and hoped M+S could rise to my challenge.
I was happy with this version, rice in some of the ready meals I have tried can break a dish. It was perfect. The peppers and chicken tasted fresh, it was spiced as I hoped it would be. Oh and the chorizo made it feel a bit naughty, not really a low cal meal. Smoky, juicy and spicy.
Its a toughie eating this, it was so good, I wanted another one!

Finally I chose a meal with a Yorkshire pudding in, Count On Us Steak filled as well in a Wine  when watching weight there is often times where you fancy a food that just is not usually part of a low calorie diet. With some Actifry roasties and veg this was lovely, sadly I slightly overdid them, so apologies to M+S they look better.

The beef was tender, the sauce rich and tasty. I am a major fan of homemade Yorkshire puddings, I rarely but a shop bought one, in fact Chris says they are banned, but I do often fancy them.  This filled the spot. Each filled pud is only 210 calories and so you can eat two if you have managed your meals.

Overall I was very impressed with the meals I tried, I was expecting hunger after my meals and I had none. M+S do food so well and none of their well know taste was missing.

You can find a large range of Count On Us meals in M+S in store and online.

I was supplied with the meals in order to review, my opinions are my own.


  1. Are these like the fuller for longer meals? All these meals look amazing. A lad in my work had a pulled pork M&S meal and it looked delicious. I might have to get myself down to Marks to try some xx

    1. No the Count on Us Range, so I was happy to feel like I had eaten a good sized portion. That sounds good too, I love pulled pork.

  2. M&S meals always look yummy and upmarket. Love finding lower calorie options think I should pop down and try some myself :D

  3. You really can't go wrong with m&s food, can you!? I'm not on a diet but I have tried meals from the Count On Us range before - not for some time but the veg lasagne is something I seem to recall. Sometimes you just want to eat a meal that's ready-made and quick to prepare but which is also healthy. I do like the look of that curry! Tx

  4. looks amazing, I am not on diet but need to try it...

  5. sounds delicious! chorizo is always good in a dish!

  6. So beautiful and interesting post, darling! Love your blog and the way you write!
    I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet

  7. Ooh that steak filled Yorkshire pudding looks very yummy. Would never have thought that would have been in the Count on Us range.

  8. I definitely like the sound of these and am trying to lose weight but struggling as I get SO hungry in the evening so I will have to give these a go xxx

    Blonde Of Carbs

  9. They sound good. They look like smaller portion sizes too which might account for much of the calorie difference!

  10. I love m & s food, it's always so tasty, thanks for the review, I'll be looking out for these next time I'm shopping.