Low Calorie Cannelloni – Tried and Tasted
A famous Italian dish, cannelloni is renowned for filled, rolled lasagne sheets with tomato sauce and topped with bechamel sauce and cheese topping. Sounds dangerous? Think again, there are lower fat / calorie dishes available that still have the great taste... or do they?
|Product||Cannelloni filled with Spinach and Mushroom, Kitchen Garden, Linda McCartney*||Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni, Eat Smart, Safeway*||Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni, Good for You, Asda*|
|Taste/ Texture||OUTSTANDING! The panel were very impressed with this dish: nice sized portion; appetizing appearance; full of flavour. It had everything expected - a good filling (in which you could see the lashings of spinach), a tasty tomato sauce, and a cheesy topping... In fact, the panel were so impressed, they would be pleased to have it served in a restaurant!||An appealing cannelloni, which oozed a homemade quality. It had a lovely tomato sauce which added flavour rather than being overpowering. Good on taste. Good sized portion. Recommended!||Although it had a good (lasagne-like) appearance, this dish was disappointing. Bland, tasteless. Not recommended.|
|Serving Size||1 Pack (340g)||1 Pack (350g)||1 Pack (400g)|
|Calories (kcal) per slice||382||325||427|
|Fat (g) per slice||13.7||7.7||11.0|
|Product||Ricotta & Spinach Cannelloni, Count On Us, M&S*||Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni, Healthy Living, Tesco*|
|Taste/ Texture||The panel weren't impressed with the appearance of the dish. Absolutely smothered in chopped (tinned-like) tomatoes, and lacking any bechamel sauce. A bland dish, not surprisingly overpowered by a tomato taste.||A nice looking dish, but lacked flavour. A cheese-less sauce, a bland filling and no variety in tastes nor texture. Disappointing.|
|Serving Size||1 Pack (360g)||1 Pack (340g)|
|Calories (kcal) per slice||290||316|
|Fat (g) per slice||6.8||9.5|
Linda McCartney's Cannelloni was indisputably the best. Although, all the others boasted containing less than 3% fat (Linda McCartney's has 4%) most had very little taste or flavour - and the panel felt the taste justified the extra. However, if you're concerned by the 13.7g of fat per pack, opt for the Eat Smart version - which has almost half the fat and is still full of taste.
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