I will start by being completely honest with you and telling you I don’t normally use packet mixes in my cooking. I’m not a food snob at all I just like experimenting with herbs from the garden or my store cupboard and seeing how it turns out. However when I had an email from Britmums explaining about the Schwartz 2 in 1 challenge I definitely wanted to give it a try – it couldn’t have come at a better time really. I’m under strict instructions at the moment to take it easy and also I’m finding it too hot to spend much time in my kitchen so my samples of garlic & thyme roast chicken/crunchy roast potatoes and Mediterranean chicken pasta with cheese crumb topping were ideal!
The 2 in 1 range from Schwartz includes ( apart from the 2 listed above) a chicken tikka with raita option – which I so want to try and two crunchy chicken bite versions.
So what did I think:
Roast chicken and crunchy roast potatoes
Truthfully I was impressed. The blend of herbs for the chicken was spot on and resulted in beautifully tender and fragrant meat. Nice. It was too hot for the roast dinner I had planned so I served ours in tortilla wraps with salad and the potatoes alongside. It was delicious. The potatoes weren’t quite as crispy as I had hoped but possibly I should have left them in a little longer.. Or used better potatoes. Hmm.
Mediterranean chicken pasta with cheese crumb topping
Although we enjoyed the roast chicken our favourite was the Mediterranean pasta. We enjoy pasta bakes normally but this had a little something extra and I particularly liked the crunmbly topping combined with the melted cheese … Drool.
Overall it’s not something I would purchase to use every day. However I definitely plan on having these in my pantry. So straightforward to use, simple recipes to follow which means my OH who rarely cooks can use them with ease and I can see me using them on nights when I just don’t want the fuss. They retail for about £1.29 a packet although there are quite often good offers on so keep an eye out.