“Prepared with pride in my kitchen, cooked in yours” nicely sums up what Charlie Bigham’s meals are all about, pride being the most important word of all. Inspired by his travels to all corners of the world, Charlie returned to the UK in 1996 ready to transform that inspiration into some beautiful home cooking, creating a brand which would also save his customers plenty of time by completely eradicating prep time.
As we soon found out by trying out three of the Charlie Bigham’s meals for two, all are packed with top quality ingredients and intriguing flavour. Our midweek evenings suddenly opened up to us as none took any longer than 30 minutes to get from pan to plate – it really is the perfect dinner for those with busy days who are looking to make the most of their evening, whilst still enjoying a wholesome meal.
If you’ve read our recent budget travel series, you’ll know we don’t normally shop at Waitrose but this was the only supermarket in our area which seemed to stock the meals for two. We’ve tried out the meals for one a few times in our local Tesco Express, so we are absolutely delighted to be working with a such a wonderful brand which resonates with us so well given the inspiration and magnificent end product.
Home from our Waitrose shop one Monday evening, we opted for the Thai Green Chicken Curry first up. This was made complete by the kick from the green chilli, perfectly balanced out by the flavours from the coconut cream, mangetout, lime leaves, lemongrass and coriander.
The only extra we needed to buy alongside the meal was a bag of rice, which of course lasts far beyond just this one meal. We accept we could’ve been a bit more experimental with this but the good news is that on their website which sets out a page for each meal that’s available, is a section for recommended side dishes. Next time we’ll give the stir-fried vegetable noodles a go, following their online recipe!
What makes Charlie Bigham a brand we will return to time and time again is the health factor. So many of their meals are reasonably low in calories (the TGC is 373 kcal per serving), and we’ll naturally choose meals with meat and fish which means they’re likely to be high in protein (TGC has 28g per serving).
Over the next couple of nights we greatly enjoyed their Salmon En-Croute, a delicate salmon layered with spinach and creamy smoked salmon sauce, encased in light, flaky puff pastry, and also the Moroccan Chicken Tagine with apricots, honey, black olives, almonds and spices. It’s difficult to call our favourite but we think the salmon dish just about wins. The pastry was absolute perfection and we’re massive fans of creamy fish – served with a simple side salad gave us the ultimate midweek dinner!
There’s so much more to come from us with Charlie Bigham’s – there is such a wide selection of options including pies, pastas and stews. If any are as delightful as what we’ve been so fortunate to already have, we’re in for a treat.