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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 21-Jun-13 14:27:42

This thread is for the 250 Mumsnetters who have been trying out the new 2in1 recipe mixes from Schwartz.

Here's what they say: "The new 2in1 range offers two easy to use recipe mix sachets in one handy pack: one sachet flavours the main dish whilst the other contains a seasoning for a complementary side dish or topping. With five different varieties to choose from, and an easy recipe on the back of each pack, this is a great way to try out new dishes or transform an existing family favourite from ordinary to special."

Mumsnetters have been trying the following recipe mixes:

- Garlic & Thyme roast chicken + crispy roast potatoes

- Chicken Tikka + mint & cucumber raita

- Mediterranean chicken pasta + crispy crumb topping

- Southern style crunchy chicken bites + BBQ dip

- Garlic & herb crunchy chicken bites + cheese & chive dip


Below are some questions for you to answer but please do feel free to add any other comments you may also have. We'd like you to post at least 3 sets of feedback - answering the same questions for each recipe mix you try. Please also upload any pictures you take of your creations. Please note, photos and comments may be used on Schwartz's pages on Mumsnet and possibly on other marketing material.

Questions

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Everyone who adds at least 3 sets of feedback to this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will receive a £500 John Lewis voucher!

Thanks and good luck,

MNHQ

Yikes!! I had better tidy the kitchen and get started. grin

lalahotpants Fri 21-Jun-13 15:21:09

Starting on Sunday with the Garlic & Thyme roast chicken + crispy roast potatoes , cant wait!

That's what I am doing on Sunday lala. May do one of the Chicken Bites ones tonight.

I am also starting on sunday. Marking place.

Who will be first to post a picture? grin

iwanttoscream Fri 21-Jun-13 15:28:27

We got ours on Wednesday, last night we did the southern style crunchy chicken bites and bbq dip. It was easy to prepare, even my son could prepare the dip. We did chips, salad and carrot and cucumber sticks as well. It was very tasty and there clean plates all around me.

iwanttoscream Fri 21-Jun-13 15:29:55

Also would rate it 4/5, would buy again.

lottietiger Fri 21-Jun-13 15:52:52

We had the Mediterranean chicken pasta + crispy crumb topping last night. I'd rate it 4/5 as it was tasty and quick to prepare. We had all the ingredients in the cupboard so didnt need to rush out and buy anything and we had a green salad with it. There are only 3 of us so we had a portion left over for the freezer, which is always handy for emergencies. We are having the roast chicken on Sunday, so will post again after that.

BeCool Fri 21-Jun-13 15:56:19

Last night I used the Garlic & Herb Crunchy Chicken bites and Dip.
DD (5yo) got very excited and volunteered to help so she did the egg/crumbing etc of the chicken - into the oven - very easy..

It was extremely easy to prepare & we followed the recipe & instructions & then served with salad veggies..

I made the dip - if I made it again I would make this in advance a little, or at least first as it was better after a rest.

DD enjoyed the chicken bites, but did not like the dip at all.

I wasn't so keen on the garlic & herb crumb flavour but the bites were OK. I enjoyed the leftover dip with some crisps later in the evening.

So a mixed result. I'm not sure I would buy this packet again, but I'm looking forward to trying the others out.

2.5/5 - convenient and tasty product but not a success as a 'meal' for us.

I didn't take a picture - it didn't look that photogenic.

Pascha Fri 21-Jun-13 16:08:19

I cooked the Garlic and Herb bites with cheese & chive dip last night.

Tada! blush

Pascha Fri 21-Jun-13 16:10:51

Garlic and Herb chicken with Cheese & Chive dip:

The chicken tasted very nice, if a little bland, but the cheesy dip was a bit bleurgh, possibly because we used soya yoghurt (dairy intolerances) instead of natural yoghurt. Nobody ate much of that and the mayonnaise came out instead.
Both parts of the packet were very simple to use and DS1 (2.9) had great fun dipping the egg coated chicken in the breadcrumb mix. The recipe mix did make dinnertime easier, anything which speeds up preparation time during end-of-day witching hour has to be a bonus.
Flavourwise, I can see myself buying this again, although the dip would never get used, so maybe not. I would be more likely to keep a jar of the chicken seasoning in the cupboard than buy a packet of this.
Overall I would say we liked the chicken, DH gave it 6.5-7/10, DS1 gave it a cheeky grin and at at least a bite and a half which is really good for him. I would give it 3.5/5, mainly because no-one liked the dip.

RachelHRD Fri 21-Jun-13 16:12:11

Marking my spot as mine arrived today!!

Pascha Fri 21-Jun-13 16:14:26

Also, the breadcrumb mix was just enough for the stated 375g chicken but, actually, if I were feeding 2 adults and 2 hungry children, rather than 2 adults and 1 picky toddler, it wouldn't be enough.

Mine arrived yesterday smile so marking place.

We're starting Sunday with the roast chicken one as well

Moodykat Fri 21-Jun-13 16:23:03

Marking my place with the rest of you! Probably starting tomorrow with the roast chicken <unorthodox!>

TheKnackeredChef Fri 21-Jun-13 16:28:40

The first pack we tried was the chicken pasta. I followed the alternative recipe suggestion and used tuna & sweetcorn rather than the chicken.

It was fairly easy to do, although I wouldn't say it made making a pasta bake any easier - I'd normally do a pasta bake by just chucking over a jar of Dolmio and water so it's hardly a strenuous activity.

I somehow managed to mix up the packets so I ended up adding the breadcrumb topping to the pasta, but it was still OK once I'd added the sauce mix as well. Still, the flavour was very nice, if a little artificial, but I rather like that!

The kids enjoyed it - they and their friend all gave it 5 out of 5. I'd say overall we all liked it, but it's not really something I'd rush out and buy again, mainly because it's not something I would struggle to make without the aid of a packet mix.

Firewall Fri 21-Jun-13 16:29:07

This is the Mediterranean chicken pasta + crispy crumb topping

I would rate this 3.5/5

We enjoyed this, DS ate his portion but no more. The sauce is not as red as in the picture on the packet. It came out a sort of orange colour. It has a slight spice to it but DS didn't mind, he liked the crumb coating. The crumb coating didn't go golden like in the diagram on the front of the pack though.

It's very easy and quick to make.

I used the alternative suggestion that was on the back of the pack, it gave a suggestion that you can use tuna and sweet corn instead of the chicken. (Which is great as you can use it as a last minute meal with things that you have in your cupboard!) I kept the peppers in though. I followed the instructions exactly. They were very easy.

Yes, much easier. This particular mix was a lifesaver this week as I had to make a last minute meal v quickly and this was quick and I could use ingredients I already had.

I like the packs, but I'm not sure I'd buy this pasta one for the rrp, as I think it's a bit dear for what it is as you still have to put a can of tomatoes in for the sauce, whereas in the shops there are many branded jars of pasta sauce for £1, where you don't need to add a can of chopped tomatoes unless you are making a large batch. So really, you are paying over the odds for the crumb coating that is nice, but not worth the cost.

I think I liked this 2in1 mix. Would buy again but only if it was on offer.

aristocat Fri 21-Jun-13 16:29:25

I am making the chicken/pasta/crispy crumb tonight so will report back later ...

fuzzpig Fri 21-Jun-13 16:30:48

My sachets haven't arrived yet sad

JulesJules Fri 21-Jun-13 16:43:26

Marking my place, my sachets have arrived!

lissieloo Fri 21-Jun-13 16:43:36

hello, I have chicken marinading in the tikka mix as we speak, it smells lovely!

babybythesea Fri 21-Jun-13 16:47:45

We (DH, DD, age 4, and me) had the chicken and pasta bake last night. We all enjoyed it - the topping was a nice addition and the mix made the sauce quite tasty. DD enjoyed it which is great as she is going through a phase of being suspicious of new food. There was enough left for DH to take to work for lunch - always a good bonus.
It's the sort of meal that you can play around with - mushrooms would work well I think! And there's nothing that we'd need to buy specially for it (we usually have chicken breasts in the freezer, and almost always have peppers and mushrooms in the fridge and sweetcorn in the cupboard) so it will be a good 'store cupboard standby' for us I think.

Tee2072 Fri 21-Jun-13 16:54:56

Marking place as I'll be doing one forthwith!

ouryve Fri 21-Jun-13 17:04:48

We're off shopping, tomorrow. Going to invest in a whole chicken and some spuds for roasties and will do the pasta bake, midweek with tuna and sweetcorn, since tuna pasta often features in our week's line up, anyhow.

I'm sure ages ago we had Tuna Pasta Bake and you had to crush plain crisps on the top.

mrscog Fri 21-Jun-13 18:32:33

My roast chicken and roasties are in the oven now! Smelling good so far smile Also <waves> at SparklingBrook

<waves to mrscog>

We are attempting the BBQ ones. The dip is Tommy Ketchup with the sachet added. confused

manfalou Fri 21-Jun-13 19:42:23

Tonight we tried the Mediterranean Chicken pasta with crispy crumb topping.
- Rated 3.5/5
- Me, DF and DS (2.5 years) ate it. DS is quite fussy and usually wouldn't even consider eating pasta unless in a cheesy/carbonara sauce. He ate 7 pieces of this pasta! This may not seem a lot but to child that as ALWAYS refused tomato pasta this is a big big deal to us. We'd probably buy the packet again just on this basis to be honest. Both me and my partner liked the dish, we probably wouldn't put the cheese on next time.
- I found the mix very easy to use. Bonus.
- We didn't have any peppers so swapped them for broccoli... tastes very nice. Otherwise kept to the recipe.
- It was easy, but not any easier than usual. It created a lot of pots!
- I think i'll buy this in the future but not sure its worth the RRP as you still have to buy the tomatoes to make and a jar would be cheaper if you were basing on price alone.
- We enjoyed the meal, the topping added a nice bit of extra flavour. The sauce was quite watery, would like it a little thicker as I think most of the taste was from the topping.

Picture included. Doesn't look like the picture on the pocket but still tasted good!

Southern Style crunchy chicken bites and BBQ dip.

Average score from 4 out of 5.
Overall flavour was very nice had a slight kick.
Mix was easy to use, no other ingredients added.
It probably would make the odd mealtime easier.
Would use it again, and liked it.

If you had a bottle of BBQ sauce in the cupboard it would probably be much the same as making the dip though.

Well, we've just had the chicken tikka mix and I must say, it was really yummy. I added some bajiis from M&S, some bread, some salad and made them into little pockets. I put the marinade over the chicken at lunch and it was great by the time I cooked it. Nice and zingy but not too hot as I'm a wimp with spicy food. Really nice, would definitely make again. We also liked the raita dip that went with it, made good and fresh by the grated cucumber (I left out the red onion as I don't like raw onion). I've not made many things with packet spices before but enjoyed this a lot. Have taken a poncey photo (we don't always eat like this, alas!). Anyhoo, well worth doing, am looking forward to trying some of the others now.

Eejit that I am, forgot to answer the official questions, sorry, got carried away! blush

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? CHicken Tikka
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 4 out of 5
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? We liked it a lot.
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? Very easy and straightforward.
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? I kept pretty much to the recipe, except I left out the red onion in the raita
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? Very easy and quick to prepare something a bit different.
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes, I think I would buy again as it's a good thing to keep in the cupboard, plus simple to do.
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? We liked it a lot.

Your picture is very nice MrsMiggins. smile

Tikka version on the go!! The dip is lovely from what I've tasted while making- oops!

iantoscoffeecup Fri 21-Jun-13 20:08:01

Sachets arrived yesterday. Which was a bit of a lifesaver really. Had to do a quick and easy meal tonight so we tried the Mediterranean Chicken Pasta and Crispy crumb coating.
I'd rate this a 4/5. It had a nice flavour, with just a hint of spice. Was just enough for our DD. She loved it and ate more than usual. Overall, the family enjoyed it and there were clean plates all round.
The mix was very easy to use, the instructions were very clear. I did take out the peppers from the recipe as DH is allergic to them.
The crumb, didn't go golden like it said it would or on the packet picture. But it was crispy. The only other down point I found was that it was very wet. Next time I won't put as much water in it.
I would buy this, as we'd like to try the alternative suggestion of Tuna and Sweet corn. So overall a success. I'm looking forward to trying the rest.smile

aristocat Fri 21-Jun-13 20:54:52

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Chicken pasta with crispy crumb coating. I served mine with a green salad and ciabatta garlic bread.

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
Myself and DH liked it very much and would score 4.5/5. DD liked it more than our usual pasta bake (high praise indeed) and gave it 4/5. Sadly DS is not a pasta lover and only thought it deserved 2.5/5.

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
Nice, we all liked the crumb topping - which I would not usually add to my pasta. I must say that it tasted much better than I expected smile. My DCs were wary of the green crumb topping but after trying it, they found it was nice.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very simple, good instructions which were easy to follow.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I did follow the recipe - my only addition was one large green chilli. To be honest if I cook it again ... I would add more than one!
DD loved the taste of the chicken.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
No, not easier really. The dish created more washing up than my usual pasta dishes.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes .... if the other packets are as nice as this one I will definitely get Schwartz 2in1 again.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Loved it - a great success, thank you!

Can I just state that the brown envelope that the sachets arrived in was all torn and had been posted on the 10/6 but didnt actually arrive until 20/6.

emily80 Fri 21-Jun-13 21:00:03

I made the garlic and herb crunchy chicken bites, but I followed the alternative recipe (as I'm a veggie who eats fish, so we could all eat it together that way). I used white basa fillets, and they turned out really nice, the breadcrumbs have a lovely taste that goes so well with the cheese and chive dip. My 4 year old loved dipping them, as we don't normally have dips with meals. It was very easy to make and did make the mealtime easier as it's so straightforward, but is something I wouldn't normally think to make. I'll definitely look out for this one in the shops and would buy it assuming the price is ok, as we all really enjoyed it. I served it with boiled potatoes and green beans. I'd give it 4.5/5, we loved it.

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

We tried the Garlic & Thyme roast chicken + crispy roast potatoes. Though we did not have a whole chicken we used chicken drumstick

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

I would give this a rating out of 3

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

Me and my partner both feel that the flavours were a bit dry and also that the potatoes were a bit bland and we both had to add a little salt to add some flavour as it just tasted like we had sprinkled both sage and onion stuffing on top of it. Though I'm not gunna lie we did feel like we may of over cooked it.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Pretty easy to cook and everything was explained very clearly on the packet from what ingredients to buy and how to cook it.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

We did indeed use the instructions of the back of the packet however we did use chicken drum sticks instead of a whole chicken as there is only three of us.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

I didn't really see any difference with making our mealtimes easier as I am used to using recipes off of the internet to make healthy meals

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I haven't tried them all so I am unsure as of yet. However if I do find some really tasty I will be tempted to buy them in the future as they are quite big hearty meals and we do use a lot of chicken in our dinners.

-*Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? *

I liked it but to be honest I was expecting better I was hoping for better and stronger flavours.

jessica789 Fri 21-Jun-13 21:39:14

I made the "Garlic & herb crunchy chicken bites + cheese & chive dip" for tea this evening. I modified the recipe as we don't have any chicken at the mo, by using pork instead, cut into strips. I had it with chips and salad.

The 2 in1 mix was very easy to use, and we had the ingredients for the dip in the fridge already (I had to use full-fat mayo and yogurt though). There was just the right amount of coating for the meat, but made rather a large quantity of dip so we have plenty leftover.

Mixed reactions from the family - initially I wasn't keen on the coating but with the dip I quite enjoyed it and thought it worked OK with pork instead of chicken. DH said he didn't like it, but did manage to eat it all of course! Eldest DS (3) ate 1 'bite' with dip after much persuasion and said he scored it "yuck out of 5". He is competing for the world's fussiest eater though. My younger DS (16 months) didn't touch it, but it's not really his sort of thing - a bit chewy probably.

I did find it quick and convenient, simply following the recipe from the packet. And I liked that it made us have something a bit different to normal. However I'm not sure I'd buy this sort of thing regularly. I think I'd rather either make it myself from scratch, or buy ready-coated chicken and ready made dip.

fuzzywuzzy Fri 21-Jun-13 21:54:00

-Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? Mediterranean chicken pasta + crispy crumb topping
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 5 from all of us
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? My DD's loved it, there was some leftover which they took to school and finished off ocmpeltely, usually with pasta one or the other does not like it and brings back most of it, I have had requests to make this again (which I definitely will), both my girls declared this to be the best pasta ever even better than my sisters (but don't tell her- she was previously queen of the pasta bake! lol)
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? This one was super easy, I made it after work, and to be honest I do not want to be faffing around with long complicated recipes after work, this was simple straightforward, every ingredient needed was in my house, I just needed to throw it together.
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? I did, but I also put in crushed garlic and fresh ginger at the beginning and I salted it slightly, we eat spicy food, it would have been too bland for me and dd2 otherwise, I also blended the tomatoes and used fresh as well as canned tomatoes, as my girls will not eat tomato bits (yes I know that sounds really picky)..
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes it did, because it gave me an idea of what to make, it was a break from my usual repetoire, my girls loved it, it was quick, simple and straight forward and everything needed was available in my pantry and I could tweak it (very successfully) to suit our tastes.
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? This one I will definitely be buying and keeping a stack of in case of emergencies when I can't think of what to cook or days when I want something quick and filling.
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? LOVED IT (all of us did)

fuzzywuzzy Fri 21-Jun-13 21:56:46

why can we only post one pic at a time?

fuzzywuzzy Fri 21-Jun-13 21:57:50

before we ate it

fuzzywuzzy Fri 21-Jun-13 22:00:37

Oh and I used a mixture of sweet mini peppers red and orange instead of one large red pepper, because I had a bag of them in the fridge, tesco had an offer and I was saving money hmm

cocolepew Fri 21-Jun-13 22:04:08

Just marking my place smile

GothycAngel Fri 21-Jun-13 22:17:43

Chicken Tikka + mint & cucumber raita
rated in at 3
- overall taste alright... not everyones cup of tea though.
- very easy to make... just involving a lot of patience
- followed it to the letter, however added chopped tomatos, onion and corriander as a side
- not easier, no harder. in all honesty it would have been easier to make from scratch.
- I would look for some of the mixtures in future, but only when we are sure we like thm... this one I won't be aiming to get it is an average dish... much more likely to maak my own...

PestoSwimissimos Fri 21-Jun-13 22:23:56

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Tonight was our first trial and we made Southern Style Crunchy Chicken Bites.

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

I would give it a 4 because the coating for the chicken strips was nice & tasty and the barbeque sauce was OK, but we've already got a barbeque sauce which we prefer, and therefore there really was no need to mix our own with ketchup. A bit superfluous to our requirements really!

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

Well, my DDs are notoriously fussy and they really enjoyed their dinner tonight and wolfed the whole lot shock I enjoyed the recipe too smile

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

it was dead easy, I did the chicken strips coating & DD2 mixed up the barbeque sauce - such fun!

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

We were in a bit of a hurry, so just followed the instructions on the packet.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes it was easier coz we didn't have to think too much, and I just added some hash browns & peas to complete our meal. Easy!

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes probably, because they can be a store cupboard staple and used when I'm struggling for menu ideas. We are all quite keen on chicken based meals and I normally have chicken in my freezer.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

I liked it, t'was easy and it made for a slightly different, but fun, tea. Think it encourages participation aswell, by by DDs, which is always a 'good thing' and means they are more likely to eat the end result grin

fie181 Fri 21-Jun-13 23:03:24

Day 2 on the trail. Tried the chicken pasta one but with tuna! Easy to prepare. Minimal ingredients had most in cupboard already. Made for 2 so some left over. Seved with salad and garlic bread. Great that the crunchy topping is already prepared as I don't have much patience with making bread crumb type toppings.
Would buy again especially if on offer. 4 out of 5. Many thanks schwartz and mumsnet

charliebeth Fri 21-Jun-13 23:16:27

Our first go was with the Mediterranean chicken pasta + crispy crumb topping

It was really easy to use (going to let the kids 'help' with the next one) and I stuck to the recipe, apart from the pepper. I only had a green one in! Still looked & tasted good though.

Kids loved it! I liked it too. Hubby rarely comments but said it was "ok" and ate it without pulling a face. That translates as good.

It was reasonably quick to cook. I'd say it was ideal for working days when I need to get something tasty on the table before the kids go nuts from starvation, and ideal for self catering holidays. I'd look at getting some more for over the summer hols.

Kids gave this 4/5. I'm happy with that!

My review in full: charliebeth.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/schwartz-2-in-1-recipe-mixes-review.html

Marking place as I'll start with the roast chicken tomorrow! Looking forward to trying something different.

Mediterranean Pasta Bake - I couldn't wait to try this today for our family lunch as we really have got stuck in a bit of a rut when it comes to mealtimes. We were all really looking forward to it but to be honest a little disappointed. I used tuna & sweetcorn instead of chicken as we had that in. My husband wasn't keen on the crunchy topping on pasta, he didn't think that worked and we all thought that the herbs were a little strong. Neither of the children ate it for the same reason which is a shame. The meal itself was easy enough to prepare but I don't think I will be buying this one again. For us it tasted ok, but we certainly wouldn't choose it again.

cocoplops Sat 22-Jun-13 16:47:40

Tried the garlic and herb bites last night.

Would rate it as 2/5.

DC ate them quite happily. DH and I ate them too but weren't overly impressed with the flavour. Fairly artificial tasting. Not as nice as homemade and probably more bland than ready made nuggets/gougons. DH liked the dip but again wasn't as fresh tasting as a ready made dip - weirdly seeing as you basically are using your own fresh ingredients. Bit KFC like, and not in a good way!

Mix was easy to use. Just enough breadcrumbs for the amount of chicken. Trouble is that when you buy a packet mix its generally for convenience. I don't think it's all that convenient as its basically just a herb/crumb coating and not really a packet mix- just add water and maybe one ingredient and you're done. If I'm going to go to the trouble of crumbing chicken I might as well do it totally homemade - or at least I would want the mix to make the chicken taste much better than I could do. Which this really didn't - thought it was a but of a sad relation no-mans land between ready prepared and homemade.

Followed recipe as stated so that I could be sure that the taste was as intended.

Didn't make mealtime easier or harder really. But I don't think I'd use it again as I wasn't impressed with flavour for the effort and the extra ingredients needed (which could've been nicer without the mix)

I'm not anti packet mix or convenience food but it does have to either offer better convenience than homemade or a different enjoyable taste. This didn't for me I'm afraid.

I wouldn't buy this mix again. Will be trying roast chicken tomorrow so hopefully better results!!!

janine1975 Sat 22-Jun-13 16:48:07

Garlick and herb chicken with the cheese and chive dip. I made this yesterday and really enjoyed it! The recipe instructions are easy to follow so even if you're not that confident in the kitchen i doubt you'd have any trouble with this 2 in 1 mix. The coating on the chicken was nice and crunchy and the flavour not too over powerful. I thought the dip was really tasty too. I'm not sure it would feed four in my household though!! I took some pictures but can't figure out how to upload them onto here any advice would be greatly appreciated!

cocolepew Sat 22-Jun-13 17:20:53

- the southern style with BBQ dip

-5/5

-only me and the DDs had it, we had chips, peas and mushrooms with it. We all really liked it. The chicken coating wasn't too over powering but was lovely and crispy. The BBQ sauce was nice and tangy.

-it was very easy to use

-I stuck to the recipe

- I don't really know if it made it easier, I don't make my own coatings, I would buy ready coated if I wanted breaded chicken. I do usually have chicken in the Freezer so it would be handy to have for a change.

-I would buy it again

- we all loved it!

Roseland Sat 22-Jun-13 17:34:20

- Garlic and herb chicken bites
- 4/5
- This was a success in our house! I have been worrying lately as my DC are resistant to any chicken other than chicken nuggets. They enjoyed these a lot.
- The main mix was very easy, the additional sauce was a little more complicated.
- Yes, followed the recipe
- It certainly was easy and much less of a stress as they ate it all.
- Yes, definitely
- Liked it a lot (not love as we weren't fussed about the extra sauce)

janine1975 Sat 22-Jun-13 17:44:11

Figured out you can't upload pictures from the mobile site!! I didn't answer all the questions in my earlier review either, i'd rate the the garlick and herb chicken 4/5, i would buy it again, all my family enjoyed it and it was a quick and easy meal. I'm now going to make the mediterranean pasta after reading the reviews in this thread!!

Queenside Sat 22-Jun-13 17:53:51

We tried the chicken tikka and mint and cucumber raita.
I'd rate this 3 out of 5 (but would be 3/5 for chicken mix and 4/5 for raita mix).
The raita tasted really nice and the chicken was ok but it just didn't taste especially like chicken tikka. The mix was, however, really easy to use. We stuck to the instructions on the pack but added breads and a vegetarian curry to make it a full meal.

Using the sachet was a bit quicker than adding all the spices separately but I don't think it would've been to hard to make it without the sachet. For this reason I don't think I would buy the chicken tikka & raita mix again.
Overall I would say that I like this recipe mix.

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? 
Chicken tikka with riata

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 5 very tasty

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? husband and i loved it, very tasty and the dip was a lovely fresh taste against the chicken

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? Very easy

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? I cooked on skewers but in the oven rsther than a bbq! We had with paprika sweet potato wedges and because of the dip I didn't need to do a salad

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? yes I would say so, I cook from scratch a lot but for end result and taste you would think I had put more effort in

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? i already do but this will def be purchased in the future

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? loved it

Tee2072 Sat 22-Jun-13 18:13:00

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Southern style crunchy chicken bites + BBQ dip

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

My husband says 3.5 or 4. I think 3. Son ate some, so probably 4 for him, as he hasn't been eating lately! He's 4 years old.

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

DH said it tasted like KFC. My son says he liked it. I thought it was nice. The BBQ sauce was the big hit around here. We all really like that.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

No real recipe on this one, just dip and coat. But I did add some peas and some chips with it.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not really. I make a similar coating so maybe saved me the 2 minutes it takes me to mix mine together.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I might. I have to see what I think of the other ones.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

We liked it.

Overall a big success except that there wasn't enough coating for the chicken as you can see in the picture. Also, 15-20 never bakes chicken for me, so I baked it for 25 and it was fine. Finally, the coating didn't crisp up all that much.

wheeldog Sat 22-Jun-13 18:48:58

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic and herb chicken bites with cheese and chive dip

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4/5. The whole thing was demolished fairly swiftly. In fact, i forgot about taking a photo until it was too late! The portion size, when made to the recipe, is quite small if you are feeding 4 hungry people (I only had 2 adults and a toddler to feed today). Perhaps it is a good thing, as you end up eating less meat and bulking up on veg instead.

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
It was quite salty and tasted a bit artificial compared to, for example, homemade nuggets with breadcrumbs. It still went down well, but with a toddler and young child to feed I would be wary of making it a regular meal because of the saltiness. The adults enjoyed the accompanying dip, though I did not have any natural yoghurt and just made it with mayonnaise and cheese.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy to use.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I followed the instructions apart from the dip when I substituted the yoghurt for all mayonnaise.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It made it slightly easier than making nuggets from scratch as you don't need to make or flavour breadcrumbs/cornflake crumbs/cracker crumbs, but there is still the work of coating with egg and crumb.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
For this particular flavour, I probably wouldn't, but am looking forward to trying the pasta bake.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
I liked it.

Chicken Tikka and Mint and Cucumber Raita

Rated 4/5
The Chicken was lovely but the dip wasn't a hit. It was quite runny.
Was easy to do, we marinaded the chicken for about 9 hours.
Followed the instructions on the packet and added Rice and Naan Bread.
I wouldn't say it made mealtimes any easier or harder.
I would buy it in the future
Overall we liked it.

smilingthroughgrittedteeth Sat 22-Jun-13 19:20:41

Tonight we tried the southern style chicken bites.

We would give it 3/5.

We all agreed the flavour was nice but found the paprika a bit overpowering. The bbq sauce was a big hit with the whole family.

It was easy to make but the cooking time and oven temp stated on the packet was completely wrong for our oven and if I had followed them it would have burnt.

It did make it a bit easier and quicker as I didn't have to mix breadcrumbs and seasoning but not a great amount of difference to when I make nuggets normally.

I don't think I would buy this mix again as we really did find the paprika a bit strong.

I really like the concept of the 2 in 1 mixes and can't wait to try the others but this mix wasnt a great hit.

IcouldstillbeJoseph Sat 22-Jun-13 19:33:56

We tried Mediterranean pasta with garlic crumb topping - we used the tuna suggestion instead of chicken.

Would rate this at 3 out of 5. DH said it tasted exactly as he expected it to - "like it came out of a packet" but fussy DS (2.5) was persuaded into eating some tuna which was a real bonus. I thought it was ok, not great, not awful, just ok.

Yes, easy enough to make. Would be helpful if the cooking of the pasta was included as a step in the recipe as I might not have noticed I needed to do this beforehand, had I not read it properly. Also, I thought it used a fair few pans: one to fry the pepper, one to boil pasta, one to make sauce, one to grill pasta etc. But that is a small criticism really.

Yes, used the recipe on the packet but didn't have a tin of sweetcorn so that was omitted.

No I don't think it was made a great deal easier. If I was going to have a pasta and sauce meal I would probably make it myself or just buy a jar of sauce to pour over. I was expecting the crispy topping to be a useful alternative to breadcrumbs but I thought them a little disappointing. Not a huge garlic flavour and not golden like on the packet. And DS not a fan and tried picking it all off - which he doesn't do with breadcrumbs normally.

I doubt I would rush to buy this particular mix again, but I remain hopeful about the others I have yet to try. It would also depend on the price.

Overall we liked it.

janine1975 Sat 22-Jun-13 19:34:04

Just made and ate a big bowl full of the Mediterranean Chicken Pasta with the Cheesy Crumb Topping. I would give this recipe mix 4/5 . I enjoyed it but i would say the oregano was a touch too strong. It was really easy to make, i used wholemeal pasta and it took about 20 -25 minutes from start to finish. I followed the recipe but used a big handful of frozen mixed peppers instead of a fresh yellow one and served it with a buttery garlic baguette. Having this recipe mix in the cupboard would always be handy for an easy meal as you need so few extra ingredients and it's so quick and simple! I would buy it again as my husband liked it too.

mrscog Sat 22-Jun-13 20:05:48

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? Garlic and Herb Roast Chicken with crunch potatoes.
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 3.5/5
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
We liked it, although the flavour of the chicken mix wasn't strong enough for me, and was also a little overcooked despite me following the instructions to the letter. However, I did have misgivings about the instructions as I'd normally cook a chicken on 170-180 degrees not 190. The potatoes were an EXCELLENT flavour and lovely crunch, especially when drizzled with a little chicken gravy.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? Really easy, although both the chicken and potatoes followed the method I'd normally use, so it was nothing new for me.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? Yes followed completely, but served with peas, sweetcorn and some gravy.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? No, I don't think it made it any easier, but definitely more tasty. smile

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? Possibly yes, I was very impressed with the potato mix, and I think cooked on a lower heat so it was less overcooked the chicken coating could be really tasty too.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? Liked

Looking forward to the next one!

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

We tried the Mediterranean pasta bake but with tuna and sweetcorn instead of chicken. We had garlic bread with it as I wasn't sure if it would be enough for 2 hungry adults and a toddler. It was, with some left over!

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

4 out of 5.

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

My DD (1.9) didn't eat it, but she's quite fussy ATM. My DP and I really liked it though.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Really easy, very straightforward.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I followed the instructions and it was very tasty, but I would tweak it in future.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

It was very quick and easy, but then I'm a lazy cook, so don't always make lots of effort unless I'm in the mood! But yes, I could do the prep while the pasta was cooking, so it all only took about 20 minutes in total from starting to on the table.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, because they're a great idea for when I have no time / ingredients / inspiration. I can use stuff from the cupboards / freezer, and they would make a great emergency supper for unexpected visitors. Also, I found they were generous portions.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Really liked it, but will tweak in future to make it more to our tastes, like adding garlic, onions and mushrooms. Will probably add pepperoni or bacon if doing it with chicken.

jodee Sat 22-Jun-13 20:26:49

Tonight DS and I had southern style crunchy chicken bites and bbq dip, served with spicy potato wedges and peas (sorry, no photo!)

Rating: 4/5

We enjoyed the flavour.

Easy to use.

Used thighs as I think they are juicier.

Was an easy meal to prepare, coating the meat in beaten egg and rolling in the mix.

May buy again, DS enjoyed the chicken, but really didn't like the BBQ dip.

Theimpossiblegirl Sat 22-Jun-13 20:32:22

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Mediterranean Chicken Pasta Bake
How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
5 (kids said 10!)
What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
I didn't expect it to be any different to the usual pasta bake I make but it was very tasty. The breadcrumbs and cheese topping made it, but the sauce was tasty too.
How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
So easy. I chose to do this one first as we had been out all day and the kids were starving. Took about 30 minutes and could be done in about 20 if I was more efficient. not drinking wine as I cooked
Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I used more than 200g of pasta as it wouldn't have been enough for big appetites and added a few extra vegetables and some passata (sneaky mum) and probably used more cheese. Using more pasta did not take away from the lovely flavour- 1 packet is still enough.
Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
For the pasta bake, not easier, no, but tastier.
Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? yes, I will be recommending the pasta bake. The children loved it so much I had to tell them to stop shoveling their food!
Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? The pasta bake was a bit hit. We are looking forward to trying the others.

Theimpossiblegirl Sat 22-Jun-13 20:33:06

Wish I could add more than 1 pic per post.
smile

Theimpossiblegirl Sat 22-Jun-13 20:41:04

Forgot to add, I don't like using the grill on my electric cooker, it gets too hot too quickly and sets off the alarm in the kitchen, so I put the bake in the oven for 10 minutes instead. The Mediterranean bake is pretty open to being tweaked to suit the chef.
smile

SisterMatic Sat 22-Jun-13 21:02:47

I used the Mediterranean pasta sachet for tea for myself and my 2 year old.
Hopefully that explains the Peppa Pig plate grin

I would rate this mix as a 3/5.

I thought it the sauce was very tasty, I enjoyed the flavour. I thought that the crumb topping was quite strong, and it didn't go the colour it said it would on the packet. I asked my daughter what she thought and she said it was nice and ate most of it.

I found the mix easy to use, a criticism would be I found it a bit messy opening the crumb topping, but that just may be me cooking in a rush.

I substituted chicken for tuna, and used mozzarella cheese instead.

I would say that it didn't make cooking easier, but it was different and I enjoyed cooking something we dont normally have all the time.

If saw this packet mix again I would buy it. I liked it and so did my daughter.

BoysWillGrow Sat 22-Jun-13 21:06:57

1) We tried the southern style crunchy chicken.
2) We would give it a 4/5
3) It was just me and dp who tried this, we thought it would be nicer if spicy, but we did like it.
4) Very, very easy my ds would have liked to help with this.
5) followed back of pack.
6) yes i didnt have to root around the cupboard looking for things as i normally would have.
7) Yes i'm sure id buy this one again, as it was nice and easy, im sure the dc's would like it too.
8) Liked it, thumbs up

Nigglenaggle Sat 22-Jun-13 21:42:10

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? Chicken Tikka

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 2-3/5 but I'm afraid DH gave it a 0

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
We didnt share this one with DC - he might like the chicken dippers, but don't see him eating this so we had it as our evening meal after he had gone to bed. I'm a bit worried about the salt content of some of the recipes, so won't share more than a bite with him. I was shocked at how much salt there was, to be honest, and if I had been buying it in a supermarket that would have put me off. I also note no use has been made of the traffic light system on the label. To be fair, I had a look round today at similar products and it compares well on salt content - but when you're used to home cooking its a big shock. I thought it looked fab cooking though, and was really excited to taste it, but was really disappointed. The raita was pleasant, but the chicken tikka was deeply disappointing. The spiciness of it was just right, but the taste was poor. I'm surprised others have rated it so highly. I felt a little ill afterwards (and not from food poisoning!) and felt sad I'd wasted the chicken, which was quite high quality.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? I was pleased with how easy it made the meal to prepare, really enjoyed the preparation - I like cooking, but in small doses. The recipe was short and sweet, and liked having it there on the back of the pack.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? I followed the recipe exactly (always do!) But did serve it with rice.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? It was definitely easier than cooking from scratch. The only faff was turning all the individual pieces of chicken. The chicken took about as long to cook as the rice, so timing was a doddle.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? Highly unlikely. I'll struggle to get DH to even try the next one, and was disappointed with the taste. Also, if you try to buy ethically, chicken is not cheap! For us it's a special treat and not one I would choose to waste on a poorly flavoured meal. I would have welcomed the chance to try a vegetarian or beef selection. Or maybe a vegetarian alternative to the recipe on the back? Before I tasted it, I was going to say its probably missold as a family meal - its more the sort of thing I would have gone for when I was living alone or working away from home. It looked like the sort of thing I would have really looked forward to after a long day of work. But the amounts are too much for one person and having tasted it, I think I would only have bought it once.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? Overall, sad to say I hated it. We finished the meal, but only because we don't waste meat. It promised so much and delivered so little.

Have a photo on my mobile I will try and upload later.

TheDeadlyDonkey Sat 22-Jun-13 21:46:43

Southern style crunchy chicken bites.

4/5
We found the texture of the chicken bites very good, but the flavour was a bit on the tame side (although we do like a bit of spice!)
The BBQ sauce was delicious and complimented the chicken well.

The dc enjoyed it more than dh and I, possibly because it was fairly mild.

Very easy to use.
DH cooked it, so followed the recipe to the letter.

No easier or harder than normal mealtimes, although we didn't have to put any thinking effort into it!

I would probably buy this again, but I would add more spicy kick to it.

We liked it. There wasn't enough flavour on the chicken to love it. The BBQ sauce mix was delicious though, I'd probably buy this separately if it was available.

lissieloo Sun 23-Jun-13 10:59:05

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
The tikka with Raita, we served it with a salad and used boneless & skinless chicken thighs

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
Probably 4.5

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
DS LOVED it, I sometimes have difficulty persuading him to try new things, but he has asked me to add it to my regular meals rota.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
very easy indeed

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
The only thing I changed was the red onion in the raita, I substituted with spring onion instead

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not really, although it was handy to leave the chicken marinading for the afternoon

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, definitely. It's a nice introduction to spicier foods for DS

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
We all loved it, DS in particular was very taken with it and has asked if we can have it again next week

Silverlace Sun 23-Jun-13 11:47:38

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Chicken Tikka and mint raita

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

3

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

We enjoyed the chicken tikka, it was nicely flavoured but didn't have too much heat. The raita was a disappointment. It wasn't minty enough.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I followed the ingredients on the packet but after I had tasted the raita I added some more mint to give it more flavour.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

It made it easier in that I had all the spices together that I needed to make the tikka instead of having to buy several jars and packets. Also the instructions were clear and it was quite quick to cook.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I may buy this one again as it makes chicken tikka easy and convenient.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

I liked it.

A few further comments:

I thought 3 tbsp. oil was a bit excessive to add to the seasoning mixture.

The packet says serves 4 but certainly not as a main course. Our portions were quite small, better suited to a starter.

weebarra Sun 23-Jun-13 11:56:02

chicken tikka

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) I would rate it 4/5, DSs would have rated it 1.
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
I liked it but DSs thought it was too spicy
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Easy to use - I could have done the marinade myself but easy to use the packet.
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Served it with naan bread
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
No, because I had to make something else for the boys, yes because it was very straightforward.
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I liked this one and it would be good for dinner when I've been working all day.

whattodoo Sun 23-Jun-13 13:36:49

Garlic and thyme roast chicken and crispy potatoes.

I'd rate it 3 out of 5. The potatoes are a 4 really, but we were disappointed with the chicken.

The flavour of the chicken was barely discernable, mainly because it was rubbed on the skin and we don't eat the skin. Despite scoring the meat before cooking, the flavor didn't penetrate much.

The potatoes were lovely however. Good, tasty flavor.

The 2in1 wasn't very difficult to use, took only a few minutes.

I used the recipe on the back exactly.

I wouldn't use this packet again, but am looking forward to using the others.

It didn't make my mealtime easier, just enhanced how I'd usually cook a roast dinner.

janine1975 Sun 23-Jun-13 15:23:55

Garlick and Thyme Roast Chicken with Crispy Roast Potatoes. I would rate this recipe 3.5 out of 5. I used skinless chicken fillets instead of a whole chicken. I mixed the powder with the oil and painted it straight on, this gave a nice garlicky flavour. I did the same with the par boiled potatoes but found them a bit bland and needed salt. Like the other recipes this is easy to follow and does make mealtimes a bit easier. I followed the recipe apart from using fillets instead of a whole chicken and i would buy it again, just tweak the seasoning a bit next time. These recipes are a great to have in your store cupboard. Myself and my husband both liked this recipe. For some reason it won't let me add my picture!! Will try that seperately.

janine1975 Sun 23-Jun-13 15:25:54

Garlick and Thyme Roast Chicken with Crispy Roast Potatoes

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern style crunchy chicken bites + BBQ dip

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
Variable. They all ate it without complaining that it was too spicy, which I had been concerned about. My fussiest eater loved it, as did my toddler. My other child "didn't like the sauce, Mummy, but I liked all of the rest of it. Except the chicken." Personally I found the breadcrumb mix a little salty and I wasn't at all keen on the tast of the barbecue sauce.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It was very easy.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I followed the recipe.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not significantly. The "making BBQ sauce by adding powder to ketchup" seemed rather gimmicky as overall I'm just as likely, if not more likely, to have ready-made BBQ sauce on hand as ketchup. Indeed, on this occasion I had barbecue sauce and had to go out and buy ketchup specifically to test this product.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I still have to test the others so still reserving judgment overall. This one? Overall I think we as a family liked the breadcrumb mix, and I'd probably buy that on its own if it were available. However I wouldn't make the BBQ dip again, so I probably wouldn't buy it just to end up throwing out the dip mix (although reading above, perhaps TheDeadlyDonkey and I can come to some sort of arrangement... grin)

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Liked it, overall.

Theimpossiblegirl Sun 23-Jun-13 18:05:24

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic & Ghyme Roast Chicken & Crispy Roast Potatoes
How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)?
4
What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
We all really enjoyed it. I expected the flavour to just be on the skin but it went through to the meat underneath. The potatoes were tasty too and the flavours went well together. we like gravy with a roast so I used the chicken juices and the pan the potatoes had been in to make the gravy, which went well with the flavours. Apparently the carrots, broccoli and curly kale weren't very nice (thanks kids) but I can't really blame Schwartz for that.
How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Easy- not harder than a normal roast chicken dish but considerably tastier.
Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Yes, apart from making the gravy to go with it.
Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
No easier, but no harder, so good for the added flavour.
Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future?
Yes. They are only 64p in Asda and I have already bought an extra pasta bake and a crunchy garlic chicken (as it was missing from my trial pack).
Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Everyone loved it. I would like to try this one with drumsticks or thighs, and will chuck my usual carrots and squash in with the potatoes next time.

Theimpossiblegirl Sun 23-Jun-13 18:05:52

*Garlic & Thyme smile

Blatherskite Sun 23-Jun-13 18:35:16

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
We tried the Southern Style Crunchy Chicken Bites and BBQ Dip tonight. We had them with tortilla wraps and some salad.

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
From the cooks point of view, I'd give this 4 out of 5. It was easy to prepare if a little messy and the finished product was very tasty. DH really liked them and gave them 4.5 out of 5 as he enjoyed both the chicken and the dip.

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
The children weren't so keen - DS (6) really doesn't like spice and said these were too spicy for him although he did eat them all so it can't have been that bad. DD was having a mega picky night and even turning down the extra potato faces I'd made her saying she didn't like them when she's had them plenty of times before so nothing was going to impress her tonight.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It was really easy. I remembered to use 1 hand for egg and the other for coating so I didn't get too messy. I like the fact that they were oven bake-able as it meant I could thrown them in the oven and get on with something else while they cooked.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I followed the recipe. I did guest-imate the measurements for the ketchup though.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It did tonight. I really needed to fit a run in before dinner and was able to put this in the oven and go out while dinner took care of itself.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I think we might try this one again. I served these with tortilla wraps and DH said he really preferred them to our usual fajita meal that I serve in a similar way. DH really liked the sauce too. I tried it and it was tasty but I'm not a massive BBQ sauce fan so I swapped to mayonnaise which was really nice.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
I liked it. It was a little messy to prepare but with this sort of recipe, it has to be unless you're buying the chicken ready coated. I can see there would be nights where I can't be bothered with the mess but when I can, I would certainly try this again.

ouryve Sun 23-Jun-13 18:46:05

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

The roast chicken and taties

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

DH gave it 3/5, but I only gave it 2. DH rates my normal roast dinner 4-5/5.

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

Neither DH nor I thought it added anything. I hated the smell of the chicken while it was cooking, but the potatoes were more promising. The coating left the potatoes dry, though.

DS2 wolfed his food down without complaint, but DS1 completely refused to eat his dinner. He didn't like how it looked - said it looked inedible.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Not difficult, but I was almost blindsided by the potato coating being in the bigger sachet.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I tried to follow the recipe as closely as possible to get a fair comparison with my normal chicken dinner, though I amde allowances for my fan oven, which cooks chicken a lot quicker than the times on the packet.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

No. I normally grab whatever's tasty in my herb planters or fridge door and shove it up the chicken's bum. It's not hard. I also normally make a trivet of celery and carrots and add water to the tin. Because I didn't do that, I ended up with nothing to make gravy with, which contributed to the dryness. The breast of the chicken looked like it was drying out, so I had to cover it with foil.

As for the washing up - I have a tin full of black, gritty gunk for DH to deal with.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

No. Certainly not this recipe. I felt like I was defiling a perfectly lovely organic chicken and the result wasn't worth it.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

I disliked it. It didn't make the food inedible, but did nothing to improve it.

babsmam Sun 23-Jun-13 18:46:09

we just had the Mediterranean chicken and pasta except I did it with tuna. it was nice enough and makes a quick meal when the kids are hungry. I liked the cheese and garlic crumb topper. we were not keen on the sauce too much oregano taste, the sauce was a bit watery but that could just be aldi chopped tomatoes. my eat anything 3 year old didn't link out as it was too spicey. think that would be the cayenne pepper. the grown us liked the warmth that gave. would give out 3/5. not sure I would buy it again but will have a go at my own crumb topping.

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Garlic & Thyme roast chicken & crispy roast potatoes
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

4.5
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

Chicken was delicious and roast potatoes delicious!!
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy to use.
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

Couldn't really add any more ingredients and I am a stick to the recipe kind of person.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

It made it tastier my dc's are always guaranteed to eat chicken and roast potatoes.
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes maybe not every time will have to see how much they cost.
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

It was a winner for sure. My dd doesn't like frozen or pre -made roasties so I was a bit worried that these were slightly different. She noticed but ate them and said they were good.

Nigglenaggle Sun 23-Jun-13 18:54:24

Hmm seems adding a phone pic will be tricky as can't seem to do it with the app :/ Would like to say thanks though to the person who pointed out that you need to cook the pasta on the pasta recipe first - that's my next one to try and I hadn't noticed either!

Questions 

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? 

Garlic and Thyme Chicken with crispy roast potatoes.

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 

4/5

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? 

The chicken smelled lovely and the skin was nicely flavoured, but the actual chicken was just chicken really. The roasties were really nice though, the flavour wasnt too much, DD ate them all and DP enjoyed them too, despite being quite fussy.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? 

Very easy.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? 

I followed the recipe exactly.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? 

It didnt make it any easier. I cook roasts regularly so it was no different. If we make it again it will be for the taste of the roasties, not because it was easier.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? 

Yes, because the roasties were lovely.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? 

Loved it for the potatoes. The chicken flavour is just a like because the flavour was limited to the skin.

LaVitaBellissima Sun 23-Jun-13 19:26:52

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Tonight was our first trial and we made the chicken tikka with raita

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

4 the chicken was really tasty and I surprised myself by liking the raita as cucumber is one of the few things I hate to eat.

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

DP and I really enjoyed it and thought it was a great summery meal, dc's didn't like it but they are 2.5 and rarely like anything that isn't milk, melon or peas!?!

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy, I liked marinating the chicken as it made it quicker (and tastier) to cook. The girls helped stir the raita.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I followed the instructions but only added half an onion as I was worried it would be too overpowering, next time I would add it all as it was great, I might try and dry the cucumber a bit more with kitchen roll though as the raita was quite watery. I also think it could taste good with Greek yogurt as that's what I usually use when making dips or dressings.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I liked splitting the prep by doing the marinade earlier in the day, and it was nice trying something new

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

This one yes, but would also buy just the tikka mix on it's own if possible as it would be great cooked cold for sandwiches or picnics.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Really liked it

Cherryoats Sun 23-Jun-13 19:30:14

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

We tried the mediteranian pasta

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

3
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

Dd refused to eat it, but she is fussy. Dh liked it, he liked the crunchyness of thr topping, but thought it was nothing special, and I liked it but thought the flavour of the topping was too much, and I didnt use it all. I would recommend using a little less topping.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

I thought the instructions were clear, i liked the look of the packet. It was fairly easy to follow.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
only thing I changed was that I used a red and green pepper, instead of a yellow I think it was meant to be

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
I am not sure how much easier it made making pasta, as it created more washing up, as we used an extra dish than normal, ( two saucepans and a dish) and took a bit longer than it would normally too, as it needed to be grilled

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I might not buy this one as i prefer s simple pasta sauce but maybe another one

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
I generally liked it

Garlic and Thyme Chicken with crispy roast potatoes.

Rated 4/5 by the whole family.

DCs like the flavour of the Potatoes especially. The Chicken was okay but we don't eat the skin so some flavour was lost I think.

Mix was easy to use, we followed the instructions and ate with carrots and peas plus gravy.
It probably made doing the potatoes a bit easier. But the chicken was just a normal roast with a coating.
Would buy it again as the potatoes were a hit.
Liked the chicken and loved the potatoes.

First day of testing in the generic house...

I don't think I've ever bought this type of packet mix as I usually cook from scratch and would use seasonings such as herbs, spices individually rather than in a pre-made mix, but I put aside my slight snobbery and embraced the test!

Today, we (DD aged nearly 4, DH and I) tried:

Garlic & Thyme roast chicken + crispy roast potatoes

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

Let's say a respectable 3 out of 5.

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

The flavour was good. I didn't eat the skin of the chicken, but felt the meat had taken on a decent flavour. The roast potatoes were very good too. It did taste quite salty to me as I don't normally use this sort of flavouring and stopped adding salt to cooking when DD was weaning, so I suppose I've got used to slightly blander flavours. DD and DH both said they liked the flavour and enjoyed the fact that it was a bit of a change.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy, hardly any additional work to how I would usually prepare a roast dinner.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I followed the recipe as stated.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

No easier. DD always eats a roast dinner very well anyway needs cajoling to eat most other things though

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I don't think we would use this particular one again, but we are looking forward to trying the fried chicken recipe as this isn't something I would normally make and if it gives us an easy way of making this, we would buy again.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

We liked it.

babybythesea Sun 23-Jun-13 20:09:50

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic & Ghyme Roast Chicken & Crispy Roast Potatoes

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)?
3

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
The potatoes went down a treat. DD (age 4) has become a bit fussy about potatoes recently but she inhaled these. However, the chicken was nothing special. It gave a bit of flavour, but no more than the usual things I use to dress a roast chicken. And the gravy made from the chicken juices was blander than normal, because it didn't have the same mix of bits I put on the chicken.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Easy.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Yes. Followed exactly.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
No easier, but no harder. It's a roast which is a bit of a faff to bring together whatever you do!

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future?
Yes. I have already bought an extra pasta bake.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
We liked it, mainly the potatoes. But we won't buy this one again as it didn't add anything to a normal roast, so it's not worth the cost. If we could buy the potato mix by itself we might be interested!

IcouldstillbeJoseph Sun 23-Jun-13 20:29:19

We tried the garlic & thyme roast chicken with crispy roast potatoes. I'm afraid we would rate this as 1/5, what a disappointment.

We did not think there was much flavour to comment upon - definitely didn't make the chicken taste of much at all. DS (2.5) managed a few roast potatoes but actually ate a carrot and broccoli instead of the chicken.

The mix was very easy to use.

Yes, followed the recipe.

The mix made no difference to the mealtime prep.

Will definitely not buy this one again, didn't like it at all.

Hate would be a bit strong, but it wasn't liked!

babybythesea Sun 23-Jun-13 20:34:22

Having done the official questions for the roast chicken packet, I realied I didn't do them for the pasta bake mix. My summary is on p1 of the thread but I will do it again, properly!

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Med pasta bake with crispy crumb topping

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)?
4.5

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
We all really enjoyed it. DD (age 4) is suspicious of anything she hasn't seen before and she loved it - success! Both DH and I enjoyed it. The crumb added something to it that my normal pasta bake doesn't have.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Easy. Really easy!

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Yes. Followed exactly. But this is a dish that could readily be messed with - loads of veg would work well with it so you could easily put it together from whatever you happened to have in your fridge.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not massively easier, because pasta bake dishes aren't hard to start with. But it wasn't difficult to do by any means.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future?
Yes. I have already bought an extra pasta bake. This will sit in our storecupboard and will be used on those evenings when you get to 5.30 and realise you haven't even begun to think about dinner. We are never without chicken breasts in the freezer and a tin of tomatoes so this will mean we always have a standby meal.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
We liked it. Quite a lot.

AnneEyhtMeyer Sun 23-Jun-13 20:48:19

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Garlic & Thyme Roast Chicken and Crispy Roast Potatoes

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

Definitely a 5. This was hugely popular. The potatoes were superb.

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

We all loved this - DD loves chicken but is fussy, so I was concerned she would reject the chicken, but she loved it. DH and I thought it was very tasty, and the potatoes were amazing. I wish I could buy the potato seasoning on its own.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy to use.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

Followed the recipe exactly as on the packet, just served them with veg and gravy.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not easier, but not harder either. Definitely worth using.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I will definitely buy this again. I have looked for it in the supermarket already, but couldn't find it. I would also love to buy the potato seasoning on its own to go with other meals.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

We loved this!

Yonihadtoask Sun 23-Jun-13 20:50:48

Marking my place also.

I didn't get hold of my sachets until Thursday - Have tried one so far.When I figure out how to add the pic I will do my review.

Skelacia Sun 23-Jun-13 20:52:39

Questions

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic & Thyme roast chicken + crispy roast potatoes

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
5/5

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
Really liked this one! Chicken skin was very crispy and delicious, not that DC got a look in on that! Chicken itself was juicy and tender. The potatoes were tasty too but did need a little longer in a higher heat over while the chicken was resting to get properly crispy.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Followed this one exactly (except for the additional higher temp cooking time for the potatoes)

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
This one didn’t so much save me time and effort as thinking. I didn’t have to gather all the different bits for seasoning the chicken and the potatoes but to be honest cooking a roast is cooking a roast; time/effort involved are much the same as without it.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not necessarily this one but maybe others in the range. Didn't make enough of a difference to the meal prep time to spend the money on it.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Liked it but didn't love it.

AnnieWinehouse Sun 23-Jun-13 20:57:04

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Tonight we tried 2 in 1 Southern Style Crunchy Chicken Bites + BBQ dip.
Served with oven fries, and a mango and feta rocket salad.

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

1

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

I found it very disappointing. It felt like it was too processed. The quality of the chicken I bought (from a supermarket, not our usual one) wasn't as good as it should be for the price, though that wasn't anything to do with the product, but it didn't help. The flavour was very subtle, I felt that I could make it myself with my own spices and have a much better flavour.
The DCs didn't really go for it, they found it too peppery. They are used to home cooked food, and DH and I have made homemade chicken nuggets for them before which they liked. This didn't compare at all.
The BBQ sauce wasn't any better than a branded BBQ sauce, and the kids didn't really like it either, even though I initially told them it was just ketchup!

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy to use. Fine for a really quick supper if you are not trying to impress anyone.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I followed the recipe on the back.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

No. Nobody really liked it. Although it was quick, it would have been just as quick if I had made the recipe mix myself with store cupboard ingredients. It even made the meal more difficult as nobody really liked it (and we were all really hungry!)

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

For this particular recipe mix, very unlikely. I will make my own. I look forward to trying out the other ones though.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Hated it. Sorry! But thanks Mumsnet!

Yonihadtoask Sun 23-Jun-13 20:57:05

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Chicken Tikka and Mint and Cucumber Raita*

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

4

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

* DS(15) liked the flavour of the Chicken Tikka. He had it for 3 meals, including cold in his sandwich the next day). Although he said it could have been a bit spicier.*

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Easy.
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Edinbugger Sun 23-Jun-13 20:59:00

Okay - have tried of the mixes now. Will post individual reports!

- Tried Southern style crunchy chicken bites + BBQ dip

- We'd rate it 3/5

- This was quite popular with dh and the dcs (I didn't taste it as was at work when it was made). They liked the chicken element lots - said it was v tasty but the bbq sauce was a lot less popular. General consensus was that the BBQ had a 'funny taste' however when I tried it a couple of hours later when I got in I liked the sauce. Either it improved in standing or it wasn't 'sweet' enough for dh and the dcs who are sugar fiends.

- DH found it very easy to use and followed the recipe on the packet without adding anything.

- It made it easier in that it gave DH an idea for a meal that he wouldn't normally have made - and then he didn't have to faff around trying to find the necessary spices etc.

- Yes, possibly. Still have a sneaking suspicion that the mixes are somehow more synthentic/artificial than making our own mixes but happy to be proved wrong over the testign period. smile

Didn't love it or hate it - thought it was fine.

(No pic cos DH didn't take one).

Yonihadtoask Sun 23-Jun-13 21:01:18

Ooops, I hadn't finished. will start again!!

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Chicken Tikka and Mint and Cucumber Raita*

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

4

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

* DS(15) liked the flavour of the Chicken Tikka. He had it for 3 meals, including cold in his sandwich the next day). Although he said it could have been a bit spicier.*

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

* very easy*

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

* I followed it exactly. Although I didn't measure out my yogurt for the dip, just guessed*

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

* It did, in that I didn't have to think up an idea for dinner that day. It was something different that we wouldn't usually have*

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Maybe. I don't tend to use packet mixes really, but these do make food a bit more exciting, without too much hassle

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

I loved it

AnneEyhtMeyer Sun 23-Jun-13 21:02:49

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Mediterranean Pasta Bake with Crispy Crumb Coating

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

DH would rate it 4, I would rate it 2, DD would rate it 1

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

DH really liked it, especially the crispy topping. I thought it had too much pepper and oregano. DD refused to eat it.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

This seemed to use an awful lot more pans than I would usually use for a pasta dish - two saucepans, a frying pan and a baking dish. I haven't counted the bowl I used to microwave some veg as I had altered the recipe. It seemed like a lot of effort for a pretty ordinary dish.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I changed this recipe a lot. I don't really like tomatoes, so instead of the tin of tomatoes I made a white sauce, and then mixed the sachet into the white sauce rather than mixing it with water. I also used broccoli instead of the peppers, as I thought it would go better with the white sauce.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

No, it made it a lot more effort! For pasta I would usually just use some pesto and chicken - I see it as a no-effort meal. This seemed to leave me with a lot of washing up.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not this one, but I will definitely buy others.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

DH really liked it, I didn't think it was very good, DD didn't like it at all.

Edinbugger Sun 23-Jun-13 21:09:02

And now number 2.

Tonight tried the tikka with raita.
Would rate it 4.5/5
Everyone really liked the flavour of the tikka - ds said it tasted like 'proper curry' ie from a take-away! I thought the raita was a bit watery (grated the cucumber as suggested) but next time would leave it chunky cos that's how I like it.
Yes - followed the recipe pretty much exactly except I had king prawns instead of chicken as I don't eat meat. Had nan, rice and bombay potato with the tikka. The bombay potato gave the whole dish a bit of 'sauce' without which it might have been a bit dry but then this isn't really supposed to be a 'saucy' dish so that's nit-picking.

It as V easy to use the mix.

Didn't add any extra ingredients to the 'mix' dishes.

Yes - made dinner easier as it provided an idea and an easy way to do it.

- would most likely buy this one again as it was a real success with the family.

- Loved this one (except the water raita..). Sorry - having trouble uploading photos.

wheeldog Sun 23-Jun-13 21:10:36

-I have now tried the garlic and thyme roast chicken.
-I would give it a 2/5. We all liked the chicken but the children refused to eat the potatoes.
-The chicken has quite a nice flavour, but the crispy roast potatoes taste very salty and artificial.
-easy to use
- I followed the recipe to the letter, though added my own gravy and green beans to the meal
-if I was going to cook a roast dinner, I would just make it normally from scratch as the packet mix does not really save time, and I did not like the flavour as much
-I wouldn't buy this particular sachet as the potatoes were wasted, and it was too artificial-tasting for the amount of effort. If I wanted to eat something similar I would get a frozen product instead
- I'm afraid I hated this one....

Greywacke Sun 23-Jun-13 21:16:00

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic and Thyme Roast Chicken with Rosemary Potatoes

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3 out of 5, although we would give higher for the potatoes alone!

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
The chicken flavouring was predominately garlic, you couldn't really taste the thyme at all. It would have been nice for the other ingredients to be able to play a larger role in the flavour of the dish.
The potatoes were nice, although could do with more rosemary.
My 18 mo was not keen on the potatoes, but did enjoy the chicken.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Incredibly easy to use

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients
I followed the instructions on the back of the packet.

* Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?*
In this case I would say that it didn't really make much difference to this meal. Roast dinners look after themselves and don't really require much preparation.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not this particular mix, I don't think that it made my life any easier and I could put garlic and thyme on the chicken myself in the same time it took to use the pack.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
I liked the mix.

pussinwellyboots Sun 23-Jun-13 21:17:39

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic & Thyme roast chicken + crispy roast potatoes
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4/5

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
Added a good amount of flavour without being overwhelming.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Pretty easy although there is scope to add a bit more detail on the packet instructions eg there is no heat given for fan ovens/the instruction to 'score the chicken' was a bit too general. It was slightly confusing to work out how long overall the recipe would take so it would be ready for a particular time.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Followed it, although I did roast some veg in the tray with the chicken.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Probably not much in it when roasting a chicken.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Possibly - open minded but would have to fit with what I was wanting to cook.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Liked it

TheDeadlyDonkey Sun 23-Jun-13 21:24:29

Tonight we tried the garlic and thyme roast chicken with crispy roast potatoes.

DC2+3 would rate it 5/5, DH and I 3/5.
DC1 loved the potatoes, but wasn't so keen on the chicken.

The flavour of the chicken was fairly mild. DH and I would have liked it more garlicky, but the three younger dc cleared their plates.
The potatoes were a great success, enjoyed by everyone. They welded themselves to the bottom of the roasting tin, which was a little disappointing.

The mixes were easy to use. 8yo ds coated the chicken, I did the potatoes.

We pretty much followed the recipe, but if we made it again, would possibly add other veg to the potatoes, and more garlic to the chicken.

Using the mixes was easy, no different than cooking a normal roast chicken and potatoes.

I think we probably would buy this in the future, as the dc liked it so much.

The younger three dc loved it, dh and I liked it, dc1 loved the potatoes and ate the chicken because it was either that or starve grin

TheDeadlyDonkey Sun 23-Jun-13 21:25:25

Tonight we tried the garlic and thyme roast chicken with crispy roast potatoes.

DC2+3 would rate it 5/5, DH and I 3/5.
DC1 loved the potatoes, but wasn't so keen on the chicken.

The flavour of the chicken was fairly mild. DH and I would have liked it more garlicky, but the three younger dc cleared their plates.
The potatoes were a great success, enjoyed by everyone. They welded themselves to the bottom of the roasting tin, which was a little disappointing.

The mixes were easy to use. 8yo ds coated the chicken, I did the potatoes.

We pretty much followed the recipe, but if we made it again, would possibly add other veg to the potatoes, and more garlic to the chicken.

Using the mixes was easy, no different than cooking a normal roast chicken and potatoes.

I think we probably would buy this in the future, as the dc liked it so much.

The younger three dc loved it, dh and I liked it, dc1 loved the potatoes and ate the chicken because it was either that or starve grin

TheDeadlyDonkey Sun 23-Jun-13 21:26:23

Whoops, sorry blush.

We had roast chicken today and my DD, who is normally very fussy, just kept eating! This was a hit all round. So much so that we were already eating before I remembered to take a photo, so apologies for the pic of half a carcass and some roasties! It made my kitchen smell lovely, and I've boiled the bones for stock, which will taste lovely with the extra herbs.

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

The Garlic and Thyme roast chicken and crispy potatoes

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

4.5

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

My DD (1.9) ate the chicken, went back for more of the flavoured skin and ate all her potatoes. This is quite unusual as she has not been eating her dinner AT ALL for a couple of weeks. We got "mm, nice" so I'm fairly sure she enjoyed it!

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

No different to how I'd normally do a roast as I usually season the meat and potatoes anyway (with a Schwartz mix!) so fairly easy, although seasoning the potatoes took a little longer as they had to be completely coated - I normally just sprinkle the tops once I've covered them in fat.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I pretty much followed the recipe, except I used lard for my potatoes as I'm not keen on the taste of potatoes roasted in oil. Also, I bought a slightly bigger bird than the recipe said (2kg instead of 1.6kg) so had to adjust my cooking times, but the mix still covered it really well.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not really in this case, as it was similar to what I would normally do. Time saved by not oiling and seasoning the chicken separately was spent on seasoning the potatoes.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Probably not this one, but I would definitely recommend it to someone who was new to cooking or wary about doing a roast dinner. I might buy it for a change to our normal roast chicken. I would be tempted in future to just sprinkle the potato seasoning over the top and save a bit by for my Yorkshire mix to make them herby and more interesting!
(Yes, we have Yorkshire's with our roast dinners, regardless of the meat!)
I think the mix would lend itself well to most meats and I would probably use it on a lamb leg with some chopped rosemary added.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Really liked it, the potatoes were lovely but not that different to how I normally do it. The chicken skin tasted lovely, but underneath that it was just chicken, but maybe I didn't score it deeply enough?

I used the chicken tikka recipe pack to make up some chicken skewers for a bbq, they were very well received. The recipe was very easy to follow and smelled lovely whilst marinading and then grilling.
DD loved the chicken but wasnt keen on the dip, there was also enough of a ''kick' to keep spice loving DH happy i'd definitely buy the mix again. I'd rate this sachet 4 out of five.

montiefletcher Mon 24-Jun-13 09:14:00

Sunday I made the Garlic & Thyme roast chicken + crispy roast potatoes for Sunday Lunch, very easy to use. The Chicken was extremely tasty and the pack for the roast potatoes made them more crispy than usual. Will be certainly buying again.

Ellie Mon 24-Jun-13 09:44:23

We started off with the Garlic and Herb Chicken with Cheese & Chive Dip. Was really easy to prepare, so easy in fact that my 13-year-old son took over and prepared it himself. There was quite a bit more breadcrumb mix than we needed so obviously could have done with using a bit more chicken. We weren't keen on the dip at all - we thought it was a bit sickly. Overall though, the chicken was a bit hit with both of us. We'd definitely use this packet again but without the dip this time - a 4/5 from us.

1st review, here goes....

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Garlic & Thyme roast chicken + crispy roast potatoes

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

For ease of use and quality of instructions, definitely 5 (and after reading all packets, all instructions are succinct and well laid out).

Taste... See below.

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

For taste, I found (and DH) that whilst it all smelt amazing cooking, it just didn't match up in the taste department. It by no means ruined the food but I just didn't find the promised flavoured coating came through on with the chicken or the potatoes. That said, we ate the whole lot, as did DS (who is 25 months).

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Really easy.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I followed the recipe in its entirety, nothing added or taken away.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

I wouldn't say easier because when I do a roast chicken I add nothing to it and when I do Roast Potatoes I don't add anything either blush. So the mixes required me to do more, however the additional work was so minimal that it didn't impact at all.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I don't think I would buy this one again based on the fact that it was a bit bland.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

I some what liked it smile

Easy to use, simple instructions and not an abundance of additional ingredients. But sadly lacked on flavour for my family, which given its a food product is the overall clincher for me, above ease and convenience.

Apologies for photo of partly eaten food... We started eating and had forgotten to take pictures!

ShatnersBassoon Mon 24-Jun-13 11:07:17

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Mediterranean pasta with crunchy topping.

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
DC said it tasted like school dinner (not a criticism I don't think), DH and I thought it tasted like a highly seasoned ready meal. I quite liked the crunchy topping as it's something I wouldn't usually bother to add to a dish as it would be too much faff to make myself.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I followed the recipe, but would add something like some veg to it next time.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It did make it easier as I didn't need to sort loads of ingredients out, and the crunchy topping isn't something I would bother making myself.

Overall we thought it was fine. I'm not sure if I would buy this particular sachet again, but it certainly hasn't put me off trying the others grin

fuzzywuzzy Mon 24-Jun-13 11:49:14

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? Garlic & herb crunchy chicken bites + cheese & chive dip
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 3
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? My girls were fine with it, not overly enthused by any means, but they ate it, no requests for repeats tho. My sister loved it, she loved the crunchy coating and the dip, she was dipping chips into it as well.
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? This one was super easy, I had a migraine coming on so made this altho I had had no plans to do so at the beginning of the day.
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? Followed it exactly as I was feeling really ill at the time, I just wanted to get food on the table so I could go and die quietly.
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? yes this one absolutely did, required no thought and very little cooking everything again was in my fridge so no special shop required. I also could lie down whilst it was cooking! My girls came to tell me when the oven pinged.
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes for the ease, might have this one as well in case I need to cook whilst not feeling great again, usually we order take out if I'm feeling ill, this is way cheaper and at least I know the rest of the ingredients are fresh.
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? This one we liked, as I said my girls weren't crazy about it, my sister was, the dip doesn't keep that well either but it is filling and quick and not too bad.

Dianec67 Mon 24-Jun-13 12:02:31

We made the garlic chicken bites and BBQ dip Saturday evening. They were easy and quick to make and very tasty! We would rate them 5/5. My sons are chicken nuggets fans so it was nice to make these with 100 % chicken so more tasty and nutritious

Dianec67 Mon 24-Jun-13 12:10:46

We made the mediterranean pasta bake with crunchy topping last night. As suggested on reverse of pack I substituted the chicken for tuna.
The pasta bake itself was tasty but we found the topping dry and rather too spicy. We rate this one 2/5.

Manchesterhistorygirl Mon 24-Jun-13 12:42:04

We tired the garlic and thyme roast chicken last night.

I wrote down as we ate:

Chicken feedback

Roast dinner.

Ds1 likes the potatoes, but not as good as mummy's.

He really likes the chicken.

Ds2 likes the chicken, but doesn't like the potatoes at all! Tried them but pushed them all away.

My feedback - Roasties nice and crispy, but not sure what the taste is supposed to be, it left chicken dry

Didn't like roasties. Really liked chicken - dh.

I wouldn't buy this sachet again considering the mixed reactions to the roasting, but I would consider the mix for the chicken if it were sold separately. I would say overall we liked this particular mix.

I used a two kilo chicken, because I always aim to get 2/3 meals from one chicken, and there was more than enough baste for that size bird.

We're trying a different packet tonight.

Manchesterhistorygirl Mon 24-Jun-13 12:43:01

Sorry forgot to add I would rate it 3/5, it didn't particularly make life any easier because it was no less work than a normal roast.

NoHank Mon 24-Jun-13 13:01:34

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern Style Crunchy Chicken Bites + BBQ dip.
We seved them with a salad and tortilla wraps which the kids loved.

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4 out of 5. DS, 6 gave it a 5 for the chicken alone. DD, 3 said it was great. Both DH and I really enjoyed the chicken and DH particularly enjoyed the BBQ dip.

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
We all really enjoyed the chicken and found the level of spice just right for the DC's. Any more and I don't think they would have enjoyed it as much. The BBQ dip was also good although I think you can buy ones just as tasty ready made.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Incredibly easy to use. It was in the oven in a matter of seconds and the dip was a case of stir and go.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients
I followed the instructions on the back of the packet.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, much easier than faffing about with a load of ingredients.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I think we would definitely get this mix again and look out for any similar.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
We all liked it, DS loved it

NoHank Mon 24-Jun-13 13:03:12

Sorry, forgot to upload picture!

Marking place. Must buy chicken blush

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Southern style crunchy chicken bites + BBQ dip

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

4/5, I would of given it full marks but I felt the crumbs on the chicken were a bit too dry.

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

I personally really liked it, the bbq dip was really tasty and the chicken was indeed crunchy and had a peppery kick to it which was unexpected but nomalicous! My partner also agrees with me and says the strong flavours were really nice. I can safely say that my son loved it! He is only 1 years old and normally makes a mess at dinner but I was shocked when I saw his plate empty and I looked on the floor expecting to find food....THERE WAS NONE THERE!

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy and simple to follow. The measurements for me were spot on! Which is rare to find now a days.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

Followed it but had it with chips if I had any I would of added some peas as well haha.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would say for this specific recipe it did indeed make it easier as it didn't take as long as I would of expected also to make the BBQ sauce all I needed was tomato ketchup which nearly every household normally has. I mean I HATE ketchup but we have it for when guests come over.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would buy this when I next go shopping as all it requires is the packet, chicken and well the ketchup I already have. So it really does save you money, which is always a win in this economy.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

I LOVED it!

MTBMummy Mon 24-Jun-13 13:48:15

We had two over the weekend, so will add them separately

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern Style Crunchy Chicken bites and BBQ Sauce

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
5

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
We all loved the flavour, I was hoping DD would be her normal fussy self and leave half of hers, but everyone cleared their plates

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It was very easy to do - the only stress involved in the entire meal preparation was DP announcing 10 minutes before we were due to eat that he wanted homemade wedges with it

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I followed them exactly

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Definitely in this case, it was nice to know that DD was eating something relatively healthy and I knew that the chicken was organic and not highly processed

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I'd definitely look at buying this pack again

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
I loved this one, my only small gripe would be that it would be nice to have a pack that does a larger quantity, we attempted to feed 4 lunch on the quantity recommended and it was a bit of a stretch.

MTBMummy Mon 24-Jun-13 13:52:56

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Mediterranean chicken pasta + crispy crumb topping

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3-4

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
It was ok, the flavour was nice, but it felt like there was something missing - DD refused to eat it, but doesn't like tomato based sauces

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It was very easy to use, and made preparing lunch very simple

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
We followed the instructions on the back - however we had some left over and added some chorizo, that definitely covered the something missing element

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Definitely - they're very quick and easy to prepare

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
We'd buy it again, but definitely have it with chorizo or bacon added to the mix next time

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Overall liked it - but not my favorite

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Chicken Tikka and Mint & Cucumber Raita

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4 - DS
5 - DH (his fave phrase for these tests has been 'Considering it is out of a packet!'

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
DS - liked it but not as much as our local Inidian Restuarant apparently. He said it tasted very nice but he didn't like the smell very much - I am a bit?? as I really think he was just trying to think of something to say - the plate was scraped clean in record time so IMO he loved it.
DH - ate what DS didn't - he said really lovely flavour, made a meal out of something quite plain and impressed 'Considering it is out of a packet!'

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
DS & DH made this together - DS 8 yrs read the instructions and I think DH only helped him with the raw chicken and the grating of the cucumber - so if an 8 year old can do it, anyone can.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
We followed the instructions to the letter.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes it did make things easier - DH and I was going out to dinner and I was at a bit of a loss as to what to feed DS as DD was already out and found a pack of chicken in the freezer and voila - instant, exciting dinner for DS (and pre dinner snackette for DH). Normally I would have pulled a lasagne out of the freezer - which I am loathe to do as I DS doesn't like ready meals but the chicken with vegetable rice was perfect for him.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Most certainly - if they are sold in Waitrose I will most certainly buy this one again.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
I liked it and as for someone that has never bought a packet mix in her life I would say I am somewhat a convert.

(My photo has DS in it so didn't post it sorry)

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic & Thyme Chicken & Crispy Roast Potatoes

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
DCs - 5
DH - 5
Me - 5

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
They loved it - DS said the crispy potato coating was better than the M&S Roast Potato Seasoning which we usually use and DD said made chicken taste like stuffing (which for my kids is Heaven)

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Really easy to use (well DH did)

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
He apparently followed the recipe to the letter.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
No easier to be honest we would have put seasoning on the potatoes anyway but would not have seasoned the chicken other than with salt and pepper but considering how it turned out was well worth the little extra hassle.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
If they are sold in Waitrose most certainly.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
DH & I liked it.
DCs loved it.

lottietiger Mon 24-Jun-13 15:05:06

We had the roast chicken & crispy potatoes yesterday, the two coatings were very easy to make although I would reduce the amount of oil I used next time. The chicken was nice & moist but the potatoes were too crispy for me, my OH liked them though. The chicken cold next day was absolutely delicious, made a good salad and sandwiches.
rating 3/5

ilovepicnmix Mon 24-Jun-13 17:49:39

I tried the roast chicken and pots last night. I'd score it as 4. Just me and my boy who is nearly one. I had it with salad and coleslaw and he had it with carrots and broccoli. I wouldnt normally use packets but it was nice for a change. I don't eat the skin on chicken so not sure I really appreciated the flavour fully but the chicken was moist and my son enjoyed both. It was easy and I followed the instructions exactly. I wouldnt say that the pack made mealtime easier as this is not normally how I would cook. I would buy it again as an occasional treat. I would say I liked it and I think my boy would say the same if he could speak!

Manchesterhistorygirl Mon 24-Jun-13 17:53:09

Just finished the Mediterranean chicken.

It was fairly terrible. Easy enough to use, but no easier than a normal pasta bake and the crunchy topping had an odd taste and aftertaste. The sauce was really watery. A resounding 1/5 in this house.

I would absolutely not buy this one again. Not would I recommend it to my friends. If I'd had this one first I probably would avoid the rest, especially if I had actually bought it.

cocolepew Mon 24-Jun-13 18:07:32

Tonight we had them Mediterranean chicken

I would give it 3, DD1-2, DH -4, DD2-5.

I thought it was a bit bland and too watery.DD1 didnt like it, DD2 loved it, DH isn't that fused on any type of pasta bake. I enjoyed the crunchy topping.

It was very easy to use.

I used mince, a small bit of chilli, onion and mushroom , so completely different!

It made more dishes, I never make pasta bake I can't see the point of putting it all into another dish after its cooked.

I wouldn't but this again but DD2 thinks I should.

I would say the average was we liked it.

I think if I had used the chicken it would had been less watery, a lot of juice came out of the mine.

AnneEyhtMeyer Mon 24-Jun-13 18:10:16

I wasn't sent the garlic bites one, but was sent a second garlic and thyme roast chicken one, so I have the second roast chicken in the oven at the moment.

Like last time I didn't just score the chicken lightly, I did really deep grooves in the flesh, and I found that the flavour went right through. I am really looking forward to having it again tonight!

Yonihadtoask Mon 24-Jun-13 18:13:27

We have just eaten the Mediterranean Pasta Bake.

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Mediterranean Pasta Bake

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

3
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

DS (aged 15) wolfed it down, and had second helpings. DH said he liked it but wouldn't go out of his way to make another.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

It was a little fiddly. Probably as I am not used to following recipes - I tend to just 'chuck stuff in'. But the information is all there. I was slightly confused by the pasta amount. I was unsure whether it was 70z of dried pasta or 70z cooked weight. I weighed out 70z dried pasta. It seemed about right.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I used frozen sliced peppers instead of a yellow pepper. It was a bit watery in the pan, until the water had evaporated. I don't think it made any difference. I also baked it in the oven instead of grilling it - as the dish I was using was too large to fit under the grill.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

yes, in that it was a new dish. One less meal time to decide what to make.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

May be. Probably not this one though. I would make this but using herbs and spices from my own store cupboard.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? .

Liked it

manfalou Mon 24-Jun-13 18:18:27

Tonight we're having tikka bites! In the fridge marinating now and I have to say they look and smell mighty fine already!

Questions 

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? 

The mediterranean pasta.

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 

A unanimous 5/5

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? 

It was lovely. Had a nice spice to it. The only problem I could see is that the topping made me thirsty. DD loved it once she tasted it. Both her and DP confessed that it looked weird and they didnt think they would like it.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? 

Very easy. However, the instructions were a bit confusing and I think a novice cook might have problems.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? 

I used the leftover chicken from the Garlic and Thyme chicken we had yesterday. I left the pepper out as DP doesnt like certain things and served sweetcorn on the side instead.

I also reduced the water to 100ml after reading other feedback on here that it was watery. Glad I did as I can see the extra would have made it very thin. I added a tsp or so of sugar to the tomatoes too.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? 

Not easier, but I didnt find it as bad as others did.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I will. It was a hit in this house and added a bit of variety. I like how it can be used for tuna and it was good to get a second meal from thhole chicken we had yesterday.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? 

Loved it.

supergreenuk Mon 24-Jun-13 18:57:11

Could do with an easy 'you will need' section for when your stood in the supermarket thinking 'that will be nice for tea, what do I need?'

At first glance I am pretty sure I could make most of these by myself with no packet mix.

So I've decided to try chicken tikka. I'm a bit worried the kids won't like it as there is no indication on the packed that I can see as to how spicy it is?

Okay so it looked nice and smelled nice but I found the flavour disappointing. My youngest ate it but my oldest didn't. It was okay but I wouldn't buy it. You could detect the heat but very mild.

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Tikka
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
2
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
It was mild flavour with a hint of heat. The yoghurt sauce was quite authentic.
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Easy. I put the chicken on sticks. I'm not sure I remember seeing it say to do this.
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Followed it.
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It was easy but I wouldn't say easier. It was nice to have a change. A meal idea.
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not this one. It wasn't nice enough for me to want to buy it again. I think you expect it to taste as good as the local Indian so high expectations.
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Hate no. Didn't really like it.

HairyPotter Mon 24-Jun-13 19:23:18

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

The chicken and pasta bake.

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3.5
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
Quite tasty. The sauce was good. No one was too keen on the crispy crumb coating though. It tasted too artificial and powdery.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Swapped the yellow pepper for red but otherwise left the same. If I made this again I would perhaps make some changes depending in what I had in.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Didn't make it any easier, it would probably be quicker to use a jar of ready made sauce than mix the sachet with water and tomatoes.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I don't think I will try this particular one again, I can whip up a nicer pasta bake in less time. I am looking forward to trying the rest of the packs.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? I didn't love it or hate it. It was quite good, just not enough to make me buy it.

Queenside Mon 24-Jun-13 19:33:45

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern style crunchy chicken & BBQ dip

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
The chicken was tasty and had a similar flavour to KFC etc.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Really easy.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
We followed the recipe and added beans and new potatoes.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Easier than trying to make the chicken coating myself and probably a better result than if I had made it from scratch.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I think I might buy this one again as we could have southern style chicken but we knew that it was good quality chicken.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Liked it.

BriefcaseOfFacts Mon 24-Jun-13 19:39:28

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

The garlic and herb chicken.

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3.5
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
DC liked it but dh and I thought the crumb coating was a bit bland. Everyone liked the dip and it definitely improved the meal as a whole

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy. Dh did the chicken and DS (8yrs) made the dip.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Followed the recipe

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It was easy because it is a meal everyone will eat and could just be shoved in the oven. Although tbh if I wanted breaded chicken I'd probably just buy ready made ones.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I might because the dc liked it so much but dh and I could take it or leave it.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? Liked it.

Sorry no pic, I came to the thread after we had eaten so nothing left to photograph!

Ragwort Mon 24-Jun-13 19:51:12

Southern-Style-Crunchy-Chicken-Bites-plus-BBQ-Dip - easy to make and this was my favourite. Dip was very good. 4/5.

I also tried the Garlic and Herb chicken bites with the cheese and chive dip - (made as per recipe suggestion) - the dip was not very palatable, very synthetic tasting. The coating for the chicken was OK but not nearly as good as the Southern style chicken bites. 2/5

Garlic and Thyme roast chicken with potatoes - (made as per recipe suggestion) - the chicken was excellent, really liked the flavouring. didn't rate the potato seasoning at all, very odd aftertaste 3/5.

I don't think any of these packet mixes made cooking 'any easier' - I would stick to my usual olive oil/fresh herbs - I am very unlikely to buy any of these. All tasted a bit synthetic. But thanks anyway grin.

No idea how to take and load photos - sorry.

velvetysquirrel Mon 24-Jun-13 19:56:25

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic and herb crunchy chicken bites and cheese and chive dip.

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
We (myself/dp) gave it 4 out of 5.

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
Myself and dp really enjoyed it and thought the dip was really nice too.
DS (3) said he liked it and would like to have it again. DD (7 months) had a chicken bite and most of it ended up in her mouth instead of the floor so I take this as a good sign grin.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It was fairly easy to use, although a bit fiddly when coating the chicken.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Yes, I followed it, although the mayonnaise used was regular mayonnaise as opposed to light, as we did not have any.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, insofar that everyone ate it and it was fairly quick to prepare/cook.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, we would buy this recipe mix again.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
We really liked it and would eat it again.

NumTumDeDum Mon 24-Jun-13 19:59:07

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

I tried the Medditeranean Pasta Bake today. I used the alternative suggestion on the packet which suggests using sweetcorn and tuna as that is what I happened to have in.

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

I would rate this a 4 - very nice, but salt content is very high.

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

The mix is full of flavour - a strong oregano taste and a heat to it, probably peppery. I liked the crunchy topping.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

I found it easy but I use packets all the time. If I had used chicken then there would have been more pans to wash, as it is, I used a saucepan and an oven dish.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I used the suggested alternative. But you could add anything you liked. I think ratatouille ingredients would be nice, such as courgettes etc. It really lends itself to using up whatever you have in the fridge.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

It saves having to think, just get the list on the packet and prep time is hardly anything.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, I would but I already buy products like this.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

I liked it, DD loved it.

NoHank Mon 24-Jun-13 19:59:36

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Mediterranean chicken pasta + crispy crumb topping

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
I thought it was ok, DH and DM both enjoyed it but the DC's tried one or two pieces and then wouldn't eat any more. DD, 3 said it made her mouth hot. DS just didn't like it. And I felt the topping tasted a bit powdery and just seemed to blend into the pasta once served up.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very straight forward and easy

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I followed the recipe on the back but left out the peppers as no-one is very keen on them

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It was easier than making a sauce from scratch but I didn't feel lived up to the taste of a home made one.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would certainly look for others but will not be buying this one again as only half the household would eat it and I try and find recipes that everyone will enjoy

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Myself and DH quite liked it, DC's definitely did not

Moleyjay Mon 24-Jun-13 20:00:07

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern style crunchy chicken with BBQ sauce.
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
I would rate this 3. It was tasty and easy to make.
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
I enjoyed the flavour as did my son and husband. The chicken wasn't too spicy but flavoursome as was the BBQ sauce
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy to make. In fact it was made by my son (4) with only a little bit of help!
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I followed the recipe as it was on the back of the packet. I served it with wraps and salad.
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Ummm. It was simple and easy to make but I'm not sure that it made it easier as if I was going to eat southern fried chicken I would have bought a pack of frozen preprapred chicken.
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Based on this flavour- maybe! It was tasty and we all enjoyed it. My DS (4) really enjoyed making it and as a consequence ate it happily so if he asked for it I would probably buy it again.
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
I would say that I liked it.

Righto, I messed up my feedback last time by forgetting to include the questions, so here goes! Tonight I made the BBQ Southern Chicken. I've not tried to use a ready bready sachet before, and it was v easy. Turned out well and we all enjoyed. I served it with coleslaw, some mini corn, some chips and there should have been salad too but it looked a bit off, so I left it out!

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? The BBQ Chicken
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 3.5 out of 5
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? We liked it. It was nice but not as good as other southern fried chicken I've bought ready made (obviously).
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? It was very easy to do.
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? I followed it to the letter! However, I did run out of crumbs by the end and my chicken weighed 360g, so slightly less than stated. So either less chicken or more crumbs.
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes, it was eays in that it was quick!
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes, I'll look for them again as they're a good cupboard staple
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? We liked this recipe.

RachelHRD Mon 24-Jun-13 20:28:34

Which recipe did you try?
- The Mediterranean chicken pasta & crumb topping

How would you rate this mix out of 5?
- We all liked it so would give it 4 out of 5

What did you think about the overall flavour?
- it was nice and herby and slightly peppery so not bland like some pasta mixes. DS (5) liked the crumb and cheese topping and DD (3) ate it all so must have liked it! DH and I were both impressed with the taste.

How easy/difficult did you find it to make?
- Very quick and easy which is always good for a midweek meal

Did you follow the recipe or add other ingredients?
- I didn't have a pepper so substituted frozen peas and sweetcorn instead which worked well.

Did it make mealtime easier?
Yes it was very quick and something which would be handy to have in the cupboard to make a quick tasty tea.

Will you buy it again?
Yes I would buy this again as we all liked it.

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? Roast chicken

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 5

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? Dd2, husband and I loved it. My dd1 and ds were not keen on the potatoes and they normally vacuum it up

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? Very

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? I par boil my potatoes first so I did that and then sprinked and cooked for 45 mins

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? Not really as its more a seasoning

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes for sure

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? Yes I did but perhaps next time I will only do half the potatoes so some are "normal mummy roasts"

MinniesMate Mon 24-Jun-13 20:41:27

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Garlic & Thyme Roast Chicken with Crispy Roast Potatoes

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

3.5

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

Liked the potato seasoning but found the flavouring for the chicken a little harsh and artificial.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy and simple to follow.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

Adjusted the amount of oil for the potatoes because they were too dry if the recipe followed exactly - a lot of dry powder on the potatoes as they went into the oven. Followed the chicken recipe but used chicken breast rather than whole chicken.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not any easier - bit of a faff with the 2 packets.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not this one. Liked the idea of the two parts to the recipe but didn't deliver fully for us. We didn't find it as tasty as some of the mixes you put in a bag. Perhaps because the chicken was a little drier and rather heavily coated in the seasoning mix.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Was ok. But liked the potato seasoning - would buy that on its own.

Pascha Mon 24-Jun-13 21:13:03

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Mediterranean Chicken Pasta with Cheesy Crumb Topping
How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)?
2/5 Mediocre.
What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
Ok. Nothing special. A bit bland.
How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
The mix itself was simple to use. I found the dish a bit of a faff to create though. To be fair, pasta bake isn't something I cook really, its not my style. If I were going to make this dish on a regular basis I probably wouldn't muck about with packets and extra chopped tomatoes I would just chuck a jar in.
Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I added mushrooms instead of some of the chicken.
Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
No. This dish required 2 pans and an ovenproof dish all within the space of twenty minutes. I don't mind doing that but I wouldn't say it was any easier than if I had made it from scratch.
Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
On the evidence of two meals so far its 50/50. I won't be buying this particular mix but maybe some of the others.
Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
DH says liked, DS1 wasn't fussed either way, neither was I. It was underwhelming.

CharlieBeth Mon 24-Jun-13 21:13:52

Our second go: Garlic & Thyme roast chicken + crispy roast potatoes

This was SUPER easy to use! I stuck to the suggested ingredients aside from using 3 1/2 lb of chicken legs instead of a whole chicken.

I've got roast chicken pretty much how the family likes it and the prep time wasn't that much faster or easier with the packet. The potatoes WERE much crisper and crunchier though which was a massive hit with one of my kids.

I probably wont buy this particular one again because even though the chicken came out lovely and we all liked it (the kids liked the chicken a lot - it all got scoffed) only 1 of the 3 kids liked the potatoes, the younger two (3yo and 1yo) found them too crispy. But if you like crispy like my eldest (5yo) does then it's a win!

The kids rated this on 3/5. Yummy chicken, too crispy potatoes. Sorry Schwartz, you did too good a job on them! :D

Mckayz Mon 24-Jun-13 21:29:27

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? I did the chicken pasta bake yesterday

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) I would rate it as a 4 out of 5

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? We all thought it was quite nice. We weren't too keen on the topping but if/when I make it again I would just use less of the topping.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? I found it really easy to use.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? I followed the recipe on the packet but it would be really nice with mushrooms, more peppers.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? I don't think it made it easier or harder really. About the same as normal.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes I think I would buy them in the future.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? I'd say I liked this one. Looking forward to try the others soon.

Schumann Mon 24-Jun-13 21:37:00

which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
- Mediterranean chicken pasta & crispy crumb topping

how would you rate this recipe mix outof 5?
- 4

what did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
- we generally liked it but found it a bit herby!

how easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
- easy & straightforward

did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
- yep just followed the recipe

would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? if so why? if not, why not?
- only made it easier in that I had planned what to cook for a change. mind you I have got enough left over for the childrens tea tomorrow so that's a bonus.

do you think you will buy, or look to buy, schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future?
- this is the first one I've done, but so far so good, so yes probably will.

overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
- liked it

SuedeEffectPochette Mon 24-Jun-13 21:41:01

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
The roast chicken and potatoes one
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
The chicken seasoning was ok, but the highlight was the potato mix. My son has never eaten ANYTHING to do with potatoes willingly, not even chips, yet said these were yummy!
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It was easy
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Followed the recipe on the back but added veggies to our roast meal.
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It was easy enough and it meant my son ate potatoes without moaning, so yes, it did make it easier!
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I might buy that one again, if only for the potato mix!
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
I would say I found it easy and delicious.

Jcee Mon 24-Jun-13 22:11:56

Which 2in1 recipe Did you try?
The roast chicken and potatoes one, although DP forgot to buy potatoes so we had roast chicken with salad

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)?
3/5 - ok

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
It was nothing special - the skin was flavoursome but meat not so much even though I scored breast and legs before putting it on

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Easy but much more faff than just doing a plain roast chicken

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
We didn't have potatoes but followed chicken recipe

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not particularly as it was more faff than just bunging a bit of oil on and putting it in oven which is what I would normally do

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
This is 1st one I've tried and we had it as I had a whole chicken in, not sure I could be bothered with this one again as it is essentially just a flavoured rub and I could put some herbs on chicken from store cupboard for much cheaper and for more flavour. Maybe it wasnt amazing as we didnt have it with the potates! Some of the others look more promising....will try and report back...

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
A bit non plussed - it was ok

shanelle5 Mon 24-Jun-13 22:17:52

Cooked 2 of the mixes at once for our first go at dinner this evening. We had the southern style with BBQ dip and garlic and herb with cheese and chive dip chicken bites. I served these with Sweet potato wedges and pitta bread so we could use up all the dip. I decided to do both as I have a large family with 4 kids who eat a lot, and this was plenty, clean plates all round even from my fussy eldest teenager!
Would give them both 4 out of 5, and yes would buy again as my teens like a bit of junk food and this felt like I was giving them a more healthy version of chicken nuggets! Proper chicken breast, and home made dips has to be better than pre packaged reformed chicken strips/nuggets.
For the flavour - we'd rate the garlic and herb one better, but strangely we did not think this looked that nice. Quite pale, looked like balls of stuffing! Also the cheese and chive dip that went with it, same deal - looked pretty yuk but tasted lovely! The kids all liked this dip a lot. I preffered the BBQ dip. We did all like the southern style chicken but the garlic and herb won hands down. Shame about the look of it.
Yes followed the recipe exactly, No dont think it made it any easier, infact its more time consuming making your own chicken pieces and dips than opening a packet but much better as I said, also they enjoyed making tea together. One dipped in the egg and coated chicken, the other made dips. It was fun but no, not easier.
Yes would definately buy again for the reasons mentioned. I would feel better about my teens eating these chicken nuggets than pre-made packaged ones. I would say we liked rather than loved them, but its close! : )

HairyPoppins Mon 24-Jun-13 22:27:37

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? Garlic & herb crunchy chicken bites with cheese and chive dip
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 3
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? My 2 yo DD refused to eat any of it. Me and DH thought it was okay but very synthetic tasting, the cheese and chive sauce in particular just tasted powdery and not that great. We thought we would have been better off just adding some fresh chives and a bit of cheese and garlic mayo to the plain yogurt.
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? Super-easy and my DD loved helping me to make the recipe.
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? We had everything in so we followed it to the letter.
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? It was really good for getting DD involved. However, it involved a lot more single ingredients than I would usually use in a meal, so it took a bit of careful shopping.
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? I wouldn't buy this one again but don't want to close my mind on the other ones just yet. We don't eat a lot of chicken, and if we did, putting it in breadcrumbs and dipping it in something isn't the way we would usually eat it.
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? It was okay.

HairyPoppins Mon 24-Jun-13 22:43:57

Here's a pic of DD helping me, too.

RedKites Mon 24-Jun-13 22:56:02

Tonight we've tried the Chicken Tikka. I'd give it 3.5 out of 5. DH and I enjoyed it. DS1, 2.10, is a rather fussy eater and wouldn't try it or the raita. DS2, 8mo tried it all and enjoyed the raita, but I think the chicken was too spicy for him. (Incidentally, it would have been nice to have a breakdown of the nutrition information for the two components, so I was more informed as to how much salt he was having.) DH found the recipe mix easy to use (he does most of the cooking here, and is a very good cook). He pretty much followed the recipe, although we didn't have any red onion so used white instead. He didn't think the spice mix significantly saved him any time compared to using a curry paste. I'm not sure we'd buy this one again. It was nice, we enjoyed it, but I don't think it gave us significant benefit compared to other curry pastes we've used before. Overall, I'd say we liked this spice mix.

Kveta Tue 25-Jun-13 08:28:26

Questions

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Southern Style Chicken with bbq dip

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

4

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

it was nice - the bbq sauce was genius, as we often end up binning 3/4 full bottles of bbq sauce that just haven't been used (well, have binned 3 in 10 years!) because we use it so infrequently, so being able to make a really small amount up was great. DH and I liked the chicken and the sauce, DS was unconvinced by the sauce, but liked the chicken, and DD just rubbed it into her eyes and cried.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

very easy

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

followed the recipe

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

not really, but it didn't make it any harder - I make chicken schnitzel and chicken nuggets fairly often, and wouldn't say that this mix made it much easier than my usual flour/egg/breadcrumb routine does! loved the bbq sauce though.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

this one, yes, as we quite liked it. It tasted nice, and was pretty easy to follow.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

liked it

Kveta Tue 25-Jun-13 08:36:56

Questions

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

chicken tikka and raita

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

2

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

it was lethal - far far too hot. we made the chicken edible by scraping the coating off and the coating it in raita, but even then it was fierce. DH found the coating very bitter and unpleasant. DS took one bit of chicken, and cried, and refused to eat the raita, and we didn't let DD have the chicken, but she rubbed the raita into her hair quite happily.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

easy

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

followed it apart from the red onion, as raw onion disagrees violently with me. I served it with green beans and pitta breads.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

if it had tasted nice, then yes, it would have been easier than my usual curry recipes.
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

not this one, as none of the family liked it.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

I disliked it, rest of the family hated it.

k8vincent Tue 25-Jun-13 08:48:46

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic & Herb Crunchy Chicken Bites

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)?
Somewhere between 0 (my oldest) and 2(one of the friends who popped in whilst we were eating).

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
The chicken was reasonable. The crumby coating was a bit too lumpy. The real downside was the dip. Utterly revolting. 4 of the 7 people around the table refused to even try it. The 3 who did only stomached one taste. I have chives in the garden. I should have just added them to some yogurt and mayo. Definitely not a good idea to add the grated cheese to the dip, not a hit.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
The chicken coating was simple enough but the dip was a bit of a faff. You need mayo, yogurt and grated cheese for this one and the results meant those ingredients were wasted. The dip went pretty much entirely into the bin.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
We followed the recipe on the packet and I wish we hadn’t
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Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Unfortunately not because nobody really wanted to eat the chicken bites. DS3 always claims he doesn’t like chicken anyway. This did nothing to change his mind. My DH makes lovely garlic chicken bites. I wish I’d just left him in the kitchen to get on with it!

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
On the basis of this recipe we wouldn’t consider buying them again. It wasn’t particularly labour saving, it didn’t have very good results and unfortunately it didn’t all get eaten – the bin was fuller than DS1’s tummy.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
This one gets a thumbs down from us. We won’t be eating this recipe again.

Yonihadtoask Tue 25-Jun-13 08:56:30

I love this thread.

All these mnetters across the country having the same chicken dishes for dinner smile

TeaAndCakeOrDeath Tue 25-Jun-13 08:58:27

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Tried the chicken tikka one

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

Would rate it a 3.5 out of 5

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

Thought it was quite spicy actually must be a wimp! and DS is 2 so didn't eat it

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Found it really easy however the marinating over night would need planning ahead rather than the usual sorting dinner out with no planning we usually do!

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

Followed it other than had no cucumber so couldn't put it in the raita mix - think it would've tasted better with it in tbh

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

It made it easier in taking the decision making out of the evening but as above the having to plan ahead with overnight marinating etc made it less easy

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Probably would buy it again, nice to have variety in dinners

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

We liked it smile

PestoSwimissimos Tue 25-Jun-13 09:13:02

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Tonight was DD1's turn to cook and she used the mediterranean pasta & crispy crumb topping. However, we had no chicken defrosted, so she adapted the recipe and used tuna & sweetcorn instead.

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

I'm not a mad fan of tuna past bake but this version was a little bit zingy and the herby topping was a definite upgrade from our usual one made with crisps! So overall I'd say a 4. I think i'd like to try it using chicken next time though.

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

DD2 was away at camp, so didn't try it. But DD1 loved it. We both had second helpings blush grin

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

DD1 had no difficulty whatsoever, once she's got a recipe in front of her she goes onto autopilot grin

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

She swapped chicken for tuna & sweetcorn! But didn't add anything else.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

So much easiern tonight as I was busy finishing the cleaning and could just let DD1 get on with it! All I did was make a nice side salad to go with it - lovely smile

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes definitely.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

I liked it, a handy addition to the store cupboard.

SarcasticMrKnowItAll Tue 25-Jun-13 09:34:26

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Garlic & Thyme Roast Chicken & Crispy Roast Potatoes

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

4/5

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

5 year old was not impressed but he doesn't really like much at the moment, so I wouldn't expect anything else. Myself and DH liked the flavour of the chicken although it's not a very strong flavour. Potatoes were nice and crispy and tasted nice but I wasn't keen on the texture

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I did it as instructed

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

No, I wouldn't say it made it easier

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Probably not, but not because we didn't like it, it was tasty but personally I wouldn't go out of my way to buy the packet when you can do it without. If the rub for the chicken was available on its own, I would probably buy that

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

We liked it

k8vincent Tue 25-Jun-13 09:42:53

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern style crunchy chicken bites + BBQ dip

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)?
4/5 on average

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
We cooked these alongside the Garlic and Herb bites. This was vastly better. A nice flavour. DS3 has always said he doesn’t like chicken. On eating his ‘orange chicken’ he was heard to announce “I like chicken now!” The BBQ dip was good too.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy to use. The dip was just ketchup and the mix from the packet. DS2 enjoyed assisting with this. The mixture coated the chicken well.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
We followed the recipe on the packet but added a bit more ketchup to the dip as there wasn’t really enough to go around. My DH claims to be a BBQ dip expert and he said it still tasted ok.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
I wouldn’t say it really made mealtimes easier. We are pretty used to making up our own coatings for chicken so usually have a pot of mixed spices to hand. However, the boys enjoyed having something a bit different and the BBQ dip made a nice change from ketchup/mayo.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
We might consider using this again, but it wouldn’t really provide enough to feed a family of 5. To be honest, I’d probably prefer to stick with making up our own coatings.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
We liked this. I only wish we’d received 2 packets of this and not bothered with the Garlic and Herb. Children might not have been returning asking for more to eat an hour later if all the chicken had been ‘orange’.

HappyHippyChick Tue 25-Jun-13 10:53:20

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Mediterranean Pasta & Crispy Crumb Topping

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
I liked the flavour, it had an expected zing, but not too much for the dcs. My two eldest dcs liked it a lot but my dh thought it was quite bland.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It was very easy to make, following the instructions on the packet and lovely and quick.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
There are six of us so I increased the amounts slightly and my dh used my pepper in a salad so I had to leave that out! Even though the sauce was a bit diluted due to the extra ingredients I don't think it made a big difference, it was still tasty (although this could have been why dh found it bland...)

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

It did make it easier, it was quick and easy to do and uses mainly freezer/store cupboard ingredients (I always have chicken in the freezer) so very handy if in a bind.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would keep a packet of this in the cupboard, for those days when I can't be bothered to do something more labour intensive! I would also like to try it with tuna and sweetcorn, even easier than frying chicken and chopping pepper!

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

We liked this recipe mix.

Moodykat Tue 25-Jun-13 12:22:28

We tried the Garlic & Thyme roast chicken + crispy roast potatoes

We would give it 5/5.

We really liked it. The crispy potatoes were lovely, I have never used a topping on roast potatoes before and it was yummy. The chicken was also very tasty and we all had clean plates!

It was very easy to use, but surely that is the point of a packet mix?!

We followed the recipe exactly, although the chicken was roasted all the way through without tinfoil as we had run out!

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would say that the 2in1 recipe mix made last nights meal easier as it almost took the thinking out of the cooking! And after a long day at work and then coming in with the kids, thinking is often something I am not capable of doing!

I think I probably would buy this flavour again - can't wait to try the others!

RiaBexleyGreenwichLE Tue 25-Jun-13 12:50:18

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Garlicky chicken crumb

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

4

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

DS (7yrs) loved them, DD not so keen. DP and I thought they were OK.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Fairly easy to use but didn't really give enough crumb coverage.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

Followed the recipe on the packet.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not really - if we have anything like this, we buy the fresh ones you just chuck in the oven from Sainsburys!

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Probably not. Too much faffing.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Liked it but didn't love it.

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

We tried the chicken tikka & raita one first

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

Definitely a 5 - it was lovely!

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

Flavour was lovely, plenty of mix to cover the quantities stated.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Twas very easy to use.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

Used apple juice instead of yogurt to make up the mix with.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

It made it a wee bit harder, but that's because dh cooks, and couldn't read the small print! <sigh>

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, but not this one, I have tried others and prefer those instead.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

I liked it.

llynnnn Tue 25-Jun-13 17:25:51

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern Style Crunchy Chicken & bbq dip

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
5

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
We all enjoyed the taste of the chicken. dd's weren't keen on the bbq dip, but I loved it!

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
very easy to use

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I followed the recipe for this one

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It wasn't as easy as buying ready made chicken dippers, but it was easy to make and felt much healthier and only took an extra 10 minutes

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
yes i would buy them again for a change. we all enjoyed it and it made a nice meal served with oven cooked 'chips' and salad

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
we loved this one, perfect for a quick weeknight tea and felt healthy too

Thanks smile

Edinbugger Tue 25-Jun-13 17:34:31

Tonight we did Garlic & herb crunchy chicken bites + cheese & chive dip.

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) DH says 5, DS says 4, DD says 3. I didn't have any cos I'm going out for dinner - yayyy!

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
This one was very popular. Everyone liked the chicken and DH LOVED the sauce. In DH's opinion this is the best one yet (have done the tikka and the southern-style so far). I had a little taste of the sauce and thought it was v nice.
How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? Very, very easy.
Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? Followed the recipe exactly (polishes halo). Added salad and veg to the final dish.
Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes - it was nice not to have to think what to make and to serve something the family wouldn't usually have.
Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes - being won over now. Would probably look to buy, and buy, the mixes. DH certainly would and he does a lot of the cooking in these parts.
Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? Kids liked it. DH loved it.

whattodoo Tue 25-Jun-13 18:09:50

Mediterranean Chicken Pasta.

Give this 4 out of 5.

Very good flavour quite strong. DP says it easy 'contradictory, but I don't know what he means by that!

Easy to use, I enjoyed making it.

I followed the packet instructions, but added some steamed fine beans at the same time as adding the pasta.

Didn't make it easier, but I certainly felt as though I'd out in a good effort to give my family a tasty meal.

Yes, I'd use this mix again.

Overall, we all liked it a lot.

LaVitaBellissima Tue 25-Jun-13 18:38:10

I've added a photo of the twins plates as I ate mine straight out of the oven

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern Style Crunchy Chicken & BBQ dip

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
DTD's refused to eat the chicken, so I removed it, sliced it and then they loved it (they are 2.5 so notoriously fussy) I also really liked the dip, it would be useful to buy as I occasionally buy BBQ sauce but it usually goes off as it's rarely used, much easier to mix herbs & seasoning into ketchup.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
very easy to use

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Followed the recipe

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
About the same, I usually put rice crispies with paprika & Parmesan in the blender and use that as a coating.
I think for people who usually just buy freezer products or ready meals it is a good step to starting to actually cook & follow recipes (I don't mean that to sound patronising I learnt to cook starting with El Paso grin )

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Possibly

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Liked it

TeamEdward Tue 25-Jun-13 18:39:32

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Mediterranean Chicken Pasta

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3
What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
Me "Okay, the crumb topping didn't taste of garlic & herb but the sauce was flavourful - maybe a bit overpowering TBH."
DH "Pleasant enough, but still tasted like a packet mix, a bit powdery"
DS1 "It was a good flavour. Very very tasty, I would eat it again."
DS2 "D'scusting." (Don't take it personally Schwartz, DS2 declares any food I put in front of him as disgusting.)

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy to follow the recipe, but a jar of sauce is easier.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I added a red pepper as the yellow pepper I had was quite small. I think I probably used more cheese than the recipe stated.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
I'm a bit of a free-range cook, not really used to recipes or packets so it was a bit different than a normal mealtime.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I wouldn't buy this mix in the future. I think the crumb topping is unnecessary and a jar of sauce is simpler (and probably cheaper in the long run)

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
We liked it, it wasn't offensive but I don't think I'd search it out again.

Looking forward to trying the roast chicken tomorrow!

HugAndRoll Tue 25-Jun-13 18:41:48

Today we tried the Southern Style Crunchy Chicken Bites and BBQ Dip which we would rate as a family 4/5.

I thought this was a tasty midweek recipe which was extremely easy to make (I did say even "can't cook, won't cook" DH would be able to do it). My DH who is not really a chicken lover (not great for the taste testing but he is happy to do it) that he really enjoyed them and he particularly liked the BBQ dip and it was "better than the crap you get on takeaway pizzas". DS1 (age 5) said he really liked it, it was on the "yummy" end of the scale when asked but not quite as yummy as chocolate. DS2 (14 months) went back for more and didn't throw any on the floor which is a very good indication he enjoyed it. Personally I liked the chicken, thought it could do with a little more pepper in the mix to make it more "southern style" and I don't like BBQ dip (or ketchup for that matter) so that was wasted on me. I liked how easy it was though and how the chicken was certainly better quality than the equivalent you would find in the freezer aisle.

I followed the recipe exactly however next time I will add some back pepper in at the egg coating stage. This recipe did make the mealtime easier as it was so simple and if I wasn't photographing it for the review doesn't cause many dishes to wash up (dishwasher free family).

Overall we did like this mix and we have already agreed we would buy it again. We said that we felt it wouldn't go too well with hot vegetables but it went really well with salad which is how we would serve it each time.

lalahotpants Tue 25-Jun-13 18:50:18

First mix from the Schwartz 2in1 range i used was Garlic & Thyme Roast Chicken + Crispy Roast Potatoes. The back of the packet had clear easy instructions to follow and was easy to open with one part on the top and other on the bottom. Starting with the chicken, i mixed the seasoning with oil and after scoring the chicken many times i brushed on the mix and bunged it in the oven. The potato mix was easy peasy, par boling them for 10 mins, covering them in the powder and placing in a roasting tray with pre heated oil and also putting them in oven. Ok so for the results! as you can see from my picture, the dishes looked amazing smile The potaoes were delicious, perfect balance of flavours, just right. The chicken was very nice, m husband and daughter were ver impressed, the flavour went all the way through and was ver distinctive, myself though i thought it was just a bit too overpowering. Anyways overall this product was very easy to use and added a little something extra to our Sunday dinner.

velvetysquirrel Tue 25-Jun-13 19:04:17

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Mediterranean chicken pasta with cheesy crumb topping (made with tuna and sweetcorn).

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3 out of 5.

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
DP thought it was nice, I thought it was average. We both agreed that the cheesy crumb topping was a nice addition. DS (3) didn't like it too much and DD (7 months) had a few bits of pasta - it was quite a salty recipe mix so I was conscious not to give the DC too much.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It was very easy to use.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Substituted the chicken and peppers for tuna and sweetcorn.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It was easy to prepare and quick to cook and was a meal which could be pulled together using store cupboard ingredients.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I'm not sure I would buy this recipe mix again, particularly for the DC currently due to overall salt content.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
It was OK, but we probably didn't like it enough to have it again.

babsmam Tue 25-Jun-13 19:17:13

We have not tried southern style crunchy chicken bites. I added potato wedges and pease.
I would give it 5/5
It went down very well with the adults and children in the house. The flavour was nice but not too spicy and overpowering.
It was very easy to use and we followed the packet.
It did make mealtime easier as it was just so quick to do.
I would buy this again but not regularly due to the salt contents
Liked it

doughnut44 Tue 25-Jun-13 19:25:32

We had Garlic and Thyme chicken and roast potatoes. Recipe was really easy to follow. I would give it 5/5 for ease of use and taste. My children for once complained that they couldn't have seconds (I didn't make enough). They loved it. Really easy to use and def made my cooking easier because I didn't have to start messing around crushing garlic etc.
Can't wait till next one

aristocat Tue 25-Jun-13 20:27:16

Today, we have made Chicken Tikka and Raita dip

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Tikka and Raita

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
Myself and DH thought 4/5 ~ the Tikka was really tasty (I had marinated it overnight) the dip scores 3/5. DCs only tried the chicken and thought it was nice.

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
Good, DD said it was spicy but DS enjoyed it very much.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Simple to make, it is just yoghurt,chicken and spices though so hardly difficult without the sachet.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Recipe was followed closely except I finely chopped the cucumber instead of grating it ~ just wanted more texture....
I did serve the Tikka and dip with Rice and Bombay Potato.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
We did enjoy the taste of this mix but I dont think mealtimes were made easier by using it to be honest.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, we have tried 2 packets so far and both have exceeded my expectations smile

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Loved it, not fussed about the dip though!

AnneEyhtMeyer Tue 25-Jun-13 20:33:44

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Southern Style Crunchy Chicken Bites and BBQ Dip

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

DH rated this 4, DD 3, me 2

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

DH really liked this - he said the spicyness was just right and the BBQ dip was perfect with it. DD seemed to enjoy it but wasn't very vocal about it, and I found I didn't like the peppery after-taste (but then I'm quite fussy).

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy. This week is the first time I've used packet mixes like this and I definitely can see myself using them again.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

Followed the recipe exactly.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Easier in so far as I didn't have to think about what I was cooking. Certainly they have made mealtimes interesting this week!

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes. It is nice to have a change without too much effort, and with these you know you are getting good quality meat, rather than pre-made items you have no idea about.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

DH really enjoyed this one. I liked it because it was an easy dish to make and it proved popular.

glaurung Tue 25-Jun-13 20:37:21

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern style crunchy chicken bites + BBQ dip

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
Everyone enjoyed the chicken, but one of the dc didn't like the sauce.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Followed the recipe as per packet

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It was easier to follow some simple instructions rather than to think about how to cook something.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, I might buy this product again occasionally.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Liked it

Aussiemum84 Tue 25-Jun-13 21:04:16

I tried the Mediterranean pasta + garlic and herb crispy crumb. I made it with tuna as I love tuna bakes and wanted to give it a go.
For a packet mix I would give it 5/5. My husband, DD and I all loved the taste, especially the crumbly layer. I make lots of pasta bakes from scratch and have never thought of doing this before.
It was really easy to make, especially as all I had to cook was the pasta then mix everything together. I followed the recipe on the back but in future would probably add pineapple and capsicum. It was such an easy dinner so I got to spend more time with the family instead of slaving over the stove. All the ingredients can be kept in the cupboard until needed.
Being pregnant, this is definitely the easy meal that will work well with a new bub as it is super quick and easy. I will definitely be looking for this one to keep in the cupboard for an easy dinner at the end of year - and before then as well! I loved the Mediterranean Pasta 2in1 mix.

GrandPoohBah Tue 25-Jun-13 21:07:59

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

The Mediterranean chicken with cheesy garlic crumb topping.

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

3.

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

It tasted like a packet mix. It was quite salty and I do generally use salt in my cooking, so I'm used to it. The flavours were very punchy.

DH and DD both really enjoyed it however.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I cooked it according to what I had in the cupboard wink As suggested as an alternative, I used tuna in the mix rather than chicken. I discovered that I didn't have any tinned tomatoes so I used passata instead. And I didn't put any cheese on it because I don't like cheese!

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

No. I didn't find that there was any advantage to using the recipe mix over cooking from scratch, it didn't make it any more convenient for me.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not this one. The flavours weren't great, and if I were going to dirty a chopping board and a pan following the instructions on this mix, I might as well just make a pasta sauce from scratch.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

It was ok. To be fair, it was the one I had the most reservations about, and I will reserve judgement until I've tried a couple of the others I'm more enthused on.

cocoplops Tue 25-Jun-13 21:29:26

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Chicken tikka
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

3.5/5
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
DH and I thought it was nice but lacked a bit of flavour. Had a bit of heat to it, but not much of a strong tikka flavour.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very simple

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Followed the recipe but drizzled with little extra oil before grilling as I thought it might be a bit dry. And I put the chunks of chicken onto wooden skewers to make it easier to turn

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Was very simple do made mealtime easier

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not sure if I'd buy this again

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Liked it

cocoplops Tue 25-Jun-13 21:34:37

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Mediterranean chicken pasta bake

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
DC though it was 'very good' and 'yum', polishing it all off very quickly. DH and I liked it too. DH didn't know it was a packet recipe.
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I used sweet corn and chicken as DC not keen on peppers. I also made the chicken mix the day before and kept it in fridge as the chicken needed to be cooked that day to stay within its sell by date! Added cooked pasta and topping just before heating.
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes it was easier
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I probably would buy again as the DC ate it all happily

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
I liked it, DC loved it

cocoplops Tue 25-Jun-13 21:37:52

Forgot to say halved the bake as DC ate earlier. Grilled theirs but baked other uncooked half as wanted to heat up pasta as well. 30min 175c -topping looked tad dry but pasta wasn't and was still nice and moist.

CharlieBeth Tue 25-Jun-13 21:49:22

Southern style crunchy chicken bites + BBQ dip

5yo said it was "really good" and ate it all without a fuss. Fussy 3yo said it was too spicy but then ate it all too. Little 1yo did very well with it, didn't finished eveyrthing on his plate but ate most of the chicken and ALL of the BBQ sauce.

It was VERY easy to use. Found it hard to make my usual 5min review video it was so easy. I sis stick the the instructions and recipie apart from the size of my chicken pieces which were chunks not strips.

We liked this 2-in-1 and I can see us buying it again, probably try it with wraps and salad, or with something other than chicken.

We gave this one 4/5

View Full Review: charliebeth.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/schwartz-2-in-1-recipe-mixes-review_25.html

RachelHRD Tue 25-Jun-13 21:54:19

Which recipe mix did you try?
- The Southern style crunchy chicken & BBQ dip. We had it with wedges and salad.

How would you rate it out of 5?
- We all liked it and would give it 4 out of 5

What did you think of the overall flavour?
- DH liked the fact the coating isn't greasy and that it was quite spicy. I liked the smokiness of the BBQ dip and the DC's loved the dip and armed to like the chicken too as sometimes they can be a bit fussy about breaded chicken (unless it's KFC popcorn chicken <sigh>)

How easy was it to use?
- A bit fiddly coating the chicken as you need 2 dishes and a baking tray but fairly quick to do and the dip takes a few seconds!

Did you follow the recipe?
- Yes

Did it make mealtime easier?
- I'm ashamed to say I've always meant to but never got around to making my own chicken nuggets so it was good to try this one and yes nice and easy as the coating is pre mixed and the dip means you don't need a bottle of dip sitting in the fridge which rarely gets used.

Would you buy it again?
- Yes I would use this mix again.

Did you love or hate it?
- Everyone said they would eat it again so it's got to be love!

jodee Tue 25-Jun-13 21:59:25

For Sunday Roast we had the Garlic & Thyme roast chicken and crispy roast potatoes

I would have given it 5/5 as I really enjoyed both the chicken and spuds but reduced my mark to 4/5 because DH loved the potatoes but not the garlic and thyme on the chicken, DS was the opposite.

Also, DH is a bit "funny" about having a chicken for Sunday roast as we have chicken during the week and he prefers beef or pork.

I did think the roast potatoes didn't crisp up as much as usual, but that could be down to the amount of oil I used (not enough).

mrscog Tue 25-Jun-13 22:12:36

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? Chicken tikka with Raitia

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 5! That is high praise from me but it was really good. DH said it was as good as a takeaway taste but actually better as you can use ethically sourced chicken. DS (16MO) ate some too, which is a compliment as he doesn't like anything other than Ready Brek at the moment.
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? We all thought the flavour was excellent. I was sceptical about the dip as I'd normally make my own seeing as I keep mint in the garden, but to be honest I think the extra garlic/onion powder really added to the overall taste. The chicken was an excellent texture and I found there was enough mix to cover all the pieces properly.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? Very easy.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? Not exactly - I didn't have a lemon so I used lime juice, and my grill isn't working so I oven baked it all for 20mins. I served with some roasted cherry tomatoes (went AMAZINGLY well), and a naan bread for DH and salad for me <virtue>.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? I think this one did make the mealtime easier - I think as the flavour is so spot on, it's nice not ferretting around through the spice draw looking for all the spices.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? This one, definitely, I was really impressed.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? Loved!

mrscog Tue 25-Jun-13 22:20:50

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? Southern Chicken with BBQ dip.

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) Ok - mixed, the southern style chicken coating I would rate 5, the dip 1.

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? Loved the flavour of the southern chicken on it's own, but the BBQ dip was no different to BBQ sauce you buy in a bottle and was WAY too overpowering. DS didn't try any but he was giggling away at the rolling the chicken in the coating part - obviously something very amusing about that to a toddler!

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? Very easy

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? Stuck to the recipe, but I particularly liked the fact that these were oven bake. So often things like this are shallow fry and I hate the unhealthiest and mess that shallow frying causes.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? Slightly easier for this type of dish.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? I don't know, I have very mixed feelings about this one. I loved the chicken coating and if I could just buy a large jar of that to keep in the cupboard I would definitely buy again. However, I don't want to be buying the BBQ dip it doesn't really go with the flavour of Southern Chicken, it's too high in sugar and I hate to waste things so I'd be left with umpteen packets of the stuff unused.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? Loved the chicken, hated the sauce. Please please please consider manufacturing a big jar of the chicken coating - I would definitely buy that!

Queenside Tue 25-Jun-13 22:26:25

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Mediterranean chicken pasta & crumb topping

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
We thought the pasta sauce tasted similar to a fairly cheap jar of pasta sauce and was also slightly metallic. The topping was really tasty but did smell a bit like pot noodle when I put it on which worried me!

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I followed the recipe and added sweetcorn and probably extra cheese.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
The sauce part of the mix didn't make much difference but the crumb topping was easier an quicker than making my own breadcrumbs.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I don't think I would buy this product in the future as I think pasta sauces are already quite easy to make from scratch. I might consider buying a mix that was just a topping for pasta bakes.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Overall we liked this product.

GreyWhites Tue 25-Jun-13 23:33:28

OK, so Schwartz Day 1 in the GreyWhites household.

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Schwartz Mediterranean Chicken Pasta 2 in 1.

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

3

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

I liked the crumb topping flavour and texture, but found the flavour of the sauce a bit too reminiscent of student pasta dishes where you'd just add some random herbs to some tinned tomato and hope for the best. I used tuna and sweetcorn rather chicken and that worked OK. However, the overall flavour wasn't bad. DH thought it was "good" (man of few words, that's fairly effusive for him). I didn't tell him it came out of a packet though, or he'd have gone mad: he is pretty fixed in his views of how things should be prepared and would consider packets like this a big waste of money when you can make everything yourself from scratch. Even f I'd told him it was a free sample he'd have ranted about it being a gimmick which we don't need.

DS (aged 2) spurned it, but he does sometimes just refuse to eat things for no apparent reason, so I wouldn't take that too personally.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy. Although the bit where you have to tear down the side of the pack is a bit annoying, it doesn't tear very easily or evenly, meaning bits of powder got spilled everywhere. Also it doesn't divide into 2 separate sachet sections easily, which is annoying; would be better if it was perforated between the 2 sections for easier separation.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I followed the recipe and used tuna and sweetcorn rather than chicken and peppers, just because that's what I had to hand, didn't add any other bits. I served it with extra steamed greens on the side.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

To be honest, not really. I could just as easily have made a quick tomato sauce with an onion and some herbs, or indeed opened a jar of pasta sauce and it wouldn't really have taken any longer, especially as I wouldn't need to follow a recipe as it would already be in my head. I guess theoretically it takes the thinking time out of deciding what to have for tea, but you still have to look at the packet, consult list of ingredients, decide if you have those or could make some substitutions, in which time you could have just looked in the fridge/cupboard and come up with a similar idea.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not for this particular recipe, as I don't think it would represent good value for money as compared with, say, a jar of sauce, but I will reserve judgement on the range til I've tried the others.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

This one I liked and so did my partner.

Just checking in to say that I will start making these this week. Had an unexpected arrival of DS2, 5 weeks early so have been knackered.

JulesJules Wed 26-Jun-13 09:27:21

My first review:

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

I tried the garlic and thyme roast chicken with roast potatoes.

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

3

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

DH and DDs quite liked the chicken, but said it just flavoured the skin really, not the actual chicken. We all liked the potatoes for flavour, and it made a change from normal roast potatoes but wasn't nicer - just different.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Extremely easy.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I followed the recipe, but also stuck a lemon in the chicken which is what I would normally do when roasting a chicken.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

I don't think this mix made doing a roast any easier or harder. It's basically just adding a different flavour just sprinkled on.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I wouldn't buy this one, the meal was no nicer than an ordinary roast chicken dinner.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

I would say everyone liked it - but not more than an ordinary roast dinner.

Blatherskite Wed 26-Jun-13 09:30:55

Congratulations Schro!

Blatherskite Wed 26-Jun-13 09:46:07

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Last nigth we tried the Mediterranean chicken pasta + crispy crumb topping

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
I'd give it a 3 out of 5. The kids would probably rate it as 0/5 as they hated it. DH liked it and has taken the leftovers from last night for his lunch today so he'd have given it more. I thought it was OK. Nothing special and I certainly wouldn't choose it over a quicker pasta and sauce meal. It didn't look all that appealing when it was cooked either.

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
The kids hated it. Both of them are usually big pasta fans but both disliked this and ate very little. DS complained that it was too spicy (the topping did have a kick) and DD just refused it all

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It was a bit of a faff and used more pots than an average pasta dish but it was easy to follow the recipe.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I followed the alternative recipe as suggested on the pack so used tuna and sweetcorn rather than chicken and yellow peppers.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
I don't think this one was easier. I could have knocked up a bowl of pasta and sauce in less time and more of it would have been eaten. Even as a pasta bake, I think I could have done something similar in the same amount of time without the pack.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I wouldn't buy this one again. Only DH really liked it so it's not worth making for the whole family.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
The kids definitely hated it. I wouldn't go that far but I wasn't impressed either. The topping was too peppery/spicy for the children. DH liked it but it would make far too much for him to eat alone.

Yonihadtoask Wed 26-Jun-13 10:42:29

An Update on the leftover Mediterranean Pasta Bake

As, during the week, we are a family of 3 - we had leftover pasta bake.

DH had it for h is lunch yesterday - and said it was much nicer cold. So is an option for a pasta salad.

Ellie Wed 26-Jun-13 10:49:36

Tried the Southern style crunchy chicken bites but instead of using chicken strips, I used bigger chicken breast fillets and it worked perfectly (just a little longer needed in the oven). Was really quick and easy to prepare which is vital when you've had a long day at work and you've got 3 hungry children to feed! The dip was absolutely delicious and disappeared very quickly. I'd definitely buy this one again and as there was absolutely nothing left on anyone's plate, I have to give it a 5/5.

MTBMummy Wed 26-Jun-13 11:01:05

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Chicken Tikka + mint & cucumber raita

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
We really liked the Chicken Tikka Flavour, but thought the raita was a bit artificial

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very use to use

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Followed it exactly - including the grating the cucumber with made the raita very watery, in hindsight we'd probably cube it in future, we also had it with the Schwatz Bombay Potatoes, which were a great compliment to it

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Definitely, it's nice to be able to make something tasty, without having to make sauces/spice mixes from scratch, especially during the week, when there isn't much time for food prep

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I think we would, it improves the variety of dishes served

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
I liked this one, it's got a way to go to beat the BBQ Chicken bites

BeCool Wed 26-Jun-13 11:13:38

Chicken Tikka and Mint and Cucumber Raita

Rating 1/5
Easy to use.
Overall flavour - 5yo hated the smell of chicked cooking and refused to even try it. We have an agreement when she at least tries new food, but this pushed her to her limits. 0/5
2yo - tried 3 pieces of chicken and declared them all to be 'horrible'. She usually eats anything. 0/5

Neither DC would go near the dip.

Me - it was OK. The flavour was mostly of uncooked spices, and I could have achieved a much better result with just a couple of more minutes labour (to add spices to some yoghurt for marinade). 1/5

Re the Dip, I did drain the grated cucumber to remove excess water, but still the raita was pretty tasteless. I don't see what the mix added to the yoghurt/cucumber/onion.

it would work better perhaps as a starter than a main.
I added chopped parsley to the dip.
It was nice to eat cold - nicer than it was hot.

I was really looking forward to this one, and it was a disappointment.

Unlike the other 2in1 packets, it doesn't seem to be so 'complete' a meal concept. I don't think convenience worked as a selling point here. The few extra minutes to make it from 'scratch' would have put my 2 chicken breasts to much better use.

THERhubarb Wed 26-Jun-13 13:24:17

Ok, we tried the Mediterranean pasta with cheese and herb crumb topping last night.

My initial impressions of the packets by the way were good. The nutritional information is clearly labelled and I was pleased to see that there weren't any additives or flavourings in there. It could do with a little less salt but I made up for this by cooking the pasta just in water, with no additional salt.

When I emptied the dried pasta sauce mixture into some water I was a little sceptical and thought that there would be some clumps of powder in the mixture, but actually there wasn't. It mixed well with the chopped tomatoes and the smell was lovely too, very aromatic and herby.

I baked the dish under the grill to toast the crumbs and then served it up. We all thought the same thing, that it was delicious but that the breadcrumbs were a little dry. We prefer a cheese topping on our pasta normally and whilst these had a lovely taste, it was a too crunchy and dry really.

Overall we were all pretty impressed and the plates were all empty, which is a good sign!

I might try the garlic and crunchy herb bites with fish as we don't fancy having chicken all week. Will try and take some photos too.

Lilliana Wed 26-Jun-13 14:44:01

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Garlic and herb bites

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

4

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

Very nice. DH initially turned his nose up when he heard it was cheese and chive dip and reached for the hot sauce to go with the chicken but after trying it the hot sauce wasn't touched - this is a major thumbs up!! Dip was v. tasty but makes up too much. I think I would turn the chicken half way through cooking next time as the bottom of the crumb was a bit soggy while the top was lovely and crispy.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy, I could see my DD enjoying making this with me.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

Followed the recipe

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes. Very quick to make and tasty, perfect as I was running late that day.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

For a easy and tasty meal when pushed for time I would definitely buy this again.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Liked it

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Garlic and Herb bites

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

4

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

It went down really well, DS (21 months) loved it

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Really easy

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

Just followed the instructions

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Definitely! We were running late and I didn't want to just throw something rubbish together

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Will definitely have a look!

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Really liked it!

Sunday we're having the chicken - can't wait

Allice Wed 26-Jun-13 18:26:57

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Chicken Pasta Bake
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5
2.5
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
My dd (8) loved it, my son had one mouthful and wouldn't eat anymore but he is a ridiculously fussy eater.
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Really easy
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I added an onion
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It was easier as it didn't require many extra ingredients
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I wouldn't be that bothered, it had a slight artificial taste that I'm not sure I enjoyed that much.
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
I'd say it was ok, middle of the road really.

bestbefore Wed 26-Jun-13 19:06:34

Sorry for being late!
Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
We tried the Garlic and Herb bites
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
My dd liked it and my ds was ok with it - normally he is fussy but he quite liked it. Wouldn't have the dip but he doesn't like things like that!

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy!

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I used turkey not chicken as it's better value.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes - a good change

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes - like the 2 in 1 aspect - easy to prep during the day and then cook later on

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Loved it!

thanks

Silverlace Wed 26-Jun-13 19:27:29

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Garlic and Thyme Roast Chicken for Sunday dinner

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

2

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

They liked the flavour and particularly enjoyed the crispy roast potatoes

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

It was very easy to use except as you can see from the picture I had the oven a little too hot!

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I followed all of the instructions and served it with peas, carrots, cauliflower, bread sauce and gravy

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not really with this one as I would have all the ingredients at home to make a similar flavoured dish.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes probably if there was something different I wanted to cook.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

We all liked it. I am particularly pleased that it does not contain any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, just mostly things I always use but in one handy pack.

Silverlace Wed 26-Jun-13 19:37:26

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Southern style Crunchy Chicken Bites and BBQ dip

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

3

*- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

When I tried the mix before putting it on the chicken I thought it might be a bit spicy for my younger son. When it was cooked I gave him some to try and he really liked it. Both DC really liked the BBQ sauce.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?*

I found it very easy to use

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I followed the recipe and used the ingredients as listed.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

This makes coated chicken much easier, it is very handy having all the spices etc in one packet and great to have a sauce as well to save buying yet another jar of sauce to sit in the fridge. I thought it was great that it used ketchup as a base as there can't be many kitchens without a bottle of ketchup!

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would probably buy this one again as it made a quick and tasty meal.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

We liked this one.

Tonight we were ready to try the second sachet. The reason we haven't tested another since Sunday is because we had enough leftover chicken and veg from the roast dinner recipe that we've had bubble and squeak for the last few nights! The bubble and squeak was very tasty, thanks to the seasoning from the sachet and we all enjoyed it very much.

Tonight's recipe was

- Southern style crunchy chicken bites + BBQ dip

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

We (DH, DD aged nearly 4 and I) would give this recipe 4 out of 5. It was very tasty and we all enjoyed it.

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

Very good. DH and I were particularly keen, DD ate it and enjoyed it, but said it was a bit too spicy for her tastes (I'm paraphrasing!).

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy, just a case of dipping the chicken in egg, then in the crumb coating. I didn't have a non stick baking tray, so I simply lined my ancient tray with grease proof paper, which did the trick and I had no problems with sticking.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I followed the recipe and made potato wedges and salad the accompany the dish.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

It was an easier tea than I often make, as there was very little preparation involved. I am a big fan of meals that can be prepared in advance and bunged in the oven while I get on with other things. I prepared the chicken about 45 min before I cooked it, as this fitted in around the other things I needed to do this evening and it did not seem to have any adverse effects on the flavour of the meal.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, I think we would.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

We liked this one, thanks! I enclose a photo of the finished result!

Tomorrow, it will be pasta bake.

lissieloo Wed 26-Jun-13 20:17:17

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? Garlic And Thyme

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 4.5

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? We really loved it, the potatoes in particular were delicious

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? Very easy indeed

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? I followed the recipe, although I cooked the whole chicken for longer on a low temperature

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? No, I normally chuck the spuds in with the meat and don't faff with the meat etc

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? I wouldn't but I'm a lazy bugger, DH definitely would, he loved it.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? I liked it, DS and DH loved it

lissieloo Wed 26-Jun-13 20:25:17

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? Southern style chicken with bbq sauce

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 2.5/3

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? We couldn't taste it, it was just like breaded chicken, tbh. However, we loved the bbq sauce. DS is artistic and finds the texture of sauces etc upsetting, but dh and I thought it was great

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? Very easy, but messy

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? I used drumsticks instead of breasts

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? No, the coating was a faff and, as I said, very messy

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? Not this one

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? Didn't hate it, but didn't quite like it, iyswim

NumTumDeDum Wed 26-Jun-13 20:41:39

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic Chicken Bites
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
1
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
I cooked this for myself and my daughter. We both thought it was unpleasant.
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Followed the recipe.
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It was easy.
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I won't be buying this one. The dipping sauce tasted synthetic and had a nasty aftertaste. It would have been nicer to just dip the chicken into mayonnaise.
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
I'm disappointed with this one. The picture on the packet looked lovely. I would have to say we hated this one.

glaurung Wed 26-Jun-13 21:11:18

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic & herb crunchy chicken bites + cheese & chive dip

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
tasty

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
19 yo ds made it, so it must have been fairly straightforward wink

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
followed the recipe and served with salad.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
easier, since I was able to delegate the cooking.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
ds thought he might make it again at university as it was quick and easy.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
we all liked it

Greywacke Wed 26-Jun-13 21:23:24

2nd Packet try today

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern Style Chicken with BBQ sauce

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3.5 out of 5

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
I really liked the chicken mix, it made the chicken lovely and crispy and had a really nice taste. The BBQ sauce was ok, it was a little grainy in places. My DH was less impressed, he felt that we could have made this ourselves by flavouring breadcrumbs.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Really easy to use

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I followed the recipe and served it with rice and peas.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
This is similar to when I make breaded chicken, but I really liked the mix used with this.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would buy this again, it is a really nice change to just breaded chicken and has a really nice flavour. I am less bothered by the sauce.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Loved the chicken, less bothered by the sauce.

Kveta Wed 26-Jun-13 21:46:49

3rd packet tried today!

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

the pasta with crumb topping

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

4

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

both DCs actually ate it! Although DD clawed the crispy topping out of her mouth and said 'yerch' (or something along those lines), but DS, the pickiest eater in the family, yummed it up. I liked it, but it wasn't mind blowingly good. Clearly from a packet, but edible. DH hasn't tried it yet.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

very easy

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

followed it mostly - but added some wilting spinach I found in the fridge, and used twice the amount of pasta, and frozen peppers as I had them in the house.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

this evening, yes, as I knew I was cooking it, and it was a very quick meal to make. It would be less easy on a whim, obviously.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

possibly.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

liked it.

TheDeadlyDonkey Wed 26-Jun-13 21:57:19

Tonight we have tried the chicken tikka and raita sachet.

The dc found this too spicy (the philistines!) so dh and I ate it all.
Dh loved the chicken, gave it 5/5 straight away. He whinger about the dip, but then actually tried it with the chicken and enjoyed it.
I loved it all, 5/5 from me.

The chicken ends up nice and spicy, just the right amount of kick to it.
The raita is a perfect accompaniment, and oniony, which I love.

The recipe was very easy to follow.

I followed the recipe.

Using the sachet was no easier or difficult than other mealtimes.

I will definitely buy the tikka sachet again.

Loved it.

Will add a photo tomorrow.

HairyPoppins Wed 26-Jun-13 21:57:52

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? We had the roast chicken last night.
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 4 out of 5 - it was very straightforward, few ingredients, and the chicken tasted really nice.
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? The chicken was lovely, the flavour was great and really got through the skin into the meat, without being overpowering or artificial-tasting.
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? Very very easy
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? We had new potatoes instead of the usual roasted potatoes but it worked great.
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? If we were doing a roast we wouldn't bother with additional flavourings, so really this was an extra step.
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? Not based on this one, although it was delicious, I prefer my roast dinner to be flavoured more naturally e.g. with herbs or lemon
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? Liked it.

HairyPoppins Wed 26-Jun-13 22:03:34

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? tonight was the pasta bake

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 5 - LOVED IT

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? We all really enjoyed it, very tasty.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? Super easy.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? I forgot to put any veg in because I was distracted, but I intended to use sweetcorn in place of peppers because that was what we had it.

Also, I used chilli tomatoes because that was all we had in the cupboard and actually it tasted really really nice, I thought the chilli would wreck it a bit but it really complemented the mix. I was lazy and skipped the mix with water option for the sauce and just threw the powder into the pan with the tomatoes and then put some pasta water in on top until it looked right. It was grand.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? This one was brilliant, totally took the thinking out of making something tasty and quick. Out of all the recipes so far, it looks the least appetising in my photo as well, but there you have it.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? I'd definitely buy this one, really enjoyed it.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

HairyPoppins Wed 26-Jun-13 22:04:23

Oops, meant to add loved it to the end of the last post.

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Mediterranean chicken pasta + crispy crumb topping

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

4/5 (hot) 5/5 (cold!)

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

I personally liked the flavour of the pasta it was a nice summer taste a bit bland BUT nice on a hot summers day. It was nice to have the crunch of the pepper and also the cheese topping was really tasty too but me and my partner both agreed it could of been a bit crisper. However it was still very nice and I even went back for seconds! Infact it cooked up such a large portion I had it cold again for lunch the next day and it tasted even better!! I just wish I didn't eat it all so I could eat it all over again haha. My son loved it too as he ate all of it and gave us a big "mmmmm" too haha.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

My partner cooked this meal and he said it was very simple and easy to make.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

He followed all the instructions on the back as it was written. I had some salad with mine.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

As a family we are used to making pasta bakes so it didn't make it easier (espcially as we had to cook the pasta first, not that, that was a bad thing)
however it did make it different.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I will be looking out for this buy without a doubt!

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Loved it espcially cold!

cocolepew Thu 27-Jun-13 08:04:06

- garlic and herb chicken
- 4
- all of us loved the chicken, the DDs loved the sauce but I wasn't too keen on it.
-very easy
- followed recipe
-no easier, I usually buy ready coated chicken and use bottles of sauce.
-I would buy it again, it is a handy thing to have as a cupboard staple.

-I would say that we loved it.

cocolepew Thu 27-Jun-13 08:06:27

Sorry about lack of photos, I'm a technological idiot.

missusmurphy Thu 27-Jun-13 10:33:32

going to try one of these tonight

2nd review, here goes....

(DS had his at 5pm and then DH & I had ours later on. So, pic just my little boys as I completely forgot to take one of ours!).

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Southern style crunchy chicken bites + BBQ dip

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

Definitely 5/5... We loved this one.

BBQ sauce was really tasty and the coating for e chicken was equally very tasty.

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

DS had his first and he ate everything with no cajoling at all. In his eyes (and mine as it was so quick to put together) it was perfect and he wanted more, which is a first in this house smile.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Really easy.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I followed the recipe completely. Though a little dubious at no flour before egging the fillet, but it worked perfectly.

I make breaded chicken and fish for DS ALL THE time, as he is a fussy bugger. I have to make it from scratch, no shop breadcrumbs for him as he tells the difference and refuses shop bought over freshly made. So I was skeptical of this product re: fooling my DS.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Very easy. As above, I make breaded food for DS all the time. This saved me making my own breadcrumbs and herb coating, so time was saved.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, yes, yes. My DS loved them as did DH and I. Really tasty and the BBQ dip was yummy.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Loved it and definitely buying again.

MTBMummy Thu 27-Jun-13 11:29:30

4th Trial

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic & herb crunchy chicken bites + cheese & chive dip

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
5 – DD and DP both hoovered down their portions – and I really enjoyed it too

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
It was definitely a hit, everyone really enjoyed it

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy – DD even made the dip herself

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
We used sliced chicken breasts as it was all we had in the house, so a bit more chicken than the standard mini fillets pack

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Definitely – the whole thing took about 10 minutes to prep and then you just shove it in the oven – couldn’t be easier

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
We’ll definitely get these and the Southern Fried ones again

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Loved it

Only the roast chicken left to go now – roll on Saturday – YUM!

Mum2DaisyAndAlfie Thu 27-Jun-13 11:50:59

So on Sunday I made garlic and herb chicken bites with cheese and chive dip. Very easy to make, instructions simple and every body loved them. Empty plates all round. Will be buying again

missusmurphy Thu 27-Jun-13 12:49:06

CHICKEN TIKKA + MINT CUCUMBER RAITA 4.5/5

Okay I said I'd try one for dinner... I couldn't wait...
My family isn't a big fan of spicy food but I love chicken tikka so I just decided to make this earlier...

My DH and DS loved it!! My husband even went for seconds yay! My son who's 18 months old loved it!

I followed the directions and waited exactly 30 minutes for the chicken to marinade (hardest part) and made the raita mix as well but I used white onions instead of red (too strong for my family). Served it with basmati rice.

It is so easy to make and the spices are just right you get the flavor of tikka without too much heat. I will definitely buy this again! Gave it 4.5 because I had to add a bit of salt on mine but I guess it might be different if I marinated the chicken overnight.. I'd also try and use thigh fillets as we're not really fans of chicken breast meat.

PS... this is really easy to make the hardest part is grating the cucumber and waiting for the chicken to marinade.

missusmurphy Thu 27-Jun-13 13:00:04

tried to upload pic... chicken tikka and raita mix

manfalou Thu 27-Jun-13 13:28:06

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Tikka Chicken with Raita Dip

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

5. Was REALLY nice.

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

DS did not like it at all... was a bit too spicy for him although he enjoyed dipping breadsticks in the dip. Me and DP loved it.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very Easy.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

Didn't realise we hadn't got any onion left so went without.. dip was still very nice.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all?

Didn't make easier as we'd usually just buy a jar and although this is really easy to make, I often forget to let things marinade for long enough.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future?

i'd buy this again. I think they're great for a 'snack' type thing when friends come round for a DVD night.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Loved it

Bumpstarter Thu 27-Jun-13 13:32:45

here is the pasta.

i had no chicken, peppers, tin toms, tuna or macarioni in.
so i used onion, grated carrots, tinned sweetcorn, spaghetti, cooked french beans and fresh tomatoes instead.

the kids said it was good, but it had too much pepper in it. i was not wild about it either... prefer real bread crumbs on top of my pasta dishes. more subtle flavour.

mrsbradley11 Thu 27-Jun-13 14:29:11

Mediterranean chicken pasta + crispy crumb topping
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 4!
What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? It was very yummy, we had a friend over for dinner! he loved it too and its on my shopping list to get again.
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? so easy! idiot proof.
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? my husbands fussy so we left out the peppers!
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? yes very much so, im not a great cook so it was nice for me to not panic about dinner
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? yes for sure/
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? loved it, cant wait to try the others!

PukousMucous Thu 27-Jun-13 14:41:32

We had the southern style chicken last night. The chicken itself was easy to prepare but then making it from scratch is pretty straightforward anyway. Not sure the packet made it much easier. We would give it a 3/5, the sauce was nice and the chicken tasty but it was no original recipe.

I followed the recipe except didn't have small fillets of chicken so used thighs therefore baked for longer and the coating did become crispy. DS was not that keen on the coating and picked it off the chicken. I don't think we'd buy this packet again as I'm not sure it really added much. It is no simpler tu use than making it from scratch.

Pasta bake tonight but have no chicken or tuna in so will use lots of veggies instead. Now to work out how to add a picture.

pussinwellyboots Thu 27-Jun-13 14:47:48

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern style crunchy chicken bites + BBQ dip

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3/5
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
Dh liked it, different to the things that I usually do, DS1 liked it although not his favourite. DS2 being very fussy and tired wouldn't try it.
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy, took about 10 mins or less and ideal for kids to help with.
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Followed the recipe
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes in that it gave me an idea of what to cook.
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I might do but probably not this one as the kids are just not into chicken nuggets at the moment.
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Liked it

Bumpstarter Thu 27-Jun-13 15:19:11

whoops, i forgot the questions!
Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? pasta
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 2
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? dc thought too much pepper, i thought the flavour was a bit too strong for the breadcrumbs
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? easy to follow recipe, easy to exchange ingredients for ones i had in
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? er, see previous response!
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? yes, it helped me decide what to cook
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? probably not, although i will wait to decide once i have tried them all
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? it was ok

Florin Thu 27-Jun-13 16:50:05

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? Chicken pasta bake
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 4/5
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? Not the kind of thing we would normally have for dinner as we normally have meat or fish and veg but we really liked it. We would give it 4 out of 5. Our just turned 1 year old had a portion of left overs today and also adored it, eating every last bit
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? Very easy
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? Did it to packet instructions exactly
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes, simple ingredients and easy recipe to follow
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, it is not the kind of thing I would normally buy as normally do everything from fresh but it tasted good and was easy and economical, a good back up to have in the cupboard
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? Loved it

BevJepson Thu 27-Jun-13 17:08:50

Tonight we tried the Schwartz two in one Mediterranean chicken pasta and Crispy crumb topping. I added finely diced mushrooms and onions extra to the recipe to up the vegetable content.

I found the instructions very easy to follow and the recipe quick and easy to make but unfortunately will not be making this recipe again as my son did not like it at all and refused to eat any of it.

I however did enjoy the pasta bake especially the crispy crumb topping but it is not something I would just make for myself.

Overall I would give this recipe 2/5 And unfortunately would not be purchasing this in the future.

goldenretriever Thu 27-Jun-13 18:16:57

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? Garlic & Thyme roast chicken + crispy roast potatoes
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 4/5
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
We all enjoyed it.
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? Quite easy
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? Did it to packet instructions exactly
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes, as I like to have a recipe to follow
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, every once on a while.
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Liked it.

JulesJules Thu 27-Jun-13 19:02:22

OK, second review coming up...
Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Chicken Tikka and cucumber and mint raita
How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4.5 - everyone liked it a lot.
What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
DH and the DDs all really liked the chicken tikka - good flavour, not too spicy, DD1 said "Nom Nom!" The children weren't as keen on the raita, but they don't normally like it. Me and DH both liked the raita.
How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy
Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Followed the recipe apart from I didn't have a red onion, so I snipped in a spring onion instead, which worked well. And I thought grating the cucumber would be a bit of a faff and make it too watery, so I chopped it in small chunks instead (which is how I do the cucumber if I'm making raita from scratch). Also I baked it in the oven instead of cooking under the grill. Worked fine.
Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not really, because if we have a curry usually I buy it ready made! It was certainly a lot easier than making a curry from scratch though.
Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I might get this one again, however, to make it into a meal for all of us, I bought some pilau rice, naan bread and a veggie curry (for me) so with the chicken, yoghurt and mix I think would be more expensive than getting the supermarket takeaway.
Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Overall they loved it

JulesJules Thu 27-Jun-13 19:03:23

I took a photo with my phone but can't upload it - I'll have to put it on the computer first and upload it later.

Third recipe tested tonight and I'm really enjoying not having to think about what to cook!

Tonight, we had Mediterranean chicken pasta + crispy crumb topping

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

I would give this mix a 4

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

DD did not eat any at all, but she was feeling ill, so don't be offended. DH and I enjoyed it very much.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy, as with the others I have tested so far, namely the roast chicken and the BBQ chicken pieces.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

No, I deviated a bit today. As I mentioned yesterday, I prefer to prepare our meals during the day so I don't have much to do later in the afternoon. Today, I knew I would be out just before tea time, so I made the recipe in the morning. I used chicken but also added some sausages, cut into pieces, as I didn't have e ought chicken. I also added two peppers instead of one rebel, yeah and two tins of tomatoes and more pasta, to stretch this meal further.

When we were ready to eat, I reheated the pasta bake in the oven and finished off under the grill. Again, this variation worked just fine and could be a useful way of cooking the meal for other time pressed people!

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

No easier.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Liked it, very tasty.

ouryve Thu 27-Jun-13 20:13:03

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Mediterranean Pasta Bake

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

DH and DS1 gave it 3/5. I gave it 2.5

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

DH and I found it somewhat synthetic. DS1 said it was not bad, but not excellent and it was a little spicy (he doesn't usually like spicy food, so for him to eat it was quite something) I didn't like the smell of the topping and could only bring myself to put about half of it on. It reminded me of a packet of crisps or instant soup powder. DS2 doesn't like pasta, but does like cheesy toppings, so I served him up some of mine. He spat it out.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

It was a bit of a faff, to be honest and saved no effort compared with using fresh flavourings or simple dried herbs. The crumbs scattered everywhere when I tore the packet open.

Using a pan that I could put under the grill saved on washing up.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? I only used 150g of pasta, since there were only 3 of us eating it (and we had pudding to look forward to!) and added a courgette to the yellow pepper. And I used tuna, instead of chicken.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not really. I make this sort of meal regularly, with or without a cheesy topping, and either make the sauce from scratch or use a jar of inexpensive but good quality sauce.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

No. I prefer the flavour of fresh garlic to dried and have a good stock of fresh an dried herbs to choose from.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

The sauce was meh and I hated the topping.

Yonihadtoask Thu 27-Jun-13 20:14:30

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern Style Chicken Bites and BBQ Dip

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product

DS liked it a lot. He is a KFC fan. DH wasn't too keen, but he is funny about packet mixes anyway. I liked it. It didn't taste too salty and artificial. It was a nice change.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Easy. This was the simplest one so far that I had tried.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

Followed it to the letter. Served up with some potato wedges and a salad.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Easier. Because I didn't have to think about what to do for dinner.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Maybe. We don't use packet mixes very often, but some of these that I have tried did make a nice change.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Liked it.

Bonkerz Thu 27-Jun-13 20:17:28

I made the southern chicken bites tonight for tea......... It went down really well.
Very easy to coat the chicken. I served with homemade herb wedges and the BBQ dip.
Kids ate the lot. The coating wasn't spicy which Is good.

Bonkerz Thu 27-Jun-13 20:18:31

Would defo buy and use again. It's all dairy free which can't be said for the shop bought ready made version and my ds is dairy intolerant so he loved this treat!

babybythesea Thu 27-Jun-13 20:52:33

Review number 3 (Sorry, no pics because I forgot to take photos in the middle of trying to convince DD that it really was dinner time!):

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic and hern chicken bites with cheese and chive dip. We had it with chips and salad.

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest):
4.

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
DD (age 4) was suspicious at first of both the coating on the chicken and the dip, but this is fairly typical when she's shown a new food. She went on to eat the chicken with no problem but although she said she liked the dip she didn't eat it, possibly because she had ketchup there (for her chips) and chose to dip the chicken in that instead. Dh and I both thought the chicken coating was a bit bland but not unpleasant, and the dip was good.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy. My only complaint is that we didn't quite have enough crumb mix to completely coat all the chicken - maybe it went on too thickly to begin with but the last couple of bits were only half coated. Also, despite using the stated amount of meat, it really only gave enough for DH and I with a bit for DD. You'd have to be quite stingy with the meat to make it stretch to 4 servings, and yet if you add more meat in you'd have more trouble with the quantity of coating.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Followed it exactly.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
This is tricky to answer. I don't currently make anything that is similar to this so I have nothing to compare it to. It was easy to do and because it is completely different to anything we would normally have it will add another recipe to our list of options.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
This one, yes. It doesn't take loads of effort or prep, everyone liked it, and if we keep a packet of this in the cupboard it can be a 'storecupboard standby meal'. And it's not something we'd normally do with chicken pieces which gives it a certain novelty value!

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
We liked it. A good, easy family meal with no need to buy loads of ingredients we wouldn't normally have in the kitchen.

Pascha Thu 27-Jun-13 20:55:53

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Chicken Tikka with Mint & Cucumber Raita
How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
DH says 1/5, DS1 refused it completely. I think 2/5
What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
There wasn't enough flavour to tell. DH had no idea it was chicken tikka til he read the packet after eating it. The chicken was bland, the raita was nice enough, but Dh says too sharp to go with the chicken. I found it too watery.
How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Easy enough to follow the instructions but the cooking time was woefully out of kilter, it took more like twenty minutes to cook the chicken through, obviously it needs to be smaller cubes but there was no hint of size needed. I don't grill chicken cubes very much so no real idea how long it ought to take.
Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I followed the recipe except I only had white onion, not red, for the raita.
Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not really, a bit more complicated in fact as the timings didn't work.
Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not this one.
Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Hate is a strong word but none of us particularly liked it. Unimpressed.

yegodsandlittlefishes Thu 27-Jun-13 21:21:44

First try: Garlic and Herb Crunchy Chicken Bites

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic and Herb Crunchy Chicken Bites

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
3 Fairly average

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
2
It is a lot of trouble to go to for what it is.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I used the suggested ingredients

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not easier, no. I often buy breaded chicken fillets/goujons, which are just as tasty and are quick to prepare and don't stick to the baking tray (the Schwartz recipe ones did!) I then use any available time thinking of new ways to use them.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not this particular one, as I prefer the good quality ready made versions available, as they are less hassle and can be cooked from frozen.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
I liked the flavour, and the coating did stick better than expected and remained a good texture, but this is the kind of thing I make when I need something really quick which is adaptable for different meals (and can be used in wraps and sandwickes the next day for packed lunches).

yegodsandlittlefishes Thu 27-Jun-13 21:49:19

Photo: Leftover tikka and dip used as part of a quick snack for a family member coming home late.

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Chicken tikka with Raita
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
5

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
5 We really liked both the chicken and the dip.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

4, Easy. I could use what I had in the fridge. It did need to forward planning to marinade the meat in the spices beforehand though.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I used the listed ingredients for the tikka coating (but used only 1 tbs oil, not 3) and I used chopped red pepper instead of cucumber in the dip.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It had to be marinaded, so not that much easier but I felt I could have used more yoghurt for a milder dish, and then doubled up the chicken and had enough to keep for lunches or a second evening meal.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, I will probably get this one again, as it is versatile and something different. It can be served as part of a buffet meal and what isn't used can be chilled and used in wraps or sliced in sandwiches or chopped into couscous for lunches. I like that a lot of different aromatic spices have been used in the tikka coating (it smelled wonderful) and I can make a milder version for my daughter who doesn't like spicy foods much. It is the sort of thing that goes with other food we like (naan breads, popodams, chutneys, rice, spicy potatoes with spinach and various other mild curries.)

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
We loved this one!

jessica789 Thu 27-Jun-13 21:55:45

Tonight we tried Mediterranean chicken pasta + crispy crumb topping.

I would rate it 2 out of 5

I didn't really like the flavour, it was too herby and 'artificial' tasting - my OH agreed - but we did both eat it so it wasn't horrible. My 16 month old spat it out and refused it, and my 3 year old ate a few mouthfuls after a lot of persuasion - and they both normally LOVE any pasta/tomato combo.

The mix was very easy to use, each step was clear and the quantities of each ingredient were spot on (we do have a lot left over though!)

I followed the recipe except I swapped pepper for frozen sweetcorn as we didn't have a pepper.

I'm not convinced this mix saved me and time. I do make pasta bakes which don't require any more steps than this - and are nicer! So no, I'm afraid this one I wouldn't buy, which is a shame because I like the idea of it.

Overall, I'd say I (almost) liked it, but the kids didn't.

jessica789 Thu 27-Jun-13 22:02:41

Here's my photo of Garlic & herb crunchy chicken bites + cheese & chive dip which I forgot to upload when I posted my review. I used Pork instead of chicken.

cherrycherry41 Thu 27-Jun-13 22:18:44

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

I tried the Garlic & Thyme roast chicken + crispy roast potatoes

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

2.

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

Quite bland. I felt the chicken breast wasnt particularly flavoursome but the leg meat was as it had soaked in the juices. The potatoes were ok but I felt they were no real improvement on just plain potatoes. I quickly made gravy halfway through as DP and I thought the meal wasnt particularly appetising. DD who is 9 months ate it all with plenty of 'mmmm' noises. We think she liked it!

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy. Packet was great, the ripping at the side was very useful as it didnt tear through the recipe on the back. No additional ingredients apart from the chicken, potatoes and oil made it easy to shop for. I found it difficult to "shake" the potatoes in the oil though, i had to mix with a spoon. Very straight forward otherwise though. Would have found it useful to have a "takes .. minutes to prep, .. minutes to cook" as I had to work out how long it would be before tea was done.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

Followed it exactly. Wish id have basted the chicken in the juices before serving though as I felt the flavouring was lost in the breast meat.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not really, I would normally cook chicken and potatoes in the same way, just add my own herbs.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would not buy this one, no. I would perhaps buy another recipe.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

I didnt love or particularly like it so would say hate- although that is a strong word! I just found it a bit pointless.

Moodykat Fri 28-Jun-13 09:50:22

Last night we had the Southern style crunchy chicken bites + BBQ dip. I tried to take a photo but it seems the camera on my phone is not working well and I couldn't get a clear shot! We had it with salad and half a baked potato each.

I would give this recipe 4 out of 5.

We all thought it was really tasty. The chicken was tasty and crunchy.

I found the 2in1 mix very easy to use again - before I made it I was dubious about adding the powder to ketchup as I thought it was a bit of a con but actually it made a really nice BBQ sauce!

Followed the recipe more or less, however I didn't have mini fillets so just used cut up chicken breasts and I think I probably had less ketchup in the BBQ sauce mix.

Again, the mix did make the meal time easier but it was because it took the thinking out of the cooking again! I like that! It did however make an awful lot of washing up, lots of different dishes etc used.

I think I would definitely buy this one again as we all really enjoyed it.

Overall I would say I like the recipe mix.

Last night I made for the family the garlic & thyme roast chicken and crispy roast potatoes and as a family we rate this 3/5. The recipe was very easy to follow, in fact it would be very easy to achieve the same results without buying this packet mix and just using our cupboard ingredients. We weren't really blown away by it and the children definitely prefer roast chicken and roasties without this seasoning. I don't really think this one is good value for money. I don't think I would buy it again, although I might consider it if it was on offer. Having said this, I would recommend this to others if they fancy a change.

Florin Fri 28-Jun-13 09:58:09

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern style chicken with BBQ house
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 5/5
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? We loved it, we were going to save some for our 1 year old son the next day however it was to yummy and we scoffed the lot. The BBQ sauce was amazing.
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy and simple ingredients
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? Followed recipe
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes very easy
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes definitely we loved it
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Loved it

Blatherskite Fri 28-Jun-13 09:58:31

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic and Herb Crunchy Chicken Bites with Cheese and Chive Dip

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4/5

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
DS (6) really liked this one. He ate the lot and was telling me how yummy it was. DH and I liked it too. DD is suspicious of anything new but managed to eat a bit.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It was easy to use. The chicken was easy to coat and then was just bunged in the oven. The dip took a lot of stirring to get the lumps out but smelled good and tasted OK. I took a tip from above and made it before I did anything else so it had time to sit and I think that helped.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I left the cheese out of the dip as DS will not eat raw cheese so he would have refused it otherwise. It still tasted nice and smelt just like the sour cream pretzels I'm currently addicted to

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It definitely made it easier to create something a little different. I can think of easier things to make that would require less bowls but they may not have been as interesting. This is definitely a good one to get the DC to help with assuming you are careful with hand washing after handling the chicken.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I think I would buy this one again as DS liked it so much. It's the only one we've tried so far that hasn't been spicy which is important for him

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
We definitely liked this one.

melissa2828 Fri 28-Jun-13 10:17:35

*which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
= the first one we tried was the garlic+thyme roast
Chicken+crispy roast potatoes

*how would you Rate this recipe mix out of 5?
= we rated this one 5/5

*what did you/your dc's think of the overall flavour of
the product?
= I thought It was really nice and my children liked it as
Well overall it made Sunday dinner at a lot appealing
And tasty.

*how easy, or difficult did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
= I found it easy to use the mixes.

*did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet?
= yes I did I followed the instructions and used the
Ingredients as stated on the back.

*would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your meal time easier at all?
=I would't say easier but it did make it more tastier

*do you think you would buy Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future?
=yes definitely.

*overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you
Liked it or you hated it?
=I would say we all loved this one :-)

Thank you for letting us take part in this trial

THERhubarb Fri 28-Jun-13 10:28:08

So on Tuesday we tried the southern fried chicken following the recipe on the back of the packet. It was very easy to do and the breadcrumbs managed to cover all of the chicken which was great as I was worried about running out.

The sauce mixed well and tasted lovely.

I served this up with chips and veg and everyone loved it, even my dh who doesn't normally like BBQ sauce gave it a thumbs up, he said the sauce had a lovely smokey flavour.

It made the mealtime easier because I had a plan and it literally just took minutes to do.

Based on the two recipes I've tried so far I would buy Schwartz 2in1 recipes for the times when I just can't be bothered to plan meals and need something quick and easy to rustle up that's still healthy.

melissa2828 Fri 28-Jun-13 10:43:43

*which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
=we have also tried the Mediterranean chicken pasta
And crispy topping.

*how would you rate this recipe mix out of 5?
= I myself would rate this one 4/5

*what did you/your dc's think of the overall flavour of the product?
=my children loved this one and have already asked for it again, I myself though it was OK.

*how easy, or difficult did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
= it was easy to use

*did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet?
=yes I followed the instructions and used the ingrediets on the back of the packet

*would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your meal time easier at all?
*yes this one did make meal times easier as all I had to do was make it up put it in the oven and serve it up with garlic bread and side salad.

*do you think you would buy Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future?
=yes I would buy this one again as my children loved it.

*overall would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
=I would say I liked it whee my children loved it.

Thank you for letting us take part on this trial

Skelacia Fri 28-Jun-13 11:01:22

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Chicken Tikka + mint & cucumber raita
How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
5/5
What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
LOVED this one. The chicken had a good amount of spice to it and the raita was a good balance. DS(4) finished up quicker than usual and asked for seconds, a rare day indeed! DD(14) wasn’t going to eat the same as us as she’d had food tech and made tacos but she snaffled some of the leftovers before DS got to them.
How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Really simple, though I did end up putting the meal back a day because I forgot to allow marinating time for the chicken!
Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Followed exactly, served with pilau rice
Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
This mix definitely made a curry night a lot less hassle! In the past I’ve made from scratch marinades and they are a faff on a workday, this was so much easier and just as tasty.
Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
This one without a doubt yes! (In the words of DH, “A++ Would Eat Again”) Though the volume of raita vs the quantity of chicken meant there was loads of that left so would probably tinker with the quantities of that next time.
Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Loved it. All of us. A rare unanimous verdict grin

melissa2828 Fri 28-Jun-13 11:24:25

*which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
=we have also tried the chicken tikka and mint and cucumber raita

*how would you rate this recipe mix out of 5?
= would rate this about 2/5

What did you/your dc's think of the overall flavour of the product?
= didn't really like it to be honest and the children tried it and didn't really like it either but then I don't really like tikka

*how ready or difficult did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It was quiet easy to use

*do you follow the recipe on the back of the packet?
=yes we did follow the instructions on the back also used the ingredients that it said to use

*would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your meal time easier at all?
=yes and it easy just to serve up with oven chips

*do yo think you wold buy Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future?
=yes I would but not the chicken tikka and mint and cucumber one again.

*overall would you say up loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
= I really didn't like it

Thank you for letting take part in this trail

melissa2828 Fri 28-Jun-13 11:30:51

Hi, We couldn't test the southern style crunchy chicken bites and BBQ dip as we didn't get sent this one but got 2 of the garlic and herb crunchy chicken bites and chesse and chive dip instead.

Ellie Fri 28-Jun-13 11:59:39

Next one we tried was Chicken tikka with raita. Another big hit!! Again really simple to prepare - cooked it in the oven instead of using the grill but that worked very well. Don't usually make my own raita - it's always easier to buy a jar - but this was simple to do and tasted absolutely delicious.The only complaint I got from the kids was that there just wasn't enough of it. All in all, it has to be a 5/5.

melissa2828 Fri 28-Jun-13 12:00:45

*which 2in1 recipe mix did you use?
= last night we had the garlic and herb crunchy chicken
Bites and chesse an chive dip

*how would you Rate this recipe mix out of 5?
=I would rate this on about 4/5

*what did you/your dc's think of the overall flavour of the product?
=my children really liked his one and so did I!

*how easy or difficult did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
=I found it was easy to use and my oldest child loved helping me make this one as well

*did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet?
=yes we did and used the ingredients on the back as suggested

*would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your meal time easier at all?
= yes as its something different to have nice and easy to do and goes nice with oven chips, a side salad a perfect dinner for Saturday nights I think.

*do you think you would buy Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future?
=yes we will be definitely be buying the garlic and herb crunchy chicken bites and cheese an chive dip again

*overall would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
=I loved it especially the chesse and chive dip and I think my children loved it as well as when it all went last night they were asking for more :-)

iwanttoscream Fri 28-Jun-13 12:03:16

Last night did the crunchy chicken bites with a cheese & chive dip. The kids didn't like the dip as much as the bbq one last week. Recipe was easy to follow.

TeamEdward Fri 28-Jun-13 12:05:59

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic & thyme chicken with roast potatoes. I served it roast parsnips, Yorkshire puddings, carrots, broccoli, peas and gravy.

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4/5 The chicken was tasty and the potatoes had a good crunch

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
A hit with everyone, although we all said that the actual "garlic & thyme" was hard to differentiate. It was flavoursome but could pick out individual flavours.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Mix was easy, although most of the roast potato covering stayed stuck to the bottom of the pan the pots were boiled in.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I used skinless chicken breasts, covered in mix and cooked from frozen. Therefore I reduced cooking temp and cooked slightly longer. Took chicken out before turning up the oven to give the potatoes a final hot blast.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It didn't make it any easier or harder, just made a nice change.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I might buy this again.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Loved it

starbright86 Fri 28-Jun-13 12:09:54

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? Garlic & Thyme roast chicken + crispy roast potatoes

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 4

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavor of the product? DD1 did not like it at all. DD2 loved it.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? Very easy

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? Recipe on the packet

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes as we did not have to do everything individually as it was all in one packet. which also means not as much mess.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes as we enjoyed it. the flavors.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? i personally liked it. However DD2 and DH loved it.

ShatnersBassoon Fri 28-Jun-13 12:11:31

Southern Style crunchy chicken bites with BBQ sauce.

DCs loved the crunchy chicken, said they were the best chicken nuggets ever, but they didn't like the BBQ sauce at all (the look of it put them off I think). I liked the crunchy chicken as it was easy and is something I wouldn't normally eat but I found the sauce quite sickly and unpleasant. DH quite liked both.

I'd rate it 3/5. The crunchy coating was nice, but the BBQ sauce was a definite fail for our family. I wouldn't buy it again, unless the crispy coating was available separately - DCs love chicken nuggets and I'd like to buy a sachet of coating to make my own quickly.

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? The garlic and herb one with a cheese and chive dip
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4 out of 5, I really liked the idea and the chicken was really nicely done, but I think it could have done with a bit more flavour. DH loved it though!
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
I thought it was a little bit bland, but the texture was great, much better than shop bought
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Quite easy, the chicken coating went on really well and mostly stayed on!
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
As per the packet
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It made it more fun, but its not easier than buying it pre-done
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, but perhaps a different flavour
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Liked

Mandz07 Fri 28-Jun-13 14:07:01

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Mediterranean pasta

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
5 DC'S are all fuzzy eaters and they all had clean plates that never happens

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

Loved it
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

Followed the recipe

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes it was so simple usually I would make sauce etc fri
Scratch as DC'S are so fuzzy

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future?
Yes
If so, why? If not, why not?
Quality. Flavour etc all excellent

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Loved it

velvetysquirrel Fri 28-Jun-13 14:07:43

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern style crunchy chicken bites and BBQ dip.

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
We gave it 3.5 out of 5.

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
DP and I liked the southern style coating on the chicken, I wasn't too keen on the BBQ dip but I'm not a great fan of BBQ sauce anyway - DP liked it. DS (3) said he liked it and it was 'tasty' grin. DD (7 months) had a couple of chicken strips. We preferred the garlic and herb crunchy chicken bites with the cheese and chive sauce which we had earlier this week.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Again, as with the garlic and herb crunchy chicken bites, they were easy to prepare and a quick meal to cook - just a bit fiddly when coating the chicken.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
We followed the recipe as per the instructions on the packet.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, as it was quick to make and cook. Also, as not many additional ingredients were required, as long as you had some chicken it was a store cupboard meal.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would buy it again on the basis that DP/DS liked the coating/dip, but I was not overly keen on the BBQ dip. We would buy the garlic and herb crunchy chicken bites recipe mix again though.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Overall we liked it.

Mum2DaisyAndAlfie Fri 28-Jun-13 14:34:00

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic and Thyme roast chicken

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
Loved the toast potatoes, didn't really add much taste to the chicken so a 3

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
Everyone loved it and ate everything

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very quick and easy to add extra flavour to something

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Yeah followed to see what it would taste like how they recommend

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes. Great tasting done quickly

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, children loved it and have asked to be cooked again

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
I liked it, kids loved it.

cather Fri 28-Jun-13 16:15:34

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Mediterranean chicken pasta + crispy crumb topping

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
5

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
Everyone in the family really enjoyed it, even my 7 year old son who hates sauces! I was really surprised when he ate the lot and asked for seconds

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Really easy, my 11 year old son made it pretty much on his own

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I followed the recipe on the packet

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It made it much easier as my son made tea for us!

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Definitely as the mixes are really easy to use and it means my 11 year old son can make tea for us as the recipes are very straightforward and easy for him to make.
There are also a good choice of mixes so there should be one to suit everyone

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Loved it - it was delicious and the whole family cleaned their plates

cather Fri 28-Jun-13 16:27:35

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic & Thyme roast chicken + crispy roast potatoes

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4 - the potatoes were tasty and the chicken was lovely and moist

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
They all loved the potatoes however my 7 year old son wasn't keen on the coating on the chicken

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It was really easy to use

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I followed the recipe

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It made tea easier as it meant we had something completely different without having to trawl through my recipe books. I also had all the extra ingredients in the cupboard so I didn't need to buy anything extra

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Definitely as the mixes are really easy to use and the extra ingredients that you need are things I have in the cupboard already.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Loved it.

Dianec67 Fri 28-Jun-13 16:39:56

We made the chicken Tikka and dip yesterday. It was easy to make and we made as per instructions on the packet. Both my sons enjoyed this one and we would buy it again. We gave it 4/5.

AnnieWinehouse Fri 28-Jun-13 17:48:30

This is my second recipe test:

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Mediterranean Chicken Pasta + Cheesy Crumb topping

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

2

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

Of my two and a play date, DD hated it, it was too spicy. She ate only the chicken. DS had to be persuaded to have some, but once he tried it he said it was the best 'tomato' sauce he's had, but still not nice. He did go on to eat more though. DS's friend hates tomatoes and anything with tomatoes in it, so was convinced he wouldn't like it at all, but once he ate some, he said it was actually the best tomato-y thing he's ever had and gave it 4 out of 5.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy. Although the packet was a bit hard to open... spilt some pasta mix...

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I followed the recipe on the back, except I substituted the yellow pepper for carrots and broccoli, and I used passata instead of tinned tomatoes.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

It was quick and convenient, but it was a struggle to persuade the DCs to eat it.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

No, I think I could make a nicer, simpler pasta bake with fresh herbs and breadcrumbs myself. It just felt too much like it was processed and powdered. Not fresh enough.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Hated it. Sorry!!! Again...

aristocat Fri 28-Jun-13 18:10:10

This is my third recipe test this week grin

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
It was the Crunchy Chicken bites with Cheese/Chive dip.

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
2/5 Not impressed with this one to be honest. There was not enough breadcrumbs for our chicken (you will see in my photo some are hardly covered) and the crumbs were green ....

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
OK, both DCs agreed the bites were OK but do not want them again.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very very easy, my 9yr old DD did the egg/crumb by herself.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Yes, we followed the recipe. But there was not enough crumb mix.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
No, not in this case BUT they are very easy to follow and would be good for children to use (with supervision - if needed)

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, but not this one.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it
Liked it, both the crumb and the dip were OK.

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

med pasta bake

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4, my two daughters really enjoyed it but my son not so much. I think the taste was perhaps too strong for him, although he has been a grumpy teething toddler of late!

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

Daughters found it very tasty and son (3.5yrs) found too strong however we enjoyed it. Tasted like much more effort had gone into it!

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy to follow however the dipstick that I am didn't read the tabs correctly on the side whilst talking and put the topping in the mix instead! Doh!

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I used left over chicken from the Sunday roast the day before, so this made a cheap meal in all!

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes this was very quick for a tasty dinner

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? We liked it overall amd I will buy it again, doing it the correct way next time!

SisterMatic Fri 28-Jun-13 19:23:21

This is my second test recipe
.
We tried the garlic and thyme chicken and crunchy potatoes.
We rated it 3/5.
We found this to be a little powdery, DD said it was nice though and it was a tasty meal.
I found it quite easy to use the packed mix.
I didn't follow the recipe as I used chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken, and I also did crunchy wedges instead of roasties. I like that I could vary a bit and the mix would still work .
it didn't make mealtimes easier but it didn't make them harder so I would buy this product agai, we liked it.

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic & Thyme roast chicken + crispy roast potatoes

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
They liked it. I thought the spices did improve the flavour of the chicken once I'd tweaked the delivery method but I could barely taste the roast potato spices.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I didn't add any other ingredients except some water to the roasting tin so that we got gravy. But based on feedback earlier on this thread, when I scored the breast and legs I loosened the skin away from the meat and rubbed most of the spice mix into the flesh under the skin rather than into the skin, so that more of it would flavour the meat.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not particularly. It was about the same amount of faff that roast chicken and roast potatoes generally is (not a huge amount).

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Still not convinced. Before I started testing it sounded like a really good concept but this is the second mix in a row where I would happily buy one half (in this case the chicken mix) but wouldn't want the other (in this case the potatoes).

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Liked it.

BriefcaseOfFacts Fri 28-Jun-13 19:41:20

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern fried chicken and BBQ dip

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being the highest) 3

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
We thought the coating was tastier that the garlic and herb one. The BBQ dip wasn't as nice as the ready made one we usually use

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It was really easy to use

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I followed the recipe

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It was ok but if I was going to have a bung in the oven dinner then I would buy ready breaded chicken. I wouldn't bother making the BBQ sauce either.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Probably not as they weren't significantly better than the already assembled equivalent.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? It was ok.

Raspberrygiggle Fri 28-Jun-13 19:54:24

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Mediterranean chicken pasta + crispy crumb topping (although used tuna and sweetcorn as suggested on back of pack.

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
I would rate this mix 4 out of 5

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
I thought the flavour was very nice. The crispy topping was very tasty. My son really enjoyed it too and ate all he was given.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It was incredibly easy to use.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I followed the recipe using tuna and sweetcorn as suggested instead of chicken.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would say yes as it gave me an easy to follow, quick recipe that I knew the whole family would enjoy.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I would. It is a quick and easy way to make a delicious meal suitable for the whole family.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
I really liked this recipe mix and would definitely recommend it to others and buy it in future.

Raspberrygiggle Fri 28-Jun-13 20:01:05

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern style crunchy chicken bites + BBQ dip

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
5 out of 5 - I cannot fault it at all

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
The crumb for the chicken was very flavourful and crunchy and the bbq dip was very tasty too, even using a cheap ketchup. My son loved it too and ate all he was given

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Incredibly easy to use

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Yes I followed the instructions and we used the chicken and the bbq dip in wraps

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes much easier - If making crispy chicken wraps I usually make my own crumb with breadcrumbs and spices but this was all done for me!

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would definitely buy them again if they are priced right

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
I loved this recipe mix it was tasty, easy to use and very convenient. I would definitely buy it again and recommend to others

pussinwellyboots Fri 28-Jun-13 20:06:17

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Mediterranean chicken pasta + crispy crumb topping

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3.5/5
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
Good flavour - quite tasty and we all seemed to like it
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
pretty easy - although the powder mix was difficult not to get everywhere, and was quite thin.
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I also added an onion, more peppers than in the recipe and a tin of sweetcorn. I also put it in the oven as our grill is hopeless.
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
yes - good to have the thinking behind a meal taken care of.
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Possibly, might be useful to have in the cupboard as a standby.
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Liked it

fuzzpig Fri 28-Jun-13 20:06:49

feedback 1:

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
pasta bake with crunchy topping
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
I thought it was a bit too dried-herby. DD wolfed it down though, and DS refused to try although that's not unusual for him <sigh>
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It was quite easy.
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Exactly the same except swapped yellow pepper for red as DD prefers it.
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
No, not really. As I had to cook the chicken/pepper and add chopped tomatoes anyway, it was no quicker really than just doing my own tomato sauce. I did like the crispy topping though, and that element was easier than making my own.
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not this one - as it was no easier than starting from scratch and the taste wasn't really worth it for me.
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
I'd say "meh"

Bonkerz Fri 28-Jun-13 20:12:49

Made the garlic chicken and potatoes tonight. Kids loved it. Was easy to prepare. I didn't parboil the potatoes. Just slammed them in the oven with the chicken. Was delicious and easy! Will defo buy again as it made dinner more tasty than plain chicken and spuds!

fuzzpig Fri 28-Jun-13 20:14:13

feedback 2:

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic and herb chicken bites with cheese dip
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
5
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
I really loved them. The breadcrumb coating was lovely and the dip went really well with it. DD ate some of the chicken, DS refused but as per my previous post that is nothing personal... DD did try the cheese dip and liked it although went back to her ketchup for dipping!
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Really easy as it's quick to do the coating and then you can just bung it in the oven and forget it while you make the dip.
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Can't remember if the packet specified what cheese, but I used red leicester anyway as that's what we had in. Other than that, all the same.
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Technically no, as I wouldn't normally bother making nuggets from scratch, but it is definitely worth the effort as the breadcrumbs are much nicer than what I'd make myself anyway. So I guess if I wanted to replicate this recipe from scratch, then yes, this packet would make it easier! If that makes any sense confused
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, I am pretty sure I will buy this mix again.
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Loved it! smile

Will try a third packet in the next day or two, would have done it already but they only arrived on Tuesday!

TeaAndCakeOrDeath Fri 28-Jun-13 20:21:56

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

For the second test of the mixes we had the Garlic & Thyme roast chicken + crispy roast potatoes

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)?

A good 4

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

I liked it and DS ate all his chicken (never touches potatoes anyway) so guessing he liked it too!

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

I did the chicken but then was feeding DS2 when the potatoes needing doing so DP did them...and messed them up! They somehow ended up roasted and covered in dry powder rather than crispy flavour so based on that I'm going to say there must have been some level of difficulty to it?!

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

We followed the recipe

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, quick to get an easy midweek roast chicken done with it and get some nice flavours in

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Quite likely to buy this one again

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Strongly liked...might have been even better if we hadnt messed up the potatoes!

GothycAngel Fri 28-Jun-13 20:48:57

Garlic & Thyme roast chicken + crispy roast potatoes
rated 4/5
overall flavour liked by all smile
Quite an easy recipe to follow and we followed it word for word
definitely try again smile

Nigglenaggle Fri 28-Jun-13 21:03:32

Test mark 2 - sorry no photo - I can't download them from my phone :/

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Mediterranean chicken pasta with cheesy crumb topping - although I was pleased to note there was a chicken free alternative of tuna and sweetcorn on the back which I made instead

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4/5 - even DH said it was acceptable and inoffensive, which is high praise for a packet mix from him ^^

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
DC wouldn't try it, but he is in a really fussy phase so don't take that as a criticism. I came to it with really low expectations after the last attempt, but actually really enjoyed my meal, very tasty. I went back for seconds. If anything the pack was a little bland - I'm not sure how much it added to the flavour beyond the other ingredients, but I might make a batch without it and find out. But even DH (who isn't fussier than DC but winges more) ate it all pretty much without complaint, although he did say he would have enjoyed just cheese and oregano on the top more than the crunchy topping and wouldn't have been more effort.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It was pretty easy, but then pasta bake always is. I wouldnt have noticed that the pasta had to be cooked already until it was too late, had one of the other posters not pointed it out to me!! Would be nice to see it as a step in the recipe.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I followed the tuna version exactly.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It was an easy and enjoyable cook, but it didnt make it easier than pasta bake would have been anyway.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I think this one I would definately have bought during my working away from home days, not sure if we will buy it again for the family, I'll see how my packet-free attempts go. The salt content is a concern for family cooking with me.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Quite liked this one, thumbs up overall smile

tully67 Fri 28-Jun-13 21:04:01

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Med Chicken Pasta
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
Good 4 out of 5
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
Both my boys liked it and so did adults too! We all like the topping.
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
I found it very straightforward.
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I substituted the pepper for sweetcorn and the chicken for quorn.
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
it was something different and easier because I usually make pasta sauce from scratch,
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes because it was a change and because everyone liked it.
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
liked very much

shanelle5 Fri 28-Jun-13 21:04:26

2nd Recipe test of the week!

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? - Pasta bake with crispy crumb top

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) - 3

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
Mixed reviews. They liked the pasta but not the crispy topping. One said it tasted the same as the previous nights chicken crumb, they didnt think it added anything.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? - Easy! Again a meal the kids to join in with cooking

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? - followed it pretty much just added less peppers as kids dont really like them

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? - easier in cooking fresh (ish) food that I feel good about giving my kids.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? - Would have liked to but this particular packet contains milk. Have no clue why but as Im dairy free I couldnt eat it. So no, would not buy again for that reason. Shame.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? - Liked it smile

So first feedback....

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern style crunchy chicken bites & BBQ dip

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4
What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
The crunchy coating was a bit spicy for my ds, but he's only 2. Me and dh liked the overall flavour of the chicken but the BBQ was a bit weird tasting

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
BBQ sauce very easy, chicken was easy

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I followed the recipe but then didn't really like the bbq sauce so I mixed it in to some beans and made some cowboy beans!

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Well it took the thinking out of dinner!

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not with this mix - if I'm going to have some southern style chicken I would normally buy it ready made, not one of my make from scratch meals.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Overall me and DH liked it

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Pasta Bake
How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3
What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
This was enjoyed by everyone in the family, although a little bit overdone with the oregano!
How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
The main mix was more hassle than a jar of pasta bake sauce and probably on a par with making a sauce from scratch. The crunchy topping was a nice bonus though
Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
We used the alternative of tuna and sweetcorn
Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
No, it was and awkward in-between a ready made sauce and making a sauce from scratch
Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Not this one
Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Overal I liked it

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Chicken Tikka Bites
How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
5
What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
Too spicy for ds but me and dh really liked it
How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Mix was nice and easy, dh's fine chopping of the onions was another matter...
Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Yes we followed it exactly
Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Apart from not noticing it needed marinading (so had to wait a bit longer for dinner) this was pretty easy. All i needed to do was thrown some naan bread under the grill and we had a whole meal ready to go.
Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes will definately buy this one again
Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Loved this one

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic and herb crunchy chicken bites
How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3.5
What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
This one was popular with all the family
How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
pretty easy again
Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Yes, I followed the recipe exactly
Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Everything was easy to make and quick to cook so dinner was ready in no time - under 30 mins - which is essential on the days that I am working
Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
This one is a maybe.
Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Overall I liked it. The sauce/dip looked VERY unappetising when I mixed it but it actually tasted really good. I just can't look at it!

helenthemadex Fri 28-Jun-13 23:16:50

we tried Southern style crunchy chicken bites and BBQ dip tonight I would rate this as 5/5. we all really enjoyed it, it was really easy to prepare and the dd ate it all (although two had mayonnaise instead of the bbq sauce) clean plates all round. The recipe was as easy as buying shop bought southern style chicken but much nicer, I find some of the shop ones quite greasy these were not, the dip was very tasty we had it with salad. I would say that I would buy this again as we loved it!

helenthemadex Fri 28-Jun-13 23:17:43

chicken currently marinading overnight for the chicken tikka one grin

jodee Sat 29-Jun-13 00:41:58

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? Med Chicken pasta and crumb topping

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 4/5

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? DH and myself really enjoyed the flavour, DS didn't like the crumb topping, it was too crispy for him

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? Well, I thought it was pretty easy, but then I didn't read through the ingredients properly, I went straight to the method, so when I had cooked the chicken and added the pepper and tomatoes, then I realised that I hadn't cooked the pasta, so it took longer! Perhaps the part about the COOKED PASTA could be nearer the top of the ingredients, for numpties!

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? I stuck to the recipe, but used a different coloured pepper

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? It was an easy, quick meal to make (if you read the instructions first!

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? I would buy this recipe mix again, yes

glaurung Sat 29-Jun-13 01:01:55

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Mediterranean chicken pasta + crispy crumb topping

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
2

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
It was OK, but nothing special

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Quite easy

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
We did the tuna and sweetcorn variant

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not
I don't think it made a huge difference, pasta bake is not especially difficult and a simple cruch topping can be easily made from a pack of crisps.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Probably not this one

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
I felt fairly neutral about this one.

LaVitaBellissima Sat 29-Jun-13 08:52:59

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Last night we tried the Garlic & Thyme roast chicken + crispy roast potatoes

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

2

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

I enjoyed the meal, but this was due to buying a good quality chicken rather than the hate being particularly tasty, I really enjoyed the potatoes but they didn't look appetising, I think they may have needed slightly longer to really crisp up

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy. I liked mixing the oil and bating the whole chicken, I thought it needed more salt although I realise that companies are really trying to rice salt contents but IMHO chicken skin needs salt!

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? I normally put half a lemon in a roast chicken as I'm cooking to add flavour and moisture but didn't, next time I definitely would. I also added red onions and garlic in with the potatoes and then 10 mins before the end added frozen peas, they always taste nice in the oil and cook quickly in a hot oven

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not

Not really, it's something I regularly cook and doesn't need much imagination.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not this one, possibly the chicken tikka

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Hate is a bit strong but I didn't really like it

NoHank Sat 29-Jun-13 08:59:33

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Chicken Tikka Bites

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4.5

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
We didn't bother giving this to the DC's as they do not like anything spicy but DH and I really enjoyed it and felt the flavours really complemented each other.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy, just a bit of stirring together and you're done.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Yes we followed the recipe on the back and served it with basmati rice and plain naan breads.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
I usually cook from scratch so making this did make things much quicker and easier whilst still tasting great.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes we would buy this one again

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Both DH and I loved this recipe

BeCool Sat 29-Jun-13 09:40:25

I'm not going to use the roast chicken and potatoes packet.

It's so easy to deliciously roast chicken and potatoes and very easily variable. I just can't see how adding a packet of this stuff can make things better. After the two packets I've tried to date I'm not confident enough in the product to think using it on a whole chicken could be a good idea.

Just do the potatoes bit BeCool. smile

vjhist85 Sat 29-Jun-13 10:51:43

We had the Mediterranean pasta with crispy crumb topping last night.

The best part was that DH made it, and was happy to do so. He said it was good for someone like him who can't cook! However, watching from the sidelines I'm not sure it was any more convenient than just making something similar from scratch, lots of pots and pans still, several processes, which I don't mind BUT I like cooking and if I'm going to do that I'm not sure I'd bother getting a sachet.

The end product: the topping, we both agreed, was delicious. The main pasta part, however, tasted a bit 'ready meal' to both of us, and whilst we both like pepper we felt there was too much in there. I would have liked the tomato sauce to taste much more tomatoey.

I'd do this again if I happened to have it in the cupboard. We liked it, but I certainly wouldn't bother buying it again. It fills a gap between convenience food and cooking that, for me, doesn't need filling (I'm all or nothing!)

YoniMatopoeia Sat 29-Jun-13 11:41:07

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic and herb chicken bites
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
DD (6) really enjoyed helping to prepare it. The flavour of the chicken was nice. The dip did not go down well. I was pleased that it wasn't too salty

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Easy
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Followed the recipe
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It was not so much easier - but was nice to have something a bit different - rather than using plain breadcrumbs
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I wouldn't buy this one, as the dip would be wasted

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Well as I liked both the chicken and the dip, I liked it. Everyone liked the chicken, but not everyone liked the dip.

Going to do the Med chicken tonight

Lilliana Sat 29-Jun-13 12:56:20

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Garlic and Thyme roast chicken and crispy potatoes

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

I say 3, DH says 2

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

Potatoes were crispy and tasted good. Not impressed with the chicken, the flavour was too overpowering and we both preferred the way we usually cook it. Also DH likes the crispy chicken skin which you don't get when using the mix.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

Followed the recipe

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

I ended up using a bowl I wouldn't usually when cooking roast chicken (to mix the oil and seasoning in) so would say it made more washing up and took a little more time. (This was minimal and wouldn't stop me using it again if we had liked it)

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not this one. We weren't impressed with the chicken but would buy the potato mix if I could buy it separately.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Liked the potatoes, disliked the chicken.

florencebabyjo Sat 29-Jun-13 15:19:36

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Chicken Tikka bites and Raita
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 5, we really enjoyed it and the dip was delicious.
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
The chicken wasn't too spicy and so the DC's all loved it. The dip was really tasty and complemented the bites really well. Everyone asked for seconds!
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It was easy to make up though I wasn't immediately clear which was which packet, maybe it could say a bit more boldly on the side. Also, it was easy to rip through both packets at once making an awful mess, and yes, I did do that!
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? I followed the recipe on this one, but it would also be nice without the onion.
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes, it did. It felt like a proper meal but was nice not to think about it after a particularly busy day. It made it easier as it was also tasty enough to feel special without the guilty feeling of not having spent much time on it.
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? I would definitely keep this one in the cupboard for another busy day as everyone loved it.
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? I really did love this and so did everyone else.

florencebabyjo Sat 29-Jun-13 15:28:41

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Chicken and herb pasta with crispy topping

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
2
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
This didn't have as much flavour as I imagined it would and was a bit bland for us. The DC's quite liked it though but not the crumb topping.
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It was easy, but as we had to add peppers and tomatoes etc it didn't feel as if it was that easy to do and not so quick. The crumb was easy to add though.
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? We did follow the recipe but added more chicken and some fresh basil afterwards.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? I found chopping peppers and tomatoes more time consuming so this one didn't feel as if it made meal times much easier or even tastier which would have made it worth it.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? Not this one. I didn't particularly like this flavour and was nothing special or different from the ordinary pasta bake I might cook on a weekday.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? Just neutral about this one really.

JulesJules Sat 29-Jun-13 16:37:34

Here's my third review:
Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern Style chicken bites with BBQ sauce

* How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)*
4.5
* What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?*
The children loved this one, and DH really liked it too. "Even better than the chicken Tikka" said DD1. I knocked half a point off for the BBQ sauce, although they liked it, we didn't feel it was better than either ordinary ketchup or BBQ flavoured ketchup which we already had. If you don't normally have BBQ ketchup in your cupboard, this would make a change though.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy and quick to do.

* Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?*
Well it was really just a simple assembly job! Didn't add anything else.

* Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?*
I think this would be easier than making it from scratch

* Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?*
Yes, I might keep this one in the cupboard

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
The children loved it

goldenretriever Sat 29-Jun-13 17:17:50

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Chicken Tikka + mint & cucumber raita
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
DD loved it, bit strong for ds - though he is autistic and a bit stuck in his ways food wise.
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
3
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Followed recipe
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, I like to follow a recipe
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, though perhaps not this one as the children preferred the other ones.
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Liked it.

DoodleAlley Sat 29-Jun-13 17:39:52

1. We tried the Southern Style Chicken Bites and BBQ Dip
2. We would rate it 2-3 out of 5
3. The breadcrumbs were a bit too peppery without any other flavours and the BBQ dip was nice. We wouldn't normally have got DS to eat something so spicy except he made it!
4. It was easy to make but then half of it was based on a pre made sauce - ketchup. This seemed a little absurd.
5. We followed the packet instructions.
6. It made it easier than starting from scratch
7. I wouldn't buy this again. While DS liked making it, we keep BBQ sauce in stock and by buying our own breadcrumbs we could make it less spicy. The packet just didn't seem worth the money sorry. Maybe if the breadcrumbs had been more flavoursome and the sauce had allowed us to use less processed ingredients than we already had in a sauce bottle.
8. I'm ambivalent for the reasons stated at point 7.

DoodleAlley Sat 29-Jun-13 18:04:34

Forgot to say that we used less chicken than it suggested. I would have been dubious about there being enough breadcrumbs otherwise but I could be wrong having not tried it.

Aussiemum84 Sat 29-Jun-13 18:20:13

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern style crunchy chicken bites + BBQ dip

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
Flavour was great but had not quite enough mix to cover all the chicken. I didn't think I was being overly generous with the mix, so 4/5

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
I was surprised by the flavour, it was nicer than I was expecting for a pack mix. My DH and DD enjoyed them too.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Really easy, did it for a Saturday lunch and managed to get it prepared and cooked well before an overtired toddler had reached the end of her rope.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Followed the recipe

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It did make it really easy. If I had done this for a dinner I would have had to prepare more to go along with it such as vegetables but for a lunch snack it was fine and easy

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
MY DH thought it would make a great beer snack so in that case probably would look for it for a snack or when entertaining rather than a family meal.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Loved it

Edinbugger Sat 29-Jun-13 18:23:38

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? Mediterranean Pasta mix

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 1

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? It was only me and dh that tried this as both of mine HATE pasta bake with a passion. I did like the topping but we both really didn't like the herbs in the sauce - it tasted really unpleasant.
How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? Couldn't be easier.
Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? Followed the recipe but used tuna instead of chicken as suggested on the packet.
Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? In this particular case it did because when I make a tuna pasta bake I make a cheese sauce to top it with which is time consuming compared with this topping.
Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? Was being persuaded towards using these independently but after this one not so sure.
Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? 'Hate' seems a bit strong - but really didn't enjoy it.

Munxx Sat 29-Jun-13 18:34:10

We tried the southern style chicken bites tonight. Overall 3.5 out of 5.

DH,DD and I enjoyed them! We did potato wedges and salads with

I personally found there wasn't quite enough to coat the chicken or make up enough BBQ sauce for all of us. The product didn't pour well out of the sachet either in my

We made the mixes as specified, mo additions this time

Although not a perfect product, I think it made this mealtime a bit easier. There was a nice new idea to try and the mixes were easy enough to make up. I felt like a great mum as everyone enjoyed the meal!

I would buy them of on offer, 1.29 a bit steep for the product.

I liked it though!

yegodsandlittlefishes Sat 29-Jun-13 19:12:02

My third feedback report.

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Southern-Style Crunchy Chicken Bites + BBQ Dip

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5
4

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
We liked the flavours a lot.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
3. The BBQ sauce didn't mix very well, even after leaving it in the fridge for a few hours and then giving it another good stir, there were still little lumps which hadn't mixed in properly (perhaps the tomato sauce I used was of inferior quality, it was a cheap one).

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I followed the recipe

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
5. I like to make things from scratch, using natural ingredients or buying this kind of thing ready made and frozen. Compared to ready made/frozen these are much better as the coating is crunchier and a better flavour. I have tried making this kind of thing from scratch with all natural ingredients and the coating hasn't stuck on properly or looked & tasted as good as these bites. So considering that the result is better (and preferred) yes, in this case it's easier.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I don't think I would get this as the BBQ sauce mix lets it down, and the portion of crunchy crumb coating is not generous.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

We liked it.

(We liked the Tikka Bites and Raita dip so much I was looking around to buy another one in the shops today and I was disappointed to find they're not on the shelves yet!)

yegodsandlittlefishes Sat 29-Jun-13 19:14:47

Photo to show we ate the Southern-Style Crunchy Chicken Bites with nacho chips, salad and rice. We had taco shells too.

Well, tonight we tried the tuna pasta bake. I wasn't so sure putting it together that I'd like it tbh. It seemed quite student-y, especially with the sweetcorn. However, it was better than I expected and we did enjoy it. However, the herby bake bit added together with tomato was nothing that I wouldn't have anyway in my cupboard, likewise the breadcrumb topping. However, it was nice enough and we'd make it again (probably from scratch though!).

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? Tuna Mediterranean Bake
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 3 out of 5
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? We liked it
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? Very easy (but TBH, it would be just as easy to shove a quick tomato sauce together too)
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? Followed the recipe
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? On this occasion, not that much quicker
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes, but I'd buy them again
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? We liked it but would probably make this from scratch next time.

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Garlic and herb chicken bites

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

1

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

The DCs quite liked it (although DS thought the dip was too yoghurty). DH thought it was bland. I didn't like it at all (although I preferred the dip to the chicken).

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Easy

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

Followed the recipe

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not particularly. It wasn't really any less trouble than pulling a similar recipe together from scratch.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Certainly not this one. And I'm becoming more convinced that I'm not likely to buy any of them. This will probably motivate me to make up my own breadcrumb mixtures to have on hand to use on nuggets, though.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

I disliked this one (though hated would be too strong a word). The rest of the family were unenthusiastically neutral.

Yonihadtoask Sat 29-Jun-13 20:07:30

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Garlic and Thyme Roast chicken and Roast potatoes

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

3
What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

We liked the flavour of the chicken and the flavour of the potatoes, but would have preferred just one item flavoured at a time.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy, a lot more oil than I would usually use when roasting a chicken or potatoes though.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

Followed the recipe. Served up with some French beans, cabbage and carrots.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not in this case. My bunch are generally happy with a plain roast chicken and potatoes. It was a change though.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Maybe, but not this one.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Hmm.. liked it I guess.

Apologies for no photograph on this one, but I did manage with my previous three reviews smile

PukousMucous Sat 29-Jun-13 20:21:25

Made the pasta bake recipe This evening. To be honest I thought it was pretty horrid. Stuck to the recipe on the back but didn't feel that it made life easier at all. It wasn't hard but I thought it involved unnecessary steps, if I wanted to be quick I would use a jar. And looking at the ingredients of the sauce I'd be more likely to add them myself rather than use this again. The topping was okay but just cheese would have been fine. Husband and DS not wildly impressed either. Would give this a 1/5 and not recommend it or buy again.

RachelHRD Sat 29-Jun-13 21:02:55

Which recipe mix did you try?
- The chicken tikka bites and mint and cucumber raita dip. We had it with naan bread, poppadoms and some Indian side dishes.

How would you rate the mix out of 5?
- DH and I both liked it so would give it a 4, the DC's found the chicken too spicy and DS doesn't like dips so would give it 2

What did you think of the overall flavour?
- It was quite hot - probably because I had marinaded it overnight and I spread the sauce quite thickly over the chicken before grilling. So too hot for the DC's, a little hotter than I would normally have but DH found it just right! The flavour was great though and the dip was lovely.

How easy was it to use?
- You have to plan ahead if you want to marinade it overnight but it wasn't too fiddly and the raita was really quick to make.

Did you follow the recipe?
- I used less oil and Greek yoghurt for the marinade and raita and left out the onion from the raita as the DC's aren't keen on raw onion!

Would you say the mix made the mealtime easier?
- Yes although you need to plan ahead to marinade the chicken fully. It's not something I have made before and probably wouldn't attempt it without the convenience of ready mixed spices and herbs.

Would you buy the mix again?
- Yes I probably would buy this one again although I would marinade it for less time or cut back on the amount of spice mix used in the marinade so it would be milder for the DC's.

Overall did you love, like or hate it?
- I would say overall we liked it and with a bit of tweaking re the heat I think the DC's would like it too!

DifferentNow Sat 29-Jun-13 21:15:28

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Southern style crunchy chicken bites + BBQ dip

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

3

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

Me, DH and our 4 DC tried the mix and only 1 of the DC wasn't keen. It had a gentle kick to it and I thought it was quite a child-friendly flavour, especially the dip.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy. The mix was very fine which helped to give the chicken an even coating and the dip required almost no prep.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

We followed the recipe and served it with the other chicken bites mix as there are 6 of us, a big salad and some onion and Mediterranean breads.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

It was quick and easy to prepare and formed part of a different tasty meal which appealed to the DC.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I was expecting it to taste a bit 'artificial' but I was pleasantly surprised. This was the first/second ones we tried but based on this, we would most probably buy it again.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Liked it.

We did the pasta bake for tea today.

Outta five i'd rate it a 3, I didn't think it was that great to be honest. DS didn't like it and DH just thought it was "meh" - so not brilliant.

It was easy enough to follow the instructions and I followed the receipe. I don't think it's easier than making it from scratch so wouldn't buy it

violetwellies Sat 29-Jun-13 21:27:47

First one tonight as have had no car for a week & despite a good selection of nearly everything else in the freezer no chicken.

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Eentually I made Chicken Tikka + Mint & Cucumber Raita.

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
A poor 1

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
DH who likes chicken and curries left most of his, DS 2, spat his out. I ate mine as I'd made it and a little thing like it being revolting wasnt going to put me off.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It would have been as easy, & a damn site more tastey if I made it from scratch

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Added a clove of crushed garlic and more lemon juice in desperation.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
No as I had to find something else to eat.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
If this had been the first ever I'd used and I'd paid for it I would never be buying any more.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
YUK

SuedeEffectPochette Sat 29-Jun-13 21:34:11

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Mediterranean Chicken Pasta
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
5
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
We all loved it
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It was very easy, especially as the top only needed grilling
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
We used quorn instead of chicken
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Even my usually fussy son ate it (but he did pick the yellow pepper out!)
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would buy this one again, and do it with quorn again
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
We loved it. I will use this one again.

koolforcats Sat 29-Jun-13 21:34:38

I tried Chicken Tikka + mint & cucumber raita

I would rate this recipe mix 5.

I thought the overall flavour was great. I marinated the chicken overnight. The flavour of the chicken wasn't too strong but delicious. The raita was tasty and refreshing.

The mix was very easy to use.

I followed the recipe and also added basmati rice.

This mix did make my mealtime easier as I would previously had thought that more work would have been needed to make this.

I would buy this mix again.

I loved this mix!

DifferentNow Sat 29-Jun-13 21:34:48

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Garlic & herb crunchy chicken bites + cheese & chive dip

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

3

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

Me, DH and our 4 DC tried the mix. DH and I liked it but the DC weren't madly keen, especially on the dip. I though the dip was tastier than I was expecting. The chicken had a nice crunchy texture.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Overall easy although the mix didn't coat the chicken terribly well as it was chunkier and the dip was a bit of a faff.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

We followed the recipe and served it with the other chicken bites mix as there are 6 of us, a big salad and some onion and Mediterranean breads. We don't normally eat mayo or natural yoghurt so had bought it in just for this which made the dip costly.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

It was quick and easy to prepare and formed part of a different tasty meal which appealed to the DC.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I was expecting it to taste a bit 'artificial' but I was pleasantly surprised. This was the first/second ones we tried but based on this, we would most probably buy it again.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Liked it.

Skelacia Sat 29-Jun-13 21:42:06

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern style crunchy chicken bites + BBQ dip
How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3/5
* What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?*
The nuggets were a little bland but the BBQ sauce was excellent.
How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Really easy. About halfway through coating the chicken I did start to worry that there weren't going to be enough breadcrumbs but they just covered the chicken.
Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Followed exactly, added wedges to serve
Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
This one not so much, it didn’t speed things up and as homemade nuggets are something I already make
Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I don’t think we’d buy this one again
Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Kind of indifferent to this one. Would quite like to be able to buy the BBQ seasoning separately to make BBQ sauce as we want it instead of having another bottle in the fridge/cupboard

SuedeEffectPochette Sat 29-Jun-13 21:45:34

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
The Southern Chicken and BBQ dip
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
2
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
It was ok. I overcooked it a bit. They ate it but I don't think it was a huge hit. I found it a bit salty.
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
It was quite easy. I wish the packet had perforations so that you could separate them for use.
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
We had a salad and garlic bread with it
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
No, not really easier
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
I wouldn't buy this one. It wasn't popular enough
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
I would say it was ok, but this is not one I will buy again, unlike the pasta one which we all LOVED

charlie7 Sat 29-Jun-13 21:47:30

Sorry, this is my first post for this product test! Hopefully not too late..

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
We tried the Garlic and Thyme Roast chicken one
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 4

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
My DH and I loved the roast potatoes like this, but couldn't tell a great deal of difference on the chicken. My DCs also loved the potatoes and the chicken.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
I followed the instructions and it was very easy.
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I pretty much followed the recipe, apart from the cooking times for the chicken.
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It made it easier in that I didn't have to think about what I was going to do to make the meal a bit more exciting and interesting. The instructions were very easy to follow too.
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I will definitely buy this one again I think.
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
I would say I liked it. I just wasn't sure how much the flavourings enhanced the chicken itself.

MinniesMate Sat 29-Jun-13 21:52:24

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern style crunchy chicken with BBQ dip

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3.5
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
Found the chicken coating slightly spicey but yet not that tasty. Did not like colour of coating - rather artificial looking. I don't like BBQ sauce/dip but enjoyed this one.
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Easy, but mix with dip took some stirring in, texture rather powdery if you didn't stir it enough.
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Followed exactly
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Easy, but no easier than from scratch
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Found the packaging rather fiddly - that would put me off.
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Tasty, but a little unexciting.Liked it.

charlie7 Sat 29-Jun-13 21:54:07

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Southern Style Chicken bites and BBQ sauce
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
5
- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
My DCs loved this! The bites were lovely and the BBQ sauce went down very well. Its not something we have very often so it was nice for them to try a dip that wasn't just ketchup!
- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy
- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I followed it exactly as on the recipe, apart from the fact that I used chicken thigh fillets as that was what I had in the freezer.
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It made it easier as I already had the ingredients to make something nice without having to think about it too much.
- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I will probably buy this one again
- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Loved it.

Puppypoppet Sat 29-Jun-13 23:47:37

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Southern style crunchy chicken bites + BBQ dip
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

4

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

I quite liked the chicken bites but DD found them a bit spicy. Neither of us were keen on the sauce - a bit artificial tasting.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy to use - really quick and easy

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

Yes I followed the recipe - would be better if fan oven temperature was indicated

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I suppose it was easier than making them from scratch

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Probably not as DD not that keen and I could imagine DH not been that struck on it either as not keen on spicy food!

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

I liked it - but the rest of family not keen

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Garlic & herb crunchy chicken bites + cheese & chive dip

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

5/5! Best one so far!

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

My partner and I came at a disagreement with this recipe. My partner thought that the flavour on the chicken, although not being so dry as the other chicken bites, it didn't have as much flavour. I however felt that although the chicken yes was a bit bland. I felt that the dip more then enough made up for it. The cheese and chive dip is a strong flavour so I felt it complimented the chicken nicely. My son liked the chip and he couldn't get enough of it as he get filling his mouth up more and more the partner and I couldn't help but laugh. He however didn't touch his dip which I found odd as he normally loves them.

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

My partner cooked this meal and he said it was very simple and easy to make.

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

He followed all the instructions on the back as it was written and we had it served with chips.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would say that it did indeed make our meal times easier as I noticed this was very quick to make. I wasn't waiting for long!

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I will be looking out for this buy without a doubt! It's my favourite yet!

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

nomnomnomnom can't wait to have it again!

MrsPear Sun 30-Jun-13 10:32:59

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Mediterranean chicken pasta + crispy crumb topping

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
3 - not a wow meal nor a yuk meal.

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
The herbs came through strongly. But overall the taste was OK.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy unlike another poster I only used 2 pans. One to cook to the pasta (I agree with another person who said that cooking the pasta should be the first step) and another to cook the actual bake (although my sauté pan can go under the grill)
Next time I will combine the topping and the cheese and see if that works out better, I seemed to have pockets of topping!

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I used chicken thigh fillets rather than breasts as that is what we prefer. Also I used a red rather than a yellow pepper as that is all the shop had in stock.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
It made it easier in terms of not having to think. It is one of those things that you can have in the back of cupboard when you are very tired and need a dinner or before the food shop as they are all ingredients we would have in / pick up at local shop.
But on the whole it is really not any easier than making from scratch it is more like a herb mix rather than a ready prepared meal

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes – if on offer (applies to this mix only)

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Liked it

bestbefore Sun 30-Jun-13 10:42:14

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
This time the Chicken Tikka + mint & cucumber raita

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
4

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
didn't serve it to the DCs but me and DH had it. He likes the raita but I didn't (I am not a cucumber fan). Tikka was lovely.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy - left to marindae whilst I dealt with children and took them to an activity

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Yes but again I used turkey - and left as steaks not chunks so we had a couple of tikka turkey steaks instead smile

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
yes - the marinading was simple and there was plenty of sauce. Easy to just buy the low fat yoghurt and an easy way to make the meat more tasty.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
yes definitely - not something I've bought before but they are easy to use (and simple)

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Hmmm liked it I think!
thanks

MrsPear Sun 30-Jun-13 10:47:58

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic & Thyme roast chicken + crispy roast potatoes

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)
1

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
Despite some deep slashes it didn’t seem to add anything to the chicken other than the skin – dh said my homemade version was much better than the mix. The potatoes were very dry and despite cooking for longer than the packet suggested a fine powder seemed to remain

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Easy to use

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I follow the packet although I used fewer potatoes as it would have been too many for us. We served it with salad

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
No this mix did not help. It was not any quicker than my normal way also I do not usually rub so much oil onto the chicken. Plus they usually go in one pan so this way equalled more washing up.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
No – it was not popular at all. Everyone said they preferred my usual way and as it uses fresh ingredients that is better all round

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Dislike

BoysWillGrow Sun 30-Jun-13 11:11:32

1) yesterday we had the Garlic and herb crunchy chicken bites,
2) It was nice 3/5
3) the dc's ate all of it.
4) very easy DP done it, and said he would buy it again as its so easy.
5) followed the packet although we added veg from our garden.
6) Yes it almost takes the thinking out of what your cooking, which is great when you have 3 little dc running around.
7) Yes its something you keep in the cupboard for when you want something to cook with not too much effort but tastes good.
8) All dc's enjoyed it, DP too, i prefer spicer food but this was still ok.

Mckayz Sun 30-Jun-13 11:58:45

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? Southern Style Chicken bites

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 5

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? We all thought it was great. Really loved the flavour of the chicken coating and the BBQ dip was lovely

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? I thought it was very easy to use. Very simple.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? I followed the recipe and made some potato wedges to go with it
- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? I found this very easy, so yes it made meal times easier.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes I would certainly buy this again.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? Loved it

ash1112 Sun 30-Jun-13 15:09:02

We tried the Mediterranean chicken pasta and crumbly topping last night. We'd give it a 4/5 as a family. My dd didn't like the topping so that went off her plate and I had to melt some cheese on in the microwave for her. She enjoyed it then. Dh and I weren't too keen on the topping either but the rest was ok.

It was very easy to use and the instructions were clear. I added some salad to the plates.

I don't think this pack made things any easier, I would have made a pasta bake in the same amount of time, without the crunchy topping so we would enjoy it more.

I dont think I'll buy this again. it doesn't make meal times any quicker/easier.

We like this mix, but not too keen on the topping.

Tee2072 Sun 30-Jun-13 17:07:26

Just adding this quick as I am cooking the Garlic & Thyme roast chicken + crispy roast potatoes right now and I want to be able to find the thread quick.

I'm vair vair excited as I am cooking the potatoes in my brand new combi microwave on it's convection oven setting. I'll be back!

IrritaGirl Sun 30-Jun-13 17:13:49

I tried the Garlic & herb crunchy chicken bites + cheese & chive dip.
The garlic & herb coating tasted slightly sweet which I found a bit odd. The dip was ok - similar in taste to the the cheesy dip you find in multipack dips.
I followed the recipe that was on the packet - it was straightforward and easy enough to prepare, although there wasn't enough coating for the 375g of chicken that it recommends.
I'm not sure I'd buy the mix for everyday use, mainly because we wouldn't use the dip.
I'd rate this one 3/5.

IrritaGirl Sun 30-Jun-13 17:21:18

We also tried the Southern style crunchy chicken bites + BBQ dip.
I made these for a picnic and they went down quite well, although no-one touched the dip (possibly because it had been sitting in a hot car all day).
Again, there isn't enough coating mix for the 375g chicken that the recipe recommends.
The mix and dip were easy enough to prepare, although I think the packet should be perforated for ease of use - I ended up with loads of mix on my worktop because I'd not shaken it all out of one end and when I tipped the other end it went everywhere (if that makes sense).
Would I buy this again? Not sure. Perhaps if it were on offer.

Tee2072 Sun 30-Jun-13 18:13:43

Okay, now made and eaten. grin

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Garlic and Thyme Chicken and crunch potatoes.

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

Chicken - Me: 2/5, DH: 2/5 Son: 1/5
Potatoes - Me: 2/5, DH: 3/5 Son: didn't try them

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

We all thought it was a bit bland, actually. The potatoes had a nice crunch but not much flavour and I don't think the chicken had any extra flavour at all. My favourite part of a roast chicken is the crispy skin and the skin was not crispy at all.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Very easy.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I followed it except for putting an onion inside the chicken as I always do and I only made about half the amount of potatoes because we wouldn't eat that many potatoes.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not really. Actually a bit harder because I'd normally just make baked potatoes with a roast chicken and it all just gets put in the oven together.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not this one, no.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Didn't like it. Didn't hate it. It was just sort of there.

And my new convection oven worked a treat. grin

NoHank Sun 30-Jun-13 18:20:21

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Garlic and Thyme roast chicken and crispy potatoes

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 4

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
The DC's and DH loved it especially the chicken. I loved the roast potatoes which came out super crispy on the outside

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very straightforward

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Followed the recipe

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
Just as easy as any other roast I thought.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes we would buy this again

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Liked it very much

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? The chicken tikka with raita.

 - How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 4

 - What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
Dh and I enjoyed the chicken, the taste was stronger than we expected. Surprisingly I quite enjoyed the raita despite not liking the look of it.

 - How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? 
Very easy.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
I did as it said, used slightly less chicken simply due to pack size. I served it with tomato wedges and pittas. I followed the instructions for the raita and we had loads and loads left over.

 - Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all?
Well it doesn't really take long to make a marinade anyway but handy to have it all in one.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? 
Possibly as a standby in the cupboard, cheaper than chicken tikka from the Indian.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? 
We liked it, it made a nice change. Unfortunately I have no photos aa my phone battery was taking ages to charge and I was starving.

ouryve Sun 30-Jun-13 18:39:08

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Southern Fried Chicken Bites with BBQ sauce
- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

3, though DS1 gave the sauce 1 because it was too spicy for him.

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

The chicken coating didn't taste of much other than pepper and wasn't particularly crunchy. The sauce livened it up a bit, but not much of it got eaten. DS2 likes chicken but ate his pretty slowly.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

It was pretty straightforward.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

Followed it to the letter, apart from cutting chicken breasts into strips instead of buying the mini fillets.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not particularly, though it's less faff than making my own breadcrumbs and doesn't actually need to be fried, so it's easier than if I did bother to do that on a regular basis.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Probably not. It wasn't a universal hit.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

It was alreet! We liked it more than the other we've tried. Will probably give the last 2 packets to my MIL, since they're both rather dairy heavy.

ouryve Sun 30-Jun-13 18:40:06

Forgot my photo!

Livvylongpants Sun 30-Jun-13 19:04:13

How do you add a photo??

ilovepicnmix Sun 30-Jun-13 19:12:18

Last night we had the Mediterranean chicken. Id score it 4 out of 5. Me and friend thought it was very tasty. My son hasn't tried it yet. I found it easy to make and substituted the chicken for tuna and pasta. For this kind of meal I thought it did make mealtime easier. I followed the recipe pretty much but baked it in the oven for a bit, before grilling, as id done the pasta and sauce a while before we actually wanted to eat. We liked the recipe
and I didn't think it tasted like it was from a packet.

Livvylongpants Sun 30-Jun-13 19:12:26

Did the roast chicken today for me, DH and toddler. Would give it 3 out of 5,

DD didn't notice the difference as we always season etc the chicken, she didn't eat the skin like she usually does as she didn't like the thyme.

The mix was easy peasy to use, it is no more difficult the. Doing the usual seasoning.

We followed the recipe on the pack pretty much but we put the potatoes in the chicken dish rather than a seperate one so they soak up the juices, we didn't use all the potato seasoning either as we don't have many potatoes.

I don't think it made our mealtime easier to be honest, just the same as usual.

I don't think I will buy this particular one as I didn't feel it enhanced the meal much, I am yet to try the rest though

I didn't love it or hate it, it was just ok I'm afraid smile

ilovepicnmix Sun 30-Jun-13 19:13:03

Oh and I would consider buying this packet!

Theimpossiblegirl Sun 30-Jun-13 19:21:56

This is my third feedback.
Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
Chicken tikka with mint & cucumber raita
How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)?
4.5
What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
They found it quite spicy but still ate it. They are used to some spice in their meals but children who are not may find it too much.
How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Easy as long as you remember to factor in marinating time and actually follow the instructions carefully.
Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
This is where I went a bit wrong. The front of the packet has Chicken Tikka written on the top half and the dip part written on the bottom. However, on the back of the packet in small writing (glasses wearer) it says that the top bit is for the dip and the bottom bit for the chicken. Ooops. So I had added the dip seasoning to the yogurt with the lemon and oil. Luckily, I noticed before any meat was added and added more yogurt, the cucumber and spring onion (no red onions). It didn't seem to matter much and I didn't mention it to my family. They said it was lovely. I also put the chicken on skewers and we cooked them on the BBQ rather than under the grill. Served with rice, naan and salad.
Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? It would have been easier if I had been concentrating on what I was doing. The end result was worth it though. smile
Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
Still a resounding yes from Theimpossiblegirl, impossibledh and impossibledds.
Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?
Loved it. Again. The kids said this was the best one, even though I knew I'd done it a bit wrong and they found it spicy. Will probably do theirs with a little less of the seasoning next time.

Feedback Number 3.

Sorry but I completely forgot to take a photo this time.

Questions 

- Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try? 

Crunchy chicken bites with BBQ dip.

- How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 

5/5

- What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product? 

We all loved the flavours, the BBQ sauce was nicer than our usual brand name one, DD1 loved it.

- How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use? 

Very easy.

- Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients? 

I followed the recipe. We served the bites with tortillas. I had some mayo and sweetcorn relish also.

- Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not? 

It was easy to just mix the chicken and oven bake. A very quick dinner to make.

- Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not? 

Yes, they are on next weeks shopping list, tasty and quick.

- Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? 

Loved it.

LaVitaBellissima Sun 30-Jun-13 19:25:02

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?

Garlic and herb chicken bites

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest)

3.5

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?

The DCs really liked this one, especially the dip, but cheese, yogurt and mayonnaise are some of their favourite things to eat smile

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?

Easy

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

Followed the recipe, but sliced chicken breasts rather than buy specific mini fillets. Also used Italian mayonnaise which is much more yellow in colour, not low fat but very tasty.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not particularly, I pretty much always cook from scratch and often make chicken dippers or homemade fish fingers

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

I don't think so but that is because I am a competent cook. I would recommend them to people who don't usually cook from recipes or for teens starting uni etc.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

I liked this one

LaVitaBellissima Sun 30-Jun-13 19:25:37

Sorry I've just realised my photo is upside down blush

yegodsandlittlefishes Sun 30-Jun-13 19:35:03

This is my 4th feedback entry

Which 2in1 recipe mix did you try?
garlic & thyme Roast Chicken + Crispy Roast Potatoes

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5?
5

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
5

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
5 It was very easy to use. I have a routine for cooking, as I don't have energy in the the evenings so need to prepare most things in advance. A roast dinner really lends itself to this, as I can prepare some things in advance. (e.g. I put the seasoning mix on the chicken when I got it out of the fridge to get to room temperature, to take on more of the flavours, instead of just before it went into the oven. I also peeled the potatoes and veggies in advance.)

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?

I did use a roast chicken (mine was slightly bigger than stated) and potatoes. I kept some potatoes back to use for mash and then used some sweet potatoes (they just went with the potatoes to get coated in the seasoning, no need to par-boil) which my children don't usually like, but they ate those up and said they were really tasty! Result! (My children need feeding up, so I have to find new ways to tempt them to eat filling foods.)
I changed a couple of other things. I always add water to the bottom of the roasting pan for cooking roast meat, especially a chicken. It helps to cook it evenly through and gives a more tender texture to the meat.

I also put the oven temperature up (foil off) when the oil for the roasties goes into the oven and then, to stop the potatoes getting steamed, the roast goes into a cooler oven for a bit before coming out to rest. (Then the roast is transferred to a plate, the juices made into gravy and the veggies cooked so it all comes together hot and ready to eat at the same time. It isn't as complicated as it sounds, but it's how I learned to cook a roast growing up and how I've always done it, and I always get a great roast!

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?

It was no more difficult than a roast dinner would normally be. I would normally rub a flavoured oil on a roast before cooking. I wouldn't normally flavour the potatoes, but that was no problem. I needed to transfer the roasting potatoes into another pan to coat them (to keep the mash plain and unflavoured, as we like it).

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, I think I will buy this again, I especially liked that the children ate the sweet potato roasties and will try parsnips and celariac as well this way next time.

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it?

Loved it!

ibbydibby Sun 30-Jun-13 19:41:10

Mediterranean Chicken Pasta with Crispy Crumb topping

How would you rate this recipe mix out of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 highest) 3/5 (though not sure what rating is based on..ease...taste etc

What did you/your DCs think of the overall flavour of the product?
"Delicious" (DS1 - 16 yrs)
"Very nice" (DS2 - 12 yrs)

How easy, or difficult, did you find the 2in1 mix to use?
Very easy

Did you follow the recipe on the back of the packet or did you add/take away any other ingredients?
Added more pasta as 7oz did not seem that much for family of 4 with 2 growing boys! so used 12oz pasta. Admittedly made a big dish, but I had been on a long cycle ride, and DH had also cycled - so justified making more.

Would you say the 2in1 recipe mix made your mealtimes easier at all? If so, why? If not, why not?
No - would be just as easy to do it yourself.

Do you think you will buy, or look to buy, Schwartz 2in1 recipe mixes in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?
No - no need, as will probably do it myself

Overall, would you say you loved the 2in1 recipe mix, you liked it or you hated it? Liked it.

Thank you MN and Schwartz for the opportunity to try this!

SisterMatic Sun 30-Jun-13 19:48:36

This is the third test recipe for me.
Garlic and Herb chicken with cheese and chive dip.
We would rate this 1/5.
We were really disappointed with this one. The chicken was quite bland and the dip was too runny. In fact I only tried the dip DH and DD refused which was a waste.
I followed the recipe exactly.
The recipe was easy to follow, my 2 year old could have helped me which she would really enjoy.

We wouldn't buy this mix again sorry, we were really disappointed with it as the others we have tried were nicer.