Ready meals are glorious things in times of great need. Sometimes, when you don’t make enough dinner to eat leftovers the next day, or even worse, leave them in the fridge before you dash out of the door, you need something quick and simple. Don’t misunderstand me, they are not as nice as well-thought out meals that you’ve constructed yourself, but they are mostly tasty food, that requires no effort whatsoever. So if you’re stuck with few options, and need a full meal without even thinking about it, this is the list for you. The best ready meals out there for the Slimming World syns.
Now just to be clear, we count a ready meal as a complete meal that can be cooked in the microwave without causing a mutiny in your office (so say, less than ten minutes or so). We’ve also not included any of the Slimming World meals that you can get in Iceland, that’s cheating. We have also not included any of Asda’s Slim Zone meals or Aldi’s Slim Well meals, because none of them have been officially “synned”. I’m just playing it safe.
Morrisons Counted Chicken Hotpot – 2 syns
This one has a number of things going for it. Hotpot is delicious (as someone born in Lancashire, I am legally obliged to say that) and it works well as a ready meal. It’s full of speed veggies which are always welcome on plan and it’s a quid. Yep, that’s right ONE POUND is the cost of this lovely little meal. Ideal to stock up on at home, and grab when you need them. For two syns, it’s ready in eight minutes (so make sure you get in the kitchen early!) and you’ll still have a gargantuan amount of syns for the rest of the day.
How nice does this sound though? It’s a good job that I don’t work near an M&S Food Hall because I would definitely be bankrupt. Ready in a very speedy three and a half minutes, it is ideal office nosh. A bit pricier than our previous entry (shocker) but at just over five syns, it’s a perfect grab and go lunch or evening meal for less syns than an actual glass of red wine.
Asda Calorie Counted Cottage Pie – 4.5 syns
Cottage Pie is the classic ready meal. This one takes a very lengthy ten minutes to cook through, so you’ll have to plan your route to the kitchen very carefully to avoid any office kitchenette showdowns. But it’s worth it. Word of caution here though, there are two very similarly packaged ‘calorie counted’ cottage pies available in Asda. You need the frozen one, costing £1.05. The chilled counterpart is 7 syns for the pack. Still well within your daily limit, but not as good value for the convenience.
Stay in the office good books with this one. Three and a half minutes and done, and as it’s a pasta dish you know that you’ll be completely satisfied once you’ve eaten it. Also vegetarian and vegan friendly which is a huge bonus, even if you’re just looking to reduce your consumption of animal products. Let’s face it, three and a half syns is nothing for an ENTIRE meal.
Weight Watchers Spicy Jerk Chicken & Coconut Rice – 5 syns
Okay, I can’t link you to it because technically it’s not a supermarket ready meal. So I’ve given you a photograph so you know what you’re looking for, but you can get them basically anywhere. The truth is that any Weight Watchers (or, WW, whatever they’re called now) meals are all pretty good on the Slimming World plan. None that I found were above ten syns, but this is the most interesting sounding one and the lowest in syns. Five syns for the entire thing. And coconut rice is pretty divine, so it has that going for it too.
Of course a few things go without saying here, the first is that the syn values and links to buy all of these meals are up to date as of the date it was posted. We will try to keep them as up to date as you can, but please check your Slimming World app or website to confirm the information in this post. If anything is wrong, or not working please let us know in the comments so we can fix it. There are also a bunch of other options at your disposal, some we have purposefully not included as we cannot be certain of their syn values, but it does not take much searching to find them.
What are your go-to easy ready meals? Any you think we should have included? Let us know in the comments!