Ever since we started weaning I have been making Piglet’s meals from scratch. I’m not afraid to admit that I am not a big fan of ready meals for children. I prefer not to eat them myself so why would I feed them to Piglet?
Piglet doesn’t eat dinner with us, as he goes off to bed just as JHogg gets home from work, and so that means making his meals separately. I won’t lie – it’s not always easy cooking 2 different dinners each night! The time spent in the kitchen would be far better spent on the floor having fun, so I was more than happy to give Little Dish Pots and Pies a try.
As far as ready meals go, Little Dish seem to have developed one of the most natural. The claim:
- Made using 100% natural ingredients
- Low in salt and contains no added sugar, salt or preservatives
- Provides at least of of the recommended 5-a-day
- Source of protein
- British meat and sustainably sourced fish
You can’t really argue with that now can you? I had some concerns about apple juice being used to artificially sweeten the dishes to make them more appealing to children and was so glad to not find it in the ingredients.
There are 4 pies available so far:
- Fish Pie
- Shepherds Pie
- Cottage Pie
- Chicken Pie
And 7 little pots:
- Veg Ravioli
- Chicken and Veg Risotto
- Mild Chicken Curry
- Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Beef Lasagne
- Pasta Bolognese
- Mild Beef Curry
I was so glad to see plenty strong flavours in there. Piglet doesn’t particularly like bland food and gets bored with it very quickly. It’s great to know I can get food that he would enjoy in ready meal form.
And there is no doubt that he has enjoyed them so far! Fish is probably his least favourite food, but even the fish pie got his seal of approval. I would say it was perhaps a bit light on actual fish, and the same could be said for the bolognese.
They are advertised as toddler meals, which really could cover a fair range of ages. Piglet has a pretty big appetite but even he doesn’t fully finish a dish so they are definitely still big enough for an older toddler. He enjoys them so much that he ate too much on the night he had the bolognese and proceeded to vomit bright orange on to our beige carpet a little while later. Thanks chum – that stain is here to stay!
I think of all of them, his favourite has been the chicken and veg risotto. He ate almost all of it and couldn’t get it in his mouth fast enough – shoving his fingers in too!
The meals can be found in the fridge aisles in the supermarket – but all of them are freezable. This is where they earn their stripes for me! I don’t see me going out and buying them with the intention of serving on a specific day – it’s just not the way I work. But being able to have a couple in the freezer so I can pull one out and cook straight from frozen is perfect. It will be a lifesaver when we’ve had a busy day and take the strain off a little. Sometimes we just need a break!
A little plus for the older ones is that on the inside of each packaging is a little drawing for them to colour in. Anything to buy yourself 5 minutes peace to get the tea cooked and on the table!
At around £2.50 I really don’t think they’re breaking the bank. They’re not full of any nasty additives and are just “normal” food. Little Dish Pots and Pies get a nod from me!
Please Note: I was sent some of the Little Dish Pots and Pies for the purposes of a review. All views and opinions are my own.