“ Brand: Little Dish /Type: Ready meal / Healthy ready made meal, suitable for ages 1-3 years. „
When in Tesco's doing my weekly food shop last week I spotted the Little Dish range in the chilled foods aisle. The first thing that caught my eye is the fun, attractive packaging but then I spotted that the box said that they are for 1-3 year olds and that made me want to know more.
I have never really seen any ready prepared foods aimed for babies and toddlers, apart from the boring, flavourless jars, but these looked like real adult meals just made especially for tiny tummies. They have a number of different meals in the range including:
Monty's Favourite Spaghetti and Meatballs
Chicken and Butternut Squash Pie
Salmon and Broccoli Pasta Bake
Mild Chicken Korma
Pasta with Cheese, Peas and Broccoli Trees
All of which are nutritionally tailored to be suitable for such young children. However, the one that really caught my eye was the Fish Pie. I slid the cardboard lid off to have a look and make sure it wasn't like the mushy, blended rubbish of baby jars and was amazed at the fact that it looked exactly like a real homemade meal would look.
I decided to buy just the one for my little girl to try because although it looked great, it was quite expensive at £2.65 per meal in my local Tesco's. I thought that would be better than buying a few and then her not liking them.
That evening I made it for her to have for her tea following the microwave instructions on the cardboard sleeve but found I had to leave it to cool for quite a while afterwards as it was far too hot for a young child (my daughter is 14 months old). Despite that initial little speed bump, it smelt amazing and I tried a spoonful myself. I was shocked at how nice it was, especially as all Little Dish meals are made with no added salt. Most of the time I find that any ready made baby food is extremely bland and so it made a refreshing change to find that there is finally something that tastes as good as a homemade meal for her.
When I gave my daughter her first mouthful she pulled an odd face and I thought "Oh no, She hates it" but then she let out the loudest "Mmmmmmmmmmmm!" I have ever heard. She absolutely loved it! The whole bowl was empty and she didn't even throw any at me like she usually does.
Although I do prefer to make most of her food from scratch so I know exactly what she is eating, I will definitely be trying the other meals in the range on them days when I'm just too busy to cook from scratch. They can be frozen so I will be getting a couple to keep in my freezer. I'll feel very comfortable giving her one of these occasionally because unlike other pre-prepared foods, there isn't a long list of strange ingredients in them. They are made from simple, healthy ingredients. Nice and simple.