The girls are due to start nursery every afternoon next week which means our lives are set to get that little busier. With three kids, school, nursery, various after school clubs plus a husband that works away during the week, mealtimes fall to me and me alone to sort out. Step forward the new Little Dish Pots and Pies which are meals for toddlers, which have been designed to celebrate Little Dish’s tenth anniversary.
My eldest son has various after school clubs, meaning that I have to pick him up at 4.30pm and our 5pm tea time is often compromised. It’s always helpful to have a quick and easy meal in the fridge or freezer that can be called on as and when. We were sent four different varieties of the Little Dish Pots and Pies range which has recently been launched alongside their other ranges including snacks and pizzas. We were sent two cottage pies, one pasta Bolognese, one mild chicken curry and one spaghetti and meatballs.
They come in a super cute little crockpot style dish and colourful packaging which is fun and engaging, and gives your child something to do after they’ve eaten as you can colour in various characters. We also thoroughly washed out the pots after and used them to play in the garden – talk about multiple usages! What I was instantly drawn to, was the fact that they are the only chilled toddler meals that contain no added salt and sugar. I think there’s a bit of a pre-conception that meals that can go in the microwave are full of junk so this pleased me to read this. Each meal also contains at least one portion of your child’s five a day.
The same night we received the products, I decided to try the spaghetti and meatballs which is a favourite of my youngest twin. The girls as a whole are really good eaters, however P2 is definitely the fussier of the two, so for her pasta dishes were definitely the best for her to try first. As it was chilled, I simply took the sleeve off, pierced the plastic film half a dozen times and just popped it in the microwave for 90 seconds and hey presto – it was ready.
As you can see, one very happy girl who ate the lot! I couldn’t quite believe how simple and easy it was from start to finish. We had a similar story with the pasta bolognaise that was wolfed up when served on our super cute Little Dish tablecloth that the girls could colour in!
P1 is definitely a more varied eater so she had the cottage pie and the chicken curry which came with rice. I have to admit that out of all of them, I found the chicken curry the least appealing as it was quite watery in consistency and needed really mixing together before serving. It wasn’t as successful as the others with the girls too as she didn’t eat all of it. I think my girls were definitely happier with the beef based meals, but that is probably down to their own personal tastes.
The ‘Pots and Pies’ range by Little Dish are stocked in Tesco, Asda, Waitrose, Ocado, Morrisons, Sainsburys and Co-op with a very reasonable RRP of £2.30. Anything that can make a parent’s life that little bit easier whilst being nutritionally balanced that they love is a winner in my books!