Little Dish Pots & Pies Toddler Meals Review

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.

Little Dish Pots & Pies Toddler Meals ReviewMy 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.

Little Dish Pots & Pies Toddler Meals Review

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.

Little Dish Pots & Pies Toddler Meals ReviewAs 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.

Little Dish Pots & Pies Toddler Meals Review
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!

B xx

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  1. jessica woods
    2nd September 2016 / 11:54 am

    This looks good enough for me to eat lol 🙂

  2. Margaret Gallagher
    2nd September 2016 / 8:31 pm

    I heard so many great reviews about these little dishes -haven’t tried them yet bot hopefully will soon

  3. Bev
    3rd September 2016 / 7:16 am

    They do seem simple but personally I prefer knowing exactly what’s gone into a meal. That’s just me being fussy, though.

  4. kim neville
    3rd September 2016 / 1:19 pm

    These meals look delicious and perfect size for little ones

  5. Cupcake R
    4th September 2016 / 8:16 am

    These look like really tasty little meals.

  6. Chris Fliss
    4th September 2016 / 11:03 am

    These look amazing, grown up meals gentle enough for little ones 🙂

  7. 4th September 2016 / 1:31 pm

    Do they come in adult form as well lol, they look fabulicious! x

  8. 8th September 2016 / 6:20 am

    I like the inside packaging, giving them something to colour in, the meals look good for them, I have a similar bowl now I know what a toddler sized portion is lol might need to start eating like one.

  9. 8th September 2016 / 9:51 am

    These are so cute! Adore finding great little meals for little folk.

  10. 8th September 2016 / 11:01 am

    These look like a fab idea,
    I’ve passed the link to my friend for her little one.

  11. 8th September 2016 / 11:38 am

    They look like brilliant portion sizes and great prices too, kids meals can be so expensive when you’re out and about!

  12. 8th September 2016 / 11:45 am

    These look great, I could eat them myself. Love the idea of the colouring/activity on the packaging too x

  13. 8th September 2016 / 11:47 am

    I’m a stay at home mother so I tend to just give my daughter what we’re having (and we’re kinda crunchy, organic, from-scratch, no-microwave type of people) but I will definitely mention these to my mum friends who work, as this may be just what they need! Shame they don’t do these in Canada…I have two sets of friends there, each with triplets plus another child roughly 2 years older, so they could definitely have a few of these stocked in the fridge for emergencies.

  14. nicol
    8th September 2016 / 2:53 pm

    something quick and easy is always good. love how theres a colouring in section!

  15. 8th September 2016 / 3:58 pm

    In the little crockpot you could pass these off as being homemade.

  16. 8th September 2016 / 4:26 pm

    These actually look pretty yummy and having something fast means you get to spend more time having fun x

  17. Francesca
    8th September 2016 / 6:36 pm

    How handy are these when you’re in a rush!? We have given our boys some kid ready meals before and they often like the pasta dishes more than curries too, I also find they can be quite watery and flavourless! These look great, I’m sure my boys would like some!

  18. 8th September 2016 / 7:32 pm

    These must be so useful when you’re just in a bit of a rush but you want to make sure your kids get something decent inside them x

  19. 8th September 2016 / 8:17 pm

    These meals sound perfect for the little ones. It’s nice that there is no added salt and sugar.

  20. Stephanie Keill
    8th September 2016 / 10:37 pm

    I would definitely give my kids these yummy meals

  21. 9th September 2016 / 7:33 am

    I used to buy these when my three were little – the portion sizes are very good x

  22. 9th September 2016 / 9:40 am

    Im thinking even I would probably eat these as they look like great portions x

  23. 9th September 2016 / 10:11 am

    Yum it does look like she is enjoying herself. They are such a good idea for kids. xx

  24. 9th September 2016 / 11:36 am

    I often see these and I really considered buying them for E when she wouldn’t eat! Wish I had now!! H x

  25. 9th September 2016 / 1:57 pm

    We use little dish, I absolutely love the new packaging they brought out too!

  26. 9th September 2016 / 7:48 pm

    These actually look really good! Great for little ones (and probably great for me)!

  27. Hannah
    10th September 2016 / 12:39 pm

    I always hear good things about these – perfect for when you’re in a rush!

  28. 10th September 2016 / 4:59 pm

    These look like delicious meals. I’m sending this recommendation to my parent friends.

  29. 10th September 2016 / 6:05 pm

    Wow don’t they look good. Your little one seems to be enjoying them.

  30. 10th September 2016 / 8:09 pm

    Yummy! These look like the sort of meals I would eat 🙂 love the packaging too!

  31. 12th September 2016 / 12:23 am

    These are such a good idea for kids. They look like adult food compared to a lot of childrens meals xxx

  32. 12th September 2016 / 8:07 am

    I love having a few little dish options in the freezer, I’m going to have to try out this new range!

  33. Linda Curtis
    12th September 2016 / 8:39 pm

    little meals for little tums

    my granddaughter loves these always handy to have them in for her

  34. 13th September 2016 / 10:11 am

    Such a cute packaging and so good that your little princess is enjoying them meals 🙂

  35. 13th September 2016 / 9:40 pm

    These sound great! Ideal for my son next year 🙂