Monday 14 October 2013

New & Improved Little Dish Toddler Meals review

Little Dish, who pride themselves on providing proper food for little ones, got in touch recently to see if we'd like to try two of their new products. They have modified their already popular Fish Pie recipe so that it now contains MSC approved wild salmon, improving both taste and levels of Omega 3.

And they have also come up with a brand new recipe -  Mini Cheese Ravioli in a Tomato and Veg Sauce - in response to the large number of parents who wanted some extra vegetarian options in the range. They explain : "Little Dish’s new Mini Cheese Ravioli in a Tomato and Veg Sauce gives little ones 2 of their 5 a day of vegetables in one delicious meal. The mini pasta pieces are the perfect size and texture for little mouths and the sauce contains yummy chunks of vegetables to help little ones develop a taste for healthy grown-up textures. Just like all of the Little Dish meals, this new arrival is of course made from 100% natural ingredients, is low in salt, contains no added sugar and no additives or preservatives."

First I warmed up the  Fish Pie in the microwave - it only takes 2 & 1/2 minutes, but be warned, it comes out way too hot to eat so let it cool down a while before serving. The packaging promises a cheesy salmon and pollock pie made with finely chopped spinach and delicious mashed potato. I was a bit confused when I peeled off the plastic film because I could see a large chunk of white fish floating in a creamy sauce but no potato. Hmmm. I mashed it all up and decided that it is all blended together so the fishy lump in the middle is actually a mixture of fish and mash.

As the fish pie cooled down, I zapped the ravioli. They were a bit congealed and stuck together but I picked them apart with a fork and they actually looked quite appetising, even to me ! Little Dish meals are suitable for children aged 1 year+, so I wasn't sure what my considerably older testers would think.

Well, 8-year-old Juliette did ask (with a grin) if it was baby food then proceeded to wolf the whole lot down, declaring it "even nicer than the fish pie at the canteen".

4-year-old Pierre was equally pleased with his dish of ravioli and ate the whole lot, although he did complain that they were too hot and that he burned his mouth, despite me letting them stand for a while before giving them to him.

They were an ideal quick solution after a long day and work and - even better - as I served them straight from the dish, there wasn't even any washing up to deal with !

star rating : 4.5/5

RRP : £2.50 for 200g

Disclosure : We received the products in order to write an honest review.

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