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Review: Little Dish Turkey Meatballs with Herby Tomato Pasta
Posted June 17, 2015 by Bethanie Lunn
You’ll know by now that I love to create with food and, apart from the occasional treat, I ensure our family meals are healthy. I discovered Little Dish initially at Waitrose and for those times when you’re in a hurry or need a nutritious meal for someone else to cook (such as a childminder or family member), their ready prepared meals are ideal. Usually though, I hear ‘ready prepared’ or ‘microwave meal’ and think, ‘nasty’. I personally won’t put anything that is artificial or loaded with too much sugar or salt in my sons mouth so, if I’ve not made it, I need to know what goes in it.
All Little Dish meals are made from 100% natural ingredients, provide one of a child’s recommended five-a-day, are low in salt, contain no added sugar and no additives or preservatives. That will do for us!
Little Dish Chicken and Butternut Squash Pie and Alphabet Pasta Bolognese are two of Frankie’s favourites but they’ve just launched a yummy new limited-edition toddler meal – Turkey Meatballs with Herby Tomato Pasta. Aimed for kids aged one to three, it contains mini British turkey meatballs (lean and high-in-protein) and bite-size orzo pasta, with the aim to gently introduce young children to exciting new tastes and textures.
Frankie loved this and kept murmuring ‘mmm’ with a full mouth. I found the portion size quite large for a little one, not always the case with the other dishes so this one wasn’t particularly erm, a little dish (sorry, I couldn’t resist). I just stored a third of it (which he didn’t eat when first tried), in tupperware for another day. I’d also like to point out I personally found they get really hot, even under the cooking guidelines, so just try it or test it yourself throughly and follow the care instructions on the box. I put them in the fridge for a minute or two. Thank goodness for the next step…
The added perk of Little Dish meals is that each container box turns into an activity sheet. Just turn it inside out and you can keep your little one occupied while you cook. We all know how they hate to sit and wait; ‘patience – what is that’? I showed Frankie how to colour in the elephant finger puppet and we played with that. Might I add that the crayons are WASHABLE – a trick I learned after turning my back for a mere 30 seconds only to return to the reworks of Picasso all over my sofa.
Overall, I think Little Dish are really onto something. Not only are the meals 100% natural and nutritionally balanced, they are taste tested by a team of Tiny Tasters before leaving the development kitchen so real children have given them the seal of approval first. My first choice for meals that I can trust if I need to save time or make things easy.
Turkey Meatballs with Herby Tomato Pasta is available in Tesco, Waitrose and Ocado.com for a limited time only, at £2.50 (RRP).