Little Dish Review and Competition (5 Goody Bags to give away!)
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My boys (Aron, 2 ½, and Aidan, 16 months old) are food lovers, just like my husband and I, and they are always keen to try new foods wherever possible (as long as it doesn’t look like lettuce or something super healthy). So, I wasn’t surprised that they were just as happy to try out 5 different Little Dish meals and review them for the Motherhood Diaries Magazine.
Little Dish got in touch with us and kindly sent us a Goody Bag for review, complete with 5 Little Dish vouchers to purchase the readymade meals.
A Goody Bag contains:
- Little Dish Ready Meal Vouchers
- Little Dish placemat to use with the Little Dish meals
- Colouring Sheets
- And a cool Little Dish spoon to use with the Little Dish meals
Product Description and RRP:
Hillary and her business partner John had noticed a gap in the market for fresh and healthy food for children and so decided on creating Little Dish readymade meals for children, using only the ingredients you would find in your kitchen. Little Dish food contains 100% natural ingredients, and no unnecessary salt, and is tested rigorously by tiny tasters before it hits the public.
The meals we bought with the vouchers were:
- Chicken Risotto – £2.49
- Pasta with Cheese, Peas and Broccoli Trees – £2.49
- Pasta Bolognese – £2.49
- Chicken and Butternut Squash Pie – £2.49
- Fish Pie – £2.49
Chicken Risotto – £2.49
This meal contains a bite sized British chicken breast, tomatoes, butternut squash, sweet potato and cheddar cheese. It also contains one portion of vegetables.
Pasta with Cheese, Peas and Broccoli Trees – £2.49
The Little Dish meal contains cheesy pasta with petit pois and mini broccoli florets.
Pasta Bolognese – £2.49
The meal contains macaroni pasta topped with British beef mince and tomato sauce (and a portion of hidden vegetables – naked to the untrained boys’ eyes)
Chicken and Butternut Squash Pie – £2.49
The pie contains diced chicken, butternut squash and mashed potato topping.
Fish Pie – £2.49
The pie contains cheesy salmon and Pollock pie made with chopped spinach (shhh) and mashed potato – this meals contains Omega 3
A little bit about Little Dish
- Little Dish meals use 100% natural ingredients
- There are no additives or preservatives
- The meals are free from added salt and sugar
- All meals are tested and approved by a team of little testers
- They look and taste delicious!
These little meals were the perfect alternative to cooking at home and they bought me some time to actually sit down and enjoy a few minutes of rest and relaxation, when I would normally be slaving away in the kitchen three times a day.
Aron’s favourite was the Pasta Bolognese and that meal only saw the light of day for about 5 minutes before it was devoured. Aidan’s favourite was the Chicken Risotto and he was literally licking his fingers and his plate when he was finished. The Risotto is one of my favourite dishes to make and I was very impressed with the ingredients and how they were made. Aidan is a huge meat lover and enjoyed tucking into the chicken with his hands after he had given up using his knife and fork.
Top marks for packaging, consistency, texture and taste. The food looked delicious before I warmed the pot, which is rare because normally kids’ meals look like congealed messes before you heat them up. But these meals actually looked like what they were meant to be on the packaging and when I snuck in a taste of them all, the food had just the right flavour, just the right spice, and they smelled tantalising.
The packaging contains lots of information, including a one free ticket offer to Legoland where kids can go free. You can find games for the kids inside the packaging which I found to be an innovative and clever way to make full use of the packaging when the boys had finished the meals.
The Goody Bag:
Aron loves stickers and he got straight to work placing the stickers on the placemat. And, he couldn’t stop staring at his artistic creation when I placed his meal on the placemat too! Aidan made a beeline for the big balloons and when Aron was finished with his meal, the boys played with the balloons for a long time afterwards until they managed to pop them all. I was quite surprised that they hadn’t popped the balloons any sooner actually!
What I liked most about the Little Dish meals:
Whilst the boys were waiting for their meals to be heated (either from frozen or the fridge) I gave them the packaging, so they could colour in the inside of the packaging (clever idea Little Dish!). And, the meals looked delicious when heated, so even I wanted to eat them!
What to watch out for:
Make sure you stir the food thoroughly after serving the heated meal as there will be hot spots that could potentially burn your little one’s tongue. Otherwise, I can’t think of a negative comment.
No negative comments whatsoever, not even on price, which is a healthy £2.49, because you get what you pay for in size and taste. The packaging is attractive and the food is delicious. I will definitely buy these meals for my children again and can recommend the Little Dish meals in a heartbeat.
I would still opt for homemade cooking, just because I like to be in control of what goes into my boys’ food and I also love cooking for them, but these Little Dish meals are a perfect alternative for when I don’t have the right ingredients, can’t be bothered to cook, or simply just want to give them something different for a change.
Now over to you to be in with a chance to be one of the 5 lucky winners to receive a Goody Bag (see above for what’s included in a Goody Bag).
It’s very easy to enter and do make sure you enter as much as you can in order to be in with a better chance of winning.
Deadline for this competition is 12am Sunday 8 September 2013, so plenty of chance to rack up those entries on the Rafflecopter!
The five winners will be selected at random on or after the closing date of Sunday 8 September 2013 and will be notified by email and through affiliated social networking sites, so do keep an eye out for your lucky name!
And, above all, GOOD LUCK!