Generally we eat the same main meal as a family. H and I have our week day meals freshly cooked at about 5 and my husband heats his up in the microwave when he gets home. At weekends we sit down to eat as a family and again we tend to eat the same food. If we have a curry we might add some yoghurt to H’s, but otherwise he eats what we do. Sometimes though there’s a reason for changing this. Sometimes there is only H’s meal to cook if we are going out for dinner say. Maybe I had a big lunch for some reason and my husband is away with work, so it’s only H who needs a cooked meal.
In the past I’ve tended to either make H a sandwich lunch, but that doesn’t work well if he’s had a packed lunch at school. Other times he might have fish fingers and chips, but again that’s not suitable if he’s had fish and chips at school that day (he has school dinners on a Friday) and I don’t like him to have chips too often either. So I was interested to try out some of Little Dish‘s range. Basically they are proper nutritionally balanced meals for children and the bigger kids range is for ages 3 to 6. Now H is 8 and the portion size is fine for him, unless he’s having a growth spurt, when he might need a bit more.
Little Dish meals are made from 100% natural ingredients, are low in salt, have no added sugar and no additives or preservatives. They can be ready in minutes which is handy. You can find them in the chilled aisle in the supermarkets and you can freeze them at home and cook from frozen. That’s what we have been doing: freezing them and then serving them up when the need arises. If H comes back from tennis wanting a second dinner because he’s starving that’s easily done too. I’ve found them really easy to use: you just pop a few holes into the film on top and then into the microwave and leave to stand according to the instructions.
I asked H what he thought of them and he is pretty keen. He likes the taste – it’s like the home cooked food that he’s used to. He also likes that there is an art activity inside the cardboard packaging and that there are several different activities to collect.