Plum Little Foodies

Thursday, 20 June 2013
Plum Little Foodies.
We were recently given an opportunity to review the 'Little Foodies' range from Plum. The range is aimed at children 1-3 years, and includes a variety of flavours.
When possible I've always tried to give Jack home cooked food, and now he's older he rarely tends to have shop brought jars, and just eats what we do. However, there are some times when this just isn't possible, or days I work these are perfect. I found these Little Foodies ideal for when in a rush, they heat in next to no time, and can even be served in the bowl they come in. Before we opened these meals I expected them to be quite pureed like other baby jars and bland within the flavours. I can honestly say this was not the case with the Little Foodies. When looking at the meals once cooked, they looked like 'proper' food, it wasn't pureed and you could make out what each item was. They definitely looked like a home cooked meal and included a variety of different items to improve the taste of your child.
We received one of each of the current four meals within the range. I have written about what Plum say but also my opinion on the meals and Jack's reaction to them.

Caribbean Jerk Mango & Chicken with Wholegrain Rice.
'Delicious blend of lightly spiced organic chicken with bits of juicy mango, a touch of coconut and nutty-tasting wholegrain rice for extra nutrition and a bit of fibre. A wonderful way to introduce little ones to the delights of island cuisine!'
Within this meal, the vegetables were easy to see, luckily Jack loves vegetables. The initial look of the meal wasn't very appetising in colour, however this didn't seem to put Jack off. The mango and coconut were new flavours to Jack so he was a little apprehensive at first but quickly wanted more. Jack thoroughly enjoyed this as a new flavour.

Moroccan Lamb Tagine with Apricots & Bulgur Wheat.
' Perfect hearty meal for a hungry toddler. It's a scrumptious, slow-simmered stew that combines our award-winning organic Welsh lamb with sweet apricots, chickpeas, delicious veg, and a touch of mild North African spice - so delicious that they'll never suspect it contains three portions of veg!'
The Lamb Tagine was a big hit with Jack, lamb is one of my favourite meats so I'm glad Jack likes this. Jack seemed to enjoy the chickpeas a lot, and as they were soft he found them very easy to eat.

Neapolitan Tomato & Beef Ragu with Ditalini Pasta.
'Our twist on an Italian classic (minus the salt and sugar that sneakily hide in most pasta sauces!) Our slow-cooked ragu incorporates a whopping eight different kinds of vegetables to give your little one a balanced blend of vitamins, and we've left the tiny pasta tubes whole to provide a bit of a chewing challenge.'
This was definitely a favourite of Jack's, he ate the most of this pot. We generally eat a lot of pasta anyway as it's one of our favourite meals. I found that the additional vegetables within this made it a perfect meal for Jack. The small pasta tubes were easy for him to chew and swallow.

Vegetable Biryani with Wholegrain Rice.
'Perfect for young vegetarians - a moreish mixture of spinach, tomatoes, onions, raisins and chickpeas, flavoured with coconut and mild Indian spices. It also contains 3 of your toddler's 5-a-day portions of fruit and veg, which is handy if the rest of the day has been a wash nutrition-wise!'

This was Jack's least favourite of the range, in fact he hardly ate any of it. This may be as Jack hasn't had spices before, we did try it again but he still wasn't convinced. I personally found the scent and taste of this pleasant. The only downside I found to this was the consistency of the meal was quite thick.

One thing I loved about these Plum Little Foodies is each one comes with at least 2 of the recommended 5-a-day for your toddler. I found these meals a little large for Jack, but he is only 15months and these are recommended up until 3 years. No preservatives, artificial colours or flavours, sugar or GM ingredients are added to the meals. The ingredients used are Organic, which is great to know as you know your child is having a good, hearty meal.

One thing I did like about these meals is they are Dairy Free, this is great for parent's whom follow a Dairy Free diet. This also fitted in great with us as during the last month we have had a Dairy Free diet.

These meals have an RRP of £2.25, this may seem a little steep for an everyday meal for you child. But on the odd emergency occasion this would be a perfect addition to give your child. I shall definitely be getting some more to store within the cupboard for emergency meal ideas.  

Please Note. I received these products from Plum for the purpose of this review, all opinions and wording are my own 

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