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Review: Little Dish – My First Pizza

Little Dish My First Pizza

Burrito Baby is a really good eater these days and since we’ve discovered that she can now have dairy, she happily eats things with normal cheese without any issues and is a huge fan of pizza. So when Little Dish got in touch and asked if we’d like to be some of the first people to try their brand new range of pizzas, My First Pizza, aimed at toddlers, we jumped at the chance. Here’s the blurb on the new products:

Our new range of My First Pizzas have been created in partnership with our nutritionist to ensure that they are not just yummy, but also nutritionally balanced. These tasty pizzas are made with 100% natural ingredients, contain 35% less salt than the average children’s chilled pizza* and have no added sugar, additives or preservatives. Plus, each mini pizza contains 1 of child’s recommended 5 a day thanks to the yummy toppings and hidden carrot puree into our unique pizza bases.

*35% less salt when compared against the average salt content (per 100g) in all children’s chilled pizza found in UK supermarkets

We were sent all three varieties of pizza; classic margherita, mini meatballs and veg, and pesto chicken and veg. The pizzas by themselves were the perfect size to give to BB for a hearty lunch and because they contained one of her 5 a day, as well as 35% less salt than conventional “kids” pizzas, it didn’t feel like we were giving her something unhealthy.

One of my favourite things about all of the Little Dish meals, not just the pizzas, is that they don’t patronise when it comes to ingredients. There seems to be an accepted wisdom that there are certain things that kids just won’t eat, and while there are plenty of fussy kids in the world, my two are really open to new flavours and textures and BB absolutely loved the butternut squash and spinach on the meatball pizza.

Little Dish My First Pizza

Obviously, there are some days when most toddlers decide to be difficult, which why these pizzas are so great – even the plain margherita contains carrot, peppers, onions and tomatoes, all hidden in the base and sauce, so you have the peace of mind that they’re eating a nutritious meal while they get to exert their toddler will and think they’re getting away with being fussy!

If you wanted to make a larger meal out of the pizzas, I’d wholly recommend serving them with sweet potato fries or wedges, for added calories and nutrition, or some steamed veg such as broccoli. We’ll definitely be buying these pizzas for BB in the future as they went down an absolute storm. Thanks, Little Dish, for sending them to us, along with the adorable little hamper and goodies to go with them.


Domino’s Gluten Free Pizza Review

Last Friday, we were offered the chance to try Domino’s gluten free pizza, and being fans of Domino’s pizza delivery we thought we’d give it a try. Husband actually suffers with certain food intolerances and we’ve often wondered if gluten is one of them, so it was interesting to see how meals containing gluten could be replaced in his diet.

Our local store only offers gluten free pizzas in the small size, so we ordered a regular Texas Barbeque for all of us and a small gluten free Margarita to see how it measured up.

The first thing we noticed is that the crust actually looks a little different, less dense and slightly drier than the normal crust. The taste wasn’t massively different but the texture was definitely a noticeable change, though not necessarily in an unpleasant way. Kudos to Domino’s for making an effort to offer a truly decent substitute; we’ve often commented in the past that things like lactose-free alternatives aren’t ever really up to scratch and never seem to provide a decent match in terms of flavour or texture, so this was a pleasant surprise.

Given that up to 1 in 100 people in the UK are living with coeliac disease and countless others with a gluten allergy or intolerance, it’s great that Domino’s have taken steps to accommodate gluten-free diets and I feel that their offerings are a decent substitute for anyone to whom takeaway pizza has been off the menu because of issues with gluten. I’d have no problem switching over to their gluten-free pizzas if I had to, and as a pizza-lover, that’s quite a grand statement!

You can find more details on Domino’s gluten free range here and more information on wheat and gluten intolerance on the Allergy UK site.