As a busy, working mum, I’m always on the look out for ways to make mealtimes easy. In an ideal world I’d be able to dedicate hours batch cooking meals from scratch – but in reality I just don’t always have the time. Since we started weaning Max six months ago I’ve relied on a mix of home cooked meals backed up with pouches for when we’re out and about, and this combination has worked great for us.
Piccolo are a brand I’ve always fallen back on. Their organic ingredients and bold flavours keep them one step ahead of their competitors, which is no mean feat in the saturated baby food market. So when the team at Piccolo contacted us and asked if Max would like to put their Mediterranean range through it’s paces he happily accepted their challenge.
Piccolo’s recipes are inspired by tastes of the Mediterranean. Most of us know about the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet, so adding these healthy ingredients into a handy pouch is a genius idea. Just as you would expect from modern day baby food brands, there is no added sugar hidden in the pouches, plus all ingredients are organic, suitable for vegetarians and have no gluten. Piccolo aim to encourage children to eat a diet rich in super foods, mono unsaturated fats like olive oil, along with pulses, grains, fish and dairy – out with the bland and in with the tasty!
The flavours we were sent to try were:
- sun ripened tomato and red pepper with a dash of olive oil – stage 1
- tomato, lentil and angel pasta, with a dash of olive oil – stage 2
- lamb ratatouille with a hint of rosemary – stage 2
- squash, mac and cheese with a hint of sage – stage 2
As Max has moved on from the stage 1 weaning pouches I decided to use the sun ripened tomato and red pepper pouch as a sauce and added it to some pasta shapes for him. Judging by the fact he cleared his plate within minutes I’d say that was a hit.
The stage 2 pouches all have a thicker texture so we used these on their own as main meals. What surprised me the most was the fact they all lived up to their promise and tasted exactly as described. I like to taste everything before giving it to Max, and most baby foods taste bland and nothing like they describe on the packaging. But the Piccolo meals were different, you could actually taste each individual flavour, even the herbs!
It’s hard to know which was Max’s favourite as he licked the bowl clean after every one of them, but my personal favourite was the Mac ‘n’ Cheese as it reminded me of my own childhood meals that my mum used to make for us.
We were also sent some pear, plum and banana stage 1 fruit pouches from their Piccolo Pure range to try, each flavour chosen because of their delicious and distinctive tastes, making them perfect for little ones taste buds when they begin to explore their first flavours. Max has started to outgrow the smooth purees so I’ve been mixing these pouches in with his morning porridge to give his breakfast a fruity twist.
If the above wasn’t enough to convince you about Piccolo’s awesomeness they also donate 10% of their profits to food education, and are the first baby food brand to work in partnership with the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), the UK’s largest parenting charity – this makes them a worthy brand to support in my opinion!
You can check out the current Piccolo range and find your local stockist here.