When I was approached by Tilda to review their brand new range of Tilda Kids rice and veggies pouches, my initial thoughts were no thanks, I prefer to make my own rice hence my post on how to make ‘perfect basmati rice for kids’.
But then I thought there are probably a lot of working mums with very little time to spare that would be interested in this range, and would be keen to know more about it (plus I was intrigued) so I gave it a go…
There are four different varieties available:
- Cheese and Tomato Rice
- Mild and Sweet Curry Rice
- Sunshine Vegetable Rice
- Sweet Vegetable and Wholegrain Rice
I decided to give the Sunshine Vegetable Rice pouch a go simply because it sounded yummy! It includes steamed basmati rice with butternut squash, sweetcorn and carrots.
The pouches are very simply to cook. Simply place upright in the microwave (after making a little cut at the top of the pouch) and cook on high for 40 seconds.
Mind your fingers when removing it from the microwave as the pouch was fairly hot.
Open the pouch, pour the contents into a bowl and fluff with a fork. That’s it! It’s done in about a minute from beginning to end.
Now I personally have an issue with nuking rice in a microwave. I just don’t think it steams as well as it does in a pot. There’s also something less authentic about cooking basmati rice in the microwave. So needless to say I was a little sceptical and was expecting the rice to be dry. But after having a sneaky taste I was very pleasantly surprised! The rice was soft and tasty.
The rice pouches can be used as a quick accompaniment to curry’s and stews, but are tasty enough to serve on their own too. With ‘hidden’ vegetables in the rice, Tilda claim that one pouch will equate to ‘1 of your little ones 5 a day’ which is great news for us busy working mums.
When I served the rice up to my little one, the response I received was ‘nummy’ (my daughter’s equivalent to ‘yummy’) followed by munch munch munch. That’s all I needed to hear, the seal of approval had been given.
So my overall view… a great idea. The pouches are super quick, tasty and nutritious. I personally will continue to cook my own basmati rice as it is very easy to add fresh vegetables and natural colourings to rice to make it tasty and appealing,. But if I have to stay late at work to hit a deadline and I still want to ensure my child is eating well, these pouches are great to keep in the cupboard and can be whipped out ready to serve within seconds.
The new Tilda Kids range is available in Tesco stores and most Morrisons, Waitrose and Asda stores and on Ocado, with an RRP of £1.15 for a 125g pack.