We’ve been lucky enough to be given the opportunity to try Tilda’s
new Tilda Kids range of rices! We eat a lot of rice in our house and
despite Jensen’s best efforts, ahe’s just not the greatest fan of plain
brown rice (the way I like it). There
are four flavours of steamed basmati rice in their range and they are
all combined with vegetables to make one of your child’s five a day.
We never have a problem meeting that goal in our house, but we know
plenty of Mommas who would love to hear that the vegetables are so
So, last night we tried the Mild and Sweet Curry Rice.
Nutritionally, here’s what it contains for your little one at dinner time:
|Per 125g Serving||Per 100g|
|(of which sugars)||3.5g||2.8g|
|(of which saturates)||3.0g||2.4g|
There are recipe suggestions on the website from
Tilda and so we decided to follow one of them and make taco boats.
Sadly as it was evening, the light is awful and I’m sure we all know by
now how excellent I am with my camera, and so low light it is.
Regardless of the light, you can tell how much delicious fun we had!
Little Adventurer was excited and desperate for him and his fellow
shipmates to get stuck in! We had rice sand and a salady seaweedy ocean
with grapes and gold chocolate doubloons for dinner with beef tacos
(ground aberdeen angus beef, taco seasoning, red, yellow and green
peppers, onions and baby courgettes).
created the ship sail on rice paper with edible markers, and the wooden
skewer was secured in place under the ship with a grape. Needless to
say, no sooner had we placed the treasure on the Tilda rice beach,
Captain Hook sailed into view on the salad sea!
The Verdict on Dinner:
The rice was (I tried it too, so did Dadda) indeed mild, sweet, sticky and delicious and Jensen really liked the apricot
flavour mixed with it. He said it was “dee-ricious”. The rice contains sweet potato, green beans as
well as the apricot and it smells divine compared to a lot of children’s foods that I’ve encountered in my few years as a Momma.
We are a curry-loving family
and although Jensen chose this flavour tonight for tacos, it would be
the perfect accompaniment for our curries instead of the brown rice that he
usually gets and looks incredulously at us over, as if we are crazy for
asking him to eat it.
loves being able to choose from a variety of different flavours as he feels involved in the meal and Momma loved that
fact that in 40 seconds of microwaving, it was ready (plus cooling time of course)!
first sight when I took it out of the packet, it looked stodgy and
unappetising and sat at the bottom of the packet as a wet lump. Still, we layered it onto the beach to eat as most of our
meals are served family style (Jensen is always more keen to try
something he either helps to prepare, grows, or thinks Momma or Dadda
are having without him) and served it up.
When we started to eat it
became clear that the stodginess had a distinct advantage over our brown
rice (even though you can see we had wild rice this evening for a
change). As the rice wasn’t dry, it couldn’t escape from the fork as
easily! Genius. It was easier for our Little Adventurer to get it from his fork
to his mouth without losing half of it into his lap. He was impressed
and even expressed his happiness to Jake (of the Neverland Pirates).
There are three further flavours in the range, two out of the three have been tested and rated on our “Om-nom-nom” scale.
Why Om-nom-nom? Well, say it. We say it a lot. Om-nom-nom-nom-nom-nom
is the best, om-nom is the worst. Here are our findings….
Sweet Vegetable & Wholegrain Rice
(Steamed basmati with sweetcorn, sweet potato and carrots).
Rating: 4/5 Om-nom-noms (Om-nom-nom-nom-nom)
one disappeared fast with sharky lemon sole goujons (goujons with icing
eyes and pepper dorsal fins). I barely got a mouthful. Jensen’s
opinion: “Deese rices is tasty. I lub them.”
basmati with butternut squash, sweetcorn & carrots)
said that this one tasted, “not good *insert shaking of head*” with his
sprat fish (see You Shall Have A Fishy post). When we tried it, it
tasted a little too much like the baby-food-plastic taste and a little
(Steamed basmati with tangy tomato and cheese)
We haven’t tried this one yet; Baby Dragon will get his chance at lunchtime today, stay tuned…
We loved the packaging; the colours are beautiful and the character
illustrations are cute, together with the text. Lines like “get your
cheeky monkey to give it a squeeze” made me smile. The characters are a
great idea; if there’s an animal on the packet our Little Adventurer is
Portion Size: Obviously
more than most little ones can eat when served with meat or fish, which
means there’s no great loss when some of it hits the floor 😉 If your
eaters aren’t as, er, expressive with their food as ours are, you can
keep the leftover rice in the
pouch, refrigerate it and reheat it in the microwave the next day.
They are more expensive (RRP : £1.15 for 125g) than the regular
but we never really purchase those. Maybe a better way into rice for
our boys is through these pouches, to the grown up ones and then to our
delicious brown rice (I will convert him, I will!). As they are already
have vegetables added to them (helping to meet vegetable-avoiding
5-a-day targets) I’m sure that many parents will agree they are great
value in more ways than one.
Will we be buying them?: Yes. Tilli will be gracing our pantry ~ 40 seconds for a tasty rice and vegetable accompaniment to dinner is amazing.