Holy crap! Since when have there been TV dinners for toddlers?
Gerber, the Microsoft of baby foods, has created microwavable TV dinners called Lilâ€™ Entrees. I believe itâ€™s made for those toddlers who are too tired from drooling, crawling around, chewing on toys, and sucking on boobs to make their own dinners.
Actually, I didnâ€™t know toddlers had the motor skills to work a microwave or the ability to read instructions with their very limited vocabulary, consisting of the words, â€œgoo-gooâ€ and â€œga-ga.â€
The Lilâ€™ Entrees come in a variety of flavors: Chicken Stew with Noodles & Green Bean Dices, Turkey & Green Bean Dices with Sweet Potatoes, Spaghetti & Mini Meatballs in Sauce with Green Bean Dices, Pasta Wheel Pick-Ups & Chicken with Carrot Dices, and Macaroni & Beef in Sauce with Carrot Dices.
I decided to pick up the Macaroni & Beef in Sauce with Carrot Dices because it was the one that looked the least disgusting and I HATE green beans, along with coconuts and playa hater.
The first thing I noticed about the Lilâ€™ Entrees was the fact that the portions were REALLY small, which is a good thing. Why, you ask?
I donâ€™t have kids yet, but I have a theory when it comes to food and toddlers, and you parents can correct me if Iâ€™m wrong: The smaller the portions, the smaller the poop and the smaller the poop, the easier it is to clean up.
The servings are definitely enough for a toddler, but what about adults and this kid.
Well after eating a Lilâ€™ Entrees I have to say it would fill me up, if I was on some Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers plan. However, Iâ€™m not and I was still hungry after eating the Lil’ Entrees, so I also made myself a sandwich, heated up some canned corn chowder, ate some Thin Mints, and then washed it all down with a tall root beer float with whipped cream on top.
So how does the Macaroni & Beef Lilâ€™ Entrees taste?
Well the carrots were too soggy, but the macaroni and beef was actually kind of tasty. It was like Chef Boyardee, except without the aluminum can taste. Not bad for not having any preservatives or artificial flavors.
One of the things that sucked about the Lilâ€™ Entrees was the fact it didnâ€™t have a dessert. How can you have a TV dinner without the dessert? Sure, I donâ€™t know of many people who actually eat the apple or cranberry crumb dessert, but the toddlers might eat it because they donâ€™t know better.
Another issue I had with the Lilâ€™ Entrees was the heating time. The directions said I should stick it in the microwave for 30 seconds. However, heating it for 30 seconds didnâ€™t heat the food well enough.
So would I give Lilâ€™ Entrees to a toddler, if I had a toddler (or if I suddenly found out I had a toddler, due to a night of complete drunkenness)?
Well if they can work a microwave oven and read instructions, I say why not.
Itâ€™s less work for me.
Item: Gerber Macaroni & Beef Lilâ€™ Entrees
Purchase Price: $2.39
Rating: 3 out of 5
Pros: Perfect for the busy, on-the-go life of toddlers. Small portions means small poop. Macaroni & Beef in Sauce was kind of tasty.
Cons: Not enough food for a grown-up. Carrots were waaay too soggy. Heating instructions not accurate.