REVIEW: Gerber Macaroni & Beef Lil’ Entrees

Lil' Entrees

Holy crap! Since when have there been TV dinners for toddlers?

Gerber, the Microsoft of baby foods, has created microwavable TV dinners called Lil’ Entrees. I believe it’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 didn’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, “goo-goo” and “ga-ga.”

The Lil’ 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 Lil’ Entrees was the fact that the portions were REALLY small, which is a good thing. Why, you ask?

I don’t have kids yet, but I have a theory when it comes to food and toddlers, and you parents can correct me if I’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 Lil’ Entrees I have to say it would fill me up, if I was on some Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers plan. However, I’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 Lil’ 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 Lil’ Entrees was the fact it didn’t have a dessert. How can you have a TV dinner without the dessert? Sure, I don’t know of many people who actually eat the apple or cranberry crumb dessert, but the toddlers might eat it because they don’t know better.

Another issue I had with the Lil’ Entrees was the heating time. The directions said I should stick it in the microwave for 30 seconds. However, heating it for 30 seconds didn’t heat the food well enough.

So would I give Lil’ 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.

It’s less work for me.

Item: Gerber Macaroni & Beef Lil’ Entrees
Purchase Price: $2.39
Rating: 6 out of 10
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.

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  2. My daughter HATED the meal you have pictured. I almost wore it after she tried a bite, gagged and spit it out in my general direction. She did, however, LOVE the pasta wheels meal with the carrots!!

  3. If it wasn’t frozen, then it was heated enough for a toddler. Kids don’t need their food as hot as adults.

  4. Suzanne – Yes, let’s not forget about poop.

    Marie – Not to be mean, but if I have to pay $3.50 for shipping, it’s not REALLY free.

    Priss – So if there was a TV dinner that just consisted of cranberry crumb dessert, would you buy that?

    Ian – If that is sort of like drinking breast milk, then it’s the closest I’ve been to breasts in a long time.

    Goldberry – But did you try it? I think you would’ve thought it was pretty good.

    Anonymous – So their food should be not too hot, not too cold, but just right, right?

  5. My Father-in-law eats blueberry buckle and it comes in one of those little jars. Picture this super behometh 6’3″ tall man eating baby food out of the jar? Scary, I know.

  6. 1. Babies first syllables are usually combinations of “da-da”, “ma-ma” and “ba-ba.” That goo-goo ga -ga thing is a stereotype.
    2. Carrots are supposed to be soggy for babies. Everything is soggy for babies. This makes it harder for parents to fake eating their food when trying to convince them to open their mouths.
    3. TV dinners for babies are just wrong!

  7. Robert – Nah, it’s smart marketing at Gerber.

    Priss – I think I’ll collect all the cranberry crumb from whatever TV dinners I’ll eat in the future, freeze them, and then FedEx it overnight to you.

    Jenny – Yes, scary. He must eat that in one gulp.

    alisa – Can’t you tell I don’t have kids (that i know of).

    Jamie – Nope, little poop.

  8. Ick . I can’t belive you ate that crap. At least it wasn’t as bad as low carb splenda laden offerings.
    You should try the low cal/carb lean pockets too, just for shits and giggles.

  9. cassandra – Actually, I did try a couple of them recently and I don’t want to ruin the future reviews, but let me tell you I had a lot more shits than giggles.

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