When Annabel Karmel asked us recently to review her new range of tasty chilled Toddler Meals I was really intrigued and had to say yes as anything that can help on a busy day is something I’m happy to try.
Mum life can be busy a lot of the time. I work from home with a few hours of childcare for the girls, so although life feels a little bit more manageable than it was, there are still days when I am panicking about giving the girls a nutritious dinner when I haven’t had time to catch a breath!
Annabel Karmel meals are available from Tesco, Sainsburys and online at Ocado and with 12 different meals to choose from there is something every toddler should like!
The meals are suitable for ages 1 – 4 and are nutritionally balanced with an added seal of approval from leading nutritionist and dietician Sarah Almond Walker. Each meal is low in salt and contains 1 of their 5 a day.
I don’t usually buy ready prepared meals for the girls, I’ve never really seen a range that I think they would like, but there are days when I definitely need something quicker than cooking from scratch and I’ve always used Annabel Karmel recipe books for meal inspiration so I had high hopes for these.
We tried 6 of the range over a week period. We had Mild Chicken Tikka and rice, Lovely beef lasagne, Beef Cottage pie with five veggies, Tasty Chicken & Potato pie, Sausages and mash (which is NEW to the range) and Tomato and Mascarpone pasta with hidden vegetables.
What did we think?
The first meals the girls tried were the Mild Chicken Tikka and rice and Tomato and Mascarpone pasta with hidden vegetables. I have to admit I was a little worried about the curry as Amelie likes everything quite plain, she did me proud by trying it but was more interested in the rice. Evie, on the other hand, LOVED the pasta and I was so pleased as the hidden vegetables are very appealing to me!
Next up was Beef Cottage pie with five veggies and lasagne which they both really enjoyed. Evie loved the cottage pie and I have to say I was quite impressed, it tasted just like a home cooked one. The lasagne also went down well with Amelie (which was a relief after the curry) so I would say I would definitely buy these two again.
Finally, the girls had Tasty Chicken & Potato pie and Sausages & mash. The tasty chicken pie looked delicious and Evie thought so as well. Amelie loves sausages so this meal was perfect for her. She was a little unsure about the gravy, but once she tasted it she thought it was delicious.
Overall I was really impressed with these meals as my busy day lifesavers! The meals can either be cooked in the microwave or in the oven, but due to the time it takes to microwave them I went with that option. I thought the portion sizes were very good, my two don’t eat huge amounts so there was food left over but I know compared to their cousin who is nearly three they eat a lot less so these meals would be a perfect size for a toddler or younger child.
Although the meals did have hidden vegetables in them I did add some broccoli, peas or sweetcorn to the dinner, it’s just a habit of mine as they both don’t eat a lot of fruit so I try to increase their five a day intake through vegetables!
I will definitely be buying in some of these in their favourite varieties for days when we are running around and then cook from fresh on less crazy days!
Have you tried these or any of the Annabel Karmel range?
These meals are currently on offer in Tesco for 2 for £4.
*This is a sponsored post with Annabel Karmel. All words and opinions are my own*