When you become a parent there are some things which you can’t help but worry about. For me, Rory’s diet has always been a massive concern. Being a working mum means our time together is sacred. On one hand I want Rory to enjoy nutritious meals but on the other I don’t want to waste what little time we have together slaving over a hot stove!
I’m always on the lookout for healthy toddler meals so you can imagine my excitement when Annabel Karmel got in touch to see if we’d like to test her new range of chilled meals. I first fell in love with Annabel Karmel after a dreadful week of weaning. Her carrot & cheese mash turned out to be the only thing Rory would eat. I hold her largely responsible for us making it through the weaning process – gin also played its part but it was mainly down to the mash!
Annabel has used all her years of expertise to create a fabulous range of twelve nutritionally balanced meals which are perfect for busy families. The meals are inspired by favourite recipes from her amazing cookbook and are designed for children aged one to four. As well as being free from artificial additives and preservatives, each meal is also low in salt and contains at least one of your child’s 5-a-day.
We were lucky enough to receive six tasty meals to try; scrummy fish pie, mild chicken tikka and rice, x2 beef cottage pie with five hidden veggies, tomato and mascarpone pasta with hidden veggies and a lovely beef lasagne.
Rory might be picky but one meal which he never turns his nose up at is a yummy bowl of pasta. It made sense to start with the lasagne and as expected it went down a treat! Unsurprisingly he also enjoyed the tomato and mascarpone pasta. It’s always really lovely to see him devour a meal, especially when I know it contains a whopping three of his 5-a-day!!
Over the next week we gave the other meals a try and much to my surprise most of them were very well received. The only one which didn’t really pass the fussy toddler test was the scrummy fish pie but I definitely don’t think it’s something Annabel should take personally. I finished off Rory’s discarded remains – as you do – and it got a big thumbs up from me.
We decided to save one of the mild chicken tikka and rice meals for the weekend so Rory could enjoy a healthy fakeaway. I chose to pair it with some warm naan bread and a handful of mini poppadoms, you could say it was a proper little Indian feast.
So what was the verdict? When the meals first arrived I knew we’d be fine with the pasta dishes but the idea of feeding Rory curry made me slightly nervous. Many meals have been thrown to the floor in our house but surprisingly most of Annabel’s passed the test. For me as a working mum, having a few of these meals on standby eases the pressure. It means that on a busy day I can reach for a meal that I know will be quick and simple to prepare, is healthy and nutritious and above all else – is something which my child will actually eat!
The range is currently 2 for £4 at Tesco so it’s the perfect time to grab yourself a tasty bargain!
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