Family life can be hectic at times – it can be a juggling act trying to manage work, the nursery drop-off, school runs and all those extra-curricular activities. And that’s before you even think about making a start on the housework. So when it comes to mealtimes, cooking healthy meals from scratch is probably the last thing you have time for!
So when Clara and I were asked to try out some Kiddyum frozen meals they sounded like they could be the answer. On the days I’m not working, I’m chauffeuring my eldest daughter to after-school dance classes and swimming lessons, so by the time we get home the kids are starving and don’t want to wait ages while I cook tea. I need to get something on the table pretty quick, but at the same time I want to make sure my children are eating healthy and nutritious food.
Kiddyum meals have been created by mum-of-two Jayne Hynes, who develops the recipes in her home for her daughters, Florence and Tilly. The meals contain lots of tasty, natural ingredients, plenty of vegetables, and no added sugar or preservatives. They are also low salt and free from GM ingredients. Each meal takes less than 5 minutes to cook in the microwave, and they are the perfect size for hungry toddlers!
There are several different meals available – the first one Clara tried was cottage pie. Lately, she has spent more time throwing her food than eating it, and I did think I would end up with a camera splattered with food, but she actually did really well and ate about ¾ of the meal before starting to smear it over the high chair! She seemed to really enjoy it, and kept saying ‘Yummm’ between mouthfuls! And I love that I can have a meal on the table in minutes without the guilt of giving her yet more processed food, as these meals contain all the great ingredients that I would use if I was cooking myself.
The Kiddyum stage 3 range is aimed at little ones aged 1 to 4. The meals, including chicken curry, fish and veg pie and macaroni bolognese, are available in the freezer section at Sainsburys and online at www.sainsburys.co.uk RRP £2.20.
We were kindly given vouchers to purchase these meals, in return for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own.