I have an exciting and fun range of products to tell you about. They are from a company called Little Cook Box. They have a good selection of healthy and nutritious recipe boxes that are especially for your kids to cook at home. Not only that but I have 6 of these boxes available as a giveaway. (scroll down to the end of my review to enter).
The recipe boxes are really simple to follow which is perfect children. They are ideal and are designed for kids aged 5 up to 11. Younger children will need more help with preparation than older ones but my nearly 5 year old managed to do the vast majority of preparation himself and I handled the ‘hot side’ of the recipes.
How Does it Work?
Firstly you need to head on over to the Little Cook Box website where you can choose 4, 6, 8 or 9 meal kits. The more kits you buy the more money you can save. We were sent 6 boxes which work out at £4.85 per meal. 1 kit = 1 meal. For our nearly 5 year old the portions were more than enough and there was often some food left over as he’d eaten plenty. Which meant we were able to try a bit of what he had cooked which he loved to share. The price is good in that you don’t have to buy a large quantity of each ingredient for your child to cook the recipe. It would cost more to buy each ingredient as an individual product.
If your children have no allergies then you can select the ‘All Meals’ options. If they do have allergies they have broken the website down into really easy to understand categories. You can choose to view just dairy free recipe boxes, or egg free, fish free, gluten free and meat free kits. There is a brief description of what is inside each box and a clear to read list of allergens. You can click to learn about nutrition and full ingredients plus there’s handy symbols telling you what skills your kids will learn while following each recipe. For example with the Cheeky Chicken Kebabs your kids will learn baking, mixing and dressing a salad.
Once you’ve chosen and bought your kits they will be sent to you in a large box packed with polystyrene insulation and cool blocks. They deliver 3 days a week and I was informed, in advance, when our delivery would be arriving. Most of the packaging can be recycled. You can request for your box to be left in a safe place or with a neighbour. Although I would prefer to be in if it is a warm/hot day so that the products can go straight in the fridge.
I was a little surprised by the size of the boxes. It would be nice to see the plastic trays shrunk in size a little as there was a lot of ‘wasted space’.
Cooking the Little Cook Box Kits
My son had a huge amount of enthusiasm each time it was his turn to cook his Little Cook Box Kit. He has baked a little at home with me but less so since he started school. These kits were so convenient for our busy lives as from start to end they only took around 30 minutes. They recommend that the kits are used within 4 days and some of the kits may stay fresh a little longer. We used up 3 of the boxes in one evening once as my son cooked a BBQ style meal with a bit of each box for the three of us.
The boxes are bright and easy to read. My son has learnt to read this past year and he read the writing on both the front and the back of the kit boxes with ease. In that sense it was good that the boxes were large as they are very eligible.
Each kit has 3 large compartments. One with the main ingredient, one with a large salad and the other for the main accompaniment to the dish. There were then 3 smaller compartments which mostly had sauces, marinades or extra ingredients to help make the dish extra tasty. All of the ingredients had been pre washed and also mostly prepared in the sense that your children won’t have any chopping to do. Which is great for an independent child who really shouldn’t be attempting to cut vegetables quite yet.
It was great that the plastic top was super easy for my son to remove. Most of the boxes we were sent involved rolling and mixing the minced meats with breadcrumbs or herbs. My son loved this stage and it was a really good way for him to get involved. I didn’t allow him to handle the chicken though as I’m a little paranoid about raw chicken.
The mash potato was pre prepared in sticks. He was able to use this to create fish cakes and also to mix together with cheese to make cheesy mash which he loved. Most of the accompaniments go in the microwave so he enjoyed preparing, putting the bowl in the microwave and selecting the correct time. A lot of the boxes also involved setting out ingredients to put things together such as the fish cakes which needed separate egg, breadcrumbs (provided) and flour.
A few of the kits we were sent were great for cooking on the BBQ. One evening our son chose to cook up 3 of his 6 boxes so that he could share them with us. We had such a delicious meal. It was so tasty and so fresh and there was plenty for the 3 of us with an addition of garlic bread.
We were sent 6 meals they were
Posh Pork & Apple Sausages Kit – with amazing mash and blissful barbeque sauce. High in Protein, Low in Sugar. Energy Kcal 660.
Perfect Pittas Kit – stuffed with mini lamb meatballs and Tzatziki. High in Protein. Provides 1 of your 5-a-day, Low in Sugar. Energy Kcal 616.
Mighty Mini Burgers Kit – with soft buns and tasty trimmings. Low in sugar, high in protein. Energy Kcal 643.
Lavish Lamb Kebabs Kit – with pilau rice and zesty yogurt dip. High in protein, low in sugar. Energy Kcal 666.
Cheeky Chicken Kebab Kit – with fruity couscous, crispy salad and a minty lemon dressing. High in protein. Energy Kcal 657.
Scrummy Smoked Fish Cakes Kit – happy haddock with tasty veg. Source of protein, Provides 1 of your 5-a-day, Low in sugar. Energy Kcal 657.
All meals were easy for my almost 5 year old to help with and do as much as he possibly could to prepare the meal himself. All the food was fresh and tasty and many of the accompanying sauces were a great addition to the kits. None of the kits took a long time to prepare and it was great that the salads and mash were ready made yet still often had things that needed doing to them. Our favourites (he let my try a bit of each) were the lamb kebabs which were so full of flavour, the mini burgers especially the brioche bun which was super soft. My son would have all of them again except the fish cakes but my husband and myself thought they were lovely. He was just in a strange mood that day!
It has sparked a big interest and desire in helping me to cook now. In the past 2 nights he hasn’t had a kit to cook but he has still brought his kitchen steps out and stood by me wanting to help as much as possible. I don’t know how long this will last but hopefully it will continue. We wouldn’t hesitate to buy him these kits. They are great for all aspiring and non aspiring chefs.
We even made a Vlog of my son preparing a meal with one if the kits. You can watch below.
Little Cook Box | Healthy Recipe Boxes For Kids | Review & Giveaway
It is So Simple to Enter: Your chance to win 6 Kids Meal Kits (6 kits to one winner)
Please enter by answering the question below, in the comments ‘What is your favourite meal to serve your kids and why’?‘ This is mandatory. Anyone who enters without answering this question as a blog comment will be disqualified. Once you have entered more options to increase your chances of winning will be made available. Please read the rules of entry below. No subscription is necessary for the winner as they are not this kind of company.
Terms and Condition for entering the Giveaway
- Open to UK residents only. Anyone entering from outside the UK will be disqualified
- The successful winner will be drawn on the 17th August 2018. We will contact you via email and we will need your full name and email address for the 6 meal kits to be sent to you.
- Your entry will require you to enter an email address. The winner will be contacted via email. Your email address will not be passed onto any other parties and will not be used for any marketing purposes.
- All entries by 11:59PM 17th August 2018 (London)
- By submitting an entry through Gleam all entrants are acknowledging and accepting the terms and conditions for the giveaway.
- Each Gleam entry is a single entry into the giveaway and stands alone as such.
- Entries using any software or automated process to make bulk entries will be disqualified.
- The competition may be added to a number of sites for the purposes of promotion.
- The winner of the family ticket will be chosen at random by Gleam.
- As mentioned above your first entry will be answering the question ‘What is your favourite meal to serve your kids and why’?‘ This is mandatory. Anyone who enters without answering this question as a blog comment will be disqualified.
- Other chances to win will be offered once you have answered this question. This will give you extra chances to win, thus increasing your chances
Disclaimer: We were sent 6 of these boxes for the purpose of my review. We are also being provided with a further 6 boxes for the giveaway.
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