When I had kids one of my friends told me I must start a childrens’ version of Gourmet-Chick. “You can call it Gourmet Chicklet” she said. Turns out that having kids doesn’t leave that much spare time for side projects but please forgive me if occasionally this site focuses on the gourmet side of life with a mini person in tow.
You can find those cafes and restaurants which are kid friendly (or at least tolerant) by searching here and you may have noticed some of the recipes on Gourmet-Chick are now distinctly family focused. I do enjoy cooking for my kids (my baby has just started on solids) but particularly at the fussy toddler stage it can be quite disheartening to have your beautifully prepared meal rejected. I also find that I often have to prepare separate meals for my kids because they eat so early in the evening that I’m often heading out later or just want to eat my dinner at a more adult hour.
That’s where Gourmet Juniors comes in. My friend Alecia makes nutritious and delicious toddler friendly meals which you can just pop in your freezer. She bought around a batch for me to try and my fussy three year old gobbled up every one of them.
The meals are handmade and use free range meat and organic ingredients. Options include a mild coconut chicken curry, apricot lamb tagine and of course every kids favourite, bolognaise. What I like about Gourmet Juniors is the plentiful amount of vegies used and also what is missing – no preservatives, salt or sugar. It’s the sort of stuff I cook myself for my kids but with the convenience of someone else doing the hard work.
Gourmet Juniors is not cheap at $8 a serve but I think it’s reasonable given the quality of the ingredients used. Portions are also generous. I could easily get away with two meals out of each portion by bulking them up with a few extra vegies or pasta and the bag of chicken nuggets (which were so delicious that I ate them as well) can easily stretch over a few meals.
I’m already planning to order a batch when I head back to work from maternity leave so my freezer is well stocked. Gourmet Juniors is also a great idea as a present for parents with new babies and toddlers (they’ll appreciate this more than another onesie) and I’ve also sent a batch to a friend who was sick so at least she didn’t have to think about her kids’ dinners for a week.
Gourmet Chick received a review pack of Gourmet Juniors but has also purchased independently.
Gourmet Juniors is available for free delivery in the Melbourne metro area if you order seven meals. You can also get Gourmet Juniors at selected delis and shops, check the website for more details.