Us and the kids

Us and the kids

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Mealtimes can be quite a challenge in our house. First up, I have to cater for myself, who could stand to lose a few pounds (or even stone), and Hubby, who is thin as a rake with an annoyingly fast metabolism and is prone to headaches if his blood sugar drops too low. Then there's Dearest Son, aged nearly five, who sees eating as a chore rather than a pleasure, unless of course it's junk food with zero nutritional value. Add to the mix Darling Daughter, who is six months old and getting started with weaning, and you can probably see how hard it can be to cook a meal that the whole family can (and will) eat.

I'm sure there must be other families out there facing a similar challenge, which is why I decided to start blogging a few of my favourite recipes and hacks, in the hope that other mummies (and daddies) may find them useful.

Review: Lunchbox Cheeses

ReviewsPosted by Naomi Thu, August 18, 2016 22:53:53
Everyone in our family loves cheese, and individually wrapped cheese portions are a staple of Dearest Son's lunchbox, as well as making a regular appearance at snack time, in picnics (for the adults as well as the kids), and on Darling Daughter's highchair tray (and smeared on her clothes, on us, on the floor etc...) There are many brands out there, and we've probably tried most of them, generally going by what's on offer at Tesco's that week. Here's a review of our favourites.

Mini Babybel

Normal price: £1.85 for 6 portions; £2.74 for 12 portions
Salt content per 100g: varies (1.6-1.8g)
Pros: One of Dearest Son's favourites. Available in several varieties (including a low fat version).
Cons: Quite rubbery and artificial tasting. Lots of wrapping, which generally ends up all over the floor. Expensive when they're not on offer.
Verdict: 6/10

Tesco Goodness Mild Cheddar Sticks
Normal price: £1 for 6 portions
Salt content per 100g: 1.8g
Pros: Cheap. Easy shape for baby to hold. Also available in a low fat version.
Cons: A little bland tasting.
Verdict: 8/10

Tesco Goodness Dinosaur Shapes
Normal price: £1 for 5 portions
Salt content per 100g: 1.8g
Pros: Fun shape; popular with Dearest Son's friends when they come for lunch.
Cons: Dearest Son seems to prefer the more conventional shapes; it's also awkward for Darling Daughter to hold.
Verdict: 7/10

Cathedral City Chedds Nibbles
Normal price: £1.50 for 6 bags
Salt content per 100g: 1.8g
Pros: Fun to eat. A bit more flavour than some other cheeses. Often on offer.
Cons: A bit fiddly to eat; no good for Baby-Led Weaning.
Verdict: 7/10

Cathedral City Chedds Towers
Normal price: £1.50 for 9 portions
Salt content per 100g: 1.8g
Pros: Good flavour. Perfect size and shape for Darling Daughter to hold. Good value as you get more portions per pack.
Cons: A bit small.
Verdict: 8/10

Cathedral City Chedds Shapes

Normal price: £1.50 for 5 bags
Salt content per 100g: 1.8g
Pros: Fun. Good flavour.
Cons: Draws lunchtime/snack-time out as kids end up playing with them before eating them. Too fiddly for Baby-Led Weaning.
Verdict: 7/10

Normal price: £1.50 for 4; £2.75 for 8
Salt content per 100g: 1.9g
Pros: Some of Dearest Son't friends seem to enjoy the novelty value of peeling it and playing with it. Often on offer. Available in different varieties.
Cons: Dearest Son tends to be drawn in by the use of film characters etc on the packaging, and will ask me to buy them, but then doesn't actually like the taste much. They're rubbery and tasteless.
Verdict: 3/10

Our favourite
Cathedral City Mini Mature
Normal price: £1.65 for 6
Salt content per 100g: 1.8g
Pros: Flavoursome and creamy. When cut in half, it makes two perfectly-sized fingers for Darling Daughter to hold. Both adults and kids in our family like it.
Cons: Expensive when not on offer. Some kids might prefer a milder flavour.
Verdict: 9/10

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