When Mylo was first starting solids I made him some basic purees with different fruits and vegetables, he took to food straight away and became a gobble guts. When he reached 6 months I decided that I would start giving him proteins. I started googling for some recipes and ideas. I discovered Annabel Karmel and I downloaded the app. She had so many great recipe ideas that were much more creative and interesting than plain old fruit and veg. I loved making Mylo’s food. I would make up big batches and freeze it, defrosting it as I needed it. I converted all of her recipes so that I could make them in the Thermomix. We have had our challenges with food over the past year, for example when he decided he would no longer eat anything off a spoon and he would only feed himself finger foods. I am very lucky though as Mylo is generally a great eater.
I went back to work full time in February. Suddenly I had a lot less time on my hands and I still had a very hungry baby. My husband stays home with Mylo during the day and let’s just say he is definitely not the chef of the house. At first my husband really struggled with what to feed Mylo for three meals a day. I decided to sit down with the Annabel Karmel website, app and meal planner. I created a seven day meal plan for Mylo that included three meals a day as well as morning and afternoon tea. My husband found this much easier to deal with as he was able to just look at the day and meal that was required, grab it out of the freezer or fridge and ensure Mylo had a meal. This is a great system although it still requires me to find lots of time to do batch cooking and freezing his food. We have since bought an extra freezer to keep in our laundry as we had run out of space!
When I was doing the research for my meal plan I saw that Annabel Karmel had ready made meals and products available in the UK. I was disappointed that we didn’t have them here so you could imagine my excitement when I received an email telling me that her products were coming to Australia! The meals are divided into four stages:
Stage 1: Pop and Peel fruit purees for 4 months and up.
Stage 2: Pop and Peel purees with protein for 6 months and up.
Stage 3: Toddlers meals and finger foods for 1 – 4 year olds.
Stage 3: Ready meals for 3 years and older.
She has also included some tasty desserts for children 1 year and older ( I have tasted them, they are delightful).
Things I love about the Annabel Karmel ready made meals:
1. They are easy and I can keep them in my freezer. If Mylo needs a meal, it is ready in 5 minutes.
2. They are nutritious, there are no added colours or preservatives and they are low in salt and sugar.
3. They are the same Annabel Karmel recipes that I would make at home except I can conveniently buy them pre made and frozen.
4. The Annabel Karmel bites. Protein finger foods that Mylo can feed himself without any mess.
5. If I want Mylo to try a new recipe I can give him a frozen meal first to see if he likes it before putting in a whole bunch of time and effort making him something that he is just going to throw on the floor.
6. If we are travelling in Australia I know that I will be able to nip into Coles when we get there and grab Mylo some frozen meals that we can keep in the freezer so that I won’t need to cook for him.
To find out more visit www.annabelkarmel.com/au/