For children (and adults) who don’t have the patience to do all the boring food preparation work, this is a great concept, as you get straight into the proper cooking within minutes. The instructions are clear, easy for children to read and follow, and fun, with daft comments and characters to spot on the pack. The ingredients were impressively fresh, especially the salad leaves which can often be very limp when pre-prepared, and even when we went a few days past the use by date for one meal kit (not advisable I know, but it was a really busy bank holiday weekend) the ingredients coped very well. The stickers are a nice, thoughtful addition, as all kids like to be rewarded for their input with a sticker. The only reason I haven’t given a full 5 stars is that there is quite a lot of plastic packaging, but it is very clear from all the recycling information and reuse tips given that the creators are working hard to reduce the plastic waste and I think they will probably continue to improve their packaging as time goes by. I would try the sauces before you add them, because we found that some were delicious, but others just not quite how we like them, so try them first and then you can tinker with them to get them perfect for you.
Overall, a brilliant idea to fill some time during a school holiday, a soggy bank holiday weekend, for giving to Grandparents if they are going to be looking after the kids for a few days, for a self catering holiday, for children who love cooking but can’t yet be trusted to chop things, or for children who lack the attention span to spend a long time preparing and cooking. Plus, as a parent who rarely cooks with the children because there are loads of other activities I would rather be doing, the meal kits provide a real short cut into the fun bit of cooking with a lot less mess and a whole lot less faff.