Renna's Discoveries: March 2018

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Little Cook Box - Lets turn kids into Chefs !!

I love cooking, always have. I used to watch Ready Steady Cook on a daily basis and watch the famous chefs cooking shows. Cooking is such a necessary skill to have and personally I do think that every child should be taught to cook and to continuously cook for themselves and for their family. It gives them confidence and it's a way to make them feel proud about something that they have created and achieved. I have been cooking with my children since they could stand on a chair safely.... We've made biscuits, scones, flapjacks, cakes, all kinds of desserts. Banana cake is always a great one to cook with kids, as they have to mash the banana. Scone and biscuit mix is also a great start for kids, as they can make it from the weighing stages to the rolling and shaping. However, now they are older my children can now use a small kitchen knife to help prepare foods. They started off peeling and now they can chop, which means they can do so much more.
They both love cooking so I encourage them to help me as much as they can. My daughter is now in the cooking club at school, which is brilliant, as she's made fabulous cookies and a pasta salad all by herself at school, so this encourages me to let her do what she likes in the kitchen at home.
Every parent should encourage cooking more, but, if you are one of the few like my friend, who is in the cant cook club, there is always help on hand!!!
Little Cook Box !!! This is a home delivery service so you can get weekly boxes of fresh and pre-portioned food that your kids can cook pretty much by themselves. Each kit is for 2 meals and they will take 20 to 30 minutes to complete.
They currently have 12 meal kits to choose from, so you can mix and match weekly and even let the kids decide what they want to cook the following week.
You have to subscribe and order a minimum of 4 boxes a week and you can order up to a maximum of 9 boxes per week, so you can have lunch and dinner included too.
With the subscription you can stop and start it at any time if you are away so you never get charged for what you don't need.
They arrive in a large box with a cold pack to keep them cool throughout delivery and most of the packaging is recyclable which is an added bonus.
Have a look at the meals we received. You can see that most of the the meal is completed by the children, and they had so much fun through the process.



My 6 year old, pretty much made this meal all on his own .... and ate most of too !!! He was supposed to be sharing it with his dad, but he loved it so much - even the mushrooms !! (which goes to prove that if they make it themselves, they are more likely going to try it)




The burgers were baked in the oven, however I did fry them off for a bit afterwards to finish them off.
These were delicious !!






My daughter really liked making the goujons, but I struggled to brown them off, so you could quickly fry them instead of oven baking them. I would also cut up the chicken pieces so they are smaller and easy to wrap up. Otherwise, this was a really good meal. My daughter ate most of it herself.




The Calzone, was so much fun to make, but there just wasn't enough. It was delicious !!

Here are the instructions on the back of each meal so you can see how easy they are. 



We really enjoyed making all of these kits, and they are currently offering a special deal of £10 off first orders with the code TRYNOW£10OFF at checkout.

I would highly recommend these kits as the kids had a great experience making these meals and they even tried a few new foods for them. They can be costly for some, but if you have no budget then these are absolutely perfect. You could literally put them in the fridge and your kids can make their own dinners, with no wastage..... perfect !!

What do you think ? Have a look at their website for more details www.littlecookbox.com

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Graze Snack Boxes

I love snacking throughout the day, as much as I shouldn't .... but I have got much better with my snacks and thankfully, I joined the Graze monthly subscription to help me stay on track. 
I have signed up to receive a discovery box every two weeks with a suprise selection of Graze snacks.
The kids are also in love with Graze. They absolutely love the snacks, so much so that I've had to order bulk packs of their favourite snacks so we can all share. Because, quite frankly, it's really annoying when your kids keep eating your treats. Graze offer over 100 choices of sweet and savoury snacks so there really is something for everyone. 
With the discovery snack boxes you can leave it up to Graze to choose what to send you, or you can go through each one of their snacks to let Graze know if its an option for you or not. Each item has a nutritionist approved badge to state, whether it is a source of protein, how many calories it has, whether its a source of fibre, and how much protein is in the snack and a few others. 
They make it so easy online, so you are never disappointed. For my deal, I got my first box for free then each box is £3.99 afterwards, apart from your agreed free boxes, like your 5th and 10th. However Graze have a few different deals throughout the year so you need to look into which one works for you. One thing I do love about Graze is that they are a great company for loyalty. The longer you stay with them, the more special offers and rewards they give you. They offer half price on many bulk boxes, or free items, they even offer money off vouchers. 
Have a quick look at a variety of Graze boxes that I have received. As you can tell.... I prefer the sweet options !!




They offer boxes to suit vegans, pregnancy, paleo, post workouts, oat based, protein based. In my discovery boxes I have really enjoyed trying all their wonderful flavours and goodies, and I will be continuing my subscriptions. I had to buy loads of dipper boxes for the kids as they love them, and my next bulk buy will have to be the cake and tea...Oh wow, these little gems are just delicious.

My referral deal is 1st Box Free, and then the 5th and 10th is also free - you just need to add my code when you order RENNAC5WB. 
I think it's definately worth a try, and buying the subscriptions is cheaper than buying Graze in the shops ..... 
Click below to start your Graze Journey.