Review: Mrs Tinks

I like to ensure that all three of us eat home-made foods where and when possible. However, the curse of the working mum (albeit part-time) means that I don't tend to have the energy on a Wednesday or Thursday to prepare a meal from scratch. As Wednesday is a later than normal night, Mr. TheBoyandMe is in charge of dinner. Bless him, this can only comprise of getting a pre-made food out of the freezer and heating it; his favourite at the moment is quiche and chips for us. Therefore I need to make sure that there is a supply of nutritious, near-enough home-made meals for The Boy.

A lovely lady by the name of 'Mrs. Tinks' contacted me and asked if I'd like to try her meals. Ok, she asked if The Boy would, but I agreed on his behalf. A few days later, we took delivery of these:

There are four meals in the range:

  • Salmon & Cod Fish Pie: Luckily Mrs Tinks sent us two of these, because he adores fish, and this meal was no exception. The potato is light and fluffy, the fish is soft and tender, and there's added carrot! Bonus!
  • Chicken Curry: I've not ever shied away from giving The Boy spicy food, I used to mix a little curry powder into his cauliflower cheese on stage two weaning. Therefore I wasn't worried about giving him this. Combined with the sweetness of butternut squash, the mildness of coconut milk and the perfect mix of fresh ginger and additional spices, it's a mild and scrummy curry that he really enjoyed. Gluten Free.
  • Butternut Squash & Spinach Lasagne: I'm not ashamed that I pinched the other half of this one, I'm vegetarian and wanted to taste one of the meals! He was a little outraged that I was helping myself to his food, but it was so scrummy that he soon forgot about it. Layers of sweet butternut squash and steamed spinach, combined with the delicious cheese sauce made this one a definite winner, with both of us! Vegetarian.
  • Beef Lasagne: The Boy hates beef, yet I am desperate for him to eat it to ensure he's getting red meat in his diet. I normally have to smother it with either a tomato-based sauce or a cheese-sauce. This was the only beef meal that he has eaten willingly and with complete and utter enjoyment, that I have given to him as was. He wolfed it down and I can understand why; as a vegetarian it goes against the grain to say this, but it smelt divine. Plus there's added carrot.

The meals are available in both child sized portions, and (with the exception of the chicken curry) available in family-sized portions for 4-5 people. What I would say is that the children's meals are a really good size. I split each meal in half because The Boy wouldn't get through a whole one and I didn't want to waste it.

More information can be found on the Mrs. Tinks range here and on Facebook.

I was sent samples of the meals for the purpose of the review. My opinion is honest and unbiased.

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