I think I was one of the first ones there when the opportunity to review Annabel Karmel’s new range of ready meals for kids came up. My youngest has always been a big fan of her Chicken and Butternut Squash pie, so I was excited to try out these new meals.
Fusspots are tasty little meals which when heated can be eaten straight from the pot. They are also full of only the very best ingredients, and If you’re trying to sneakily inject some hidden vegetables into your child’s diet then the Fusspots can help with that too.
There are four different flavours of Fuss Pot available:
- Spaghetti Bolognese with Hidden Veg
- Kickin’ Chicken Chow Mein Noodles
- Chicken ‘n’ Rice Nasi Goreng
- Chicken Korma Blimey!
We choose to try the Spaghetti Bolognese with hidden veg and Chicken Korma Blimey! I would have loved to have been able to choose either the chicken ‘n’ rice or Chow mein noodles over the Korma as I knew my boys probably wouldn’t be keen, but our local Sainsburys only had those two flavours.
We started off with the Spaghetti Bolognese. I dished it up for my youngest Jacob and his face immediately lit up with his first bite. MMMH…this is delicious, was all the feed back I managed to get out for him between the first 10 bites or so. Going by Jacob’s reaction I decided to ask if my oldest Thomas would like to try some. Well he took some persuading as Fuss Pot certainly describes him to a T, especially in the food department. He is always averse to trying out new foods, and however much I try eats as little fruit and veg as he can possibly get away with.
To my astonishment Thomas screwed up face which I had skillfully managed to poke some Spaghetti Bolognese into suddenly erupted into a big smile. “This is actually really nice” “Can I have some more” Yes of course you can, say’s me still amazed, as I honestly never expected Thomas to eat it.
At this point both the boys turned into a couple of wine critics from an episode of food and drink, as they began describing all the different flavours they were getting. “Is there Apple in this” asked Jacob, “No it’s cheese” said Thomas “Most definitely cheesy”. After a check of the ingredients it turns out they were both right, so they must have good pallets. I neglected to mention to Thomas the Carrots, Red Pepper and sun-dried Tomatoes he was currently enjoying, as I didn’t want to spoil it
The next night we decided to try out the Chicken Korma Blimey! This one didn’t go down as enthusiastically as the Spaghetti Bolognese, but I was so surprised that they ate any of it at all really. I don’t eat curry, so it’s hardly surprising that they were a bit weary. Were not a spice loving family at all. In fact I think this was probably their first ever curry, so I think they did well considering.
I think if your family is already into things like curries then they would really enjoy this one. The chunks of chicken were very juicy, not stringy as I remember my school curry to be.
Jacob enjoyed the fruitiness of it, and even used his culinary deduction skills again to identify the hidden Mango.
The Packaging is extremely child friendly and fun. On the outside is a cool monster, with each flavour of Fuss Pot getting a different coloured Monster.
On the inside are some instructions on how to make your own cress or Herb monster from your used Fuss Pot container.
For us the Annabel Karmel Fuss Pots have been a real success. Even though they weren’t totally sold on the Chicken Korma at least it got them to try totally new foods, and we found a real family winner with the Spaghetti Bolognese!
I’ve already had to go back down to the shops and replenish the Spaghetti Bolognese Fuss Pot stocks, and once I can find the other flavours we will definitely be trying out them too.