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What Is Yumble?
Home meal kits have exploded in popularity over the last few years, and now similar kits tailored just for children are popping up and gaining traction. Yumble is a weekly meal subscription service for kids that delivers prepared meals that are healthy and fit the specific needs of children in regards to nutritional content, portion size, and tastes. The meals are microwaveable and are ready in just a couple of minutes.
My kids are 6 and 4 and I would describe their eating habits as "moderately picky". I was interested to try some of the meal choices from Yumble to see if they would include choices that I know my kids would eat.
Does Yumble Have Different Portion Sizes?
All Yumble meals are the same size. On their site, Yumble states that their meals are appropriate for ages 12 months to 12 years, but the "sweet spot" is in between ages 3 and 8. While browsing the menu, I noticed that the meals mostly fall somewhere between 200 - 400 calories, give or take.
How Much Does Yumble Cost?
Pricing for Yumble meals depends on how many meals you order at one time. Pricing is per week. The more meals you order in a given week, the less each meal costs.
- 4 meals - $9.99/meal plus shipping
- 8 meals - $6.99/meal FREE SHIPPING
- 12 meals - $5.99/meal FREE SHIPPING
The second and third pricing tiers are the biggest bank for your buck. I don't see myself paying for the first level, at only 4 meals at nearly $10 each plus shipping. I understand this is a luxury service, you're paying for higher quality meals, the ease of having them delivered to your door, and the convenience of them being fully prepared and ready to heat and eat. For those things, I'm willing to pay a premium price, and the 8-meal and 12-meal box prices fit with what I consider to be a reasonable ask for such a service.
Which Yumble Meals Should I Order?
I decided that I would go for the middle tier and choose 8 meals. I have two kids, and in an effort to keep the peace I ordered two of each meal so that they could eat the same meal on the same night. The 8-meal box gave us 4 nights of fast and effortless dinners for the kids.
Yumble has the meals on their menu marked so you can identify their top sellers and meals designed for picky eaters. Nutrition facts and a full ingredient list are available for each meal. I chose:
- Mac & Mozz Burger Bowl: Antibiotic-free beef Bolognese and gluten free pasta with sneaky lentils, butternut squash, carrots, onions, tomatoes blended into the cheesy Mozzarella sauce. Accompanied on the side with plain diced sweet potatoes.
- Classic Cheese Ravioli: Cheese-stuffed ravioli covered in an organic tomato sauce with sneaky veggies pureed inside with organic cut green beans on the side
- Baked Taco Pocket: Mildly seasoned ground beef and cheddar cheese in a baked whole wheat pocket with organic brown rice and organic corn on the side.
- Easy-Peasy Pizza & Pasta: Noted as a "picky eater" meal - a vegetarian pizza empanada in a whole wheat crust with plain gluten-free pasta on the side.
Is Yumble Organic or Allergy Friendly?
According to their website, Yumble uses organic ingredients where possible and indicates when organic ingredients are used in the meals. The company chooses seasonal, fresh, natural, and nutritious ingredients. When available, Yumble chooses humanely-raised, antibiotic and hormone free meats. Fortunately, our household does not have any allergy concerns or specific dietary requirements, so we found the variety of menu options available perfect for us.
As for allergies, Yumble tags any meals on the website that do not include milk, gluten, soy, eggs, or are vegetarian. However, Yumble does not operate out of a certified nut-free kitchen and cannot guarantee cross-contamination of nuts or other allergens.
How Do You Prepare The Meals?
The meals arrive in sealed microwave safe trays that stacked nicely in my refrigerator. To prepare the meals, you discard (or recycle) the cardboard wrap, pierce the plastic seal, and microwave from anywhere from 45 seconds to 2 minutes - heat time for each meal varies.
Though microwaving the meals is the recommended method, Yumble states that you can heat the meals in a 350F conventional oven for 8-15 minutes, but you must first transfer the food from the microwave tray into an oven safe dish.
My Yumble box arrived with some fun marketing extras such as a silicone placemat for the warmed trays and this stack of "Table Topics" question cards. The cards have ended up being used during almost every dinner time to drum up some fun conversations. Some of the questions are quite silly and my kids' answers had us all in stitches!
For your first 4 consecutive boxes, you will receive a special gift. So far, I've received the silicone placemat mentioned above as well as a set of kid-sized utensils. I've seen other gifts being posted like a silicone lunch bag, plate, and bento box.
Meal 1: Easy-Peasy Pizza & Pasta
This meal was marked as good for picky eaters, so I tried it out first to ease my kids into something brand new. The tray included a whole wheat vegetarian pizza pocket with plain gluten free pasta on the side.
Because my kids are used to eating "butter noodles" - pasta with a bit of melted butter and Parmesan - I added those two ingredients to the warmed pasta because I knew it better suited their tastes.
Both the pizza pocket and the (slightly altered) pasta were a hit with my kids. I was pleased that the whole wheat crust on the pocket remained soft and easy to bite after being microwaved - you know how crusts and wraps can get hard and chewy in the microwave? These don't do that! We are not a gluten free family, but the GF corkscrew pasta was well-received and they didn't know the difference.
Meal 2: Classic Cheese Ravioli
I thought this meal would be a safe choice since it includes flavors my kids have been introduced to in the past. I generally have good luck with getting them to eat green beans, though they are picky about texture.
The only alteration I made to this meal was adding a bit of salt and pepper to the organic green beans, as they are unseasoned in the tray.
The reactions to this meal were neutral. They weren't crazy about the cheese stuffing in the ravioli and though they ate the green beans grudgingly, they weren't overly enthusiastic about them. I tried a bite myself and thought that both the ravioli and the beans were tasty and the flavors and texture not unreasonable for a kiddo, so chalk this one up to their personal tastes.
Meal 3: Mac & Mozz Burger Bowl
This was another safe meal that I was sure my kids would love. The mozzarella macaroni is suuuper cheesy and loaded with hidden veggies such as lentils, butternut squash, carrots, onions, and tomatoes. Both kids loved it and said they wanted to eat it every day, haha.
Sweet potatoes are a staple in our diet and we eat them at least once a week, sometimes more. The diced sweet potatoes in the tray were unflavored, so again I made a small alteration and added butter and a bit of ground cinnamon to match how the kids are used to eating them.
Meal 4: Baked Taco Pocket
This meal was the riskiest of the four. Jasper has never done well with rice and they both have a mixed relationship with corn (they prefer it on the cob, but don't we all?) So, the plain organic corn and organic brown rice sides could have gone either way. I added butter, salt, and pepper to the corn and left the rice unflavored.
The whole wheat taco pocket utilized what appeared to be the same crust as the pizza pocket. This one was filled with a mildly-seasoned ground beef and cheddar cheese. The ingredients list tells me there were also potatoes and some onions in there (my kids actually love cooked onions as long as they aren't front and center in the dish)
This meal got another double thumbs up. They needed a little coaxing to try the corn and rice, but then they ate it without much trouble. They thought the taco pockets were delicious!
My little ragamuffins had been playing hard outside all day in the beautiful early Spring weather, so this hearty meal - both trays ready in less than 5 minutes - was a real lifesaver.
Overall, I was totally happy with the quality of the meals that we chose for our box. I didn't mind needing to add a bit of butter and seasoning to some of the veggies to help my kids eat them more readily. The portion sizes were more than enough to fill them up (reminder: my kids are 6 and 4 years old) though I did add a cup of applesauce or some pieces of fresh fruit each night to round things out.
Is Yumble Worth It?
I think that the Yumble meals are great quality and I spy several more on their menu that I'd love for my kids to try. While I wouldn't order Yumble boxes every week, they are ideal if you know you have a busy schedule coming up and just don't have the mental energy to set out a meal plan and follow through with it (we've all been there).
It's easy to turn your subscription on and off via the website to control when you receive boxes. I recommend setting yourself a reminder on your calendar to pause your deliveries after a box is delivered if you don't want them to continue. It's easy to forget!
If you are ready to try Yumble, click here to get started. Let me know what you think - I'd love to hear experiences from other moms and dads!
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