At some point in every mommy’s life, she finds herself having to rely on a quick-prep meal for her child.  Even if you’re completely dedicated to making home-cooked meals daily, things happen, whether it’s sickness, mommy tiredness, or being away from home.  For my little family, there’s a time coming up soon during which I won’t be able to be super-mom for awhile – I’m having a baby!  Now I’ve taken the precaution of freezing a couple of meals ahead of time so that we’ll have home-cooked dinners without my having to cook (much), but I know there will be times, especially at lunch, when I’ll need something fast and easy to give my 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Emma.  This is where I’m really happy to have Beech-Nut’s toddler meals and snacks on hand.

Thanks to Beech-Nut (a family-owned company!), I received a variety of of the Steamies Meal Tubs for my daughter to try.  We received the Cheesy Lasagna, Chicken and Cheesy Potatoes, Chicken Vegetable Stars, and Macaroni and Cheese meals.

What’s Makes Beech-Nut Steamies Different?

  • Each container is a complete meal for a toddler, recommended for toddlers about 12 months and up.
  • The plastic tubs are BPA-free!
  • The meals are made with all-natural ingredients – in fact, the ingredients are ALL completely recognizable and real foods (thankfully!).
    Here’s a list of the ingredients in the Chicken and Cheesy Potatoes Steamies:
    water, carrots, cooked diced chicken, binders added (chicken, nonfat dry milk, wheat flour, salt), dehydrated potatoes, romano cheese (made from part skimmed pasteurized cow’s milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), rice flour, cornstarch, unsalted butter, onion flakes. contains: wheat, milk
  • No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives can be found in these meals.
  • Vitamins, minerals, fiber, DHA, and Whey protein are added.

Our Thoughts:

Preparing these meals is easy-peasy!  Just take off the lid, remove the seal, put the lid back on and microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir and make sure it’s not too hot, then serve.  If there are any leftovers, pop the lid back on and put in the refrigerator.

I’ll be honest and tell you that Emma hasn’t tried all of the flavors yet, but so far she hasn’t been too thrilled with the Chicken and Stars or the Macaroni and Cheese – she ate some but the rest of it became an art medium on her highchair tray.  I don’t really blame her since I thought the flavor wasn’t great myself, and I hate to feed my child something I wouldn’t want to eat, either.  I have hope that the remaining flavors (to be tried this week) will be better!  I’ll update this post when we have tried them all.  :)

Even if we’re not thrilled with the Steamies when we’ve tried them all, keep in mind that every toddler is different and picky!  I would recommend trying one on your toddler before giving up because another toddler didn’t like it.  I think the fact that the ingredients are natural makes it worth trying.  And it won’t stop me from trying all of the snacks – I’m positive Emma would love the Strawberry Nibbles fruit snacks, for instance.

Other Products by Beech-Nut:

You can find meals and snacks for babies and toddlers of every stage, from cereals and canned baby foods to fruit snacks and on-the-go juices.  To see a complete list of their products by age and stage, visit Beech-Nut.

Enter to win a Beech-Nut Steamies All-Natural Tote Prize Pack ($70 Value) including:

  • An organic cotton tote
  • A roll of “plantable” gift wrap and gift tags
  • Organic cotton fruit & veggie toys (SO cute)
  • Samples of new Beech-Nut Homestyle Steamies and coupons
  • Feeding tips for toddlers

{Prize} Beech-Nut Steamies All-Natural Tote Prize Pack (details above)
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This review made possible by Mom Spark Media.  I would also like to thank Beech-Nut for sending me a prive pack like the one being given away above in order that I might give you a thorough review. This post is 100% my own opinion, thoughts, and experiences, and was not edited or reviewed by anyone.  I do not feel obligated to write a positive review – I’ll always share my honest thoughts on products. I was not compensated monetarily for this post.

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