Raddish Kids Subscription Box Review – April 2015
Raddish Kids is a subscription service that delivers everything you need (except the ingredients) to have a culinary adventure with your little ones! Targeted at children ages 4-12, Raddish Kids helps take the guesswork out of cooking with your kids.
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The Subscription: Raddish Kids
The Cost: $24 a month with free shipping (discounted rates for longer subscriptions)
The Products: Every month, Raddish Kids sends recipes and activities that will help you and your children cook together!
Ships to: US only
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This month’s theme is Garden Party! It’s April, and everything is finally popping up out of the ground! Notice on the lower left-hand side there’s a patch with some carrots on it. Every month, Raddish kids sends a patch that your child can earn for completing the meal, and you can iron it onto the apron they sent with your first mailing. So fun!
The reverse side of the theme card has your shopping list, so you and your children have a list of everything you need right on hand when you go to the grocery store.
Aside from the recipes and activities, every month, Raddish Kids includes a skill card for tips on a particular kitchen skill that’s not usually covered in any recipe. This month is Mixing & Scraping!
Here’s a peek at the reverse side that gives advice on how to master these skills. Both my children (ages 7 and 9) are able to read this and practice, but I guess you would need to read it to younger kids if you were subscribing for a 4-5 year old.
Raddish kids also includes an additional craft or activity that reinforces the theme. This month the craft is creating a butterfly feeder! My kids are a lot more excited about this month’s project than last month’s.
This month, Raddish Kids sent us a pair of tools to help with our meal. We got a rubber spatula and a dipping pot! I like that the rubber spatula is a small size for little hands.
In addition to the tools, they sent along a coupon for a special discount on Dippy Cups, maker of the little dipping pot they included. We already have something very similar, but I love when subscription boxes send these little extras.
This month’s dishes were Rainbow Salad Skewers with Green Garden Dip, Garden Lasagna Pots, and Fresh Carrot Cake. Yum! Like last month, I decided to skip the appetizer. My rule on making new dishes is that if I think my husband and I will eat the kids’ leftovers if they don’t like something, then I will make it, but in this case, I didn’t think we would. The other two dishes looked great, though!
One thing to notice about the recipe cards is that on the front, along the bottom, they list the skills that the little ones will be using in making the recipe. I think that’s especially helpful information if you have multiple little helpers and need to decide which recipes are better for older or younger kids. It also gives you a good idea of how much help will be required from you.
This is what the inside of a recipe card looks like, just to give you an idea. I love that they are laminated, so they can be wiped clean and reused for a long time to come! I also think they do a good job with graphics to make it easy for beginner readers.
Also, on the back of each recipe card are some fun facts about the dish and the theme.
Here are our lasagna pots straight out of the oven! Mmmmmm!
Here are the lasagna pots plated so you can get a better look at them. Instead of lasagna noodles, these were made with wonton wrappers! How clever! My kids prepped the pan and vegetables, they mixed the cheese filling, I cooked the hot filling, they assembled the pots, and then we baked them in the oven. They tasted soooo good! I actually also felt like they were faster and easier than making a regular lasagna. We will definitely be making these again soon!
I have to mention, though, that I did change up the recipe a bit. I feel kind of like a 1950’s mom admitting this, but we added a little ground beef to the recipe. I just didn’t think the kids would eat them if they didn’t taste a little like my usual Italian dishes, and I thought my husband would also definitely prefer meat, so we cheated a bit. I think I definitely made the right decision for my family, though, because they gobbled these down despite the inclusion of (gasp!) zucchini!
This is the carrot cake before we frosted it. It looks horrible, but it tasted amazing! For the record, I am not a baker. I was so pleased when I saw this in the oven because I thought for once in my life I might have baked a cake that didn’t fall! But it fell on its way out of the oven, of course. The kids measured and mixed this one, but I had to help them with grating all those carrots! That takes some Strong Mommy arms!
Here it is frosted. The kids helped put it together, but I’m just not ready for them to use the electric mixer. They did the initial frosting work, and then I helped even it out for them. This one was a bit of a surprise to me, actually, since my husband and I are pretty unmoved by carrot cake usually, but it came out really moist and delicious! We couldn’t feel or taste the carrots at all!
Raddish Kids also includes a little set of conversation cards every month to accompany your meal and to spark interesting conversation with your kids. I think they are a great idea! This month one of the questions was, “If you could have dinner with three famous people, who would they be?” My husband gave very serious answers, my nine-year-old gave very tween answers, and my seven-year-old was grumpy and wouldn’t play along. I listed three famous chefs! That’s definitely who I would want to eat dinner with!
Verdict: This was our third month with Raddish Kids, and I think it’s great. Hopefully the kids are learning how to cook, and we have a fun time cooking together. I try not to push them too hard when it comes to trying new healthy foods all the time, but Raddish Kids actually helps make it a lot easier. I would never have predicted them eating zucchini! Plus the dishes taste great! The crafts and all the little extras are always welcome additions as well. Now that we have been through this for three months, though, I will say that the recipes are pretty generous for a family of four. I won’t ever make all three dishes on the same night again, like we did in our first month, and I will probably look for ways to reduce the recipes so that we don’t have more left over than we can eat. I’m not 100% sure when I turned into my mother, but I don’t like to see food go to waste. Other than that, this subscription box has been a really good one for us!
What do you think of Raddish Kids?