KidStir was created to help kids have a “happy and healthy food connection.” It is a monthly cooking kit with sending recipes, tools, and fun food-related activities for kids to learn from and create with adult supervision. This is a 12-month subscription – meaning that, at this time, the subscription (and the Kidstir cookbook) repeats its products/themes/recipes after 12 months.
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The Cost: $15.95 per month plus $3.95 shipping ($19.90 per month) with price breaks for longer prepaid subscriptions.
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This month’s theme was “Sunny Salads.” We were provided with three recipes to add lots of fruits and vegetable to our diet. This was a great month!
Each month, KidStir includes the following:
- 3 step-by-step recipes covering all food groups
- 2 kid-sized cooking tools and themed activity materials
- A digital and printed shopping list
- 3 fun games and puzzles
- An e-newsletter packed with recipes and printables
- 3 educational foodie pages
- Bonus with a prepaid 12-month subscription: a special cookbook binder to collect all your recipes
When you open the KidStir box, there is a card printed to the top of the box so you can see right away what you’ll be doing that month. It’s great to open the box and automatically see what we’ll be making for the month. A printed card with the shopping list is also included in the box. Often the necessary items are staples but we had to buy lots of fruits and vegetables this month.
Other than the recipes, these items were included in the box. I’m not a huge fan of the gifts that are included typically but my daughter really liked the citrus sprayer. You just screw the sprayer into the lemon and the juice comes out of the spray nozzle.We used the sprayer for the fruit salad and the funnel to add the ingredients for the Cobb Salad dressing to a jar.
Recipe #1: Rainbow In A Bowl
I like teaching my daughter about nutrition and this is a fun and easy lesson for kids. The information available with this subscription is one of the best parts. Kidstir has a fabulous website with lots of great information and downloadable items too.
We made rainbow-in-a-bowl first because who doesn’t love a fruit salad? I bought all the fruit it called for and then my daughter told me she didn’t like cantaloupe. Sad but true so we omitted the cantaloupe.
This was super easy and my daughter helped a lot with the cutting. We just cut up the fruit, sprayed it with some lemon juice to keep it from browning, made the honey, mint, lemon juice dressing and layered it all nicely in a bowl. We ate this up quickly!
Recipe #2: Colorful Cobb Salad
The second recipe we made was the Colorful Cobb Salad. This took just a bit of work to cook the bacon and hard-boil the eggs but after that, it was all assembly. You may your own dressing too but that is super easy. Homemade dressings taste so much better than store-bought!
I love Cobb Salads so this was a great recipe for me. Cira liked it too but not as much as I did. Of course, I had to add the traditional blue cheese to my salad and it was delicious.
Recipe #3: Southwestern Sun Salad
Finally, we made the Southwestern Sun Salad which is similar to bean dip recipe my family makes. I’ve also heard it called Hillbilly Caviar. I had black beans in the freezer so I pulled those out for this recipe. All you have to do it cut up the veggies (tomato, green pepper, cilantro), throw them in a bowl and then add the spices, garlic, olive oil, and lime. Throw the corn in last and adjust seasonings to taste.
This, like all the salads this month, was pretty to look at. Unfortunately, the taste was a bit bland. We added additional spices and some jalapenos. My husband added it to his carnitas (pork tacos) but I wouldn’t make this recipe again.
Verdict: March was a pretty good month for KidStir. We liked the salads except for the Southwestern Sun Salad. Kidstir always does a great job at making the recipes simple enough for kids to actively participate though and my daughter likes getting her own kitchen utensils. I’ve typically change the recipes a little to bump up the flavor or make them more to the liking of my family. I also tend to decrease the amount of sugar in their recipes. As for the value of this subscription, I feel $19.90 ($15.95 plus $3.95 shipping) is fair for what you get. The graphics are good, cardstock is used for the recipe cards, the two kitchen gadgets were decent quality, and the website is great. Kidstir is a solid subscription that I think many moms and kids would appreciate.
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