Our maid has gone on 2 weeks’ Hari Raya home leave. Living without a helper is actually manageable except for 1 major hurdle – settling Dana’s dinner. With our hectic schedules as full time working parents, trying to find a good (i.e. healthy and nutritious) dinner for the Princess after work each evening is proving to be quite a challenge. Plagued by guilt, my mind drew a blank as a brand new week approaches. Surely we cannot feed our daughter the same salty, oily, MSG-laden food served at commercial dining establishments. She needs proper home-cooked food! In my moment of helplessness, a “watsapp” chat with a good friend enlightened me. She would be hosting a gathering this weekend and the kids’ menu would be catered from Petit Bowl. That could just be the solution for us! Why didn’t I think of that?
What is Petit Bowl?
Simply put, Petit Bowl is a cafe (run by a husband and wife team) that provides nutritious, delicious meals for babies and children. They aim to be The Meal Solution, with Minimal Salt, Sugar, Modified Starch, Artificial Fillers, Nuts, Flavors or Color Pesticides, Chemical Fertilizers, GMO (Genetically Modified Organism), Waste and Spoilage.
What’s on its Menu? The store sells meals for babies and kids up to six years old. It uses organic grains, vegetables and fruit and has items such as Apple and Prune Porridge, Butternut Squash Risotto, and Chicken with Sweet Corn and Rice. Customers can also buy frozen take-home packs. The individual servings just need to be steamed. On the chalk-written menu at the shop, there are about 35 items, with prices ranging from $4.90 for an Pear and Apricot Porridge to $6.90 for a Creamy Chicken Penne.
We had been invited to Petit Bowl’s food tasting event before it was launched last Dec but it didn’t occur to us to stock up these individually-packed take-away meals for Dana in our maid’s absence! Without hesitation, we purchased 5 different meals from the shop to last the working week. This evening, we served Dana her first full Petit Bowl meal (Kid’s 1st Beef Curry) with bated breath, curious as to how she will take to the meal. To our delight, it was so yummy that she asked for more! (which she rarely does). We are so relieved to have found a good meal solution! Now our only ‘challenge’ is to decide what meal to serve Dana the next day. Hmm…. should she have Cod fish with Creamy Mushroom, Sole with Grapes or Braised Beef with Parsnip? If you’re wondering why these dishes all boast gourmet-sounding names, it’s because they really are of gourmet standards! 🙂