I’m a mom that likes to prepare food fresh. I have a mild aversion to leftovers and a huge love for off-the-vine veggies.

When the Bug started solid foods, it was a no-brainer for me that we would make our own baby food. We were already cooking fresh veggies every night — it wasn’t a stretch to add some fruit into the mix and blend.

But the reality? Our lives are busy. Cooking doesn’t always happen in an – err – timely fashion (hello, evening bewitching hour!). And I had a baby that wasn’t always willing to wait.

So my back-up was Sprout Organic Baby Food. I was drawn by founder Chef Tyler Florence’s philosophy: “Cooking for my children means more than just getting dinner on the table. It’s about forging the foundation for a healthy relationship with food that will last for the rest of their lives.” The packaging was uber convenient. Toss in the diaper bag and go. And the company is Eco-conscious.  Three checks on my ‘mommy approved’ list. Sweet.

Sprout, who frequently partners with (cool) progeny for our family events,  contacted me last month to let me know that they were growing up — and releasing a new line of organic toddler table ready meals. Heat and serve. Fab nutrients, no artificial anything and perfect in a pinch. {And who doesn’t feel the 6 o’clock dinner pinch every now and then?}

They shipped a package of flavors to try out. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety this new line offers: everything from butternut squash mac ‘n cheese to vegetable and barley stew with chicken to veggie risotto. Grown up meal concepts with pint-size appetites in mind. Brilliant.

I bet you can guess which meal the Bug wanted to dig into first?

Butternut squash macaroni and cheese.

Honestly, it’s not the creamy kind of down home mac ‘n cheese; but it’s a great option for mixing things up every once in a while and the Bug was 100% into trying a ‘new pasta.’ Plus it was quick to heat and came in a convenient microwavable package. No boiling of water for pasta and mixing in powdered cheese.

We’re still working our way through the rest of the flavors. Risotto is coming up tomorrow night if anyone wants to join us. Want to try it out yourself? Pick up your own box at area Giant Food Stores or order online.

Disclaimer: We received a a package of several toddler meals to sample, free of charge from Sprout. There was no obligation to share but after trying the mac, we definitely wanted to make sure you knew about these meals. Who wouldn’t want this healthy mom sanity saver trick in their back pocket?