Review: M&S Taste Buds Children’s Meals Range

Although we like the children to eat the same meals as us there are times where we eat at different times to them or where out dinner isn’t suitable and I like to have something quick but as healthy as possible at hand.

M&S gave us a selection of their new children’s Taste Buds range to try with LP and LM. Up until now we haven’t really given the kids any ready meals and didn’t know what they would think of them. The range is great with many favourites – I loved the look of the pasta dishes as there was so much variety.


We were given the Melt in the Middle Cod Fishcake & Vegetables, Fruity Chicken with Couscous and Cowboy BBQ Chicken & Rice. I was impressed that all three could be cooked in the oven or microwave and they all were all a lovely, balanced meal.

The Melt in the Middle Cod Fishcake was a really good size for a child’s dinner and looked very similar to ones that Hubby and I buy for ourselves! The addition of carrot and swede mash was lovely and you can see that M&S have put as many vegetables as they can in the meal whilst keeping it bright and appealing to children.


I wasn’t sure how the children would feel about the Fruity Chicken with Couscous because we don’t eat couscous but Little Man ate it with as much enthusiasm as he eats anything else. He loves his food! He also enjoyed the Cowboy BBQ Chicken & Rice and I was really surprised with the amount of chicken in it.

Overall the range seems like a really healthy alternative to other quick and easy food options. Prices vary from £2.29 to £2.49 but are on a par with children’s meals from other brands.

We were also given a meal from the new M&S Taste range to enjoy for Hubby and I. The Taste range has Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese dishes and all look incredibly authentic. Our dishes were from Mexico, in celebration of our Mexican honeymoon!


Our side dish was the Mini Taco Selection that had three different flavour tacos, one beef, one chicken and one vegetarian. All three had great flavours and made a lovely side dish to share or a starter for one. Our main was the Steak Chilli with Coriander Rice and we both loved the addition of coriander to the rice, we tend to have plain rice at home so this was lovely. The amount of steak was a lot less than pictured on the box but it was still a filling meal for Hubby and I and the flavours were lovely. The main was £6.50 for a pack big enough for two and I think that is great value as a treat – Hubby and I will be trying other meals from the range very soon!


Disclosure: We were given the above products for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

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