frequently asked questions

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lil’gourmets is the first and only fresh organic veggie meal. Created with a unique veggie-first promise, 100% of the lil’gourmets global recipes feature veggies and beans as the first and primary ingredients, delivering 1+ serving of vegetables per cup. With only 2-5g of sugar and uniquely delicious chef-crafted spice blends, these fresh, ready-to eat veggie meals are a perfect meal for a baby, a side dish for a toddler, or a healthy snack or dip for kids and adults of any age. 

We pledge that 100% of our recipes will always feature veggies & beans as the first and primary ingredients. Our chef-crafted recipes pair fresh, organic veggies and tasty protein-rich beans with nourishing fats, such as coconut milk and extra virgin olive oil, finished with unique spice blends that bring the flavors of global cuisines to your home.

Yes, all of our products are perishable and must be refrigerated.

We use a cold-pressure process that provides food safety without the use of intense heat processing, as shelf-stable products do. The nutritional and taste degradation that occurs with heat processing drove our decision to create the first fresh veggie meal. Our choice to use a cold-pressure process allows us to deliver 3 key benefits vs traditional shelf-stable baby food: 1) more nutrients inherent in our veggies and spices 2) fresh, chef-crafted meals that taste closest to homemade 3) vegetables that taste like mother nature intended.

Our mission at lil’gourmets is two-fold...

1) The first is to develop a love of vegetables. Medical research shows that early and repeated exposure to a variety of vegetables in infancy results in a lifetime of healthier eating habits. We strive to provide families with more veggie-forward options to help develop a greater acceptance and even craving of veggies. Read more about the research.

2) The second piece of the movement we’d like to inspire is around cultivating curiosity. Children are born naturally curious creatures and as parents we nurture almost all facets of that curiosity outside of food, where we have generally accepted sweet, over-processed foods as the norm. But at lil’gourmets, our hope is to not only nurture our kids’ curiosity of food, but also use this opportunity to introduce them to flavors from around the world. We imagine a world where kids become curious about Morocco, because they love their Moroccan Butternut Squash…and one where they request the complex flavor of a vegetable curry more often than mac & cheese!

YES! There are so many benefits to feeding your babies spices early on. Spices allow you to add flavor to any food, without the use of sugar or salt. Babies who are introduced to different flavors early on often eat a wider variety of foods as they grow. And the spices themselves provide a host of health benefits.

Take a look at some of our favorite articles on the benefits of spices and why they are so good for your baby (click links below):

Baby food revolution: New rules for feeding your baby

Experts Seek to Debunk Baby Food Myths

Spice Up Your Baby’s World

Adding Spice for a Healthier Life

Healthy spices nutrition facts

Spices and their health benefits

There are several important benefits to a cup:

• To learn to eat independently with a spoon

• To develop important fine-motor skills

• To recognize when the tummy is full and help savor flavors

• To bond with parent/caretaker at an important developmental time

• For recyclability – all of our packaging is 100% recyclable!

• Our minimally processed veggies are just too thick to squeeze through a pouch

Absolutely! Our science-backed approach has been approved by our Pediatrician Advisor as a healthy first food for your baby. We invite you to read more about this research.

Yes, each of our recipes are USDA-certified organic.

Yes, all of our flavors are gluten free.

Yes, all of our flavors are vegan and 100% plant-based.

Two of our flavors contain coconut: Coconut Cauliflower Mash and Sweet Potato Curry. Otherwise, all the remaining flavors are allergen-free.

Tree nuts (almonds, coconut), sesame (tahini, sesame seeds), sunflower (oil), soy (sauce), egg white powder, and milk products (yogurt, cheese) are produced on equipment shared with our products. The equipment is all sanitized prior to producing our products.

No, we will never add salt or sugar to any of our recipes.

No, our cold-pressure process ensures food safety without the use of preservatives.

Our produce all comes from the U.S., mostly farms in Pacific Northwest. Our spices, oils, and fats all come from U.S. companies, mostly in the Midwest. Even our packaging is all made at local companies in the Midwest!

Our veggie meals are fresh, stored in the fridge, until the expiration date stamped on the back of your product. When we ship fresh to your door, we guarantee a minimum of 30 days of shelf-life so you can feel confident ordering a month’s worth at a time.

Our products are all USDA-certified organic and Non-GMO.

Yes, all of our packaging is BPA Free, phthalate-free, PVC-free, and 100% recyclable.

Yes! All of our packaging (cups, lids, seals, and sleeves) is 100% recyclable. If we ship fresh to your door, all of our shipping materials are recyclable and/or biodegradable.

Our Organic Variety Pack contains 8 veggie meals: 2 Cinnamon Beets & Apples, 2 Moroccan Butternut Squash, and 1 each of Coconut Cauliflower Mash, Pumpkin Navy Bean Shawarma, Spanish Corn & Bean Gazpacho, and Sweet Potato Curry.

Yes, select the option for our “Make Your Own - Organic Variety Pack” and then choose 8, 16, 24, or 32 meals of your choice.

How to use

Many families enjoy our veggie meals cold, fresh from the fridge, but we know others prefer some of our flavors, particularly the Moroccan Butternut Squash, Pumpkin Navy Bean Shawarma, and Sweet Potato Curry, slightly warmed. If you would like to heat them, we suggest removing them from the fridge for 10 minutes to warm up a bit, or place the sealed package in a cup of warm water.

There are so many delicious possibilities! To get started, each flavor has a veggie meal tip printed on the inside of the package. You can also try as a nutritious morning or afternoon snack, either on its own or with pita chips, crackers or chopped veggies. Our veggie meals also complement any meal as a chef-crafted veggie side. 

Absolutely. Use our lid to store the remaining veggie meal in your fridge, for up to 48 hours after opening.

We recommend using an ice pack in a small cooler to keep your perishable veggie meal fresh.

We do not recommend microwaving in our cups. If you would like to heat them, we suggest removing them from the fridge for 10 minutes to warm up a bit, or place the sealed package in a cup of warm water. You can also transfer to a bowl and microwave.

We recommend storing your veggie meals in the fridge and eating them fresh before expiration. Our Cinnamon Beets & Apples and Sweet Potato Curry freeze well, but the consistency of the other flavors do change, so we recommend not freezing those.

Where to buy

You can buy lil’gourmets on this website, Amazon, or at any of our participating retailers – click here for our store locator. Enter your zip code to find a store near you!

Our store locator lists each store location. Always refrigerated, you can most often find us in the dairy case next to other yogurt and kid’s products. At Target, look for us in the produce section; at Meijer, find us in the baby aisle cooler.

Of course! Click here for a $1.00 off coupon for use at a participating retailer, or subscribe up at the bottom of this page to get access to our special offers, free giveaways and a sneak peek of all our biggest news!

Subscriptions & Ordering

It’s so simple and you save 10% on every meal, plus free shipping! Simply choose 2 or more cases to be delivered to your home monthly. We will send you a reminder prior to shipping, and you can change or cancel your subscription at any time with us via hello@lilgourmets.com.

Make changes to your subscription any time by emailing us at hello@lilgourmets.com.

Absolutely, you can make changes or cancel at any time. Contact us a hello@lilgourmets.com.

You will be billed monthly (saving 10% and with free shipping) coinciding with your order shipment.

You will receive an email from us with confirmation of shipment and the tracking information, but we follow this general schedule:

• Orders placed over the weekend are shipped Monday or Tuesday and arrive 1-2 days later

• Orders placed Monday thru Wednesday at noon CT are shipped same or next day and arrive 1-2 days later

• Orders placed Thursday or Friday may ship same or next day for arrival 1-2 days later but, depending on location, may not ship until Monday.

We rush all our orders! Orders are generally shipped within 1-2 business days and in transit a maximum of 2 days. See question above for shipping guidelines.

At this time, we are not able to ship outside of the lower 48 states of the U.S.

Please check your email (or spam folder) for your order confirmation email and tracking info email. If you have further questions, email us at hello@lilgourmets.com.

Your order will be shipped in insulated packaging with reusable ice packs and will arrive cold. Be sure to immediately put your veggie meals in the fridge. Your ice packs may potentially no longer be frozen, so long as they are cold. If your veggie meals are not cold when you open the box, please contact us at hello@lilgourmets.com.