Little Green Pouch Recipes

Green pouch foodIf there’s one thing that babies and toddlers love, it’s those little squeezy food pouches.

While introducing solids for the first time requires some patience and careful planning, once babies are past 1 year, you’re pretty much in the clear. Of course, families with a history of food allergies should be more careful. For a more in depth guide to introducing solids, go to this excellent page by Baby Center Canada.

We’ve collected a few popular recipes that are perfect for your Little Green Pouch. Make a big batch and freeze some! The frozen pouches make excellent freezer packs that turn into afternoon snacks.

With the following recipes, a blender, a stick/immersion blender, a food processor or a Magic Bullet are all pretty well interchangeable. You may find you need to add a bit more liquid if you’re using a hand held appliance, but the final texture is always up to you.

 

Quick and Easy

Pumpkin Banana Puree
Yields 5
A quick and simple no-cook puree.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
63 calories
16 g
0 g
0 g
1 g
0 g
71 g
1 g
9 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
71g
Yields
5
Amount Per Serving
Calories 63
Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 1mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 16g
5%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
10%
Calcium
0%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 can pure pumpkin (not the spiced pie variety. Organic is readily available too)
  2. 3 bananas
Instructions
  1. Puree ingredients in a food processor to desired consistency. Thin with water/breast milk/formula if it's too thick, which will largely depend on the ripeness of the bananas.
Variations
  1. Add plain yogurt for a delicious breakfast smoothie (12m and up).
  2. Add cooked rice or oatmeal for a more substantial dish, or quinoa after 8 months old.
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calories
63
fat
0g
protein
1g
carbs
16g
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Adapted from http://www.babyfooddoctor.com/babyfoodcombopurees.html
Room For 2 http://roomfor2.ca/

Delightful Dinner

Keep this next recipe in mind as a leftover recipe. The next time you have chicken, just save a bit. If you happen to eat your chicken with a side of sweet potatoes, even better! There’s no sense in cooking for your babe separately if you can help it.

As a sidebar, WOW, there is no agreement over what’s a sweet potato and what’s a yam. Even the Google machine couldn’t give us a definite answer! It became a very long discussion here at Room for 2. We settled on “It depends where you live” and “It depends on whether you believe the grocery stores or not”.

Chicken, Sweet Potato (or Yam) & Spinach
Yields 6
Full meal deal! This balanced food is a great dinner on the go.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
99 calories
11 g
22 g
2 g
9 g
1 g
131 g
72 g
3 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
131g
Yields
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 99
Calories from Fat 20
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
3%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 22mg
7%
Sodium 72mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 11g
4%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
176%
Vitamin C
8%
Calcium
7%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups peeled, cubed sweet potato (or Yam)
  2. 2 cups fresh, packed spinach leaves OR
  3. 1/2 cup frozen spinach, defrosted and drained
  4. 1 cup cooked boneless, skinless chicken
  5. 1/2 - 1 cup equal parts breast milk/formula and water, for thinning as needed
Instructions
  1. Place a steamer in a sauce pan with a lid and fill with water until just below the steamer.
  2. Place your sweet potato cubes in the pan and steam until soft, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add the fresh spinach, if using, and steam about 5 more minutes, until the sweet potato is easily mashed.
  4. Place cooked chicken, steamed sweet potato, wilted or defrosted spinach, and 1/2 cup of your thinning liquid in the food processor.
  5. Pulse until creamy, drizzling in more thinning liquid as you go, until the desired consistency is achieved.
Notes
  1. As spinach is one of the "dirty dozen" veggies as far as pesticide use goes, this is a veggie worth finding in organic. Regardless, do not use the spinach cooking water to thin out your puree. Use fresh water mixed with breast milk or formula, or any milk you currently feed your babe.
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calories
99
fat
2g
protein
9g
carbs
11g
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Adapted from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/third-baby-food-chicken-sweet-potato-and-spinach/
Room For 2 http://roomfor2.ca/

Quinoa for Everybody!

Quinoa’s a great baby food. It’s easy to digest and a great way to get some protein into the mix, especially for kids who are picky about eating meat.

Quinoa Delight
Yields 6
This is so good, you'll definitely be stealing spoonfuls
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
69 calories
15 g
0 g
1 g
2 g
0 g
96 g
70 g
5 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
96g
Yields
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 69
Calories from Fat 5
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 70mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 15g
5%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
118%
Vitamin C
5%
Calcium
2%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 small sweet potato
  2. 1 apple
  3. 2 small carrots, thin sliced
  4. 1/4 cup quinoa ( or 1/2 cup cooked quinoa)
  5. 1/2 cup chicken broth or juice
  6. Additional liquid for puree (broth, juice or formula/breast milk)
Instructions
  1. Roast the sweet potato and apple whole without oil in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Both should have splitting skin by then.
  2. While they're in the oven, in a pan, combine the uncooked quinoa, thinly sliced carrots and chicken broth. Simmer covered for about 15 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed and the carrots are fork tender. If using cooked quinoa, simmer the carrots alone until fork tender (or microwave them in a bit of broth until soft), then add a splash of broth the the cooked quinoa.
  3. Peel the baked sweet potato and apple. You should be able to squeeze the insides right out of the peel. Slice the apple from the core.
  4. Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Blend until smooth, adding additional liquid until you get the consistency you like.
Notes
  1. This recipe really lends itself to adaptations. Throw in whatever veggies you have on hand!
Adapted from http://loveandduckfat.com/baby-foods/
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calories
69
fat
1g
protein
2g
carbs
15g
more
Adapted from http://loveandduckfat.com/baby-foods/
Room For 2 http://roomfor2.ca/

Healthy Fats

The avocado, coconut milk and Greek yogurt combine to give you a nice big dose of healthy fats, which is great for helping babies gain weight.

Avocado Pear Smoothie
Yields 3
This rich smoothie is sure to satisfy
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
241 calories
18 g
5 g
19 g
4 g
9 g
205 g
29 g
8 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
205g
Yields
3
Amount Per Serving
Calories 241
Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
30%
Saturated Fat 9g
47%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 5mg
2%
Sodium 29mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%
Dietary Fiber 6g
25%
Sugars 8g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
16%
Calcium
7%
Iron
10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 ripe avocado
  2. 1 ripe pear
  3. 1/2 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
  4. 1/2 cup coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Slice the pear and discard the core. If your baby has a sensitive stomach, also peel the pear.
  2. Remove the pit from the avocado and scoop the meat into a blender.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend.
Notes
  1. Due to the dairy in the this recipe, be sure to store it in the fridge. Yogurt doesn't freeze as well as other foods, so if you do freeze it, mush it around once it's defrosted to counteract any separation.
Adapted from http://www.littlegreenpouch.com/blogs/recipes
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calories
241
fat
19g
protein
4g
carbs
18g
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Adapted from http://www.littlegreenpouch.com/blogs/recipes
Room For 2 http://roomfor2.ca/

What Chefs Feed Their Babies

I love celebrity chefs. I can’t get enough of other people cooking, and the great news is, they’re having babies and we get to reap the benefits!

Green Bean, Potato & Kale Puree
Yields 4
Thank goodness Chef Tyler Florence had a baby!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
131 calories
20 g
2 g
4 g
4 g
1 g
184 g
160 g
2 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
184g
Yields
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 131
Calories from Fat 38
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
7%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 2mg
1%
Sodium 160mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 20g
7%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
10%
Calcium
2%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 pound green beans
  2. 1 large russet (baking) potato, peeled and sliced
  3. 4 large kale leaves, stems removed and coarsely chopped
  4. 1 cup chicken stock
  5. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, combine the beans, potato, kale and stock and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat.
  2. Cook uncovered until the potatoes are fork-tender, about 10 minutes. Most of the stock should be absorbed.
  3. Transfer the contents of the saucepan to a blender and add the olive oil.
  4. Puree until smooth. If you're blending while it's hot, be sure to leave the lid open a crack, covered with a dish towel so the heat doesn't build pressure inside the blender. Alternately, use an immersion blender or wait for the food to cool.
Adapted from Start Fresh
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calories
131
fat
4g
protein
4g
carbs
20g
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Adapted from Start Fresh
Room For 2 http://roomfor2.ca/

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