13 Aug 2013 1 Comment
As many of you know my family is made up of foodies! My son’s favorite foods are sushi, curry and vegetables. We especially love fresh, local, seasonal food, flavored with lots of spices and herbs! When it came time to introducing solid food to our children, we followed a theory called, “Baby Led Weaning”. This is a process where you give them non pureed food. You also let your child be in control of picking up the food and feeding themselves. Up until now our 1 year daughter has only had steamed or baked veggies, fruits and whole grains like millet, qunioa and amaranth. Now that she is an eating pro, we are letting her eat some pureed food when we are on the go or in a rush.
As I started to look for organic food pouches, something didn’t sit right with me. Maybe it was my culinary pride or the factt that I was going to pay almost $2/pouch for 4oz. of mushed plain veggies (with no flavor!). As I walked around the aisles of my favorite store, “Baby Gear Disneyland” (also know as Bye Bye Baby) I was introduced to a new product on the market by the company, Infantino. It is called, “Squeeze Station“, which is a one-stop-unit that presses homemade baby food into easy-to-store and ready-to-serve pouches.
I was surprised how affordable this device was. At this store it cost $25, but with a 20% coupon, it cost $20 (comes with 10 pouches). Additional pouches cost about $17 for 50 pouches (and that is before using a coupon), which come to about 34 cents a pouch.
It is really important to my husband and I that we expose our children to an array of different types of foods, spices and flavors because we have a “No Picky Eaters Allowed” policy in our house (just kidding). Once I bought this product, I couldn’t wait to get home and try it.
Here is what I made:
- 1-2 large organic sweet potato, cubed
- 4-6 organic carrots, cubed
- 1 cup. frozen organic peas (thawed in warm water)
- Spices: garlic, cumin and paprika
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
Thaw peas in warm water. Take all other ingredients and mix together on baking pan. Bake for 30min. on 375F. Throw all food in a blender and blend until smooth. I placed this homemade food into the 3 loading compartments of the Infantino Squeeze Station, attached the empty pouches and loaded the food into the pouches. Super easy and fast!
With this recipe I made 7 pouches. The total cost of the organic food used for this recipe was almost $3, add in the pouch cost of 34 cents (7 x .34=$2.38) and I paid a total of $5.38. I saved almost $9 (by not buying the pre made pouches, at about $2/pouch). This product is a no-brainer to me, I highly recommend it. It saves money, you get to make fresh yummy food with real ingredients and go beyond “one note flavor” mush. Plus, it is fun and easy to use, just ask my 3 year old who helped me.
It also comes with a magnet that tells you how long the food can last in the freezer and fridge. The pouches can last up to 4 months in the freezer. My hesitation at first was the wasteful disposable pouches, but then I discovered they also sell a reusable squeeze pouch for $8, I can’t wait to try that out! You can also buy a spoon attachment, a steam and smush bowl, a fridge/freezer storage case, “on the go” mill and a stay cool thermos (with individual holders for each pouch)….
What will they think of next?!?!?!
Here are other food combo ideas I would like to try:
- roasted cauliflower, zucchini,broccoli with garlic, basil and oregano
- chick peas, butternut squash, carrots with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg
- millet, kale, apple and peas
- qunioa, spinach and pumpkin
What combinations would you like to try?