I think you all know by now how much I love Baby Gourmet. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, let me tell you… This all-Canadian organic baby food is YUMMY Stuff.
As a mom I feel good about giving Baby Gourmet to my kids. It’s all organic, with no fillers, no artificial ingredients, no added sugar or salt, and it tastes good enough that I want to eat it myself. Even though my youngest has moved past the baby stage, we still buy Baby Gourmet on a regular basis. My girls will gobble it up, straight out of the pouch. They love it and consider it a treat (I’ve even had to break up the occasional tussle when one finishes hers before the other). We also often use the veggie & fruit purées as dips, for small pieces of veggies or meats. And I say we because my girls aren’t the only ones eating this stuff. I eat it too. It’s fantastic.
So I was really excited to try out their new line of protein blends, and I was down right shocked when my kids didn’t much care for them. The new line includes: Chicken Minestrone Soup, Hearty Vegetables with Turkey, Simply Sweet Potato, Sweet Potato Apple & Chicken, Vegetable Lentil Dahl, and Vegetable Beef & Barley. We tried the Chicken Minestrone Soup first, I thought it was ok, but neither of my girls wanted to eat it. On to pouch number two, Vegetable Beef & Barley. Again, I liked it, but the girls weren’t interested. What the heck?! This is Baby Gourmet. They love this stuff! The girls did enjoy the Sweet Potato and the Vegetable Lentil Dahl, but didn’t end up liking any of the flavours with meat or poultry in them. I think it was a texture thing, as the ground meat is a bit grainy. However, at ages 2 and 4, my daughters aren’t really Baby Gourmet‘s target market. This stuff is baby food after all, and I’m certain that when they were still babes my girls would have munched it right down.
With just one pouch left to sample, the Sweet Potato Apple & Chicken, I came up with a great idea. I used it as the base for a rice pilaf, adding it in while I steamed the rice. The results were fabulous. The kids devoured it, and I was pleased with myself for having snuck veggies and protein into a tasty side dish.
If your curious the recipe went something like this:
2 cups basmati rice
3 cups low sodium chicken stock
1 pouch of Sweet Potato Apple & Chicken Baby Gourmet
about half a cup of baby spinach torn into small pieces
I just tossed all of that into my rice steamer for 20 minutes, and out came delicious and flavourful rice. I’m definitely trying this again. I think this is my new healthy and nutritious substitution for flavoured “bag of rice”, and I’m going to be picking up more of the Baby Gourmet protein purées specifically for turning into rice side dishes.
When Baby Gourmet first premiered you could only get it by ordering direct from their website, now I’m happy to say you can pick it up across Canada at major stores like Zehrs and Walmart. (Seriously, the first time my husband noticed it in our local grocery store and pointed it out to me I was so excited I squealed.) For those of you with wee babes in the household who are looking for a healthy, organic baby food (or for those of you with older kids looking for tasty snacks, and new ways to get sneaky with vegetables), check out Baby Gourmet, I think you’ll love it as much we do.