So your fridge is bare and then you spy your children's stash of food or you possibly bought 10 pouches of the latest flavor and they're just not a fan. Or you're like me and get sent a box of tasty baby food and don't have any kids in your house. Here's how I put them to use and I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm an adult that eats kids food — and has really, really enjoyed it. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I get great mail. Sure emails are nice, but real mail just can't be beat. A few weeks ago I received a box containing a variety of Peter Rabbit Organics food pouches. Although I was familiar with the product from friends' children, not having kids of my own meant I never had a chance to test the products out myself.
After taste testing all the flavors I decided that consuming them straight up, although tasty, wasn't my favorite option. They were in fact delicious, but I was looking for something a little less, how shall we say - mushy. So I set to work to figure out new fun ways to put them to use that adults will enjoy.
My first idea was to freeze them. Both my husband and I have fond memories of those triangular shaped frozen juice popsicles we had when we were a kid. These freeze in a snap and could even be chopped up and used as ice cubes in drinks. Likewise, they could easily be tossed in a smoothie instead of ice. There's no added sugar, just the fruit and veggies on the package, so there's no worry of adding in extra gunk you (or your kids) don't need.
The next stop was to make muffins. We tried things this two ways. The first was to whip up a batch of tried and true banana bread mix. Instead of adding whole bananas I added 2.5 pouches of product. I scooped the batter into muffin tins and for half the batch, placed the tip inside the batter and added a little extra right before they went in the oven. As you can see from the photos above they turned out like all those filled cupcakes you see photos of these days. Totally tasty and it was a brilliant recipe to test them out on.
Next up, I made pancakes. Once the batter had been dropped on the skillet I made funny shapes straight from the pouch. When flipped the product seared and stuck. They were tasty and made you smile — which I won't lie, is totally fun. They could easily be mixed into any cornbread recipe or box mix without any substitutions. Some sweet potato and corn would be especially ideal. After muffins and pancakes, I figured making cornbread might be a little overkill.
In addition to using them in a batter like pancake, you could also add an egg to them and dredge your bread in them for gourmet French toast or possibly chicken for homemade chicken nuggets. You could also mix them with cheeses for a quick quesadilla or squeeze some in your scrambled eggs as they cook up. So let's recap shall we:
2. Ice Cubes for Drinks
6. French Toast
7. Chicken Fingers
8. Scrambled Eggs
10. Cornbread/Banana Bread
All in all this style of food doesn't have to just be for your kids. They can be treated like regular ingredients and combined into all sorts of things. Used over oatmeal, added into your macaroni and cheese, the possibilities are almost endless and I'm going on a limb to officially say, there's nothing wrong with eating baby food if your kids eat well. If you're curious about what's in the pouches you can check out more at Peter Rabbit Organics.
*Apartment Therapy Media makes every effort to test and review products fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf. However, the manufacturer did give us the product for testing and review purposes.
(Images: Sarah Rae Trover)