Homemade Beans & Rice

plum-beans and riceMy little guy is about as brand loyal as one year olds get! When it comes to food, he’s pretty much obsessed with the Plum Organics pouches. And of these pouches, his absolute favorite is the Plum World Baby Mexico pouch. The ingredients are beans and rice with sweet corn, red bell pepper, cilantro and lime. Pretty fancy for baby food, eh?

Well at $1.30+ per pouch I thought, maybe I can make a close approximation for the nugget for less per serving. I found these recipes online and thought I could use the ingredients from the Plum pouch and the quantities from the recipe to make something that nugget enjoys. I really just tossed things in and we got a pretty good end result. No great pictures of nugs eating it but here’s my guesstimate recipe and some pictures of the mixture.

Nugs Homemade Beans and Rice pouch –

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  • 1 cup organic brown rice
  • 1/2 a red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup of frozen sweet corn
  • 1 can organic black beans
  • Handful of fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 a lime, juiced
  • Water (as needed)

Prep the rice as you normally would (and if you are as hopeless as I am at cooking rice, here are some tips).

Saute or bake the bell pepper until soft and defrost the corn.

Combine it all (rice, pepper, corn, beans, cilantro, lime) and puree. Slowly add water as needed to smooth it out. You could also use chicken or vegetable stock, formula, breast milk… whatever liquid you want.

IMG_3715The liquid is where I went wrong on the first attempt. I didn’t add enough and it was still a bit too thick for nugs. The other recommendation I have is TASTE IT! Try it and see what it needs. Maybe more or less lime, cilantro… maybe toss some salt in. With nugget, he has reflux and so he actually need salt and seasoning to make food taste good to him. Between the burning acid and the medicine that dulls the tastebuds, he prefers seasoned foods but more on that another time!

Post below with pics and stories after you try the recipe! I would love to hear it! Does your nugget love a particular brand of food?

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