Little Green Pouch

in Solids

A baby recipe!


Baby food pouches RULE.  At first, I thought, “Man, those little pouches are priceeeeey.  Why wouldn’t moms and dads just buy the jars and spoon it out?”  And then I had Henry, who usually hates to have anything fed to him and prefers to do it all by himself.  I also realized that pouches are infinity neater than messy spoons.  Now I get it!  Pouches are portable, easy, there’s little mess involved, and – above all else – Henry can feed it to himself.


Despite all the things I love about pouches, they are very expensive.  They cost $1.50 – $2 a pop.  Ouch.

four bean feast

While I still often rely on store-bought pouches because they are shelf-stable and keep well in a diaper bag, I also make homemade pouches.  It’s much cheaper!  And environmentally-friendly.


Enter – the Little Green Pouch.


My friend Amanda from LGP gave me a few of these to sample, and I have to say – they are amazing!  One thing that I hate about the store pouches is they seem SO squeezable.  Too squeezable, if you know what I mean?  My rug certainly knows what I’m talking about…


Anyway, Little Green Pouches just don’t seem to explode as easily as the other pouches.  Which I adore.


I usually fill up our LGP with applesauce, but sometimes, I make a savory bean mix that is reminiscence of Ella’s Kitchen Four Bean Feast.


I like this combo because there is protein (from the beans), vitamins and minerals (from veggies), and fats (from olive oil).


This recipe makes a lot of Bean Feast, but you could freeze small portions in Ziploc bags – just put the bag in a bowl of warm water to defrost, and then squeeze into your LGP.


Bean Feast for Babies




  • 1 can white kidney beans
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped broccoli
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 handful raw baby spinach
  • Dash of garlic powder (or you could use curry powder)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water




  • In colander, rinse the beans to remove excess salt and sauce.
  • On the stovetop, lightly boil carrots and broccoli for five minutes, until soft.
  • In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients under smooth. 
  • Scoop into pouch when baby is ready to eat.  Store remainder in fridge for up to three days or put in freezer in individual portions to keep longer.


Yum!  Henry inhaled an entire pouch for his mid-morning snack, and then we played with blocks.

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Remember Heather from the now-defunct blog Hangry Pants?  Heather, Mark, and their son (!) sent Henry these awesome Activity Blocks for his birthday.  The blocks rattle, have fun textures, and even have little ‘windows’ that baby can look through.  Henry is just starting to stack blocks (instead of chucking the blocks at my head), which is really, really cool (and less painful).  Thanks, Hangry Heather! We love you!


Full disclosure:  I was provided the LGP by the company for review; however, I was not compensated for this post.



  • Heather July 9, 2013, 11:06 am

    We are glad Henry is enjoying the blocks!

    Also, I haven’t used the pouches, but my friend has the coolest thing for them – a little spoon that attaches right to the pouch! I thought that was pretty genius.

  • Vicky July 9, 2013, 11:22 am

    We used to like the Little Green Pouches but they are so annoying to clean. We have been just carrying a while fruit, like an apple, for our little one to eat. Great recipe! We are going to try it tomorrow!

    Milo has those blocks too, so much fun.

  • Carly @ Fine Fit Day July 9, 2013, 11:50 am

    My son never got the hang of pouches! This is a great puree recipe for new mamas, too. I was hesitant to try curry with my baby but he *loved* it. Still one of his favorite flavors. 🙂

  • Ms. D July 9, 2013, 12:10 pm

    Hey Catilin…do you have any updates on your friend Tanya? Your previous neighbor friend. I’ve been thinking about her lately and wondering how she’s doing….

    • Caitlin July 9, 2013, 12:27 pm

      No real updates – the tumor hasn’t grown per her regular MRIs, but it’s still there and inoperable, and she’s kind of in limbo. They sold their house and moved to a more affordable part of town. Her sons are doing well! I think she’s doing okay, generally speaking, but she also feels understandably down about the situation.

      • Kath July 9, 2013, 3:07 pm

        I was wondering the same 🙁

  • Suzanne July 9, 2013, 12:15 pm

    Diaper me up and call me a baby- that sounds delicious and very wholesome!

  • Katie July 9, 2013, 12:15 pm

    We love LGPs too! I’m not usually one to buy a bunch of accessories, but I do think their silicone spouts are genius (especially for younger babies) and I’m a complete fan of their dissolvable labels. Make my life easier? Please.

  • RunEatRepeat July 9, 2013, 12:22 pm

    I drink those margarita pouches on picnics, does that count?

    • Caitlin July 9, 2013, 12:27 pm


  • Grace @ Grace Dishes July 9, 2013, 12:33 pm

    Looks amazing 🙂 I’m a huge fan of making your own food for the family so this is right up my alley even though I have no babies (YET!)

    Love these green pouchies!

  • Krista July 9, 2013, 1:15 pm

    I don’t even remember how I came across this blog-but I love it and check it regularly. I was reading it today during lunch…and I went to law school with Hangry Heather! What a small world 🙂

  • Kim July 9, 2013, 1:44 pm

    I’ve seen pouches like that for exercising, but I had no idea they made them with baby food too! I guess being kiddo-less, I’m pretty oblivious to those sorts of things.

  • Melissa July 9, 2013, 2:59 pm

    I wish thise pouches were around when my kid were babies! (they’re 16 and 12 now) Time flies!

    I miss reading Heathers Blog! They have a son now! That’s awesome. I remember her wedding planning the last I read.

  • Kath July 9, 2013, 3:07 pm

    Blocks are in my Amazon shopping cart!! M would love them.

    • Alexa July 9, 2013, 3:40 pm

      Raising my hand that I just did the same thing! Austin will be all over them.

  • Margaret July 9, 2013, 3:31 pm

    “My friend Amanda from LGP gave me a few of these to sample”

    Is this a sponsored/compensated post, i.e., you got the free pouches for a review? They sound like a neat product, and I’ve seen them mentioned on a few other blogs, but that statement seems a little unclear?

    Also, I didn’t get around to commenting on yesterday’s post, but so awesome that you’ve signed up for a half ironman! That’s on my bucket list, probably a couple years down the road…

    • Caitlin July 10, 2013, 6:21 am

      Sorry if it was unclear Margaret! I updated the post to hopefully explain the connection better.

      I hope you eventually get to the 70.3 point soon too!

      • Margaret July 10, 2013, 1:30 pm

        Thanks for the clarification. 🙂 As I’m sure most of your readers are, I definitely appreciate when it’s clear that bloggers are trying to be transparent with things like that.

        Looking forward to following your training! Like you mentioned you did, I’m all about reading blogs and trying to get a feel for other people’s experiences when considering registering for races and such.

  • meredith July 9, 2013, 4:35 pm

    Such a great idea- the pouches are so pricey

  • Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family July 9, 2013, 6:07 pm

    Love the LGP! Em is 21 months and we still use them for applesauce and yogurt when we just don’t have time for a spoon (or mess!). LOVE them and will use them with Babu #2 as well for some things since we do Baby Led Weaning mostly.

  • Nikki July 9, 2013, 8:33 pm

    Love the baby food recipe! I hope to be able to do that in the near future! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Mary Ann July 9, 2013, 8:49 pm

    Perfect timing! We’re just getting ready for this ourselves. Does Henry feed himself by sucking on it or do you have the spoon attached?

  • Lauren @ The Highlands Life July 9, 2013, 10:42 pm

    We haven’t started pouches yet with our son, Archie, who is 9 months old. He still only wants us to feed him with a spoon and refuses to try and feed himself. Rotten boy. But I definitely will make my own and put into reusable pouches because I’m a frugal little gal and I’ll know exactly what ingredients are going into them. Glad to see a review of one!

  • Claire July 10, 2013, 4:01 am

    I don’t mean to be critical, but I’m always confused when I read disclosures on blogs where free product was provided for the blogger to review and it says no compensation was provided for the post. Although not cash, providing goods for free is still a form of compensation. Maybe your disclaimer on this post would be more accurate if it said “I was provided the LGP by the company for review; however I did not receive any other compensation for this post.” I’m a public policy writer, so I am pedantic about writing accurately to convey correct meaning. Great recipe BTW.

  • Sue July 10, 2013, 6:14 am

    Hangry Pants Heather and Mark had a baby ?
    Aw, what exciting news !!
    I loved her(their) blog and miss it very much !
    Could you please send her a warm congrats
    from a fan of hers ?
    Happy news !!!

  • Tricia July 10, 2013, 8:34 am

    I have been wondering about these pouches. Are they difficult to clean?

    • Caitlin July 10, 2013, 8:51 am

      Another commenter said yes but I think it is so easy to clean with a bottle brush.

      • Grace July 10, 2013, 10:14 am

        I have a set after seeing other bloggers review them a few months ago (LGP is really making the rounds with all the healthy living mom bloggers, it looks like! 🙂 ), and they are a pain to clean. What I do is rinse them out really well, then use a chop stick to poke around the bottom creases to really open it up and rinse it out, then put it upside down (stretched out over two prongs) in the top rack of the dishwasher.

        I love them for green smoothies – I refuse to buy prepackaged pouches (so expensive and wasteful!), and I make a whole blender’s worth of smoothie, and freeze the extra pouches. It’s then really easy to put a frozen one in my backpack in the morning, and it’s defrosted by snack time.

        • Marissa C July 10, 2013, 2:44 pm

          I have a love/hate relationship with these pouches. I love that they are so big, but they are hard to clean. You need to rinse them out immediately, which can be an issue if you are sending them with your kid to daycare, etc. Even when I do rinse them immediately, food gets stuck in the little creases in the bottom and I couldn’t get it out of one pouch that I just had to throw away. You also just have to be really careful with cleaning them in general because there is so many places for food to get stuck and get nasty, especially when you add water left from cleaning to the mix.

          • Alicia July 16, 2013, 2:32 pm

            Thank you for the chopstick advice. I have been fighting with these things for months! I wanted them to work so badly. 🙂

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats July 10, 2013, 10:15 am

    These food pouches are super conveinent and can be really healthy and natural but it is still reallyyyy important that most foods are spoon fed. Spoon feeding helps develop the gag reflex and swallowing technique essential for more solids.
    Hope I didn’t come off too preachy but I just finished studying and had never heard about it before so wanted to share 🙂

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom July 10, 2013, 10:55 am

    I love this! I also just got a pack of Little Green Pouches- can’t wait to use them!

  • Brandi H July 10, 2013, 3:53 pm

    I love those pouches! SO perfect for grabbing on the run. It’s worth the effort to clean them, I think.

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