I had so much fun working with OXO Tot on their sippy cup campaign over the summer and was honored when asked to help them promote their newest products: Food Masher, Glass Baby Blocks, and Feeding Spoon Set with Soft Silicone.
The food masher is a fun, easy to use product. It’s easier to clean than a food processor or blender, and more convenient, too, when working in smaller batches.
Both of my kids are veering away from the pureed food stage (unless we’re talking applesauce pouches) but I knew I could come up with a simple recipe that can be prepared using the food masher. My boys absolutely love beans, so that’s where my inspiration started.
This OXO Tot campaign is titled “Do The Little Monster Mash with OXO Tot” and we were asked to create a seasonal recipe. It’s fall and that means pumpkin. Unfortunately a pumpkin allergy means no pumpkin. No pumpkin? No problem! I always use sweet potato in place of squash this time of year and it’s perfect.
I mashed some canned garbanzo beans and cooked sweet potato. Mixed them together with salt, pepper, and some paprika pork rub. (I even recruited my 2 year old to help!)
My garbanzo sweet potato mash is easiest to spread when warmed a little bit, and that’s where the glass baby blocks come in handy – perfect portion size all ready for the microwave!
Hands down, my favorite item in the box are the glass food storage cubes. My husband has already claimed he’ll be “stealing” them to pack his lunches for work. These borosilicate glass containers are thermal shock resistant, so unlike your typical glass containers and dishes, there’s no need to bring them up to room temperature from the freezer before heating. For the busy (maybe forgetful?) mom or dad, that’s an incredible life saving feature; no need to worry if you forgot to pull the baby’s food out of the freezer and into the fridge the night before. Come to think of it, it can help prevent food waste, too!
The blocks come with a nice tray for keeping them together, and are also stackable for space efficient storage. They even have measurement lines on them so you never have to guess how much your baby is eating.
One of my favorite features is that the lid doesn’t go into the container meaning you can fill the block all the way to the top! The folks at OXO think of everything.
While my 1 year old tried the mash as is, my 2 year old wasn’t that interested. No problem! How do you get my picky eater to try just about anything? Put it on a “pizza”! I spread the mash onto a tortilla, topped it with leftover barbecue, and cheese. Baked in a 350 degree F oven for 5-10 minutes, and lunch is served!
Garbanzo Bean Sweet Potato Mash
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans, drained and loose skins removed
- 1/2-1 tsp paprika pork seasoning
- Poke sweet potato with a fork all over. Microwave 5 minutes. Flip. Microwave another 5 minutes. Allow potato to cool enough to touch. Remove the flesh from the skin and mash in the OXO Tot Food Masher, work in two batches if necessary. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
- Working in batches, mash the garbanzo beans in the OXO Tot Food Masher, add to the sweet potato.
- Use the masher to help combine the two ingredients. Stir in paprika seasoning and S+P to taste.
- Serving options: spread on a toasted bagel, serve in a pita pocket with fresh veggies, or use as a pizza “sauce.”
What’s my next plan for these OXO Tot products? Mashing some fruit for mixing into my son’s morning Greek yogurt! Making my own “fruit on the bottom” yogurt for my guys will definitely helps save money!
Bottom line. Would I recommend these OXO Tot products to my friends? Yes. We were already satisfied OXO Tot customers and I’m happy to report that the love with their products has only increased after reviewing these items.
Disclaimer: I received these items from OXO in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and comments are my own.