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A few months ago, I was approached by Square One Organics to develop some recipes using their organic pureed foods. Once I read Square One's inspiring story (that was so similar to my experience with my niece and her food allergies) and sampled their full range of organic purees I felt compelled to share these amazing products with you as well as take up the recipe challenge. I have to say, that I have fallen in love with this family company!

Not surprising, I suppose. I am a sucker for a heart-felt story about food allergies. But more importantly, I am passionate about good organic convenience products. I have always been a fan of organic vegetable and fruit purees. They are incredibly easy to make by steaming or stewing fruits and vegetables and then blending them with a little bit of filtered water. But it is great to know that for those times when we are short on time and can't our own, there is a healthy organic pre-prepared option. This is where Square One comes in. Now I have purchased organic baby food as a snack more times than I can count, and unsweetened plain applesauce remains one of my favourite "quick-fix' vegan treats. There is also a multitude of some fantastic organic baby food companies out there. But a lot of these companies offer products that are often blends of a few different fruits or vegetables. So how does Square One differ? Well, firstly these purees are frozen, and secondly, they come with a complete colour-coded feeding system. Confused?

Well, "Let's start at the very beginning…" I don't know why, when I think about baby food and childhood I always think about The Sound Of Music. Maybe because my dad proposed to my mum at at the intermission of a screening of the movie over 45 years ago, or maybe it is because it then became our absolute family favourite movie growing up. I have literally watched it over 500 times with my sister, and attended numerous screenings of Sing-A-Long Sound of Music (now that is a hoot with all of the costumes)! Oh, the joys of childhood. But I digress. Perhaps I am secretly yearning to return to my Square One.

Square One Organics is a fantastic allergy friendly company based in Chicago. Denise Henderson and her husband Jeff started their company after one of their twins with twins Jed was diagnosed with food allergies to dairy and soy. Denise became committed to learning everything she could about kids with food allergies and ensuring her children received the most nutritious diet possible without exposing their son to allergens. After extensive research and personal experience, she developed her own personal feeding system that she and Jeff used to feed their infants. After several friends commented on how useful this system was, Denise thought that if a few people found it helpful, maybe other people with kids with food allergies would too, and so they started at Square One and developed their organic food business with the belief that "every time a child eats it is an opportunity to make a positive impact on his or her growth and development."

Square One offers a range of unblended whole fruits, vegetables and grains pureed with just a little bit of water. These nutritionally dense organic Superfoods have been carefully chosen and organised into the same four colour-coded groups that they used to feed their own children, making it easy for other parents dealing with food allergies to ensure that their child is eating a balanced diet and getting all of the essential vitamins and minerals required for healthy growth and development. The purees are cooked and then quick frozen, making them really convenient for those times when you need some organic prepared fruits and vegetables quickly!

There are the orange and red packs, where there is a choice of different fruits and vegetables that supports healthy teeth and gums, immune system function, antioxidants, and growth and development; the green pack offers choices of spinach, broccoli and peas, promoting healthy bowels and digestion, heart health and are a great source of Vitamin A and C; and the purple pack which contains the quinoa baby porridge which is great for bowel movement and iron absorption. All of the pureed superfoods are allergy free and 100% organic; and are gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, sugar free, and prepared in a facility that is nut free.

My sister is absolutely fantastic about preparing fresh organic purees for my niece Alexandra, who suffers from multiple food allergies. When my mum, dad or I babysit we have a printed list of instructions and a step-by-step feeding schedule in order to ensure our highly allergic little darling remains safe and healthy. I WISH Square One products were available in Australia. It would have been so helpful to my sister, and to all of the other families in her allergy study that are managing the diets of their kids with food allergies.

The Square One Colour-Coded feeding system is really helpful for those parents feeding babies and children with food allergies, and invaluable for when those same parents leave their children in child care. The system follows "cautious food introduction principles. But Square One's delicious range of baby food makes things easier for any busy parents who don't have time to make their own organic purees but want to ensure their children are eating in a healthy nutritious way. The handy 2oz portion-size containers mean there is less waste and greater opportunity for variety in your child's diet. Another important thing to mention is that, according to Square One "the container cups are made out of #5 recyclable polypropylene, which is one of the top three healthiest types of plastic for food containers. Number 5 polypropylene does not contain Bisphenol-A and has not been shown to leach carcinogens or endocrine disruptors."

I really love this family owned and operated company who are committed to supporting other parents dealing with foods allergies and nutrition concerns. You can download a free copy of their Food Journal that was developed with a Pediatric Nutritionist. The journal "offers guidelines for food introduction while tracking recommended serving sizes, sleeping habits, and formula or breast milk intake." There are also a ton of delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy using the Square One products.

I decided to create some super easy quick vegan, allergy free recipes that were gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, soy free and sugar free, and could be enjoyed by children and adults. The Square One organic purees are perfect for this as they actually taste exactly like the whole food, making them great for adults looking to improve the nutritional content of their diet! The purees have a fresh flavour and texture. I love eating the mango directly out of the container! Many nights I have come home and placed a few of the green and orange packs in a saucepan with some herbs for a super quick healthy soup. I wouldn't do this all the time, but it is a great option for when I need to stick my snout in a healthy trough quickly!

So I am going to share my three favourite recipes that I made with these delicious purees: my panna cotta, spinach milkshake, and gloriously green creamy quinoa risotto. I also made some of the other allergy free recipes on this site with the Square One products: the pumpkin pie smoothie, pumpkin blender pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cornbread and mango bliss smoothie. Don't worry if you can't get Square One products. I also made these allergy free recipes with home made organic purees and will tell you how in the recipe story and instructions.  

So I have to start with this delicious tropical vegan panna cotta which is dead easy to make and absolutely incredible. Panna cotta is my all-time favourite dessert. However, this traditional Italian dessert, which literally translates to "cooked cream" is not very forgiving for sensitive foodies looking for gluten and dairy free recipes, or discerning eaters who don't want to coat-check their colons when they indulge in a sweet treat.

This simple little vegan panna cotta take minutes to prepare and hits the spot for a Summer dessert that the whole family can enjoy. I have deliberately used coconut milk in order to replicate my favourite mango pudding at the Shark Fin Inn where my family and I have enjoyed more than a few hundred yum cha lunches! Their mango pudding is made of condensed milk! This vegan version is much more forgiving! It is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, nut free and sugar free. 

Just a note about the agar: if you have never used it before, acquainting yourself with this wonderful vegan gelling agent will be a gift! Typically, the acidity and enzymes in mangoes and some other fruits compromises the gelling power of the agar, but heating the mixture neutralises this problem. Another thing to mention is that agar is sold in flakes and powder. The powder is a lot harder to find than the flakes, that are found easily at health food stores and Asian grocery stores. So I have deliberately made this with the flakes. If you use the powder, you only need 3/4 teaspoon powder and will not need to strain the mixture.

To make your own organic mango puree: 2 cups of fresh or frozen organic mango pieces and 1-2 Tbsp filtered water make 1 cup puree. The coconut essence is not critical if you can't find it or don't want to invest the money. It just boosts the natural coconut flavour. Give this simple little vegan dessert a spin in your blender and let me know how you go. 

**To purchase Square One Products head to their website, where your frozen organic purees will be delivered quickly on dry ice packs to ensure freshness and quality. They can also be found in markets in the Chicago area. Visit the Square One Organics website to see a full list of retail outlets.

Vegan Mango Coconut Panna Cotta Pudding

“More Please!” Mango Coconut Panna Cotta

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  • 2 cups organic coconut milk (exactly one 14 ounce can)
  • 1 cup mango puree (4  2-ounce packs of Square One organic mango puree)
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 heaped Tbsp agar flakes
  • 1/4 tsp coconut essence (optional)
  • Fresh mango pieces and toasted coconut flakes for serving.
  1. Place all ingredients except the agar flakes in your Vitamix and puree until smooth and creamy.
  2. Place this mixture in a saucepan and stir in the agar flakes. Allow to stand for 15 minutes allowing the flakes to begin dissolving.
  3. Gently bring the mixture to a simmer stirring constantly, and heat for about 5 minutes until agar is completely dissolved.
  4. If your agar doesn't dissolve, push the mixture through a strainer and remove the last bit of clumped agar.
  5. You can put a little bit of the mixture with the clumped agar in the blender to smooth out and mix into the rest of the mixture.
  6. Lightly grease 6 small pots (or you can use lightly oiled muffin holes) and distribute the mixture evenly amongst them.
  7. Chill in the fridge for about an hour to set.
  8. Top with toasted coconut and fresh mango pieces and serve. YUMMO! SCRUMMO! 

Tip: freeze that leftover coconut cream for treats later

When you cook with canned coconut milk or coconut cream you often have some left over depending on the needs of the recipe. You can freeze the leftovers for up to a month for use later.

Ooohhh. Tempting. Tempting! TEMPTING! *off to the kitchen… again*

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Can’t go wrong with Mango and Coconut! I feel a weekend in the kitchen is in order!

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I agree! Mango and coconut ROCKS!

Where do I get coconut palm sugar and agar flakes from!?
Must admit your recipe and the picture is awesome; I cant wait to try it out…

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Hey Cathy!
You can get agar flakes and coconut sugar at health food stores. If you are in the U.S Wholefoods carries it all. But so do all of the others. You can use other sugar if you don’t want to spend the money on the coconut sugar. Let me know how you go. Oink Oink =)

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This is absolutely delicious and so easy to make. Oink, Snort, Lick. This little piggy went to market to get some more ingredients to make another batch. Thankyou!

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LOL! I LOVE it.
I know! This is SO hard to stop eating.
SO easy and SO yummy!

OMG! This is SO delicious! I made it for a dinner party last night and I recruited some new piggies. “Yummy In My Piggy Tummy” as you would say.

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LOL! FANtastic!
Yes, this recipe is a winner!

Making this tomorrow night for dessert. It looks unbelievable. Who needs cookbooks when I can just come here. Thankyou so much for all of your delicious recipes. I just love love love you and your site. Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou.

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Oh Thankyou for your lovely kind words of encoragement. I really really appreciate it.

Oh wow! This was really delicious. The photo sold me. I saw it and knew I had to try it. Your website is so much fun and offers so much valuable information. Thankyou for doing what you do. Whenever I need an easy healthy recipe your site is the first place I come. I am so happy I found you.

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Oh, Thankyou!
I am so humbled and flattered.
I am so glad you are enjoying the recipes.
It is great to be connected.

This was so easy and so good. I made it for a dinner party and everyone loved it. I have recruited some new piggies. Oink for you.

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LOL! GREAT!
LOVE recruiting new piggies! Thankyou :)

Mate, this is the yummiest thing I’ve ever tasted! I could eat this all day long! Thank you!

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Thanks Stephen.
Glad you enjoyed it :)

Yum Yum YUM it’s like eating an island holiday

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This pudding is so good I couldn’t stop eating it. I had a hard time waiting until they were set after I licked out the contents of the blender!

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LOL! I have that problem too. SOOO yummy!

This is so easy and so delicious!
The picture sold me…...

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I am not a great photographer.
But this photo does make you want to jump in and devour this doesn’t it. He He He! Thankyou!

Glad you all enjoyed this recipe.
It is SO easy.
Yes, the photo is one of the better ones.
I need to get a better camera and take a photography class so it is all not so “hit and miss”

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If I wanted to sub plain gelatin for the
agar flakes,  would that work.  If so, do
you know how much.  Thanks.  Great
site.

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I haven’t tried regular gelatin with this recipe, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.
I would try 2 teaspoons of gelatin.
Please let me know how you go with that.

Wow! This looks so delicious!!! I absolutely love mango and coconut together. I bet if I added a pinch of cardamom to this, it will taste even more exotic.

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