Green Beans, Arugula and Pears with Mint
This recipe adds a bit of mint to introduce your baby to a new flavor and reduce the boredom of green purées while also keeping the flavor of pears which they love.
Servings Prep Time
2cups 5minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
2cups 5minutes
Cook Time
  • 1lb green beanstrimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 pearspeeled, halved and cored
  • 1cup lightly packed arugula
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2tsp chopped fresh mint
Additional Accessories Needed
  • Steamer basket
  • Countertop blender
  1. Add 1 cup water to the inner pot and place the steamer basket in the pot. Arrange green beans and pears in the basket. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp (2 mL) cinnamon. Arrange arugula on the top.
  2. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing. Set your Instant Pot to Pressure Cook or Manual on High for 2 minutes.
  3. When the cooking time is done, press Cancel and turn the steam release handle to Venting. When the float valve drops down, remove the lid. The arugula should be wilted, and the pears and beans should be tender. (If more cooking time is needed for the pears or beans, transfer the arugula to the blender and continue pressure cooking on High for 1 minute.) Reserve liquid.
  4. Transfer pears, beans, remaining cinnamon and mint to the blender. Cover and purée until smooth. Add 1 tbsp (15 mL) reserved liquid. Cover and purée until smooth. Continue adding liquid, 1 tbsp (15 mL) at a time, until desired consistency.
  5. Spoon a small amount into serving bowl. Test temperature before serving. Transfer remainder to ice cube trays.
Recipe Notes


Stir in a pinch of turmeric in step 5 for an added boost of nutrients.

Before step 4, set aside a small portion of beans and/or pears and cut into small pieces. Continue with step 4. Serve pieces with purée for babies who are starting solids.

Nutrition Tip

Arugula has a strong, slightly peppery taste. Your baby may make a face at first, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t like the flavor — it’s just new! Keep on introducing tastes, even if they’ve been refused before.