Veggie Mash-Up USDA Recipe for Family Child Care

Age Group: Ages 3-5
Serving Size: 6
Irio, a simple dish of mashed potatoes, corn, and green vegetables is a traditional Kenyan dish. This delicious version of the recipe uses vegetables that are commonly available in the United States.
¼ cup provides ¼ cup vegetable.
Team Nutrition CACFP Multicultural Recipe Project.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • Add the potatoes to a small stockpot, and cover completely with cold water (about 2 cups). Bring to a boil on medium–high heat. Boil for 10 minutes.
  • Add the peas to the pot of boiling potatoes, and continue to boil the vegetables for an additional 5 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Heat to 140 °F or higher for at least 15 seconds.
  • Turn stove off; drain the water from the potatoes and peas, reserving about ½ cup of cooking water.
  • Mash potatoes and peas with a potato masher or mixer. Do not overmix. If mixture is too dry, add reserved water 1 Tbsp at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Heat oil in a medium sauté pan. Sauté garlic, Swiss chard, corn, sage, onion powder, salt, and pepper on medium–high heat until sage is toasted, 5–7 minutes.
  • Stir the sautéed vegetables into the hot potato–pea mash.
  • Serve ¼ cup.
    Critical Control Point: Hold at 140 °F or higher.


Nutrition Facts
Veggie Mash-Up USDA Recipe for Family Child Care
Amount Per Serving 0 ¼ cup
Calories 58 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Sodium 150mg7%
Total Carbohydrate 10g3%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Total Sugars 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0mg0%
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Yield / Volume