Homemade Baby Food Recipes: Pea Puree

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on September 15, 2014

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This has to be one of Layla’s least favorite purees. I made a bunch of it and then decided to just start mixing it with fruit, because she did not like it. The fruit + peas was more palatable though 🙂

Peas are a great source of Vitamin K, which is important for maintaining bone health. They also contain folic acid and Vitamin B6 which are good for heart health.

Another little tip for cooking green veggies – it’s key to not overcook them. All of your green veggies should remain bright green after they have been cooked. It’s all about saving the chlorophyll in these vegetables. If the veggie is exposed to heat over too long a period, the chlorophyll spills out of the vegetable (you’ll notice that the cooking water turns green) – and if that happens you lose a lot of the nutrients in the veggie. Two ways to ensure you don’t overcook: 1) steam the veggies for just 3-5 minutes or 2) if you’re cooking them in water, cook for 3-5 minutes and then “shock” the vegetables by dumping them into a bowl filled with cold water and ice.

Homemade Baby Food Recipes: Pea Puree

1 ice cube = 1oz of food!

Ingredients

  • 2 bags organic frozen peas (usually about 2 lbs)
  • 8oz water

Directions

  1. Steam your peas for 3-5 minutes
  2. Once the peas are green and soft, pour them into a blender and add 8oz water. Puree until smooth.
  3. Pour into ice cube trays, allow to cool, wrap/cover, and freeze.
  4. Thaw in the fridge the night before use, or thaw by putting the ice cube in a bowl over a bowl of hot water on the counter to defrost.

Notes

Mix with your baby's favorite fruit or some sweeter veggies (butternut squash works great) to make peas more palatable!

http://pickyeaterblog.com/homemade-baby-food-recipes-pea-puree/

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jyo September 16, 2014 at 7:52 am

wow you are such a great mom…you seem to be making baby food on your own….such an inspiration for soon to be mom’s like us….I will definitely be trying these out when my little one is out….still 6 weeks to go….
BTW when did u start giving solids to layla, at which month??

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 16, 2014 at 10:46 am

You are very sweet Jyo! Oh you have a lot of time until you start solids — we started with Layla around 5.5 months. Wishing you all the best with the rest of your pregnancy and the start of new motherhood! 🙂

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