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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

Homemade Baby Food Recipes: Pea Puree

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Full disclosure: pea puree 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.

Kitchen Tools I Used for This Recipe:

  • Durable, covered, ice cube trays for freezing. I like these from Mumi & Bubi because they come with a cover, a recipe book, and the cubes are super easy to get out.
  • A great blender. I used our Vitamix to puree large quantities at the same time – which was super convenient. You don’t need a “baby food maker” – any great blender will do. And if you have a Vitamix you can use it for so many other things besides baby food!

Of course, there will be times when you’re on the go and need a healthy pre-made option for your little one. And in those cases, I’d recommend buying one of the pouches on my list of the healthiest baby food pouches.

Here is my recipe for pea puree – simple, easy and a great source of nutrients for your baby!

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Homemade Baby Food Recipes: Pea Puree

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Baby Food
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 ounces

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • Steam your peas for 3-5 minutes
  • Once the peas are green and soft, pour them into a blender and add 8oz water. Puree until smooth.
  • Pour into ice cube trays, allow to cool, wrap/cover, and freeze.
  • 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!
1 ice cube = 1 oz of food
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11 responses to “Homemade Baby Food Recipes: Pea Puree”

  1. Dear Anjali! I have been following your site and doing your recipies since my daughter was 7 months old. You have helped me so much to make my baby girl real food. But i have a question. Soon she will be 1 year old and I will be very happy if you have also recipies for babies over 1 year. Thank you very much, Amanda

    • Hi Amanda! I’m so happy my recipes have worked well for your daughter! 🙂 Here is a list of 30 recipes that work well for kids age 1 and up. And if you’re looking for even more recipes including toddler finger food ideas, check out my cookbook (which has over 150 recipes for kids aged 1-4!) Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  2. I tried making the peas for my 4 and a half month old and the shells of them did not blend smooth enough for a brand new eater. Any tricks? Or is this recipe not good until they are older?

    • Hi Tova! There are a few ways to get the puree super smooth: 1) Boil/steam the peas first until they are super super soft (think: overcooked) 2) Blend the peas in a really high powered blender like a Vitamix 3) If, after blending, it’s still not super smooth (although it should be), you can strain the puree through a strainer if you want to remove any small bits that didn’t get fully pureed. As they get older though, you don’t have to have the puree be super smooth and you can leave the chunky bits in. Hope that helps!

      • Hi Anjali,
        So do we have to boil whole peas along with pod all together and blend it to smooth paste?

      • I’d recommend using frozen peas so that they are already out of the pod, and then yes – steaming those and blending them is perfect!

  3. Are the frozen organic green peas with salt OK to give my baby? She is 7 months old 🙂 From what I can find, the bags do not state “no added salt”.

    • Hi! Good question! Until your baby is 1, I’d avoid giving her food with added salt wherever you can help it, since babies only need a tiny amount of salt in their diets, and that need is generally met through breast milk or infant formula. Adding too much salt to a baby’s food can be harmful to their immature kidneys, which might not be able to process the excess salt. Most frozen organic vegetables don’t have salt added. I’d just buy a brand that either says “no salt added” on the front of the bags, or look for a brand where the ingredients list just lists “organic frozen green peas” on it (and doesn’t list “salt” as an ingredient). Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

  4. 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??

    • 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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