Easy, fresh and nutritious!
Peas are one of those vegetables that one can easily take for granted. They are a very nutritious vegetable and will provide your little one with dietary fiber.
I find that babies will easily take to eating peas if the peas used in making baby food are of a sweet variety. Frozen peas (they still contain a very good amount of nutrients) are usually very sweet and can be used in making homemade baby food.
Peas baby food can be introduced to babies at 6 months of age. As always, it is a good idea to introduce one food at a time waiting 4 days before another new food can be introduced. Because these little green beads taste so sweet, it is very unlikely that your little one will reject them. Combining peas with root vegetables such as sweet potato or carrots also works wonders.
Our little friends the Peas are a very nutritious vegetable and will add a very valuable option to your baby's diet. When cooked, your peas will contain good amounts of thiamine, magnesium, niacin, iron, zinc and vitamin C. Peas are also a good source of folic acid potassium.
Frozen peas are so convenient because they can easily be kept in the freezer until you are ready to use them. They will still contain very good amounts of nutrients and will also save you from shelling unless shelling peas is your thing.
When buying fresh peas, consider picking the ones that have a fresh looking, nice green color, unwrinkled, small to medium sized and with no signs of damage to the pod. Do not pick the very large ones as they are normally stringy and tough. Fresh peas will most likely cost you more money than frozen peas will.
Peas can either be steamed or boiled in as little water as possible. To make a basic pea puree, steam 1 cup of frozen or fresh shelled peas and cook until soft. Save the cooking liquid. Once cooked, place the peas in a sieve and blanch in ice cold water for a few seconds. Drain and puree the peas until smooth and add in the cooking liquid to make the puree lighter. For a smoother consistency, press the puree through a sieve.
You can combine peas with any of the following foods to create easy, tasty and nutritious meals for your little one in minutes: