Easy Nutritious Peas Baby Food Recipes
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.
Peachy pea pureeIngredients:
½ Cup of Frozen peas, thawed
100g Zucchini, chopped
1 Ripe Peach, washed, peeled and chopped
½ Tablespoon. butter
Combine the peas, Zucchini and peach in a steamer and steam the vegetables and peach for about 5 minutes or until cooked through. Blitz in a food processor to a fine and creamy texture; add the butter and mix. Serve
Peas with Chicken and sage (10 months +)
½ Brown Onion, diced
150g Chicken breast, cut into small cubes
1 Tablespoon. Organic flour
1 Cup homemade chicken stock
1 Pinch of fresh finely chopped Sage
1 tsp. Tomato puree
2 Tablespoons. Vegetable oil
Heat vegetable oil in pan. Add onion and sauté until fragrant. Add chicken and flour and stir over heat for about 2 minutes; add peas, homemade chicken stock, tomato puree/paste and Sage. Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered for 10 minutes or until chicken is completely cooked through.
Serve with Rissoni or mashed potatoes.Peas baby food combination ideas
You can combine peas with any of the following foods to create easy, tasty and nutritious meals for your little one in minutes:
Sweet potato and pea puree
Pumpkin, chicken and pea puree
Broccoli and pea cheese