Peas Baby Food – Peas are one of those vegetables that one easily takes for granted. They are a very nutritious vegetable and will provide your little one with dietary fiber.
I find that babies will quickly take to eating peas if the peas used in making baby food are of a sweet variety. Frozen peas (they still contain a perfect amount of nutrients) are usually 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 add one new food at a time waiting 4 days before introducing another new food. Because these little green beads taste so sweet, it is unlikely that your little one will reject them.
Nutritious Peas Baby Food
Peas are a very nutritious vegetable and will add a valuable option to your baby’s diet. When cooked, your peas will contain proper amounts of thiamine, magnesium, niacin, iron, zinc, and vitamin C. Peas are also a good source of folic acid potassium.
How to Select and Store Peas
Frozen peas are so convenient because you can easily keep them in your freezer until you are ready to use them. They will still contain good amounts of nutrients and will also save you from shelling fresh peas.
When buying fresh peas, consider picking the ones that have a clean looking, nice green color, unwrinkled, small to medium-sized and with no signs of damage to the pod. Do not pick the large ones as they are typically stringy and tough. Fresh peas will most likely cost you more money than frozen peas will.
Homemade Peas Baby Food Recipes
Basic Pea Puree
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.
- 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 puree
- 1/2 Cup of Frozen peas, thawed
- 100g Zucchini, chopped
- 1 Ripe Peach, washed, peeled and cut
- 1/2 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 good quality food processor to a smooth and creamy texture; add the butter and mix. Serve
Peas with Chicken and sage (10 months +)
- 1/2 Brown onion, diced
- 1 Tablespoon organic flour
- 150g Chicken breast, cut into small cubes
- 1 Cup homemade chicken stock
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 Pinch of fresh finely chopped Sage
- 1 tsp. Tomato puree
- Heat vegetable oil in a pan.
- Add onion and saute until fragrant before adding the chicken and flour.
- 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 thoroughly 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
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