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Baby Food Recipes: Peas

Baby Food Recipes: Peas

When both my kiddos started eating solid foods at exactly six months old, I immediately introduced vegetables and fruits through homemade baby food that I lovingly prepared in my kitchen. I personally find homemade baby purees and mashes easier, tastier, and cheaper than store bought varieties. In addition to sweet potatoes and green beans, one of the first baby foods that I made for my son was peas.

Peas are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. The green vegetable is also a good source of protein, vitamin A, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, phosphorus, and copper and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, thiamin, and manganese. I used the entire pea pod to increase the amount of fiber and nutrients in my homemade baby food.

To make my homemade baby food, I started with raw pea pods and some fluoride-free baby water. After washing and chopping the peas, I combined the pieces in a glass bowl with some water. I then cooked the pea pods in my microwave to tenderness. (You can also use the stove, but I prefer the ease of the microwave.)

After allowing the cooked pea pods to cool slightly, I spooned the veggies into my Baby Bullet with some additional water. I then blended the mixture into a thin puree. (For older babies, use less water for a thicker mash.) Once puréed, I spooned the peas into freezer containers and ice cube trays for easier freezing. After the puree froze, I moved the frozen cubes into freezer safe baggies for easier storage. Now as my son needs baby food, I simply thaw a few cubes of frozen peas in the refrigerator or microwave.

Baby Water and Pea Pods Cooked Pea Pods

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Pureeing the Cooked Pea Pods Homemade Pea Baby Food in Silicone Ice Cube Tray

Does your baby like peas? Do you make your own baby food? Also try combining peas and green beans for a fun flavor combination.

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Baby Food Recipes: Peas © 2015 Heather Johnson
Baby Water and Pea Pods © 2015 Heather Johnson
Cooked Pea Pods © 2015 Heather Johnson
Pureeing the Cooked Pea Pods © 2015 Heather Johnson
Homemade Pea Baby Food in Silicone Ice Cube Tray © 2015 Heather Johnson

Written by Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, children, dogs, and cats. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing and master's degrees in library and information science and English studies with a concentration in linguistics.

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