Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Baby Food - Peas

Brody LOVED these!!  I was kinda surprised....I didn't think he would for some reason, but he kept wanting more - and every time he ate them he finished the serving!!

2 cups peas = 20oz

You baby is ready for vegetable purees after she has mastered single-grain cereal. Pediatricians generally advise that you start with green veggies since they're less sweet than yellow veggies and fruits (if baby has the sweet stuff first she might be less willing to eat foods that aren't sweet). Mild peas are delicious alone or mixed with a variety of other veggies (and even yogurt). You can make pea puree with fresh or frozen peas. Buy fresh in the spring and look for pods that are intact and have a bright green color. Avoid canned peas -- they're filled with sodium.

If you decide to use frozen peas, skip this step and move to the next. If you choose to use fresh peas, remove from pod, place in a colander, and rinse with cold water.

Place the peas in a steamer and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until tender. Drain peas and rinse with cold water for three minutes to stop the cooking process.

Puree peas in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add water as needed to reach desired consistency.
For chunkier pea puree, which is ideal for babies 10 months or older, mash the peas with a potato masher instead of pureeing them.

Cool pea puree and refrigerate leftovers in BPA-free containers for up to 3 days. Freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in your refrigerator.

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