I chose peas for T’s first bite of food for several reasons. Rice cereal used to be the recommendation from pediatricians, because of the iron added to commercial cereal, but since I knew I’d be grinding my own rice cereal at home, that wasn’t a contributing factor. I wanted to go with a vegetable over a fruit so that his first bite wouldn’t be too sugary sweet. That said, peas are naturally high in sugar making them tasty enough that I hoped he’d be enticed instead of alarmed by the newness of it all. There are several great early veggies – peas, sweet potatoes, avocado – from which to choose, but with their high protein content and easy digestibility, peas seemed the best way to go.
- 1 cup frozen peas
1. Pour water into a saucepan to a depth of 1 inch. Place the peas in a steamer basket and place in the saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat; cover and steam for 5 minutes – the peas should be bright green.
Note: You can also thaw the peas before cooking, in which case they’ll only need about 3 minutes to steam.
3. Add enough of the reserved cooking liquid to thin to a consistency that baby can swallow.
Note: In the spring or summer, I recommend using organic fresh peas instead!
Update: Once your baby has tried a grain cereal, like Baby’s Rice Cereal, feel free to swirl them together for a complete little meal.