Baby’s Sweet Pea Puree

Sweet Pea Puree (4)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.

Sweet Pea Puree (1)It ended up being a fantastic choice, our little man opening his mouth wide for more bites!

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Sweet Pea Puree (2)2. Remove from heat, reserving the cooking liquid. Rinse the peas under cold water and transfer to a food processor; process to a smooth puree.

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!

Sweet Pea PureeUpdate: Once your baby has tried a grain cereal, like Baby’s Rice Cereal, feel free to swirl them together for a complete little meal.

Sweet Pea and Rice Cereal (1)

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