Making baby food from peas is easy peasy. The good news is that one cup contains more protein than a tablespoon of peanut butter. They also contain calcium, vitamin A and C and Iron. They also contain potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc.
The best time to introduce peas into a baby's diet is after the baby has turned six months old. One of the nice things about peas is that they are not a toxic food that is treated with loads of pesticides. Look for ones with a bright green color and that look fresh. Buy medium sized pods because if they are too large it means that the peas are too mature.
To make the fresh peas extra tasty cook them in homemade vegetable, chicken or beef stock. You can also use frozen peas but fresh ones just taste better.
A very tasty recipe for making a big batch of Creamed Pea Baby Food and Meat involves combining the following ingredients â€“0
â€¢ 4 cups peas
â€¢ 1 cup milk
â€¢ 1 tablespoon flour
â€¢ 2 tablespoons butter
â€¢ Salt pepper
â€¢ An ounce of chicken stock or beef stock
â€¢ Bite sized pieces of chicken, pork or beef
Melt the butter in a saucepan and whish in flour. Slowly add milk while whisking to prevent lumps and then add salt and pepper to taste. Cook until the mixture thickens and add meat. You can serve this warm alone or with rice.
Another nice version of this combines scallions, chicken broth and instant brown rice along with chopped fresh mint into a sauce pan. You can puree this mixture after cooking or if the baby is older than 18 months, serve it to them as a rice and pea mixture.
Other foods that mix or puree great with peas are apples, carrots, green beans, white potatoes, sweet potato, squash, lentils, mushrooms and tofu.
Some babies really love it when you mix a can of tuna with peas and then add a little grated cheese and warm it up. Another variation of this is to cook up some Kraft Dinner, add tuna and peas and then puree it in a Baby Bullit or a blender to make a spectacular babyfood mix.
Here is a final helpful tip. After cooking the peas you will achieve a smoother texture after pureeing them if you plunge them into a bowl of ice cold water afterwards.