Did you know that one cup of peas contains more protein that a tablespoon of peanut butter and also provides Calcium, Vitamin A and C and Iron? The nutritional value of peas is amazing!
These wonderful little vegetables are a great first “green” food for baby as they are nutritious, and mostly pleasant to eat. When making homemade peas for baby, you may find it tough getting the “skins” to puree smoothly. If this is the case and your baby is not used to textures yet, you might wish to run them through a sieve to help smoothen properly.
When can I introduce Peas my baby?
Peas are typically recommended for introduction into a baby’s diet between 6-8 months old. As always, it is recommended that you thoroughly discuss any feeding issues with your pediatrician as generalities may not apply to your child.
How to select and store peas
Peas are one of the 15 foods least contaminated with pesticides.
When buying peas, look for the ones that are firm, crisp, with a bright green colour, and a fresh appearance.
We do not advise that you buy peas that are already shelled because you never know when they were shelled. If you are lucky to find peas that are still in their shells, go for them (you can ask the seller for the peas that have not been shelled). When you bring green peas home from the market, remember they have a very short shelf life, so use them immediately.
The best way to cook peas for homemade baby food
Steaming or boiling peas in a scant amount of water is the best way to cook peas for baby food. For a nice flavour, cook peas in a homemade chicken or beef stock.
Enjoy these Few Peas Baby Food Recipes
Peas – Basic Baby Food Recipe – same method for Green Beans
Step 1: If using fresh Peas, open the pods and scrape out the peas from the pod.
Step 2: Place fresh peas into a steamer basket in a pan with a just enough water to slightly show through in the basket.
Step 3: Steam until very tender; be sure to check on the water level.
Step 4: Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the peas.
Step 5: Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.
It is best to use the setting that makes the finest liquid purees – green bean and pea skins are difficult to completely puree. Using a blender rather than a food processor or stick mixer might be better as well.
Step 6: Add the reserved water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency
Step 7: You may wish to push the peas (or green beans) through a sieve to get rid of any remaining skins.
Creamed Peas & Nuggets – 8 months+
- 4 cups peas, fresh, frozen (or canned if you can’t get fresh peas)
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons butter
- salt and pepper to taste
- pieces of chicken, fish, pork or beef
Step 1: Melt butter in a large sauce pan. Whisk in flour and allow to cook for 1 minute.
Step 2: Slowly add milk, whisking the whole time to prevent lumps.
Step 3: Add salt and pepper and other spices as you find appropriate.
Step 4: Cook until sauce begins to thicken.
Step 5: Add peas, stir and cook until peas are heated through (about 5-7 minutes)
Step 6: Add meat
Step 7: Serve warm alone or over multi-grain toast or rice.
Other foods to make with Peas
- Green Beans
- Dried Beans
- Sweet Potato
- Brown Rice
- Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.