Peas are one of the first foods we gave our son. We stuck with trying out green veggies first, before moving to sweeter veggies and fruits. I used fresh fruits and veggies, with the exception of the peas where I used frozen. When starting first foods, I only made a small batch of each item since you are only introducing one item for 2-3 days at a time. In the beginning, they are only eating maybe 1 ounce per day as you are adding it to their current formula/breast milk regimen. Also, if they don’t like it the first time you offer it, try it again in a week or so. Baby’s tastes buds are constantly changing and as they grow to like other foods, they may come back around to it.
Even if you don’t enjoy cooking, this can still be for you. You really only need to dedicate 15 minutes twice a week in the beginning. Baby will start with one food at a time and eat it for three days until moving to the next food (to test for allergies). So start with green veggies like peas, spinach, green beans, or zucchini. Then move to carrots, sweet potatoes, fruits, etc. I’ve read if you start with sweeter veggies and fruits, it is more difficult to get them on the green veggies.
For this recipe, I bought one 10 ounce bag of frozen, organic peas ($1.79) and steamed them on the stovetop for 5 minutes until they were soft. A 10 ounce bag made 11 one ounce cubes, which is perfect to start out. Don’t dump out the water from the bottom of your pan until you are finished pureeing. If you need to add a little liquid to the peas to get the smooth consistency, add breast milk or some of the water from the steamer. The water contains some of the nutrients that were lost during the steaming process. I do not recommend steaming veggies in the microwave as you tend to lose more of the nutrients that way.
For around $50 (or less if you already have these items) you can get the tools needed to make purees. As an added benefit, these are just great kitchen items items to keep on hand. You don’t need to spend $200 on a baby food maker that you will use for six months, then serve as a dust collector. Here is what you need:
- Metal steaming basket that fits multiple sizes of pans ($5-$10)
- Hand Immersion Blender ($20-$50)
- Silicone ice cube trays ($5 for 2 pack)
The hand immersion blender is fabulous if you don’t already have one! Great to make smoothies, salad dressings, puree soups, chopping veggies and herbs, etc. We still use the silicone ice cube trays when we make pesto every summer. That way we can pull out a few cubes at a time and enjoy our fresh pesto all year long.
Bon apetite little ones!
- 1 10 ounce bag of frozen, organic peas
- around 1/2 c of water
- 1. Fill your sauce pan so the bottom of the pan is covered with water and it almost reaches the bottom of the steaming basket.
- 2. Pour peas into steaming basket, cover and turn on high heat.
- 3. The small amount of water should begin boiling quickly, leave the lid on to steam the peas. Check every few minutes for the right texture. Mine took around 5 minutes from the time I turned the cooktop on (we have induction, so it tends to heat more quickly).
- 4. Once soft, take off the stove and spoon the peas into a bowl to puree with hand immersion blender. Add a few tablespoons of the water from the bottom of the pan to thin out the puree.
- 5. Divide puree into silicone ice cube trays and store in freezer.