Before I start gushing about how much Darlington loves peas, I need to talk about Mrs. Great Advice (Priya). I went to lunch with my mommy mentor, and she asked me about my plans for Darlington’s food, once she was ready for solids. Sleep-deprived and working on my own breastfeeding productivity at the time, I really hadn’t thought that far ahead. Priya grabs my phone and types a website in my notes section—www.wholesomebabyfood.com. Just like the countless other mom tips she has provided (example: contractions counter app. Yes, I used it!), I am totally addicted.
Wholesome Baby Food provides healthy baby food recipes and also breaks down the ages of when it is best to serve each food. It also provides the nutritional facts, how to prepare each solid, and recommendations for combinations once the baby is ready to mix solids. I mention this because most pediatricians recommend introducing solids one fruit or vegetable at a time. This is important because babies cannot tell us that they’re allergic to something. We have to read their cues, and it’s hard to do that if they’ve been given a few things at the same time. I also believe that introducing vegetables before fruit encourages babies to like vegetables.
I try not to be a total nut by all the research that I read. I just take what I like or what works with my own philosophies and apply them. Which brings me to peas. The recommended vegetables between 6-8 months are the following: carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips, acorn or butternut squash, green beans, and peas.
And thankfully for me, Darlington loves them all. Check out Darlington’s recipe and share with us your baby’s favorite solids.
- 2 produce bags filled with fresh peas in a pod
- Open pods and scrape out peas from pod (save pods for compost or chicken feed).
- Rinse peas.
- Place peas into a steamer basket, with just enough water to slightly show through.
- Steam until tender, while checking water level.
- Take peas and place in blender (or your choice of appliance to purée).
- Add a bit of leftover water from the steaming pot.