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December 3, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber
While a common vegetable for toddlers, peas and their high nutritional value are often taken for granted. A common component of a variety of recipes, one cup of peas adds more protein than a tablespoon of peanut butter! This green wonder contains Calcium, Vitamin A and C, and Iron and its mild flavor makes for an ideal baby food. With just a few simple ingredients, ‘Easy Peasy’ Creamed Peas could be a new favorite meal for you and your child!
When making most homemade baby food with peas, steaming or boiling them in vegetable, chicken or beef stock instead of water infuses them with a pleasant flavor. However, for this recipe, the peas cook in milk and butter for a rich savory taste. It’s great on its own or over a bed of brown rice! While it is always recommended to consult your doctor about when and what to serve your baby, this recipe suggests waiting until 8 months because of the dairy. One of the best qualities of this tasty meal is the prep time of just about ten minutes. Your baby will love it just as much as you love making it!
4 cups peas, fresh or frozen
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup of cooked chicken or salmon, cubed
In a large sauce pan, melt butter and then whisk flour. Let cook for 1 minute, then slowly add milk. To prevent lumps, whisk continually and then add salt and pepper. Cook until the sauce begins to thicken. Stir in the peas and cook for 5 minutes or until peas are heated, then add chicken or salmon until hot and serve.