Monday, February 9, 2015

Ginger Peas and Applesauce

* Disclaimer: Don't you just LOVE blog posts that begin with a disclaimer? I just wanted to say… I am not a doctor, nor am I a nutritionist. I am just a mother. I have been experimenting with food for my daughter ever since we started feeding her food at 4-months. I know a lot of you will say that's too early, but she was ready. She showed great interest in my husband and me eating, and in food. We consulted our pediatrician and got the go ahead to introduce food. Over the last 3 ½ months, we have discovered foods she loves, foods she likes, and foods she can't stand. We've discovered she prefers her food seasoned, and prefers food blends. I am not trying to tell you what or how to feed your baby, only sharing what my daughter loves. Oh, yeah, there are absolutely NO affiliate links in this post. Any links are purely there for your convenience. I receive no money or any other form of payment for any links in my posts.

Bumblebee has been eating well for several months now. For the last couple months, I have been trying different pairings and seasonings.
One thing I have learned while embarking on this journey of food with Little Baby Bumblebee, she doesn't like unseasoned food. The bland jarred food you buy in the grocery store, she will spit out and refuse to eat. She wants to eat homemade baby food, blended to her preferred degree of puree, and she wants it seasoned. Here are some of the seasonings we've tried: cinnamon (she loves this is apples and pears with oatmeal for breakfast); allspice (again, she likes this in her breakfast); ginger (she likes this in just about any vegetable); chili powder (we've only used this a couple of times, she seemed to like it in the sweet potato). I've also added Italian seasoning to some lady peas I cooked and pureed for her. She absolutely loved these mixed with cranberry sauce.
Our latest concoction is ginger peas and applesauce. I try to add a little bit of fruit to her veggies, as this sweetens up the veggies and she loves apples and pears.

Ginger Peas and Applesauce
2 Tablespoons         cooked very small early peas (I used canned peas as that is what I had)
1 Tablespoon           unsweetened applesauce
A pinch                    ground ginger
1 - 2 Tablespoons    Breast milk
  1. Combine peas, applesauce and ginger in blender (I have a Baby Bullet and used the short cup).
  2. Blend until completely pureed.
  3. Add breast milk too thin to desired consistency.
  4. Serve!

This recipe makes one serving. It would be very easy to make larger batches if your little one likes this recipe. Just remember, Refrigerated baby food will last no more than 3 days; freeze it for up to one month.

I hope you get adventurous with your little one's cuisine. Babies have already been exposed to seasonings in utero and through breast milk. Don't be afraid to season their food, just don't add salt. That's a big NO-NO! Try different food combinations with different seasonings. Experiment to find what your baby likes. Just remember the 4-day rule. Wait 4 days after introducing a new food before introducing another new food. Watch for signs of an allergic reaction: rash, diarrhea, trouble breathing, etc.