Pea, Zucchini & Mint Puree

Peas are a great way to introduce greens to your baby!

Homemade baby food recipe:

 Prep time: 6 mins

 cook time: 20 mins

 makes: Approx. 5 serves (baby food pouches) 7 serves (mini food pouches)

 best for: 6m+

Ingredients:
  • 500g peas (fresh or frozen)

  • 1 x zucchini

  • 8 x mint leaves

quick method:
  1. Wash the zucchini, remove the top and bottom and then chop up into small slices

  2. Use steaming function to steam the zucchini for 3 mins, add the peas and steam for another 5/ until tender

  3. Take out the basket and remove the water (keep to the side)

  4. Pour the veggies back in to the jug, add the mint and blend, adding small amounts of the left over water until the desired consistency is met (smooth for younger babies)

  5. Portion into reusable food pouches

  6. Serve with a food pouch spoon!

homemade Baby food recipe
Nutritional content:

PEA

Tiny little peas are bursting with nutrients and most people find them delicious, making them a perfect solution to preparing healthy yummy veggies for the whole family!

Peas are a great source of protein, iron, fibre, phyto-nutrients and antioxidants!

ZUCCHINI 

Zucchinis – the summer squash are a great veggie to add in to your baby’s food menu! They are a great source of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, folate, potassium, manganese, Vitamin A and many more! They have a mild flavour, making them great to combine with other veggies and are easy to cook!

MINT

This is obviously optional in this dish but don’t be afraid to introduce herbs and spices to your baby! They are full of nutrients and have medicinal benefits. Mint can aid in digestion by helping to alleviate tummy troubles and nausea.

When can I introduce these veggies to my baby?

The Australian Department of Health recommends 6 months as the ideal age to start a baby on solids and no earlier than 4 months.

Make sure your baby is showing signs they are ready for solids, it is also a good idea to introduce foods one at a time, a few days apart so you can detect any allergies or intolerances, read more about baby food allergies here.

To find out more about starting your baby out on solids safely read our articles here.

Remember, always consult with your paediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.

Extra Notes:
  • This is a recipe to make bulk servings based on a 1 x full jug of our baby food maker, alter the quantity to suit your serving needs.
  • This process is detailed using our baby food processor and re-usable food pouches, you can of course alter to your preferred method for steaming/blending and storing (note: make sure you steam rather than boil to retain the nutrients!)
 Step by step process:

1. Wash the zucchini, remove the top and bottom and then chop up into small slices

2.  Fill the water chamber with water, make sure you don’t go over the max (pre boiled water is recommended to decrease the need to descale)

3. Pour the zucchini into the large basket, it won’t all fit so pour the rest into the smaller basket and place on top, twisting into place. (These separate compartments can also be used to separate ingredients!)

4.  Turn the unit on and click the steaming function, steam for 3 minutes.

5. Add the peas and steam for another 5/ until tender.

6. Take the baskets out (carefully – that steam is hot!) and pour the water that has gathered at the bottom into a separate dish (don’t throw it away! It is full of nutrients, we will use it in a minute).  Pour the veggies back into the jug, add the mint.

6.  As we are blending a whole jug, place the grey cover on before the lid (use this whenever you are blending more than the max shown on the jug to prevent food from going into the water chamber).

7.  Set to the blending function and begin blending, add the left over water and any extra as needed to achieve your desired consistency (for young babies puree should be smooth).

8.  Depending on the constancy, pour or spoon into your reusable food pouches.

9.  Safe to freeze for 3-6 months or refrigerate for 48-72 hours. (Freezing for 1-3 months/ refrigerate up to 48 hours is more prudent).

10.  Serve straight from your pouch using a food pouch spoon! .

That’s it!  

Optional

  • Add cereal to thicken up the puree
  • Add cooked oats and or natural yogurt for an older baby/toddler

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