pea puree for baby and pea and cheese quesadillas for the picky eater

Peas! Probably the fourth word my daughter said. In my opinion it is the super-food of baby’s first food. The nutritional value of one cup of peas is outstanding. Full of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium and heart healthy  folate, peas are a great first vegetable for baby and perfect for children (provided you can get them to eat peas).

If you do have a little one with a pea objection, scroll down and give a pea quesadilla a try. Along with peach & butternut squash muffins, butternut squash oatmeal, walnut & spinach crusted chicken with butternut squash mac n’ cheese and many other sneaky recipes on this site Pea and Cheese Quesadillas are just one more way to deceive your children into eating their veggies!

Pea Puree {for baby stage 1} makes 1 ice cube tray or 2 1/2 cups

  • 3 cups peas (I use organic frozen, with the least amount of sodium)
  • 2 Tbs of water

Steam frozen peas for 2 minutes. (An easy way is to put peas in a large microwave safe bowl, cover with water, and heat for 2 minutes). If thawed, reduce time to 1 minute. You want peas to be plump and bright green.

Place the peas and 2 Tbs of water in a food processor or blender. Puree for 2 minutes or until the texture is smooth and creamy. if necessary, add more water and continue to puree to reach desired texture. Peas are a little difficult to achieve smoothness for baby due to their skins. If desired strain puree for a silky smooth puree for stage 1 baby food.

Serve immediately or spoon puree in a BPA free ice-cube tray and cover with plastic wrap. Place in freezer and once frozen remove cubes and store in a freezer bag. Each cube is 1 ounce. Will keep for 3 months in a freezer. If using immediately this will store in refrigerator in an air tight container for 3 days. Enjoy!

Now for the sneaky part…

Pea and Cheese Quesadillas for toddler and up, makes 1 quesadilla

  • 1/3 cup of shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1 large Tbs (or 1 defrosted cube) of pea puree
  • 2 tortillas, I’m using multi-grain here, use whatever your preference is
  • non-stick cooking spray

In a small bowl, combine cheese and puree together.

Spread mixture evenly on 1 tortilla and place the other tortilla on top. Spray a griddle or pan with cooking spray and place the quesadilla on the pan. Cook on medium heat. When the bottom tortilla is golden brown and crisp (about 1 to 2 minutes), flip the quesadilla with a spatula and continue to cook until the other side becomes golden. You can also cook this by placing the quesadilla on a cooking sheet and bake in a 400° oven for 6 to 7 minutes.

Mia approved.


    Comments

  • Tracy


    So yummy! I use to do that with carrots too! Boys loved them! I just found your blog and it’s terrific! Keep up the great work! ~ Take Care..

  • Carly


    Thanks so much for sharing your baby recipes, I’m thinking its almost time for me to start preparing for my little ones!
    xoxo Carly

  • Clash


    Sweet blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News. Love all of the recipes, especially the mascarpone peaches!

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