Perfectly Basic Peas for Babies

While most parents equate baby food with a pantry full of miniature jars, there is a better (and healthier) way! From their new book, BABY LOVE: Healthy, Easy, Delicious Meals for Your Baby and Toddler, Norah O’Donnell and Chef Geoff Tracy’s recipe below provides a fresh, cost-effective and easy meal for baby! Click here to purchase your copy of BABY LOVE.

1 1/2 lbs Frozen peas
8 oz Water

Fill a 4-qt pot halfway with water. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat. While water is coming to a boil, get your “green veggie shocking station” ready. Have on hand a colander and a large bowl filled with ice and cold water. You want as much ice as possible.

Pour the frozen peas into the colander. Run cool water over them to get rid of any ice crystals (which will allow the boiling water to come back to a boil faster). Pour the peas into the boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes on highest heat. Pour peas into colander. Run cold water over them and pour them into the ice bath.

Allow the peas to chill for 3 minutes. Pour the peas back into the colander and pick out any remaining ice. Pour peas in the blender and add 8 oz of cold water. Puree until smooth. Pour into two ice cube trays. Wrap and freeze.