I’ve had a few friends inquire about what sorts of things Grace is eating these days. Today it was a refreshing blend of cucumbers, peas and mint! We diligently make our best efforts to prepare Grace her own versions of what we are eating. It’s exhausting sometimes, but I’m committed to her food education. This is one of her favorite combos. I thought I’d share the recipe in case any mamas are needing a little inspiration in the “baby food” department. The best part is that this can be dressed up with some feta, bacon and french bread for the adults. It’s a win for everyone in the family and totally healthy, easy and scrumptious. Even if you don’t have any babies in the house, give it a try as a light lunch or afternoon snack. We’ve been regularly “grocery shopping” in our generous neighbor Peggy’s backyard. Peggy is gratefully making up for the lack of gardening I’ve been able to do this summer. She’s provided us with all sorts of garden goodies such as basil, eggplant and her abundance of cucumbers and mint. Two of Grace’s favorites! You can also find colorful, lively zinnias all around the house thanks to her. Thank you Peggy! Scroll down for the recipe.
Pea, Mint & Cucumber Blend
Serves: A bunch!
For the puree:
1 1-lb bag frozen green peas
1 bunch mint (about 5-7 leaves), washed, stems removed and loosely chopped
3 small to medium cucumbers, peeled and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon butter (optional if baby hasn’t been introduced to dairy yet)
For the adults:
1/2 loaf of French bread, sliced and toasted
Feta cheese, crumbled
A few slices bacon, fried and chopped (tip: reserve grease to brush on french bread before toasting)
- Steam peas according to package instructions. Once cooked, immediately toss in butter until melted completely.
- In a food processor or blender combine peas, mint and cucumber. Pulse until blended to desired consistency. Grace is almost 10 months so I can do a chunkier texture with her. Serve to baby solo or with a bit of feta cheese on top. For the adults in the family, spread the pea mixture on top sliced french bread and top with bacon bits and feta.
- Note: Don’t have french bread? Try it with some pasta instead! Enjoy!