Bean with Greens

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Saturday mornings are always lazy. With Kaavya now waking up a bit late, I get extra time to snooze a bit more than usual weekdays. That extra 10 to 15 mins of deep sleep really help freshen up. With breakfast taken care off, lunch time was fast approaching. Today I wanted my daughter to eat her greens. I had peas, green beans, and humble celery in my refrigerator, so decided to with work those. The final product was lip smacking for my little one, especially the smell of cumin and oregano with the creamy texture of peas, even made me have some of her shares.

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Green beans are the excellent source of vitamin K. They have antioxidants and cardiovascular benefits. While shopping for green beans, picks ones which are loose, at the store or farmers’ market so that you can get ones which have a smooth feel to it and are vibrant in color without any bruises or brown spots. Celery and peas are both full of health benefits as well. They have various antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties too. Celery supports cardiovascular and digestive well-being while peas also help in blood sugar regulation and protects against stomach cancer. They both are full of vitamin A, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin C, calcium, folate, fiber, just to name few. While picking up, celery gets ones which are crisps and snaps easily when pulled apart. It leaves should be nice green in color. Store it in your refrigerator for maximum 7 days. For peas, we hardly get those in pods here so I usually buy them frozen. It retains its color more and is equal to being fresh.

Oregano and Cumin have their benefits too. Oregano is a wonderful source of vitamin K, along with calcium, fiber, iron, and manganese. It has its own antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties. Cumin is helpful in immune function, good digestion, and cancer prevention and is full of iron, calcium, vitamin B. I use dried oregano which is available in most of the grocery store in the herbs and spices section. While cumin is available in spice stores, Indian grocery shops, and supermarkets. I get the whole cumin seeds, roast it a bit and then powder it. This helps in retaining its flavor and aroma for a long time.

Bean with Greens
 
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Recipe type: Lunch/ Dinner
Cuisine: Baby Food
Serves: 1
 
Healthy greens in a bowl.
Ingredients
  • 1 celery stalk
  • A handful of green peas
  • A handful of green beans
  • A pinch of cumin powder
  • A pinch of dried oregano
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Wash all the vegetables well. Cut celery and green beans into small pieces.
  2. Add water to a pot and add peas, cut vegetables, cumin powder, and dried oregano.
  3. Cook till vegetables become soft.
  4. Once done, run them through the food processor.
  5. Serve.

Important Note:

Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.

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