Today morning we woke up with no internet connection. I had a day ahead of me with absolute ‘No Distractions’. No tv, no phone calls, no aimlessly surfing through various websites. It was just me, my daughter and writing. I crave for such days at times. So with lot of time in hand, I thought of making something with vegetables for my daughter for lunch. I didn’t have much options though. Groceries was on a ‘To Do’ list but was not taken care of. I had celery and peas. Hence thought of working with them. I steamed celery and peas along with little bit of cumin powder. She just loved it. It had a wonderful green color with aromatic flavor of celery and smell of cumin. It turned out to be an easy quick lunch option.
Lets talk little bit about celery and peas. Celery and peas are both full of health benefits. They have various anti oxident, anti inflammatory properties. 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. According to the Environmental Working Group’s 2014 report “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides,” conventionally grown celery is among the top 12 fruits and vegetables on which pesticide residues have been most frequently found. Hence it is best to buy celery which is grown organically, especially for babies. Choose a celery thats crisps and snaps easily when pulled apart. It’s leaves should be nice green in color. Store celery in your refrigerator for maximum 7 days. For peas, we hardly get those in pods. So its either frozen or canned. I usually buy the frozen ones. It retains its color more and is equal to being fresh.
Besides vegetables, spice used in this recipe have its own health benefits too. Cumin is helpful immune function, good digestion and cancer prevention. Its full of iron, calcium, vitamin B. If possible buy whole cumin seeds then powder, as it retains its flavor and aroma for long time. One can easily get those in spice stores, Indian grocery shops and supermarkets. I usually buy whole cumin seed, roast them a bit, powder it and store. Roasting helps in bringing out its nice nutty, spicy aroma. Enough said about veggies and spice, lets start cooking. Heres the recipe for Peas with Me.
- 1 celery stalk
- handful of green peas
- pinch of cumin powder
- 1/2 cup water
- Wash throughly celery stalk and peas.
- Cut celery into small pieces
- In a pot, add water along with cut celery, peas and cumin powder
- Cook them until they are soft.
- Once cooked let it cool down a bit. Then run through a food processor so that peas skin becomes more edible.
Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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