This delicious and nutritious Quinoa with White Yam and Peas puree is great for babies 8 months and above.
Few months back, I was talking to a dear friend of mine. Both of our kids are of similar age. She told me that she had introduced ‘Quinoa’ to her 8-month-old, and he took it well. I started thinking about it and did some reading on it.
Quinoa originally is a native of Andes region from South America. Incas called it a ‘mother grain’. They believed that consuming quinoa gave them good health and longevity. For babies, it is a very nutritious food. It is packed with fiber, calcium, iron and folate along with anti-inflammatory benefits. Usually, quinoa is available in pre-packed bags or in containers in supermarkets or grocery stores. Readily available variety is the one which is off -white in color. But now, red and black quinoa is also available. Store these grains in an airtight container to last long. Cooking quinoa is fairly simple. Use 1:2 ratio. If using one part of quinoa grains, then add two parts of water. Bring it to a boil and then cover and let it simmer for few minutes. It takes around 15 to 20 minutes to cook. Adding quinoa to the baby meal gives the nutritious start to a developing baby.
- 1½ tablespoon quinoa
- 4 small cubes of white yam (roughly 1-inch size)
- A handful of peas
- A dash of Italian seasoning
- A dash of cumin powder
- 1¼ cup water
- Wash white yam and cut it into cubes.
- In a pot add water, peas, white yam and quinoa along with Italian seasoning and cumin powder.
- Bring it to a rolling boil and then cover and simmer till everything is well cooked.
- Once it gets cooked, mash or run it through a food processor.
Add a little water, if the puree gets too sticky and thick.
Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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