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The Trials of Green Veggies

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Best for Babies 6+ Months Old

Green.  It’s lush and beautiful, the color of spring. It symbolizes life, rebirth. Green is also the   color of Mason’s favorite tummy time toy, his favorite playmate (Scout), and his favorite “monster” (dinosaurs). You see, Mason loves green — except when I put it on his plate.

True, his first encounter with green food, avocado, was fun.  The superfruit made him giggle. It was squishy and fun to play with, daddy smeared it on Mason’s fingers and let Mason lick it off. But since that glorious first taste of avocado, Mason’s journey with green food has been rough.

After avocado we tried green beans. I went with organic-frozen since fresh can blend up grainy, and I was so excited to give Mason that first spoonful of goodness, delightfully rich in vitamin A and fiber. It was the perfect first veggie, or so I thought. Mason took a bite and looked bewildered. I gave him a second taste and he looked like he might throw up. I tried once more and he screamed. And screamed. And screamed. The next day I mixed the beans with sweet potato, one of his favorites. He ate a few bites but soon figured out my ruse. And that was that for the beans.

Not about to give up on green, I revisited avocado but mixed it with banana, a total debacle. Strike two.

We moved on to peas. Mason liked them OK enough, especially if I mixed them with squash or sweet potato, heavy on the yellow stuff. But I wanted him to eat spoonful after spoonful of the stuff straight — no yellow veggie foil required. I searched for inspiration and found a recipe for Minty Peas.  The blend was bright and fresh, ever so slightly sweeter than peas alone. Score! Mason finally ate his peas (almost) straight without a grimace, gag, or scream.

I’d like to make Mason’s next new food a green veggie. I’m determined for him to love his green veggies as much as we do. I’ve thought about mixing green beans with Greek yogurt and mint to sweeten the deal a bit. Or perhaps I’ll experiment with some asparagus (gross pee smell be damned). But perhaps you have an even better idea, and I’d love it hear it. How do you get your babe to eat (and enjoy) his/her green veggies?

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Minty Peas

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Best for Babies 6+ Months Old

I admit it — I just couldn’t wait. I cooked for my babe tonight. I had originally planned to wait until Thursday since I just arrived back in town from a business trip, but it was impossible to lounge around after I saw a recipe on that I wanted to try: Minty Peas.

Besides,  Bethenny Ever After reruns could wait.

At this point, you might be weirded out. I mean, what kind of person can’t wait to make pea puree? I never thought I’d be her but if you think about it peas are sort of exciting. They’re a superfood. They’re wholesome. They’re loaded with fiber. Mint, on the other hand, is excellent for digestion. In my mind, it’s a blissful match. Combining the two to make a yummy side dish is so easy…and it could actually work. After all, Mason is  a great eater but green veggies aren’t an easy sell.

I whipped up a batch, tasted a spoonful, and it was delish! I can’t wait to see what Mason thinks tomorrow during lunch. If he’s not a fan, perhaps I’ll just have to eat the batch myself.

The recipe, from


1 16-ounce package  frozen peas
1 teaspoon  chopped fresh mint
Water (optional)


1. Fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside.

2. Place frozen peas in a steamer basket set over gently boiling water. Steam peas until tender, about 6 minutes. Reserve about 1/2 cup of steaming water.

3. Remove cooked peas from steamer and plunge into ice water for 30 seconds to stop the cooking. Drain peas from ice water and place in a food processor or blender. Add mint and process until completely smooth. You may add in some of the reserved steaming water to adjust consistency, if desired.

4. Distribute mixture evenly among your favorite food storage container. This mixture will keep up to 48 hours in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in your freezer.

How do you make veggies an easier sell for your baby?

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