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We Ate the Baby Food!

January 3, 2013

Spinach Pea Soup 1

We couldn’t help it. I have been wanting to make a pea puree for Jordi and in the past, when I made it for Santi (I didn’t even try for Diego-so inexperienced!), it always came out lumpy and tasteless. I love cooking for my kids and take great pride in preparing the healthiest options for them! I have to say that like many things, with practice, we master and I have mastered a yummy Peas and Spinach soup for us. So I decided to make it for Jordi…but Jose and I each had a bowl as well!! Yum!

This recipe serves 2 adults and 2 babies!


1 small yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 clove of fresh garlic coarsely chopped
1 (10-ounce) bag (or the equivalent) fresh organic spinach, rinsed
1 1/4 cups frozen organic peas
1 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken stock (what I used)
dash of heavy cream
1 tablespoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper


Saute onions in the melted butter in a large soup pot over high heat, stirring occasionally to prevent onions from sticking-about 10 minutes. Add garlic, lower the heat to medium and continue cooking for another 10 minutes until onions are translucent. Stir in spinach and saute until wilted about 5 minutes more. Add peas and the stock to the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove soup from heat and allow to cool well.

Spinach Pea Soup 2

I used the blender to puree COOL soup. If you double or triple the recipe, blend it in small batches (use a second bowl to pour puree in until all soup is pureed). Place puree back into pot, add cream and bring to simmer over low heat.


Enjoy and make sure to save some for the baby!!!

What’s your favorite baby food? I need ideas please! Jordi eats everything!!! jajaja!

Original recipe by Food Network-I have tweaked it as my own.

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  • Reply Liz A January 4, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Haha minds alike, on the veggie note that is! Great job in trying to encourage your family to eat and live healthier. Show by example! I’ve been vegetarian ever since I started training for the marathon last June. I’m still so new to this whole new way of eating. I really thought it would be hard but once you have your mind set on something you open up possibilities. Now, I’m trying to add more vegan meals. I’m doing this for various reasons but most of all I feel so much better than before. Even with a busy life at home and working full time, I look forward to searching, trying new recipes and ingredients. I love cooking for my little family too. I don’t think I’m a great cook but I do agree with you that with practice we do get better at it. Recently my son & I made vegan muffins and donuts as treats. My kids loved their beans since very little. My poor son had terrible colics because of it but I couldn’t stop him from devouring them lol. He is a little mini me vegetarian (never liked meat) so I make sure he gets his protein from beans and nuts. I make sure I cook a pot of dried beans once a week. I will change it up a bit. One day we’ll have frijoles de la olla, add oregano, cebolla, aguacate and rolled tortillas. Simple but delicious and nutritious! Another day I’ll make my kids favorite, enfrijoladas. Also, today, for the first time I made my own vegetable stock that I froze in ice cubes.

    When I read this post and saw the pictures bursting in green color, I had to smile a bit because I had just decided I would make a green smoothie to have at work tomorrow since I have a lot of baby kale to use up. I’m more open to try new foods so I’ll add what ever I have at home, even if it may be weird to most. Hey, my taste buds has changed too! Mixed smoothies of vegetables and fruits are great, if you haven’t you should give it a try and your kids might like it as well. If they prefer it sweetened you can add maple syrup, agave, ripe bananas, or really anything you like to add. I prefer cranberries. Oh, I make sure I add flaxseeds too. I do believe homemade food is the best. I’m not perfect, but I do prefer to use whole foods whenever possible. The less processed foods my family and I eat the better I feel, as you may already know by seeing some of my post on GMO’s on fb. I know there are a lot of people who don’t have a clue, or don’t really care, but if they only did care….

    • Reply Liz A January 4, 2013 at 12:28 am

      sorry for making this so long 🙂

      • Betty
        Reply Betty January 5, 2013 at 10:04 pm

        Don’t apologize! You are teaching me so much!

        Bravo on the vegan diet!!! I have a few friends who are vegan and I have so much respect…

        Not willing to give up the animal products, but fully aware of balance, we stick to everything in moderation around here. I have started to add more protein that is not meat and a lot more green, leafy veggies.

        I add citrus to help with the spinach, kale and Swiss chard smoothies. My 2 year old loves them!

        Thanks for the tips Liz!!!! Congrats on super healthy lifestyle!
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  • Reply Bea January 4, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Sounds delicious. I love pea soup and love spinach so I will make this soon. Violeta will probably try it and maybe eat it. Ulysses, still at almost 6 years of age, will say it is too green. And I will get the rest!

    • Betty
      Reply Betty January 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      Hi Bea!
      Do you notice how I didn’t speak of Diego or Santi jajaja! But Santi does drink green smoothies and Diego has other healthy habits. I run a restaurant here…spoiled children! 😉
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  • Reply Vanessa January 4, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Looks delicious!

    • Betty
      Reply Betty January 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      It was! It looks better in person! jaja! xoxo
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  • Reply Caro January 5, 2013 at 12:51 am

    I’ll have to try it. I love the sweetness of peas!

    • Betty
      Reply Betty January 5, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      That’s the clincher! OR maybe the chicken stock? OR maybe because it was made with lots of love?? hee hee xoxo
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  • Reply Cristina January 5, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Wow, great idea! Can’t wait to try it 🙂 thanks for sharing.

    • Betty
      Reply Betty January 5, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Thanks Cristina! And thanks for the opportunity to post on your Modern Day Hunter and Gatherer page! xoxo
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  • Reply Nancy January 17, 2013 at 12:56 am

    I will try your recipe soon, I love mushrooms so I made a mushroom broccoli and shrimp soup, it is delicious, here is what I did. One small onion chopped, three garlic cloves, about one pound of mushrooms any kind, one bag of organic frozen broccoli or fresh half a pund, and half pund of raw shrimp. Sauté onion on a spon of olive oil, add garlic and cook for a few minutes, then slice mushrooms very fine and add to the pot, then add two 12 or 16 not sure what the container come in I buy them at costco . ounces of organic vegetable broth, simmer for 10 min then add broccoli let it come back to a boil then cook for a minute or two the add the raw Shirmp and only cook for about three minutes or until Shirmp becomes pink don’t over cook, das salt an prosperidad to taste And any fresh herb that you like last time I made it I added cilantro, you could eat it chunky or blend some of the broccoli and mushroom to make it a bit thick, I like it both ways, my kids like their blended.

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