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Can I give my 8 month old pesto?

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lallymc Sat 13-Aug-11 20:07:20

My 8 month old is a really good eater and i'm keen to give him pesto to try. There are no nut allergies in our family so can't see why not? what about peanut butter too?

Graciescotland Sat 13-Aug-11 20:31:30

I gave my DS pesto at eight months and he loved it. Big flavour, no salt, perfect IMO. I used to mash spuds and broccoli with pesto and olive oil (plus sweetcorn/ salmon a little later) or if your doing fingerfoods fresh ravioli with a coat of pesto and cream cheese encouraged ds to suck through till he got to the filling.

Peanut butter he found more difficult, I think it was the texture. It's fine to try though as there's no history of nut allergies etc

hellymelly Sat 13-Aug-11 20:33:53

pesto is usually very salty,even if home-made,as the cheese used is high in salt,but other than that it should be fine.Pine-nuts are not nuts anyway I don't think,they are seeds.

lallymc Sat 13-Aug-11 20:58:56

Thanks both!

gastrognome Sun 14-Aug-11 19:21:35

Yes just watch out for the salt as mentioned. Home made is good if you have the time/inclination. Plum also do little pouches of baby pesto which is lower in salt, I believe. Or use the jarred kind but dilute it with a bit more olive oil.

LakeFlyPie Sun 14-Aug-11 23:43:34

I use a very small amount (1/2 -1 tsp) to flavour cream cheese before stirring through pasta.
I loosen the sauce with some water from the pasta cooking and usually throw in a handful of frozen peas or some broccoli.

You can freeze ice cube sized portions if you open a jar or make a large amount of pesto.

Cheesy, peasy, pesto pasta (and it's associated variations) has always been an all time quick dinner favourite of DS.

acsec Sun 14-Aug-11 23:47:22

I am allergic to pine - trees bring me out in a rash and the nuts make my tongue and mouth swell and itch. Allergy started when I was very young as we always had real Xmas trees.

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