Monday, May 17, 2010

Baby Food - Veggies & Lentils

I bought two bags of lentils last week at the grocery store to try to start incorporating them into our diet more, but it turned out to be Micah who got to test them out first thanks to this recipe from Annabel Karmel.

Lovely Lentils
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion (I forgot to put my onion in the photo.  I apologized to it later.)
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped celery (I despise celery, so I refused to buy it.  I compensated with an extra carrot.)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup lentils
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups Vegetable or Chicken Stock (Water if fine too and that's what I used!)

Saute the onion, carrots, and celery (unless you're anti-celery like I am) in the vegetable oil for about 5 minutes or until softened.

Add the lentils and sweet potato and pour in the stock or water.  Bring to a boil, turn down the heat, and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.

Puree!  Add the cooking liquid as needed to reach the desired consistency.

Here's what this recipe yielded me:
THE VERDICT:  I set aside one of these green-topped containers to try out on Micah right away at dinner.  He plowed through that one container in about 2 minutes flat.  Evan was feeding him and he couldn't shovel it in fast enough.  I was hoping to get a photo of him eating it, but it was over too quickly!  Lentils are wonderful because they are cheap, but pack a powerful punch of protein and iron.  A winner!

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