Baby Food Recipes - Lovely Lentils
Adding lentils to a baby puree provides a good source of protein and beta-carotene and also folate, fibre and vitamin C. Orange-fleshed sweet potato is an excellent source of beta-carotene and this lentil recipe makes a sweet, soft, smooth puree that appeals to young babies. This is a simple homemade and healthy lentils recipe for babies.
30g (1oz) butter
Melt the butter in a saucepan and saute the leeks for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the celery, red pepper and carrot and saute for 5 minutes.
Add the lentils, saute for one minute, then add the sweet potato and bay leaf and pour over the stock.
Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the vegetables and lentils are tender. Remove the bay leaf and blend to a puree.
MAKES 6 PORTIONS
A vegetarian baby’s first taste of food are the same as for other babies – baby rice, fruit and vegetable purees etc…But from around seven months when proteins are being introduced, it differs. Instead of meat, give dairy foods, eggs and lentils. Lentils feature high up in the list of superfoods. They are an excellent source of protein, iron, zinc and potassium. Lentils contain quite a lot of fibre and can be indigestible so don’t give too many lentils to young babies.