Tomato, Carrot and Cheese
Lentils feature high up in the list of Superfoods. They are an excellent source of protein, iron, zinc and potassium. Iron from non-animal sources like lentils is not easy to absorb, in order to boost iron absorption you need to give vitamin C rich fruit or diluted juice at the same meal.
You can transform this tasty puree into a soup for the family simply by adding more stock and some seasoning.
A vegetarian baby’s first tastes of food are the same as for other babies i.e. fruit and vegetable purees. But from around seven months when proteins are being introduced, it differs. Instead of meat, give dairy foods, eggs and lentils.
It’s not as easy to absorb iron from non animal sources, so it’s a good idea to give vitamin C rich fruit juice like my Apple and Raspberry juice concentrate to boost iron absorption.
Heat the vegetable oil and sauté the onion, carrot and celery for about 5 minutes or until softened.
Rinse the lentils and sauté for one minute.
Add the sweet potato and pour over the tomato, carrot and cheese sauce and the stock or water.
Bring to the boil; turn down the heat and simmer, covered with a lid for 20 minutes.
Puree together with the grated Cheddar using an electric hand blender.
Suitable from 7 months