Lentils are cheap and provide a great source of protein. They are also a source of iron which is essential for baby’s growth and brain development, so if you are planning on following a vegetarian diet then they are going to become a staple in your pantry. Lentils can be difficult for some babies to digest so need to be well cooked and combined with lots of vegetables.
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1 small leek, washed and roughly chopped
1Tbsp vegetable oil
2 stalks of celery, washed and sliced
2 medium carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
1 small kumara, peeled and chopped
1/4C split red lentils, rinsed
Low salt vegetable stock or water
Sauté onion and leek in vegetable oil until soft. Add celery and carrot and cook until softened. Add lentils and kumara and cover with stock or water. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat, cover and simmer gently until the lentils are soft and the vegetables are tender. Add extra water during cooking if needed to avoid catching the lentils on the bottom of the pan.
Puree, mash or pulse to your desired texture.