Weaning recipe: Lentil and vegetable purée

lentil puree weaning recipe

Lentils are a great, cheap source of protein and a good meat substitute for a vegetarian baby from around seven months. They also provide iron, which is important for your child's brain development, particularly between the age of six months and two years.



Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 50 g/ 2 oz chopped onion or leek
  • 100 g/ 4 oz carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 15 g/ ½ oz celery, chopped
  • 50 g/ 2 oz split red lentils
  • 250 g/ 8 oz sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 200 ml/ 7 fl oz passata (sieved tomatoes)
  • 50 g/ 2 oz grated mature Cheddar cheese

Method

  1. Heat the vegetable oil and sauté the onion, carrots and celery for 5 minutes.
  2. Rinse the lentils and add to the pan.
  3. Add the sweet potato and sauté for 1 minute.
  4. Pour in the passata and 1 tablespoon of water.
  5. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese until melted.
  7. Purée in a blender.
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