As I have mentioned before in another post, lentils are a good, inexpensive source of protein. They also provide iron, which is very important in brain development, particularly between the ages of six months and two years. So I like the idea of making gourmet baby food with lentils to take advantage of their nutrional goodness. 🙂
I heated vegetable oil and sauteed chopped leek (.you can use onions as well), chopped carrots, and chopped celery for five minutes. I rinsed the lentils, then added them to the pan. I then added peeled and chopped sweet potato and sauteed for one minute. I poured in tomato purée, and one tablespoon of water. I covered the pan and cooked for about 30 minute. I removed the pan from the heat, and stirred in grated cheddar cheese until it melted. I chopped it further in a blender, but still kept it chunky. But you can completely purée it if you prefer. 🙂
The last couple days I have been back in the kitchen creating gourmet baby food. Some of the past favorites are being made like: Carrot Apple Celery Soup, Chicken and Potato, Tomatoes and Carrots with Basil, Chicken and Apple Balls, and Mini Cottage Pies… But some new ones have joined the list as well! 😉
- Chicken with Winter Vegetables … with chicken breast, leek, onion, carrots, celery, and chicken broth.
- Lentil and Vegetable (Purée) … with onion, carrots, celery, lentils, sweet potato, tomato purée, and cheddar cheese.
- Tomatoes and Carrots with Basil … with carrots, tomatoes, cauliflower florets, fresh basil, and cheddar cheese.
- Chicken and Apple Balls … with chicken breast, green apples, onion, fresh parsley, herbs, whole grain bread crumbs cooked in chicken broth.
- Mini Cottage Pies … with lean ground beef, carrots, potatoes, onion, red bell pepper, garlic, fresh parsley, and chicken broth.
- Carrot, Apple and Celery Soup … with carrots, green apples, celery, and onions.
- Chicken and Potato … with chicken breast, potatoes, garlic, onions, and leek.