Monday, June 12, 2017

Sweet Potato Lentils

Do you LOVE Lentils? 

Growing up, I'm sure I never finished a bowl of lentils or requested them like my kids do (sorry mom).  To be honest, if it weren't for the recommendation of my pediatrician and mother in law I probably would have never considered making them for myself OR my children! 

With its low in fat, high in protein, iron and fiber properties, this little legume packs a serious health punch for you and your little one. Not only is it super healthy for you, a small bag at the grocery store costs about $1.50, and will last your family for several meals! 

*When did/do I introduce Lentils to my Children? 
Around 7-9 months, I begin introducing Beans and other proteins to my children. I follow the recommendation of my pediatrician and do it very slowly.  So far, all three of my children have been EXCELLENT eaters (as babies...)
*always talk with your personal pediatrician about when and how to best introduce new foods to your little ones*


Sweet Potato Lentils
Ingredients: 
  1. Lentils
  2. Sweet Potato
  3. Carrots
If you are making this for your family and not specifically for baby food add some seasonings like Salt, Pepper and Onions. 

Cooking Instructions:
  1. Rinse Lentils
  2. Fill Pot with plenty of water to cover the lentils
  3. Add Sliced / Peeled Sweet Potato
  4. Add Sliced / Peeled Carrots  
  5. Bring to a Boil and let Simmer for about 45 minutes
  6. Enjoy

MOM HACK:Lentils are one of the few legumes that you don't have to soak overnight before making - so not only is this a great budget friendly meal it's also quick! 

Serving Instructions: 
  • If you are making this for your baby, I like to blend it in my food processor. It gives a nice smooth consistency and the sweet potato gives it a nice creamy texture. 
    • Word of caution: The color isn't all that pretty, but the flavor is amazing! 
  • If you are serving this to your family, we like to cook up a nice pot of rice and serve the lentils over rice as a side dish with pork chops or alone. 

This dish is so simple, and so yummy! I'd love to know if you gave it a try, be sure to snap a picture and tag me on Instagram (@StorybookErin)

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