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
- Sweet Potato
If you are making this for your family and not specifically for baby food add some seasonings like Salt, Pepper and Onions.
- Rinse Lentils
- Fill Pot with plenty of water to cover the lentils
- Add Sliced / Peeled Sweet Potato
- Add Sliced / Peeled Carrots
- Bring to a Boil and let Simmer for about 45 minutes
- 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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