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
  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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