Baby food - Brown lentils

Lentils are one of those foods I make now and then and think to myself I should make them more often. They're easy to make, versatile, and super healthy. I reached for the glass jar of brown lentils on my pantry shelf and got to work making them into a high fibre/high protein puree for baby. I threw in some carrot and onion to enhance the flavour and texture of the puree.

Here's how I made it:

1 tbsp canola oil
1/4 onion, diced
1/2 cup carrot, diced
1 cup lentils
2 cups water
pre-boiled water to puree

I heated the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. I added the onion and carrot and sauteed for a few minutes until the veggies softened. Then I added the lentils and 2 cups of water and brought it to a boil. I reduced the heat to low, covered the saucepan, and allowed the lentils to simmer for 45 minutes until tender.

I scooped the cooked lentils into the blender and added enough pre-boiled water to get a rolling blend. 

My little guy gobbled up his lentils. Good thing because I've got lots more freezing in a mini muffin tray. I'll serve them alone or in combination with a cube or two of veggie purees.

Do lentils make it to your family dinner table often? How do you like to prepare them?


  1. i always wish that i use lentils more often. at this point, i'm the only one in the family who'll eat them... hrmm maybe i can disguise them somehow... i saw a pasta sauce once with red lentils in them,... that might work! you've got me thinking now :)

  2. woot woot on the button!!!! love it!

  3. Funny because I just made lentils for the first time in months earlier this week! I used red lentils and made them plain for baby (but am mixing them with a veggie for flavor when I serve) and for the rest of the family I made a delicious curry.

  4. Can I use this same recipe and use green lentils? I have never thought to make them for baby and thats all I have in my pantry?!

  5. Yes, Heather, I think they would work great! I'm going to make some red ones soon too.

  6. Just made this recipe the other day and Violette tried them out tonight and she loved it! Didn't blend it as we're trying more chunkier foods now for her (just turned 9 months) and mashing them works like a dream.

  7. Made this for my son when he was a wee one and he loved it! Now that he's a toddler I just skip the puree part and give them to him whole. Great source of iron and super yummy! I add a clove of garlic in there because I'm incapable of cooking without it :-P