Recipe: Scrumptious Lentils

lentils with onions and spices for weaning

This is a favourite for my Little One and I – it feeds both of us, its good for us AND we both love it. …and it cooks itself really well!

You see, I have a love affair with my 1L slow cooker. …it welcomes me home to a warm meal, it does the cooking for me, what more can one want!

But a slow cooker is not mandatory.

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What you need:

Great big dash of olive oil
1 large onion
1 large carrot
If you have it to hand, throw a piece of garlic in there as well
..I am usually short on time and I sprinkle some garlic granules instead
1 cup of bone broth (store bought or pre-made)
AND/OR a piece of beef on the bone – a couple of bits of Ox Tail is good. (try to get free-range)

1 cup of split red lentils (or any kind you have to hand) ideally soaked between 30min and 1/2 a day
keep in mind that if you use the darker French variety these don’t turn into mush and can be harder to eat for youngest baby.
add 1 or 2 of the following:
paprika, thyme, oregano, Italian herbs, bay leaves.
1 large eggplant – this can be alternated with other vegetables like capsicums and courgettes for variety.

Chopp all the vegetables as small as possible to help your baby eat them by cutting the skin into tiny pieces it won’t pose any choking risk (and the vegetables will conveniently turn into a slightly mushy consistency).

If you are using a slow-cooker… just load everything in the same order as listed above. If you are using a large cooker you will probably need to double the recipe as most cookers recommend that they are used when filled less than half.

If you are cooking stove top… saute the onions, add carrots and garlic. Add the beef and brown the outside. Add the rest of the intredients and cook for 40minutes or longer.

And enjoy