Full of protein and simple to cook, lentils deserve a prominent spot on your baby’s menu of first foods.
- 1 cup red lentils, rinsed
- Once you’ve successfully fed your baby just red lentils, add in a flavour kick with 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese the next time you make this
- Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add the lentils and simmer until tender, stirring occasionally, 12 to 15 minutes. Using a ladle or measuring cup, spoon off and reserve 1/4 cup cooking water. Drain the lentils and cool slightly
- Transfer the lentils to a blender. Blend until you get the desired consistency for your baby, adding a tablespoon or more of the reserved cooking water if needed to help it blend.
If you find that your baby doesn’t like a certain purée, don’t give up. Try again in a week or two, or mix it with a purée that you know your baby eats.
Try adding a few simple finger foods to your baby’s try such as Cheerios, cooked beans, or small chunks of soft fruit. Chances are your baby won’t eat much of these foods yet, but eating with their hands is an important skill to begin practicing.
It’s also time to introduce a sippy cup. Serve just a splash of water, breast milk, or formula at each meal.