This is a really easy, one-pot puree that is perfect for popping into pouches for babies who lunch out and about. The flavours are reminiscent of a Sunday lunch without even a smidge of the effort involved in making a roast dinner! (*sings* “I know it sounds funny but I just can’t stand the pain…”).
I also just so happened to have made it quickly on a Sunday morning as we were heading out to lunch as a family that day and wanted to at least guarantee a healthy, simple and tasty meal for the smallest diner amongst us.
This nice creamy medley of flavours provides a great source of protein, iron and vitamin C. If you add the nutty, cheesy Nutritional Yeast, make sure it’s one that is fortified with B12, an essential nutrient for plant-based babies! If you don’t have any to hand, don’t be put off making this puree as it still tastes great without it.
This makes enough to fill about 3 reusable pouches so you can take one with you and put the other two in the freezer for future days when you have even less time!
Simple, tasty, nutritious and fuss-free. Just what you always wanted a Sunday lunch to be. You may also now have a certain slightly annoying Lionel Richie tune in your head. Oops.
3 tbsp split red lentils
1 white potato, peeled and cubed
300mls cold water
½ tsp thyme
½ tsp rosemary
1 carrot, sliced
1 apple, peeled, cored and sliced
1-2 tbsps milk of choice (preferably breastmilk or formula, otherwise whole dairy milk or almond milk), to bring puree to desired consistency
1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
- Rinse lentils thoroughly in cold water and drain well.
- Add the lentils, potatoes, herbs and 300mls fresh cold water to a pan and bring to the boil.
- Once boiling, reduce to simmer and add the carrot
- After 10 minutes, add the apple
- Simmer for a further 5-7 minutes or until the veg and fruit are soft
- Removed from heat and drain off any excess water
- Mash with a potato masher until smooth
- Add milk and beat mixture until reach desired consistency
- Add nutritional yeast, if using, and stir through
- Spoon mixture into pouches for storing, or allow to cool to warm before serving