Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Lentil...what's that?

So, I have heard Lou's mom and sisters talk about lentils and lentil soup, but I have never had any myself. While reading about how it's about time to start giving Kelsey some protein, I came across lentils as a good source for vegetarians. While I am not a full blown vegetarian, I do not think I can bake chicken (or any other meat for that matter) and then put it in a food processor and puree it.. (Yuck!!) I had mentally decided I would not give her meat until she could start eating little pieces, but the lentil has come to the protein rescue. I bought a bag this weekend and guessed on how to make them, since the only directions on the bag were for lentil soup. I kept thinking to myself, self.... "here I am making something for my daughter I have never even eaten myself." Crazy, huh? Sunday I gave her a few (like 5 lentils) pieces mushed up and the pureed the rest and froze it in cubes. Yesterday she ate them mixed with sweet potatoes and today she had them mixed with butternut squash and loved it. Excellent! Now I really don't have to puree up any meats and can wait until she can chew those. That's a weight off my shoulders!

2 comments:

Terry said...

Lori, you don't know what you have been missing! I grew up on lentil soup. Some other great ideas..if you use less water to make it a thicker consistency you can cook elbow macaroni on the side and then combine at the end. It makes a really nice thick noodle soup. Also there is this terrific lentil "meatloaf" recipe that was on "Everyday Italian" on foodnetwork. If you go to their website and type in the word lentil it will probably come up. I made it a while back and it rocked!

Terry said...

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD_9936_33522,00.html

Lori, I just found the recipe. There are so many on foodnetwork. You have to check it out.