Simply Pure Baby’s 1st Lentil Veggie Stew
This simple health stew doubles as a perfect meal for the rest of your family, full of veggies, protein, fibre and flavour. You could even prepare the night before and put in your slow cooker on low for a ready to eat meal at the end of a busy day.
1 medium onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1-2 tbsp EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
1 cup of veggie stock (homemade)
¾ cup grated celery root
3 bay leaves
½ tsp dried rosemary
¾ tsp turmeric
6 red potatoes washed and sliced, skin on
6 carrots peeled and sliced
2 cups of frozen peas (fresh would work)
2 cups of frozen green beans (fresh would work)
2 cups of cooked lentils I used brown lentils (depending when you add them you could use uncooked but would need to increase the water accordingly)
Fresh ground pepper to taste
4-6 cups of water for desired thickness (may also use stock)
1) Sautee onion, garlic in evoo, once fragrant stir in grated celery root, rosemary and turmeric, once mixed add stock and bay leaves.2) Add in 4 cups of water, potatoes and carrots bring to a boil, simmer 25-30 min until soft depending on the size of your veggies, add peas, green beans, lentils and additional water as needed for desired consistency3) Once warmed through add fresh ground pepper to taste, reserve a portion for yourselves add the remaining into your food processor or use a hand held blender and puree to desired texture, fill ice cube trays, freeze and store
Options:- You could grate all your veggies for quicker cooking, I was making this to double as our meal so it worked out to puree it afterwards- Add 1 cup of chopped parsnips, turnip or sweet potatoes may have to adjust water - Next time I may add some barley to make it a complete meal with a serving of grains, for now I stir in some of Julia’s barley cereal and it works wonderfully
This is the 1st time that I have ever made "stew" to be honest I don't even really like the word "stew" I just think of some bowl of over cooked veggies with chunks of meat in it haha... but this recipe changed the meaning of "stew" for me so I know have this idea to create a Caribbean type stew... here is the end product Before Puree... After Puree:
I froze the extra portions in my ice cube trays as I would anything else... freezes well and Julia (& daddy) loved it a perfect well balanced family meal.
Duty calls I can hear my princess waking up we have some St. Patty's day surprises to do for daddy so we must get busy, here are your questions for today.
What do you think about the results of the toddler eating study? Do you think that it would be different if repeated now? And "division of responsibility" any thoughts?
I leave you with a flash back to last St. Patty's day... I wonder how that hat sizes up now only one way to find out... stay tuned!!