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Lentils are a high-protein, inexpensive food the whole family can enjoy. They can be pureed for new eaters, cooked and stored in the fridge to be added to other dishes throughout the week, and are a great base for introducing infants and toddlers to various flavor combinations.

This recipe is a savory combination of flavors that is perfect for cold winter days and nights. For the more adventurous chef, consider replacing rosemary and basil with other spices of your choosing, perhaps even engaging your toddler in helping you to select one or two to add.


  • 1 cup lentils (red or green)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp. dried basil

Rinse lentils according to package directions. Combine all ingredients in a saute pan and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Cook for 30 minutes, adding more liquid if necessary. Once cooked, consider pureeing some or all to feed to infants or to use as a tasty sauce on pasta, chicken, or fish while the rest is eaten as is.

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