I’m just wondering if anyone has any vegetarian baby food recipes. Are lentils good as a meat sup?

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I’m just wondering if anyone has any vegetarian baby food recipes. Are lentils good as a meat supplement for an 8 month old? I am not vegetarian but I don’t eat a lot of meat and I would like to hold off a while longer before giving my baby meat. I am still breastfeeding so she is getting all the nutrients that she needs I think. Still any recipes would be appreciated.

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Anne - posted on 03/14/2010

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It is true that meat is the best source of absorbably iron but this is not really a good thing. It is the haem form which is absorbed without control whereas with the non-haem (plant form) you body only takes what it needs. Too much iron leads to many serious health problems. My uncle has to have pints of blood drained every fornight because he has haemochromatosis (too much iron). http://www.vivausa.org/health/iron.html

So yes lentils are excellent. You don't really need to have a meat supplement, just a variety of veg - that's the optimum diet. Quinoa, Barley, Oats, pulses are all very good for stews. Flavouring with onion, carrot, celery, leek. You could also try baby led weaning - try her with sticks of soft steamed veg and soft fruits. Vegetarians live longer and have better health so you are doing a very good thing for your baby. The longer you avoid meat the better I say.

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One of the main reasons that we start babies on solid foods at six months is that when they are born they only have iron stores for the first six months, after that they need to get there iron from food (breast milk is not a good source of absorbable iron). Meat is, of course, the best source of iron, however lentils are also a very good source of iron.

For an 8 month old bub, a good way to introduce them is to cook some carot, maybe a little celery, and sweet potato in some water or stock, about 10 mins before it is cooked add some red lentils. when it is all cooked, puree it. This is yummy for bubs and adults alike (adults can eat it with rice). To add extra flavour, and depending on what you do and don't want to give your bub, you could add garlic, tumeric (very good for us all) and/or fry some onion at the beginning (then add veg and stock).

Bethanie - posted on 02/25/2010

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Yes Lentils are a great source of protein, as well as Quinoa, which you can find in flake form and make into cereal. My son loves it...but you have to sweeten it with either a little brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, yogurt or fruit because it's very tasteless. Here is a good website to check out: http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/

Julie - posted on 01/03/2010

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Yes and Yes! One of my kids and our fav is butternut sQuash. Roast w/ apples and carrots and puree into smooth goodness! Add veg stock and cream for a lovely soup for mum and dad!! Martha has some great baby food rec on here website!. As a longtime veg head and lover of lentils you can get lots of great protein that's just as good, if not better than meat!! And if you miss the meat texture, you can add some soy crumbles and satisfy that craving!! New year is a great time for lentils. Peace, Julie

Kylie - posted on 12/31/2009

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lentils are brilliant for babies, so are chick peas (garbanzos) you can puree them with lots of lovely veggies!



I wouldn't go crazy on rusks, they've got sugar and lots additives, and no protein, where as lentils etc are full of good nutrition

Sammi - posted on 12/31/2009

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the best thing is a variety of vegetables pureed together or fruit pureed together. also things like mashed potato with added vegetables. im not sure about the lentils thing tbh tho. rusks or baby rics mixed with breast milk is always good and to introduce new tastes add a little bit of something else pureed up with it

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