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Top 10 Baby-Food Recipes for Eight- to Ten-Month-Olds

Starting baby on pureed solids was a total success (score!), but now you’ve got to keep her meals nutritious and exciting. Sounds tough -- but it’s not. Maggie Meade, author of The Wholesome Baby Food Guide and WholsomeBabyFoodGuide.com, shares her top sweet and savory meal ideas you and baby will love.

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1. Lentil, Sweet Potato and Apple Salad

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 large apple (Macintosh or Granny Smith work well!)
  • 2 cups water or broth (low sodium, all natural chicken or vegetable broth) for the lentils
  • 1 cup of water to steam the sweet potatoes and apples
  • 1 cup of yellow lentils (or any dried type of lentils)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. or a small pinch of cardamom

Directions:

1. Peel the sweet potatoes and cube in 1 inch cubes
2. Peel, core and dice the apple into small dices
3. Bring 2 cups of water or broth to a boil in one saucepot and add the lentils
4. Return the lentils to boil and then turn heat to low
5. Simmer lentils on low heat for 20-30 minutes or until the lentils have become soft.
6. Add 1 cup of water to the other saucepot and insert a steamer basket into the pot.
7. Add the sweet potato cubes and diced apple to the steamer basket and steam for approximately 20 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are fork tender.
8. Once the lentils and sweet potatoes and apples are cooked, remove from the stove top and drain excess liquid from each saucepot.
9. Allow foods to cool to warm
10. Once foods have cooled, combine the foods together in a large bowl with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
11. Sprinkle in the spices and toss well.

Quick Tip! Mash the salad and serve as a finger food meal or puree for babies who are not enjoying lumps and bumps. Sweet potatoes, apples and lentils are a powerful combination. This salad is great for grown-ups and will serve up lots of iron, protein and vitamin C as well as vitamin A.

*Excerpted from The Wholesome Baby Food Guide and WholesomeBabyFoodGuide.com

Photo by Maggie Meade, Wholesome Baby Food and WholesomeBabyFood.com

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