Adapted from the book Cooking for Baby by Lisa Barnes.
Excitement, anticipation, expectation… We are looking forward to celebrate with our little ones a new Halloween! Indeed. Tomorrow is Halloween! You don’t need to tell me how excited your young ones are. I can feel it! This year, my young daughter will dress up reminiscing the 60s. Different, I guess… – oh! she is so excited, and can’t hardly wait for Halloween eve. What are your little ones be dressing up this year? Around 6:00 p.m. our traditional fun door-to-door trick-or-treating walk around our small neighborhood begins. We feel lucky to live in a small community of families with young children and this makes it frankly enjoyable.
My oved part of the evening is running into babies with less than a year of age, dressed up (as their first Halloween) with cute and imaginative costumes: little viking, puppy, curious bumblebee… so many. An unforgettable day for the kids (and us). We will open our home to our neighbors, school families and friends to share an enormous collection of candy that we assemble in our door hall. The vivid proof that Halloween will leave us feeling quite sweet.
While Halloween arrives, a warm baby’s dal is so comforting and easily made by moms. I adapted this recipe from Lisa Barnes’ book. One of my favorites. I used french puy lentil (which are very small) great for little mouths and cook fast. You may use red lentils instead, as the recipe suggests. A fabulous source of fiber, lentils soup is a favorite at home. I served it whole this time, but you can always purée in a food processor to your desired consistency. I have shared a lentil purée in a previous post here. As moms do know, it all depends on your baby’s chewing ability and age.
I now leave you with a second book from the series of baby purées and soups paired up with lovable books in languages for our little ones – The Happiness Tree – authored by Andrea Alban Gosline in English this time. What a great book to read them while they (and you) enjoy this comforting baby lentil soup. This lentil soup delights the entire family. Enjoy it together! Happy Halloween to you all!
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- You need:
- ¼ cup, french puy lentil
- 2 small potatoes (organic preferably)
- 2 tbsp chopped green onions
- 2 small carrots (organic )
- 2 cups (or as needed) low sodium broth
- 1 small celery stick
- curry powder,
- ground coriander,
- ground turmeric, and ground cumin, ¼ tsp each (optional)
- Pick over lentils, discarding misshapen ones. Rinse and drain.
- Wash, peel and finely chop carrots, potatoes, celery.
- In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine all ingredients. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Stir every 5 minutes and check to make sure liquid (broth) is not all absorbed. Add more, if need be.
- Note: I did not add salt or suggested spices.
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