Puy Lentil Protein Packer

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Nothing could make more mess than baby led weaning with cous cous.  Wrong!  Puy lentils take the prize…

I try to give the little guy a good old varied diet, but sometimes I feel like I use too many carbohydrates or lean meats and then the vegetables seem to suffer.  I go a bit lentil crazy, and the poor kid then gets subjected to my wholesome, hearty, not that attractive lentil creations!!

Lurking in the back of the cupboard were some dried Puy lentils, the dark little French lentils.  We probably used them to bulk out a shepherds pie at one time, and then on a vegan detox diet at some other time, but they had long since been forgotten.

Lentils are great, especially for the little people.  They are a complete protein, full or iron, potassium, fibre and folic acid…and they don’t need soaking, just rinse and pick out any little stones or shriveled lentils.

So I simmered up this protein powerhouse of a lunch for us both.  As you can see, it was a hit…

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1/4 cup puy lentils
1 whole garlic clove
1/2 diced carrot
1/2 diced celery stick
1 diced broccoli stalk
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon dried mint
fresh coriander and mint if you happen to to have some
natural yoghurt to serve

Rinse lentils in running cold water and pick out any undesirables!

Cover with cold water and bring to the boil quickly.

Add garlic clove and all the chopped vegetables and herbs, then reduce to a very slow simmer for 30 minutes.

Keep a check on the water and add boiling water to just cover the lentils so they don’t boil dry.

Serve with natural yoghurt and enjoy.

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