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Lentil Bites - toddler meals - finger food - baby led weaning
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Lentil Bites with Yogurt Dip

These lentil bites have only simple ingredients in them, like fresh vegetables and wholemeal bread. This makes them great for baby led weaning as they’re healthy but also soft and easy to chew.
As the lentil balls are tasty on their own, they work well as finger foods for toddlers and meals for older children too.
Course Main course, weaning recipe
Cuisine American, British
Keyword lentil balls, lentil bites, vegetarian balls
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 lentil bites
Author Mas & Pas

Ingredients

Lentil Bites

  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¾ cup red split lentils (110 grams)
  • 1 sweet potato (110 grams)
  • 1 carrot (90 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 2 slices wholemeal bread
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • pinch salt

Yogurt Dip

  • 150 grams Greek or natural yogurt
  • ½ tablespoon honey (for children 1 year old +)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

Instructions

  • Add a teaspoon olive oil to a medium sized saucepan.
  • Add in the garlic and heat for a minute.
  • Add in the peeled and chopped sweet potato and carrot. Heat for a few minutes and then stir in the dried lentils.
  • Cover with water and simmer for 15-20 minutes until all the pieces are soft and cooked through.
  • In the meantime place 2 slices of lightly toasted wholemeal bread into a mixer and blend until you get soft crumbs.
  • Empty them into a mixing bowl together with the finely chopped chives.
  • Return to the boiling vegetables and lentils, drain them and place in the mixer.
  • Blend until smooth and scoop it into the bowl of breadcrumbs and chives. Mix until everything is well combined into a thick mixture.
  • Using a spoon, form the mixture into small balls (a little smaller than a ping pong ball).
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a frying pan and cook the balls on a medium heat, turning them over until they’re golden on all sides.
  • If you’d like to have the dip, mix the yogurt, cumin and honey together. Serve alongside the lentil bites for some extra flavor.