Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Baby's Split Pea Soup

If you've read my blog for a while you'll know I've read an absolute ton of books about feeding vegetarian/ vegan babies. Whilst I know very well all the nutrition basics, I'm constantly searching for new meal ideas for my daughter. I really want her diet to be healthy - but full of variety.

'The Farm' are a community in Tennessee, USA. I believe they've been around since the 70's and live by a 'pure vegetarian' diet. In their cookbook they share some interesting ideas about raising vegan children and one of the first protein foods they recommend are split peas. Their recipe however includes quite a bit of onion, and my daughter plain refuses to eat anything containing it. This is my own version which she loves.

This will make enough for about six portions which can be cooled and frozen. Use within a month.

Ingredients

60g yellow split peas

100g sweet potato

1 TSP crushed garlic

1 Bay Leaf

1 baby suitable stock cube

2 cups water

1/2 TBSP vegan margarine

1/2 cup of Alpro Junior milk

Place the split peas, sweet potato, garlic, bay leaf, stock and water in a small saucepan and bring to the boil - then turn down the heat to a low simmer.

Let cook for around 40 minutes, until everything is soft.

Remove the bay leaf, add the milk and margarine and blend to a smooth consistency. Go slowly when adding extra milk as to not make it too runny.

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