Prepare this flavorful lentil dip and serve as a nutritious snack for the whole family! Lentils can offer huge benefits to your growing toddler. They are high in protein, folate, potassium and fiber. These healthy lentil ingredients help to build your baby’s immune system. Most pediatricians recommend first serving lentils when your child is between eight and 10 months old. For an overview of essential vitamins and minerals your child needs, check out our Nutrient Chart. Serve this lentil dip with pita bread and veggies. Cut pita into triangles and cut fresh veggies such as carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers and celery to serve along with the dip.
Depending on the toddler and adult size portions, this recipe will serve eight to ten.
Here is what you will need to make this recipe:
- 1/2 cup dried lentils
- 1/2 cup split peas
- 2 cup water
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 1 tbsp chopped garlic
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup whipped cream cheese
- 1 tbsp paprika
Cook lentils and split peas in large pot of boiling water until very tender, about 35 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Note* The lentils will absorb the water, so add water as needed if they start to stick while cooking.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in large pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add cumin and stir 1 minute.
Transfer mixture to blender or food processor. Add lentils and split peas, cilantro, lemon juice, paprika and 3 tablespoons water. Process until smooth.
Note* If the mixture is too dry, add water until the dip reaches desired consistency.
Transfer to medium bowl and add in whipped cream cheese.
Season to taste with salt and pepper and blend with immersion blender .
Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate. Can be prepared one day ahead. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Serve with pita bread and fresh cut veggies. Store lentil dip in the refrigerator for up to five days.