Kale and lentil soup is a colorful and nutritious lunch that is perfect for mom and baby.

The variety of vegetables in this soup adds bulk and flavor to the dish. The combination of lentils and vegetables makes this a hearty meal for the whole family. In addition, this recipe serves as an excellent source of vitamins and nutrients.  For more information on all of the nutrients your baby needs, check out our nutrient chart.

This recipe makes approximately 6 servings.

Here is what you will need:

  • 2 tbsp lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet potato
  • 3/4 cup kale, chopped thin
  • 1/2 cup diced Roma tomato
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 clove garlic diced (optional)
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Note*  Chop the vegetables as small as desired, but keep in the mind that the vegetables will soften as they cook.

Chop the onion.


Chop the celery.


Chop the carrots.


Take a break from chopping, and saute the vegetables in a medium sized soup pot with olive oil until they are slightly softened (about 3 minutes).

Add chopped garlic and continue to saute for around 3 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave the veggie mixture in the pot. We’ll come back shortly.


Now, let’s get back to chopping. . . Start with the sweet potato.


And then dice the tomato. Now, you can finally put your knife in the sink!


Rinse the lentils.


Combine the chicken stock, sweet potato, lentils, tomato and bay leaf to the sauteed vegetables from earlier. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium low heat and simmer for 15 minutes.


Add the kale and season with salt and pepper. Continue to simmer for 10- 15 more minutes.


Once the vegetables have softened, remove the bay leaf. For older babies and toddlers you can serve the soup as is, or puree with immersion blender to reach the appropriate consistency for your child.

Serve warm and enjoy! Try serving our crispy cheese crackers as a side dish to this soup. They make a delicious combo!


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Here are the WINNERS: Christy, Rebecca Pierce, Cynthia, Mia Gardner, Melissa,  Natalia D, Kristen, Rachel Malone, Theresa N,  Candice Price, Dawn, Leslie Petersen, Adrienne Rudolph, Aura, Tiffany Morgan, Diana Mele, Alishia Krantz, Pamela Dickson, Shannon Hill, Samuel Hall, Kelly, Susan Jaggers, Krystal, Reyna Mata. If you are one of the winners you will be contacted by e-mail. Thanks to everyone for commenting!

Christy says:
January 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm
We love Chicken Taco Chili at our house!
Rebecca Pierce says:
January 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm
We love broccoli and cheese soup!
Cynthia says:
January 16, 2012 at 6:14 pm
We make all kinds of homemade soups – my favorites are seafood bisque & chicken ribble, but my toddler really likes Daddy’s barley soup.
Mia Gardner says:
January 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm
One of our little one’s favorite soups (and meals) is rice in chicken broth with lots of lemon squeezed in the last 10 minutes. She cannot get enough of it – I think it’s the lemon.
Melissa says:
January 16, 2012 at 6:22 pm
We have several favorite soups:
ground turkey with veggies and barley
lentil,tomato and carrot
Thanksgiving soup (made with the yummy leftovers)
potato with italian sausage and spinach
Rachel Malone says:
January 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm
My favorite soup to make is my famous load potato soup!
Natalia D says:
January 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm
My little one loves chicken noodle soup.
1.chicken breast
2-3 baby carrots
spaghetti cut in 3 half’s
in the end 1 tbs.of butter
Theresa N says:
January 16, 2012 at 6:50 pm
We like homemade chicken noodle soup.
Candice Price says:
January 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm
My family’s favorite is chicken noodle soup. There is nothing better than a big bowl of my grandma’s homemde chicken noodle soup when we are feeling under the weather.
Kristen says:
January 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm 
We love bric. Cheddar soup. A close 2nd is my moms homemade chicken noodle soup.
Dawn says:
January 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm 
I love Lentil and Bacon soup
Leslie Petersen says:
January 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm
Split pea… hearty!
Aura says:
January 16, 2012 at 7:22 pm
We all enjoy zucchini soup which is great since it’s healthy and so easy to make
Adrienne Rudolph says:
January 16, 2012 at 7:19 pm
love cheesy broccoli soup!
Tiffany Morgan says:
Diana Mele says:
January 16, 2012 at 7:26 pm
We enjoy the potato soup and homemade chicken noodle soup. We make our own chicken stock so it tastes 10x better.
Alishia Krantz says:
January 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm
our favorite has always been traditional lentil soup so i can’t wait to try or this recipe to mix it up!!
Pamela Dickson says:
January 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm
The big hit that I love to make, is chicken noodle soup. I use wide noodles, chicken breasts, and fresh veggies, and everyone loves it!
Shannon Hill says:
January 16, 2012 at 8:26 pm
Broccoli potato cheese soup
Samuel Hall says:
Kelly says:
January 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm
I have a turkey and white bean soup that I love and can’t wait to serve to my little one when she gets bigger!
Susan Jaggers says:
January 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm
We love making 3 bean taco soup in the crockpot. It is the only way we can get our kids to eat beans!
Krystal says:
January 17, 2012 at 2:19 am
Our favorite is homemade chicken noodle with fresh chicken and frozen mixed veggies mixed it.
Reyna Mata says:
January 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm 
My baby turns 7months today. I’m making him his favorite which he just loves.
Potato Lentil soup with broccoli, spinach and peas!
I make it for him twice a week and I would love to win the bowls to make it safer and easier for him to eat!

Stage 2

Kale and Sweet Potato Puree
A super-easy and super-nutritious recipe that combines kale and sweet potatoes.
  • 2 whole sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • 2 tbsp breastmilk or formula (or whole milk)

Chop the sweet potatoes and steam until tender. Remove potatoes from the steamer, and steam the kale for about 4-5 minutes. Puree the potatoes, kale and milk. Add the water from the bottom of the steamer to thin the puree if needed to achieve desired consistency.

Store extra servings inf for up to 3 months.

Stage 5

The combination of lean turkey and kale helps each meatball to pack a nutritional punch, and the inclusion of fresh basil is a nice way to introduce your toddler to a new flavor.

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped kale leaves (without stems)
  • 1 tbsp shredded parmesan
  • 1/2 cup whole grain bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 3 cups marinara sauce

Combine turkey, kale, parmesan, bread crumbs, basil, salt and pepper.
Incorporate egg with meat mixture.
Incorporate cottage cheese with meat mixture.
Spray inside of slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
Roll the turkey mixture into 2-inch balls and place in your prepared slow cooker.
Pour the marinara sauce over the meatballs. You can use a prepared marinara sauce for this recipe. Just look for one that does not have a lot of added sugar or preservatives.
Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours.

Serve over pasta, with sautéed zucchini slices or even cauliflower mash.

Recipe Yields: 6 Servings

Storage Time: 3 days in the refrigerator

Turkey is a potent source of lean protein and iron, and kale is an excellent source of vitamins A,C, and K.