Friday, November 02, 2007

Baby - Chicken & Red Lentils Stew

I've never really been a great fan of carbo like rice and potatoes so whenever there is an opportunity to replace these foods, I will try it out.

I am re-posting my Baby Chicken Stew but this time, I have omitted potatoes to include Red Lentils as it is more nutritious. I also like how lentils have a nutty smell and taste to it. It really tastes good in stews! So, it's a good way to introduce lentils to babies as the fragrant chicken stew can mask the earthy nut smell and taste of the lentils which some babies may be averse to in the beginning.

Ingredients
- 230g of Chicken fillet (remove visible fats &/or 'veins')
- 1 carrot
- 1 - 2 sticks of celery
- 1 clove of garlic, minced or chopped
- 1 tbsp of chopped onion (large orange type)
- 1 tsp of corn flour
- 2 dried apricots (thinly sliced)
- Dash of pepper
- Dash of powdered kelp (optional)
- 1 tsp butter
- 120ml of chicken or vegetable stock
- 6 tbsp of red lentil (washed and drained)

Method

  1. Put slower cooker on high

  2. Add butter, garlic and onions and let it simmer in slow cooker till slightly soft & fragrant, about 5 to 10mins

  3. In the meanwhile, cut chicken, carrots, celery into small cubes

  4. Marinate chicken with pepper, cornflour and kelp

  5. When garlic & onions are soft, add chicken, veg, apricots and lentils.

  6. Then add in the stock

  7. Reduce heat to Auto and let it simmer for 2 to 3 hours or until chicken is soft and fragrant

  8. Remove, cool and serve

Depending on age of baby, you may wish to either mash/chop or puree in blender for appropriate texture using the gravy from the stew.

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