3oz red lentils, washed
2 medium leeks, white part, chopped
2 sticks celery, finely chopped
2 medium carrots, finely chopped
1 large sweet potato or yam, chopped
1 tablespoon tomato puree
2oz unsalted margarine or Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread (trans fat free)
1 bay leaf
1 pint unsalted vegetable stock or plain water
Melt the margarine in a large non-stick frying pan. Add the chopped leeks and saute for 5 mins until tender. Add the finely chopped carrots and celery and saute for 5 mins.
Stir in the lentils and chopped sweet potato. Add the stock or water, tomato puree and bay leaf. Simmer for 15-20 mins until all the vegetables are tender and the mixture is not too wet. (If it gets too dry, add a little more water during cooking.)
Once cooked, retrieve the bay leaf.
This can be pureed for babies not yet coping with lumpy food, or eaten as it is.