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Veggie Baby
January 21, 2012

If you want to raise your child as a vegetarian, there are many inventive ways to create an interesting, nutritious menu.

Just make sure you provide plenty of these key nutrients:

Protein is plentiful in foods like milk and cheese, nuts, beans, eggs, and soy products. Certain grains, like rice, pasta, bread and cereal also have protein.

Lots of Iron can be found in dark green veggies like spinach and kale, fortified cereals, green beans, lentils and peas, and soy foods.

Sources of Vitamin B12 are fortified cereals, dairy and milk products - easy considering both breastfed and bottle-fed babies automatically get a dose of vitamin B12 from their milk.

In stages one and two, (six to nine months of age), most babies are inherently vegetarian (especially if you are!), as they eat exclusively eat fruits and vegetables supplemented with breastmilk or formula.

Here are some easy, protein fortified vegetarian recipes for babies in stages three and four:

Lentil Soup
Makes enough for the whole family!

1 tsp olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 cup of lentils
1 can of vegetable broth
1 cup of water
1/2 can of tomato paste
1 tsp of Adobo
1/3 cup finely chopped carrots
Handful of shredded parmesan cheese (optional)

  1. Add oil to saucepan.
  2. Sautee onion in saucepan over medium heat. When onion is clear, add lentils and stir for one minute.
  3. Add water and chicken stock.
  4. Build to a slow boil.
  5. Reduce heat to simmer and cover. Cook for 45 minutes.
  6. Add water if reduces too rapidly, or too thin.
  7. Add chopped carrot and season to taste with Adobo. Stir.
  8. Reduce for another 15 minutes or until carrots become very soft.
  9. Sprinkle with shredded parmesan.
  10. Cool and serve.

Tofu & Tomato Soup

1 tsp olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
4 oz soymilk
5 oz silken tofu
1/2 tomato, diced
½ tsp fresh basil, chopped

  1. Add oil to saucepan.
  2. Sautee onion in saucepan over medium heat.
  3. When onion is clear, add tomato and basil and warm for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Gradually stir in soymilk until heated through.
  5. Remove saucepan from heat when warmed.
  6. Blend tofu and cool.
  7. Pour all ingredients into blender and puree until smooth.

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