Lentils: Another Homemade Blended Formula Recipe

09 Sep

Lentils and Peasphoto by photobunny

As a vegetarian, I’ve known about the wonders of lentils for a while. Not only are they delicious (especially in a soup or stew), but they also provide a powerhouse of nutrition high in protein, calorie dense and balanced out with a healthy dose of carbs. Armed with this knowledge, I decided to try a recipe for Jenna’s homemade formula using lentils. Here’s what I came up with:

  • 1 c. Bob’s Red Mill Vegi Soup Mix  (green & yellow split peas, barley, lentils & vegi pasta)
  • 1/4 c. quinoa
  • 2 T raw honey (No children under age 1 should consume honey!)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 T ginger (read this, too)
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 4 c. coconut milk
  • 1 c. goat’s milk kefir and here
  • 1 c. powdered goat’s milk
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 2 T Udo’s 3-6-9 oil (read here for benefits)
  • 2 T Hemp butter
  • 1 c applesauce
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 c. chopped spinach (dark, leafy greens are an often overlooked source of protein)
  • 3 T kelp powder read this also (especially for it’s iodine, iron & selenium)
  • 6 brazil nuts (for selenium)
  • 1 c. water

All my ingredients are organic from our local co-op.

Preparation is easy. I simmer the soup mix & quinoa in the 4 cups of coconut milk. While that’s simmering, I add all other ingredients to my Vita Mix blender and blend well. I add the mixture from the stove, blend very well (sometimes adding more water to achieve the desired consistency to pass through the feeding pump tubing) and pour into storage jars.

Nutritional info:

  • 2651 calories (30 cal/oz)
  • 112 grams of fat  (38% of total calories)
  • 90 grams of protein (14% of total calories)
  • 344 grams of carbohydrates (51% of total calories)

Good to know when making these calculations:

  • Fats have 9 calories per gram
  • Proteins & carbs have 4 calories per gram

I’d like to get the protein percentage a little higher and will probably do so by using more of the lentil soup mix the next time. BUT, even though the percentage of protein for the overall mixture is not as high as I’d like, I calculated what she consumes in a day and found that she’s still getting the 18 g/day recommended for her age and weight.

Happy cooking! Happy feeding!


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4 responses to “Lentils: Another Homemade Blended Formula Recipe

  1. hellad

    September 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Wow these lentils are gorgeous, great post. I love lentils 🙂 What an interesting recipe.

  2. Anna Marie

    September 10, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Thanks for posting this! This is one of the more reasonable homemade formulas I’ve seen. I’ve wanted to try making my own formula for a while, but I’ve been intimidated by the sheer number of ingredients involved!

    Also, do the lentils seems to cause any GI distress?

  3. PsychMamma

    September 10, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Anna Marie –

    We haven’t noticed any GI distress of any kind. Jenna is 5 and does well at reporting how her tummy feels, and she has not complained a bit. It might be that the coconut milk, kefir and ginger help aid in digestion and are soothing enough to balance them out. She also might not have done as well with this recipe when she was younger and her system was not as developed. As always, I would recommend that you watch for signs of distress or intolerance with your own kiddo and adjust accordingly. (I also have another recipe in a previous post that uses all quinoa and no lentils, if you’re interested in that one)

    Good luck!

  4. Kat

    April 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Hey there! I found your blog as I wandered through the massive amounts of info on tube feedings. My daughter has cystic fibrosis. I would love to connect with you- we both have a lot of the same challenges and desires to give our girls the best nutrition despite their health hurdles.


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