Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Serves: 4 toddlers
Juice of 1⁄2 lemon, to serve
Place the lentils in a medium-sized saucepan and cover well with water. Cook these over medium-high heat, until the water bubbles, stirring the lentils as you go. Scoop off the white fluffy stuff that rises to the top. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5–8 minutes, stirring the lentils here and there. When softened, drain the lentils.
Heat the oil in a medium-sized saucepan over a low heat. Add the onion and garlic mash and cook 5–6 minutes, stirring as you go, until soft and golden. Add the tomato puree, vegetable stock and water and cook for around 20 minutes on a low heat, stirring the soup gently every few minutes. The Tommy the lentil soup mixture should still be soupy when cooked.
Add the drained lentils to the tomato mixture and cook for 6–8 minutes, or until a good thickness. Stir in the lemon juice.
Allow to cool. Scoop into serving dishes and using a teaspoon, create a smiling face using the yoghurt. For the grown up keen to share a bowl with their toddler, a little seasoning may be needed.
Lentils are a good source of protein, minerals such as iron and also fibre.
The textured feel of this soup is good for kiddies so work with them to accept this kind of chunky soup.