The Toddler Porridge

Every once in a while, Mr Fussy Pants rears his high pitched, flailing little head, and I have to change my meal time game plan.  This is because my sweet little boy will inevitably turn his nose to food with any kind of texture. This of course, drives me nuts. I mean, I did spend PRECIOUS TIME making this bowl of food that I’m tossing out. My inner monologue runs a little like this — You like carrots! That’s your favorite! Stop spitting it out! Eat it now! But I always give up and resort to making him porridge, his ultimate comfort food.

Since he’s (gasp) a toddler now, I’ve updated the original recipe. The carrots add a nice familiar taste and by the time the porridge is done cooking, it’s so mushy, he barely notices its there. The lentils are key because I still feel like porridge isn’t particularly nutrient dense. Lentils have great nutrients, (folate, fiber, iron, protein), and it too softens and breaks down and is barely noticeable by the time its done cooking. I sometimes swirl in a whole egg, which would add a nice extra bit of iron.

When I reheat it (since we’re making a batch), I often rehydrate it with some whole milk. Makes it so silky smooth.

Most importantly, Ollie eats this by the truckload whenever he’s going through a fussy period or isn’t feeling very well. This is definitely my ace card.


  • 1 cup rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 oz protein (cod or ground turkey)
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup lentils


Rinse the rice until the water is no longer cloudy. Pick over the lentils for any rocks and rinse. Put all ingredients into the rice cooker.  Serve cooled to avoid burning your baby.

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