|Smile -- It's soup time! Image Credit: http://fotobank.ru/|
For the most part, kids are picky eaters. No matter how much you try or how finely you chop those veggies; kids have a way of spotting out the green and pushing it aside in disgust or in the form of a fit. As a mom to a two-and-half year old, I've tried to present veggies as they are, then we that didn't work I tried to sneak them into anything I could -- pasta, smoothies, and even mostly recently in a spinach cake. Some were successful attempts, others not as much. One successful method (at least 90% of the time) has been the inclusion of vegetables into soups. I've scoured the web for some of the best recipes for kids (as well as supplied some of my own) -- for their versatility, ease of preparation, tastiness, and of course ease with which your child will eat them. Of course, these are general ideas, so please feel free to share your own soup secrets.
|Loaded Baked Potato Soup by Bitchin' Camero|
2. Pea Soup - Dubbed as a "kids' favorite," this soup recipe includes carrots, potatoes, broth, celery and ham that is an exciting soup for youngsters and their parents. Also, check out this Spicy Black Eyed-Pea Soup by Seitanic Vegan Heathen (great name!) for a vegan variation on this classic recipe.
3. Kid's Soup - Simple title, but this soup is vegetable powerhouse that includes all the good stuff that kids need as well as the pasta that they love. I love how it includes zucchini, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, corn and peas. I might add some fresh basil or sage to enhance the flavors.
|Carrot Ginger Soup as Featured on Babble|
|Spinach and Corn Soup - Seriously Soupy|
|Sweet Potato and Cranberry Soup - Seriously Soupy|
|Black-Eyed Peas and Mixed Veggie Soup - Seriously Soupy|
|Cauliflower Soup with Tandoori Yogurt by Kahakai Kitchen|
9. Simple Soups for a (Silly) Toddler - Yes, they sure are silly and keeping things simple is definitely the name of the game. I really enjoyed reading this recipe by Scatter the Batter that includes several variations of a chicken/vegetable soup. Scatter suggests starting with a pressure cooker and adding a heaping of veggies (carrots, tomatoes, onions, pumpkin or peas), along with some spices (ginger, garlic, cinnamon, etc). This is a great base to get you started in your soup making since every child is different whose tastes and preferences need to be varied.
|Vegetable Soup by Green Lite Bites|
More Kid-Friendly Soup Ideas:Mac and Cheese Soup - Pasta + cheese in a soup! What's not to love?
Butternut Squash and Carrot soup - A classic sweet and hearty soup, great for the fall. Also, check out Jessica Hulett's Acorn Squash Soup recipe with the tasty addition of coconut milk, ginger root and cayenne pepper.
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup - A classic chicken soup by What's for Supper Sister, except this one that includes wild rice, almonds, carrots, celery and onions. If it's too rich for you and your little ones, omit the cream and butter.
Cream of Broccoli Soup - If they can get past the green, this soup is sure to please: creamy, rich and delicious.
Lentil Soup - Another classic, this soup recipe also includes sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots and some peanut butter.
Note: Some of these recipes include spices and ingredients that a lot of kids won't try -- despite how blended together or disguised a recipe is. If your child is picky, start slow - maybe by using salt and pepper - to gradually building up their taste buds.
What soups do you make for your kids?
Seriously Soupy Serena