Soup Recipes for Kids from Seriously Soupy
SERIOUSLY DELICIOUS SOUPS
by Serena Norr
A writer and mom of two, Serena Norr is the managing editor of Momtrends. She is also the creator of Seriously Soupy, a website devoted to soup making. She also loves to write about healthy living, fashion, beauty and lifestyle topics on her blog Mama Goes Natural.
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 of two, I’ve tried to present veggies as they are. When that didn’t work I tried to sneak them into anything I could — pasta, smoothies, and eggs - and really anywhere where I could add veggies. 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.
Soups are also great starting food for babies since all you have to do is cook a variety of vegetables together and then blend them all together for a really simple and easy soup. Another bonus is that you will have huge batches of food for weeks that can be frozen and de-thawed in a few hours.
Enjoy some of my favorite soup recipes for their versatility, ease of preparation, tastiness, and of course ease with which your child will eat them. Note: For most of these recipes, I don’t add as much salt or spicy ingredients.
1. Butternut Squash Soup: The first soup that I made on Soupy back in 2009, I love the simple and sweet combination of this recipe. For babies, omit the dairy and maybe add some carrots or sweet potatoes for some extra vitamins.
SPINACH & CORN SOUP
2 Spinach and Corn Soup: I’ve found that spinach can be a difficult food to get my tot to eat (and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone on that one). However, this soup and its combination of sweet corn, cream and herbs dulled down the ever-so-scary green color that was enjoyed by kids under three and even by dads that are over 30.
WHITE BEAN & KALE SOUP
3. White Bean and Kale. An instant hit, this soup combines cannelloni white kidney beans, kale and fresh herbs. I might even add some carrots and vary the herbs for a tasty treat for baby.
4. Lentil Soup: Oh, how I love lentil soup and there are so many combinations to try! For a little sweetness, I love the Lentil, Parsnip and Apple Soup or the nutritional powerhouse in the Lentil, Sweet Potato and Spinach Soup.
What are some of your favorite soups for your baby?
SWEET POTATO & CRANBERRY SOUP
5. Sweet Potato and Cranberry Soup : I made this soup over the holiday’s, but this healthy sweet potato soup is a great treat for your kids year round. Dubbed as a “super food,” sweet potatoes are packed with beta cartone and Vitamins A and C. The addition of cranberries (if your kid will eat them) supplies an additional boost of antioxidants and fiber.
CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP
6. Chicken Noodle Soup: When all else fails a classic bowl of chicken noodle soup is usually a hit. I make my own broth and then add in the signature egg noodles for a wholesome soup that even the pickest will love.