Chilly days call for some warm, comforting and hearty foods.
Soup Recipes for Kids
Soups have always been one of our favourite things to have during the winter. They are quick to prepare and is also an easy way to get kids to eat those undesirable veggies. Below are 4 easy, comforting and nutritious recipes for preparing soups by Niharika Pandey from shrimatisjournal.wordpress.com.
Lentil Pumpkin Soup
This healthy Lentil pumpkin soup for Kids is so creamy and frothy that it feels like having a spoonful of cloud. The list of ingredients is simple and the preparation method, even simpler. Below is the recipe
- Moong dal
- Peeled chopped pumpkin
- Chopped onion
- Minced garlic
- Butter for cooking
- Salt and pepper for seasoning
- In a pressure cooker add butter, when it melts add onion and garlic
- When onions turns translucent add pumpkins. Simmer for while
- Add Moong dal, water and seasoning.
- Wait for 3 whistles
- Blitz it into smooth creamy soup
- Heat for a while and serve
Creamy Broccoli Soup
This is probably the perfect way to get some broccoli in your child’s diet (unless you are one of those lucky ones whose kids like broccoli!). This soup gets its creamy texture from broccoli and almonds. It’s perfect not just for the toddlers, but as a healthy family meal. Broccoli soup recipe below
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1 medium sized onion chopped
- 2 Garlic pods chopped
- 2 soaked almonds
- 3 teaspoon oats
- 1cup milk
- For seasoning-salt and pepper
- Boil broccoli in salted water
- In a pan add butter. When it melts, add garlic and onion
- Add oats when onions turns translucent
- Add milk, bring it to boil
- Add seasonings and broccoli
- Cover and simmer for 10 mins
- Allow it to cool and blend into puree
- Transfer the pureed mixture to pan and bring to boil. Enjoy!
Beetroots are high in folic acid and a very good source of fibre,manganese and potassium. Adding them in soups are a great way to get the toddlers to try without too much fuss. Below is a no fail simple beetroot soup recipe that is healthy, colourful and full of goodness.
- 1 medium sized beetroot
- 1 medium sized onion
- Grated ginger
- Crushed black pepper
- Cumin seeds
- Leaving out ghee and cumin seeds, put everything in pressure cook add water (1 cup) and cook for 3-4 whistles
- Once cooled, blend into thick puree
- To a pan, add the ghee and cumin seeds
- When the seeds start crackling, pour in the soup and bring to boil
- Finish it off with coriander leaves. Share this yummy red soup with your toddler!
Creamy “non cream” Mushroom soup
This recipe for Mushroom Soup for Kids will instantly brighten up a dull cold day at home! Made with mushrooms and instant oats, this recipe has no cream whatsoever, but is rich, thick and full of flavour! Recipe below
Ingredients (for 2 servings)
- Chopped mushroom
- Instant oats 3-4 spoons
- 3 garlic pods (chopped)
- 1 medium sized chopped onion
- Water/vegetable stock 1 cup
- Milk 1 cup
- Bay leaf
- Unsalted butter
- Crushed black pepper, mixed herbs and salt
- Melt butter in a pan. Add bay leaf, garlic and onion
- Once they turn translucent, add mushrooms
- Sauté till the water from mushrooms dry up
- Add pepper and oats. Sauté some more
- Add water followed by milk
- Simmer on low flame and keep stirring
- Season with salt and cook till you have desired consistency (Once the heat is off soup will get even thicker)
Kid Friendly Tip
- For babies, thin out the soup by adding water or make it creamier by upping the milk content
- Leftover soup can be thickened in the refrigerator or by cooking off the excess water. This can then be used as a pasta sauce, pizza sauce, sandwich spread… use your imagination!
Immunity Building Foods for Kids
In my mind, soups qualify as the number one immunity building and goodness filling foods for kids in winter and the rainy season.
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