I devised this recipe after discovering my toddler loved some simple broth soups. I expanded on a few of my favorite cream soups and experimented with many different vegetables to see how “green” I could make her soups without her noticing a major taste difference. This will make enough for 4 people or 2 dinners and 2 lunches!
Anti-Picky Soup for Toddlers
1 large potato, chopped and steamed
Small Vidalia onion chopped and sautéed
3-5 cloves of garlic, diced and sautéed
Spinach, handful of fresh or ½ package of frozen
1 zucchini, sliced
½-1 whole carrot, grated
½-1 small yellow squash
1 small rutabaga, sliced and lightly steamed or sautéed
1 cup Milk, soymilk or coconut milk
¼-1/2 cup half and half or heavy cream
Salt & pepper to taste
Herbs (optional) pinch of marjoram, basil and/or tumeric
Optional Ingredients include ½ butternut squash cooked, small sweet potato lightly steamed, small bouquet of broccoli lightly steamed, peas, green beans. It really depends on what you know your child while actively refuse or possibly ingest in soup form once blended. My daughter will not eat sweet potatoes, or white potatoes in any form so I use this as a base with the zucchini and she has no idea she ate it!
Now the easy part….
Preparation: Once you’ve chopped, steamed, or sautéed any of the above ingredients all you have to do is throw it all in a blender, add the salt and pepper and puree till smooth. I love thick, creamy soups that are hearty. If you opt for heavy cream this soup will fill you up, but if milk allergies are a problem you can substitute alternative milk or use silken tofu. I’ve done both depending on what I have on hand.
I NEVER fully cook the vegetables, if I run out of time the carrots, zucchinis, yellow squash gets thrown in the blender RAW with milk, and cooked potato and I’m done after spices!
I am big into saving nutrients especially for my child so the less cooking the better. If the vegetables seem slightly crunchy after blending, put into metal pot and simmer for an additional 20min. Here you can get creative with your spice cabinet or add some cheeses, again it’s all what you believe your child may like best.
The color is normally, a nice creamy white, with specks of fresh green and yellow goodness. I love the soup and luckily my daughter gobbles it up with a side of bread and butter.
Let me know if you try this and if your kid liked it too! Happy Cooking!