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Simple Broccoli Soup

Claire Wright

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Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 15 mins


2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into bitesize chunks

500-750ml stock (any kind) or water

1-2 heads of broccoli (about 500g), roughly chopped

Salt & pepper, to taste

Veg Portions / Serving: 1


This is as simple as broccoli soup gets: 3 ingredients and 25 mins. Affordable, simple, delicious broccoli soup perfect with a cheese toastie!


Add the potato and stock to a large saucepan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins, until the potato pieces are tender. Add the broccoli and simmer for another 5 mins, until broccoli is also tender. Blitz until smooth and serve hot. Perfect with bread or toasties. A drizzle of milk, coconut milk or cream adds smoothness and sweetness if you feel it needs it!

Engaging Kids

Engaging Kids

Kids who engage regularly with veg through veg-themed activities, such as arts and crafts, sensory experiences, growing and cooking are shown to be more likely to eat the veg they engage with. Encouraging kids to engage and play with veg is the handy first step to them developing a good relationship with veg and life-long healthy eating.

Kids in the kitchen

Kids in the kitchen

Let the kids pop the potatoes pieces and stock into a cold pan, then help them carefully add the broccoli. Let them be in charge of the broccoli prep – chop in half through the middle for them and let them wash it and pull off the florets. Older kids can help you blitz up the soup – just watch out, it will be hot!



While getting kids to interact with veggies for real and using their senses to explore them is best, encouraging hands off activities like arts & crafts, puzzles & games or at-home science experiments can be a great start, particularly for those who are fussier eaters or struggle with anything too sensory. Use these veg-themed activities as a stepping stone to interacting with the veg themselves. We have loads of crafty downloads here, puzzles here, and quirky science with veg here.



Once you feel your child is ready to engage a little more, you can show them how to explore the veg you have on hand with their senses, coming up with playful silly descriptions of how a veg smells, feels, looks, sounds and perhaps even tastes. Find ideas, videos and some simple sensory education session ideas to get you started here.



The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it! Giving children a sense of ownership in the meal can make a big difference to their feelings going into it and the pride they take in it. You know your child best, but if you aren’t sure where to start, we have some fun and simple ideas for easy roles you can give them in the serving process over here.

Claire Wright

Editor: After leaving Exeter University with a degree in English Literature, Claire worked in various fields ranging from youth work and charities to publishing, before starting up a food-focused website when her first child was born. After being asked to project manage the publication of Veg Power's Crowdfunder book, Claire came on board as a fully-fledged team member in 2018 to take on the role of Communications Manager, then Editor, looking after Veg Power's website, content, recipes and social media platforms.

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