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Yellow Veg Soup

Claire Wright

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Serves: 6-8

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 30 mins

Ingredients:

1 onion, finely diced

2 yellow peppers, finely sliced

1 large sweet potato, diced

enough veg or chicken stock to cover the veg (the best quality you can afford - or make your own to keep it cheaper and more nutritious) - about 500ml-1l depending on how thick/thin you like your soup (start with less and add more if you need it)

2 tsp ground cumin (or use the same amount of mild curry powder)

salt & pepper

200g fresh, tinned or frozen sweetcorn

Veg Portions / Serving: 1

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Recipe created for Veg Power by Claire Wright. Food photography by Claire Wright | addsomeveg.com

Claire Wright from addsomeveg.com shares 3 simple ways to prepare sweetcorn that the whole family will enjoy.

Soup is often an easy, unthreatening way to introduce kids to certain vegetables. This yellow veg soup looks and tastes sunny, and is really easy to make, too! Soup is always a great way to use up slightly older veg, so feel free to swap out what you have on hand.

Method:

In a large saucepan, fry the onion and peppers over gentle heat in 1 tbsp olive oil for about 5 mins, until softened. Add the other ingredients (except the corn), bring to the boil, and simmer for about 25-30 mins, or until all of the veg is soft and cooked, adding the sweetcorn for the last 5 mins of cooking time. Blitz with a hand held blender (or very carefully in a food processor in batches), and serve with crusty bread and a splash of cream or milk, if you like.

 

Mix it up: Try swapping in some new yellow or orange veg from time to time to see how the family get on with them. Squash works well in place of sweet potato (especially butternut squash), yellow courgette is nice in place of the peppers, finely diced carrots make a nice addition, or add 1 mug of red lentils to the softened onions and peppers and cook for a minute before adding the stock. Using different spices also changes up the flavour – try curry powder in place of cumin, or add a teaspoon of ground turmeric, coriander or paprika to the cumin to add more depth. For an even more filling, balanced meal, add a handful of cooked egg noodles to the soup .

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

Teach older kids to chop the veg and carefully stir the veg in the hot pan, keeping an eye on them. Get children to add the ingredients to the pan, and let them have fun pressing the buttons on the hand held blender or food processor to get the soup smooth.

Activities

Activities

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.

Sensory

Sensory

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.

Serving

Serving

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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