Soups are such a healthy, wholesome and nutritious meal. You can play with flavours, textures and seasonal fruits and vegetables. They are so warming and satisfying on a chilly day and you can simply freeze and defrost them when needed.
Soups are a great kid-friendly option for the school lunchbox. You can just pop in a food flask and give as a new healthy lunch to fill and warm your little one during school hours. They are also a perfect first food option for your baby as you can omit salt and add less stock for more of a purée texture. If your child is uncomfortable with certain textures of foods then soup can be an easy solution!
Hiding veggies and herbs by blending them down into the soup can be just the thing to get your child to try new unfamiliar foods. On the other hand do not despair if your child isn’t the biggest fan of soup because of the smooth texture. I suggest giving chunks of crusty bread with the soup to give bite and substance. Remember a soup recipe is great to mimic flavours and tastes. If your child likes chicken curry for example, create a soup with spice and curried vegetables. If your child likes sweeter tastes, create a soup with naturally sweet vegetables and fruits. Here are my top 7 child friendly soup recipes:
Our Food Flasks are just the thing for your soups when on the go. They come in 4 different colours and keep food hot or cold for up to 6 hours.
Hearty Vegetable Soup
This is a hearty soup full of vegetables that the whole family will love, including your weaning baby. I love adding a blob of crème fraiche on top for a creamy texture. Your kids will love this one for school. Full recipe here.
Curried Parsnip & Pear Soup
This particular exciting combination of pear and parsnip is naturally sweet, which may make your child more receptive to new taste and texture combinations. Full recipe here.
Chicken Noodle Soup
This chicken noodle soup is the ultimate comfort food for the whole family to enjoy, including your weaning baby. It is a delicious food flask filler and great to have on hand for a meal any time of the day. Full recipe here.
Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup
This particular flavour has become a go-to recipe for my girls’ lunchbox. I promise that you will adore the sweet combination of carrot and sweet potato. Full recipe here.
Pea & Mint Soup
This soup is packed with hearty vegetables and the mint gives a refreshing kick to the meal. During a long school day this is just the thing to fuel your little one and fight their hunger. Full recipe here.
Spicy Pumpkin Soup
This soup is a delicious way of turning unwanted pumpkin into a healthy, nutritious and affordable meal. It’s the perfect warming dish to enjoy on a cold winter day. Full recipe here.
Homemade Chicken Soup
Heartwarming and full of flavour, this easy Homemade Chicken Soup recipe is perfect all year round. This simple recipe is packed with vegetables including celery, carrots and onions for a nutritious boost. Full recipe here.
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