Yummy Harvest Soup

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Have  fun in the kitchen this harvest making some Yummy Harvest Soup.

Little ones love to join in with cooking, get them to help choose the vegetables, feel them, talk about them and guess what they look like inside. Allow them to try chopping (courgettes, mushrooms, celery, peppers with a dinner knife are safe with supervision) and mixing. You can always keep the peelings with a saucepan and spoon for some pretend play while the soups is cooking. So lots of learning happening here with the added bonus of the children eating some healthy vegetable soup! Perfect!

What you need:

  • 2 Potatoes, Medium Sized (170g)
  • 2 Leeks (320g)
  • 2 Carrots, Medium Sized (160g)
  • 1 Onion, Medium Sized (150g)
  • mixture of easy to chop vegetables. eg- courgettes celery, mushrooms and peppers (300g)
  • 2 Tablespoons Peas, Frozen (60g)
  • 1 Can Chopped Tomatoes, Small Can (227g)
  • 1 Vegetable Stock Cube, Reduced Salt (7g)
  • 1 Pinch Ground Black Pepper (1g)
  • Water (750ml)

Allergy Disclaimer - Always check the label of each ingredient for allergy warnings.

What to do:

  1. Wash, peel and chop the potatoes, leeks and carrots. Peel and chop the onion. encourage your little one to help wash and chop the other vegetables using a dinner knife and under careful supervision.
  2. Put the prepared vegetables, except the peas and tomatoes, in the pan.
  3. Add the water and the stock cube.
  4. Heat the mixture to boiling point and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Put the pan lid on and cook for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add a little more water if needed.
  5. Add the frozen peas and the canned tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Leave to cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Use a blender or potato masher to blend the soup to how you like it (optional).
  7. Season with black pepper and reheat gently.

Recipe source : Eat Better Feel Better

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