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Super-fast vegetable soup for children

Just recently I’ve been trying to incorporate more vegetables into my children’s diet. I’ve been making sweetcorn fritters with extra red pepper, trying to sneak salad into their sandwiches (they may pick it out but at least it makes me feel better) and, for long car journeys, preparing plastic containers of carrot, celery and cucumber sticks as snacks.

But recently I stumbled across The Crumbs Family Cookbook, written by Claire and Lucy McDonald of the award-winning blog The Crumbs Sisters.

The book has some cunning kitchen shortcuts to help you cook healthy family food in a trice.

For example, the sisters suggest keeping your store cupboards and freezer stocked with bags of frozen onions, quick cook pasta and frozen veg, like beans and mixed vegetables, so you’ll always have the ingredients to hand to cook from scratch, despite being short of time/ dealing with a toddler tantrum/ not having made it to the supermarket for fresh veg.

Fastest ever vegetable soup 

While looking through the cookbook for ideas for speedy vegetable boosters and soup for children, I was intrigued by ‘Slack Mummy Soup’.

Yes, as the name suggests, it’s possibly the fastest soup on the planet for the least effort. You just pour some frozen veg into stock, boil for a few minutes and then puree with some extra cream cheese or crème fraîche for a creamy flavour. All ready in five minutes flat.

I decided to put the soup through its paces last weekend. Would it work without onions, simmering and even seasoning, I wondered? And – that all important question – would the kids like it?

The verdict

I loved the speed and stress-free nature of this soup – I could even manage it one-handed with my three-year-old needing a cuddle at the same time – and yes, I made it in five minutes, making it a real gem for a post-swimming lesson family lunch.

But without onion, garlic and other flavourings, it’s definitely too bland to pass muster solo, so do make sure you follow the instruction in the recipe to add crème fraîche/ cheese/ cream cheese. You need this for taste and depth.

But once you’ve melted through a handful of your favourite dairy food (I added grated Cheddar and crème fraîche) the soup is a lunchtime wonder. All cheesy, creamy, warm and comforting.

It was even good enough for an emergency soup for a grown-up, reckoned my hubby – who polished off two bowlfuls.

The Crumbs Sisters say that they invented this soup as a quickie veggie fix when their children were very young.

But sadly my children didn’t want to try it because… it was green. Can you believe it? Foiled again. My kids like red, yellow and orange soup, but apparently they’ll draw the line at any other colours.

I mean, obviously I should have picked out the frozen broccoli from my vegetable mix before bunging it in the stock. (My kids actually like broccoli in non-soup form too, sigh.)

This soup is going on my list of speed, healthy lunches – but next time, I’ll go a bit easier on the greenery.

Slack Mummy Soup recipe

Slack Mummy Soup

Serves: 1 child

Time taken: Start to finish 5 minutes

Ingredients

150g (5oz) frozen vegetables
Enough water or stock/bouillon to cover
A generous dollop of cream cheese/ crème fraîche/ Greek yoghurt – whatever you have in the fridge
Chives or flat-leaf parsley, to garnish

Method

Put the vegetables into a pan and cover with boiling water or stock/ bouillon and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.

Once cooked, strain the vegetables, keeping a couple of tablespoons of the cooking liquid. Add as much cheese/ yoghurt as you think your child wants, and puree with a blender.

Serve with a swirl of cream cheese, crème fraîche or yoghurt and garnish with the herbs.

IW CB847_CRUMBS_JCKT_UK_02 22mm v2_Layout 1Recipe reproduced with permission from The Crumbs Family Cookbook by Claire & Lucy McDonald, photography by Stuart West, published by CICO Books, £16.99. Available from all good bookshops and online retailers.

 

 

Healthier Mummy was sent a free copy of the Crumbs Family Cookbook for review purposes. 

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Comments (16)

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    Sarah Ebner

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    The Crumbs sister are great – got some fab, realistic recipes. Shame about the colour though!!

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    Cass@frugalfamily

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    I make something similar to this and it’s yummy – super quick as well which is always a bonus 😉

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    Polly

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    looks good! I always make soup and pasta sauces from scratch – means I can sneak in lots of extra veggies :p

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    nessjibberjabberuk

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    I love soup but my son takes one look at it and declares it ‘baby food’! I may have to try again with him.

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    You Baby Me Mummy

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    I love veggie soup! I hate to imagine the state of our living room if I gave Baby a bowl! :) x

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    Helen @ Witty Hoots

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    We make pea soup like this – just whizz it all up with a hand blender and serve with crusty bread – very yummy!

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    Kizzy

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    I love the Crumbs girls recipes and will be trying this asap. Also need their book, sounds fab

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    Mummy of Two

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    That sounds brilliant. I haven’t really tried my children with soup as it usually takes me so long I don’t want to spend ages cooking if they don’t like it. This sounds like the perfect first try of soup!

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    Joanna Sormunen

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    My son hates vegetable soup but he loves carrot soup. It’s one of his absolute favorites. Especially with pop corn as it’s eaten in Ecuador.

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    Zena's Suitcase

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    This sounds like my kind of time saving healthy meal! Thanks for sharing

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    Liska @NewMumOnline

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    You’re lucky they only draw the line at the colour of the soup; my Aaron won’t consume soup at all which is very annoying.
    Liska
    Sounds yummy for us adults though
    x

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    Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours

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    Wow this is fab! Thanks for recommending this cookbook, this is my (lazy) kinda cooking lol, 5 minutes?!! It possibly would take ME longer, I’m bound to do something wrong, event with this :) My kids would definitely turn their noses up at the colour too!! x

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    Shell Louise

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    It sounds really lovely and as long as I used fat free yogurt, it would be syn free and super slimming world friendly for me!

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    Louise Edwards

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    yum yum this looks great. I havent ever used frozen veg in soup but I imagine it is a fantastic timesaver and just as nutritious as fresh.

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