Throw It All In Veggie Soup

by Maggie on November 12, 2009

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Callum and I made soup together this afternoon.  Lately he’s been so into mixing things.  A few days ago he made his own soup in the backyard with vegetables I was composting.  It was too cute (and too gross).  It reminded me of Just Like Mom.  Anyone remember that show?  Loved it.

Today, Callum did some mixing, some mock-chopping, and some tasting.  It was loads of fun for us both – and it gave him some ownership at dinner when we sat down to eat it.  He was pretty proud of himself.

Here’s the recipe.  You can use any vegetable combination you want.  I served ours with homemade walnut pesto made on Organic Works buns.

1 cup of leeks (on any type of onion)

3 cloves of garlic (pressing and peeling garlic is a good activity for preschoolers)

1 parsnip

1 medium sized carrot

1 medium sized sweet potato

2 fingerling potatoes (or one-two small potatoes)

1 head of broccoli

4 cups of veggie stock (make sure it’s gluten-free)

2 cups of water (approximately)

1 cup of non-dairy milk (I used soy milk)

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup of chopped kale or another type of green.

Chop leeks and garlic.  Add to a hot frying pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Cook for two to three minutes.  Add parsnip, carrots, sweet potato and fingerlings.  Cook for five to eight minutes.  Add broccoli and cook for 2 minutes.  You will need to stir constantly so veggies don’t stick to the bottom.

Add veggie stock ( I use cubes that you add to boiling water).  Add water.  Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.  Cook until veggies have softened (30 minutes or so).  Add soy milk, salt, and pepper and leave on low until you’re ready to serve.

Just prior to serving, add kale and then puree the soup.  I used my immersion blender.  We made ours just after lunch so I did turn it off and reheat it when we were ready to eat (and this is when I added the kale and pureed).

Served 4 adults, 2 preschoolers, and two toddlers (in other words, this recipe gave us supper and lunch).

I find when I cook or bake with Callum he can get stuck on one thing for a really long time (e.g. peeling an onion or garlic).  So I just let him go with it.  If he makes a big mess, we’ll clean it up later.  If he wastes a clove of garlic, we won’t break the bank.  You have to be flexible and willing to let a lot go if you want to include your babes in your kitchen adventures.