Creamy zucchini & coconut soup

Suitable from 4 months

Creamy zucchini & coconut soup

We are often asked how to get a child to eat more vegetables, so if you have a child who doesn’t like them, you are not alone. There are many different opinions about this, such as whether you should hide them in other foods or not and how important vegetables are anyway.

I think it is very important for children to get used to eating a variety of vegetables, not least because they contain vitamins and minerals and help the body to absorb vitamins and minerals from other foods. In my opinion, eating them is more important than how they eat them at this age. Whilst no one solution will work for all, in our home the easiest way to get a child to eat vegetables is to add them to a pureed vegetable soup. So long as it tastes good, you can throw in more or less anything.

In this cold weather we have been making soup daily. It is quick and easy to make, a great way to use up vegetables and both children and adults are always happy to arrive home to a delicious soup. Kale and zucchini are rich in many nutrients including vitamins B, C and K, potassium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, rutin, quercetin, folic acid and vitamin C. Rutin and quercetin are important anti-inflammatories. If your children don’t like soup or can’t eat it with a spoon, try puting it in a glass and letting them drink it. The novelty factor is sometimes enough.

So, now I have extolled the virtues of soup generally, on to this recipe. Green vegetable soup can be a little bitter, so including creamy coconut brings the perfect balance. Don’t skimp on it. So long as you don’t add too much water this is a thick, hearty soup that makes a filling lunch for everyone. My husband likes to eat his with crusty bread from the local baker and my toddlers like it chilled. I like it both ways, depending on the weather. If you chill it as soon as it has cooled down and keep the leftovers in a glass jar in the fridge, it will last for 2-3 days.

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Recipe tips
If you feel like it you can add some cheese to this recipe. A delicious, mature cheddar would work really well. If you don’t have the kale or any other greens you can still make this soup. The greens just add even more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

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  1. Making this soup right now – smells delicious!!