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With winter well and truly upon us in Australia, it just seems right that soup should form part of the weekly meal plan. However, fussy eaters can have trouble with accepting the texture of soup or may just refuse to try it in the first place. Below are some top tips from the team at The Curious Carrot to help your little ones learn to like soup!
1. It starts with fun!
If you have a particularly fussy eater who won’t even tolerate a bowl of soup in front of them, start with some ‘Soup Play’ away from mealtimes. For example, painting with soup is a great first step to get little ones initially engaged. A brightly coloured soup, a pastry brush and some wraps are all you need to get started (see our tomato soup flower painting below). Add some fun vegetable shapes for extra food play fun! You never know, they may just dip and lick their fingers for an initial taste.
2.Get them involved
Let your child help you wash, peel, cut or grate the vegetables so they feel in control and not “tricked” into trying something they are not sure about.
3. Soup Dippers
Bring the fun factor to create kid friendly dippers using sandwich cutters to shape bread before you toast it (like our rocket example below). Get creative with dippers - you could try toasted pita bread triangles, grissini sticks, water crackers or even pasta. For something a bit different, get creative with puff pastry and get the kids involved to make some cheesy twists!
4.Aim to underwhelm
Start with a small portion. Smaller than you think! Aim to underwhelm not overwhelm. Your child can always ask for more if they like it!
5.Make it thick
We love this soup hack! Make the soup thick so it is easier for your child to eat with a spoon. It also means less drips when dipping too! You can do this by adding split red lentils (virtually undetectable in taste but adds bulk and nutrition to soups).
Tomato Crew Soup
1 x brown onion (chopped)
5-6 x garlic cloves (peeled & left whole)
1 x tbspn tomato paste
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
250g semi sundried tomatoes
480g (about 6) Roma tomatoes, halved lengthways
1 x chicken stock cube
¾ Cup of water
Worcestershire sauce (to taste)
Sour Cream (optional)
1 x Tbspn Olive Oil
¼ Brown Onion (chopped)
2 x Garlic cloves (crushed)
500g Zucchini (Chopped into 2-3cm pieces)
1 x Potato (Chopped into chunks)
1 x cup of Vegetable stock
1 x tbspn Cream Cheese
1 x tbspn Sour Cream
Salt to taste
Don't forget to add even more fun & colour buy using our eco-friendly bamboo & plant-based bowls!