Thursday, 19 August 2010
This is something I give my children when I'm worried their legs will turn into rickety breadsticks and their blood has turned into houmous due to all the, ahem, "mezze" style teas I've been giving them. It's just as quick to make, and easier to pull together. The trick is to always have some of this winter vegetable mix in the freezer. It's a kilo of chopped carrots, swede, onions, turnips and leeks, all for the bargain price of £1.49. Sainsburys do something very similar, as I'm sure do Tescos et al. [Postscript: I've since tried it with both Tesco and Sainsburys veg and it really is not as nice. The Ocado/Waitrose one has better quality and more interesting veg].
It might not sound very preposessing, but add cream cheese or some other requisite dairy and you get a delicious cheesey creamy mush, which kids love. And with that amount of root vegetables, how can it not be healthy?
Slack mummy soup
As much winter vegetable mix as you think your children need, (it's probably worth removing excess onion)
A dollop of cream cheese/creme fraiche/natural yoghurt, whatever you have in the fridge.
Put vegetables in boiling water - or stock, I use marigold bouillon, and cook for 4-5 minutes. When done strain leaving a couple of table spoons of water in with the veg. Add as much of the dairy bit as you think your child wants/needs and puree. You get a tasty soup which is quite thick so it's easy for your child to eat. Garnish with what you have in the fridge, a few chives, a bit of parsley and hey presto, you have something that isn't houmous and breadsticks.
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