A bowl of piping hot soup is the best thing that you can ever think of during the wintery days while cozying up in your lounge. A soup can be as rich as a full meal depending on the choice of ingredients that you use to prepare it. Yes, there goes a sparkle in your eyes. Soup, full meal and kids.Soups are a quick and easy way to get your kids to eat their veggies. Whether it’s an afternoon meal or an early dinner meal, soups are healthy and light.
Here are some soup recipes for your little munchkin which is healthy and delicious.Most of the ingredients are seasonal, thus making it fresh and cost effective too.And during winters, having soups loaded with herbs with medicinal properties will naturally improve the immunity levels of your children, enabling their little body to face the tough climatic changes, environmentalpollutionand other adverse conditions.
- Piping hot rasam: Rasam is a south Indian delicacy which is loaded with so many natural ingredients which are rich in medicinal properties and will surely works as the best immunity booster for kids against cough and cold, especially during winters.
Preparing rasam is quite simple. Ingredients are fresh ripe tomatoes, tamarind pulp, cumin, pepper, and garlic, salt. Two big round red tomatoes are enough to try out this. Squeeze the tomatoes with your hand and take the pulp out. Mix with required amount of tamarind juice, salt, pepper powder, cumin and some garlic crushed together to the tomato pulp. Add two glasses of water and boil it on high flame. Just as it gets boils, add a pinch of asafetida and some sugar. Season it by crackling some mustard and curry leaves for the authentic aroma of a south Indian rasam.
- Zucchini and Drumstick soup: Making your kids eat veggies is really a big deal, especially veggies like drumstick or zucchini. So, make a soup of it and let the kids get all the essential vitamins,fiber. Drumstick is a great source of calcium and Zucchini is loaded with anti-oxidantsand other vitamins.
To prepare the Zucchini and Drumstick soup, cut the veggies and boil it in water with a pinch of salt. Once done take out the pulp of the drumstick removing its outer covering and mix with mashed zucchini. Boil it again with some water.Add some milk to the end to make it creamy and thick.Garnish off with black pepper and coriander leaves.
- Beetroot coconut milk soup: Beetroot is rich in nutrients like calcium, potassium, iron, folic acid, fiber and anti-oxidants, and coconut milk is an excellent source of vitamin A. Beetroot also has natural properties of cleaning the kidneys and gall bladder. It is also excellent for children as it benefits their vision, skin and immune system.
For preparing this soup, you can take either fresh raw beetroots or can use by par boiling them. Slice the beetroots and add in to your blender. Add a small piece of ginger, two garlics, and salt and add coconut milk and blend well. Strain the mixture and serve it.
- Mushroom soup with spring onions:Mushrooms are easily available during winters and are power houses which is naturally rich in the B group vitamins, especially riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), folate, pantothenic acid and biotin. Mushrooms also contain Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin that helps keep bones strong and fights disease.
Slice the mushroom in to small pieces and boil it with water and salt.Add sliced green onions to this soup and while done, add boiled milk to get a creamy flavor. Add pepper to season.Serve with a topping of cream and kids will love this healthy delight.
- Green Soup with Broccoli and peas:Broccoli and Green Peas are nutritious superfood with large amounts of protein and fibercontent. Both the veggies blend well together and gives a delicious flavor to the soup.
Boil broccoli and peas. Blend it well along with a piece of ginger, garlic, salt and coriander and olive oil. Strain it and serve it hot.
- Chicken and corn soup: The classic chicken soup which has been passed on from our nannies since many years ago. Chicken soup is believed to have a very positive effect on respiratory tract symptoms.
Boil corn and chicken and shred it to small pieces. Use the stock water and add ginger, garlic, black pepper, salt and butter. Adding spring onions is also healthy as well as adds a different flavor to the soup.
- Pumpkin and almond Soup: Pumpkin and almonds are powerhouses of energy which is great for kids.
Boil pumpkin and later sauté it in some olive oil. Blend pumpkin and almonds with some onions, ginger and garlic.Add salt.You can also use thyme or basil to add a different flavor to the soup.
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