I love soup. The most versatile dish, using up bits and bobs from the fridge and cupboard. It's incredibly thrifty and a sneaky way to hide the vegetables if your child (or partner) is less than keen.
So this soup has three green vegetables as well as onion in it. There is a bit of salt from the bacon so not for babies but my toddler certainly enjoyed it asking for seconds. He might be going through a bit of a growth spurt at the moment though. I hope so, he's eating me out of house and home!
For soups, frozen vegetables are also great as texture isn't so important. Mix this up a bit, try other vegetables, as Louis Walsh would say, "You made it your own!"
Eat Your Greens Soup - serves 3 adults (I froze one portion for work another day) and 1 hungry toddler
1 tsp vegetable oil
300g, 10.5 oz Smoked Bacon
140g, 5oz Broccoli, include the stalk (see the method below)
100g, 3.5 oz Green (French) beans
140g, 5oz Frozen broad beans
600ml, 21 fl oz Boiling water
Fry the onion in the oil until starting to soften. Cut the bacon into smallish pieces and add to the onion. Continue to fry until the onion is soft. If you prefer to omit refined oils, use fattier bacon and cook it gently with the onion so you're frying in the bacon fat.
In the meantime, chop the Broccoli, you can include the stalk which is often thrown away as this has loads of flavour and blends pretty well, just chop it up. Top and tail the green beans and put all the vegetables in the saucepan with the bacon and onion. Add in the water and bring to the boil. Simmer for approx 7 mins or until the vegetables are cooked. Puree using a traditional or stick blender and serve.
I've linked this up to naptime creations this week.