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12 healthy soups for kids that will have even the pickiest eater asking for seconds. Delight your kids with these tasty, child-friendly recipes. All these soups are super easy to make and great for leftovers. Includes a devious mom hack to disguise vegetables your kids refuse to eat.
My boys were the definition of picky eaters. Most meals were greeted with a chorus of unenthusiastic remarks ranging from “Yuk” to “Is that onion?”
Apparently food was instantly rendered inedible if there was even the tiniest speck of onion visible.
I experimented with all kinds of food and found soups were always a hit. In the winter we practically lived on the stuff.
Now I have to insert a disclaimer here. The soup could only contain their favorite vegetables and not have anything yucky like kale, or onion, or the ultimate horror that was celery.
Actually most of my soups contained all these things, but I quickly learned how to disguise them, so my boys had no clue. You’ll find my devious Mom hack below the recipes.
Soup actually makes the ideal family meal. It’s
- Easy to make (especially in a slow cooker)
- Freezes beautifully
- A sneaky way of getting kids to eat vegetables
And the leftovers make great lunches.
12 Healthy Soups For Kids That They Will Actually Eat
I gathered together some really tasty kid friendly soup recipes. To make things easier for you I’ve linked all the recipes to Pinterest. That way you can save the recipe for later or click through to the website and get the details.
Sharon’s devious soup hack
You can easily disguise the forbidden vegetables, so your kids don’t recognize them. Simply cook the hated veggies and fling them in a blender with the liquid soup base. Blend until everything has liquefied. Easy peasy!
To give you an example from the recipes above. My boys would have loved the homemade chicken noodle soup, except for the dreaded celery lurking in it’s depths. Just saute the celery along with the onions and garlic. Put in the blender with half the water and blend until there is no trace. Add it to the pot along with the rest of the water and follow the recipe.
My boys happily slurped down any soup containing the few vegetables they liked and had no idea they were actually eating things like broccoli, chard and onion. I have never confessed my devious ways to them.
I will just add that my boys are now adults and eat everything (well I’m not sure about celery). They lost their picky ways and love to try new foods. They are now a joy to cook for.
Serve these soups for kids with dippers and toppers
Children love to dunk and mix. Some fun dippers/toppers are
- bread rolls
- Goldfish crackers
- plain yoghurt
- buttered toast
- Tortilla Chips
- Corn Chips
Some Helpful Buys
What are your no fail soups for kids? Do you have any favourite dippers or toppers?