A delicious, nutrient dense, veggie packed slow cooker soup, that is also kid friendly in taste! Simple weeknight dinners just got easier!
As much as I actually really love to cook, I definitely have some of those weeks where activities seem endless, fussy toddlers are teething and super needy, and maybe I just plain don’t feel like cooking after that long school pick up line.
Enter…my slow cooker! Other than a little forethought to actually get the slow cooker ready in the morning, slow cooker night is pretty hands free!
And there is nothing like soup to get veggies into kids! I really think that soup is a great way to incorporate vegetables into children’s diets, not to mention gut healing bone broth. When it is filled with fun colors, and you use a few simple tricks to make it taste amazing, soup can be a really kid friendly, nourishing meal idea for kids.
One of my tricks for flavor is using squash puree in the brothy base. I started doing this a few years ago with a simple chicken stew staple we have all the time. Not only does the squash sweeten up the soup a little, it also gives it a creamier texture versus a brothy water texture and feel. It feels more indulgent but without any added dairy or flour to thicken.
When it comes to flavor in soup…be sure to add the flavor! Don’t underestimate the power of using a handful of real garlic all minced up in there! Instead of all potato, use half and half white and sweet potato for more flavor (and more nutrient variety!)
Another thing to try is making the veggies in a smaller dice. Kids usually fuss about big chunks of things in my experience. Smaller pieces look more appetizing and you can get more flavors on the spoon for one bite which just tastes better. Instead of just tearing the kale, I even run my knife through it a little more to make the leaves smaller.
Pull your slow cooker out this week and enjoy the night off on slow cooker night! I even do all the veggie chopping the night before (except leave that white potato for the morning to chop since it will brown), dump it right into the slow cooker, put the lid on and put it into the fridge over night! In the morning all I have to do is put the broth and white potato in and flip it on! Done!
A quick note on those kiddos with more sensitive palates to textures! I have found that they tend to take to soup purees better than ones with “chunks”. Take an immersion blender to this soup when it is done and do it up! The sweet potatoes make it super creamy once pureed – it is very good! Whatever you have to do to get it in them!
This one packs up great in the school lunch thermoses too! A small thermos of this many cooked veggies packs a huge nutrient punch to balance minerals in our kids!
Renee blogs at Raising Generation Nourished, and with 3 girls ages 6 and under, she is passionate about raising the next generation of kids with a better understanding where their food comes from and how food affects their bodies.