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ISO pureed soup recipes/ideas for toddler

lilaki May 24, 2013 08:05 AM

hi hounds,

hoping you can help me out.

my toddler has decided to go on a vegetable strike. HOWEVER, he will happily eat smooth soups. so, i'm on the hunt to find pureed soup recipes and am hoping you can share some ideas with me.

ALSO, my little guy is on the VERY SKINNY side so i'm also looking for CREAMY, pureed vegetable soups.


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  1. hotoynoodle RE: lilaki May 24, 2013 12:33 PM

    almost any veg can be steamed and then pureed with stock/butter/cream.

    carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, red peppers, zucchini. depending on his palate, you can add ginger, a bit of orange juice, don't be afraid to use salt to make the flavor pop.

    will he have cold soups? cukes work well for that, although am thinking gazpacho might be too much for him?

    you can also steam/roast these same veggies and puree them with some of the cooking water and then tahini, olive oil or peanut butter to make dips.

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      wonderwoman RE: lilaki May 25, 2013 02:45 PM

      here are three of my favorites:

      roasted sweet potato soup

      2.5 pounds sweet potatoes
      1 pound onions
      1 bulb fennel
      6-8 cloves garlic
      2 granny smith apples
      olive oil, salt, pepper
      4 cups chicken or veggie stock

      peel, core, chop veggies. toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. roast @ 500-degrees for 30 minutes. transfer to soup pot and cover with stock bring to boil and reduce heat. simmer 15 minutes, then puree.

      roasted tomato fennel soup

      3 packages cherry or grape tomatoes
      1 bulb fennel, chopped
      2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
      6-8 cloves garlic, peeled
      olive, salt, pepper
      4 cups stock
      2 sprigs rosemary
      parm rind

      toss tomatoes, fennel, onions, garlic with olive oil, salt, pepper. roast @ 500-degree for 30 minutes. transfer to soup pot, add rosemary and parm rind. cover with stock. bring to boil, then reduce heat. simmer for 20 minutes. remove rosemary sprigs and parm rind before pureeing.

      cauliflower soup:

      3 tablespoons olive oil, or bacon fat
      celery or fennel stalks, chopped to yield 3/4 cup
      1 medium onion, chopped
      kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
      2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
      4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
      2 bay leaves
      1 head cauliflower (1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch pieces

      in a large saucepan heat oil over medium-high heat. add the chopped fennel and onion, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. add the garlic and cook until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Stir in the chicken broth, bay leaves and cauliflower. bring the mixture to a boil. reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook until the vegetables are tender, 20 to 25 minutes

      1. LaLa RE: lilaki May 25, 2013 03:06 PM

        How about an avocado soup or smoothie...very good brain food!

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          The Dairy Queen RE: LaLa May 26, 2013 09:24 AM

          We liked avocado-pear puree. Smooth and sweet and high in fat.


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            lilaki RE: The Dairy Queen May 26, 2013 09:39 AM

            yummy ... my little guy loves avocados ... he just eats them in chunks. i've never thought of pureeing it into a soup.

            do you have a 'recipe'?

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              The Dairy Queen RE: lilaki May 26, 2013 12:18 PM



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                The Dairy Queen RE: The Dairy Queen May 26, 2013 06:40 PM

                Sometimes I add silken tofu, too.


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                  lilaki RE: The Dairy Queen May 27, 2013 07:07 AM

                  hey tdq ... do you ever make the pear/avocado puree ahead of time? i'm wondering if i could make it the night before and serve it for breakfast.

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                    The Dairy Queen RE: lilaki May 27, 2013 07:15 AM

                    Yes, no problem, but you have to be careful there's no air in the container so the avocado doesn't turn brown. It's actually a little nice chilled. But, really, you can do it in a flash IN the container with an immersion blender easily enough in the morning so you don't have to worry about browning.


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                      hotoynoodle RE: The Dairy Queen May 27, 2013 07:42 AM

                      actually, the pear will oxidize and go brown also. a bit of citrus juice will help, as will a layer of plastic wrap directly over the puree.

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                        lilaki RE: hotoynoodle May 29, 2013 01:29 PM

                        omg ... made this last night ... DELISH! had to make sure i saved some for the little guy! :)

                        also, i put plastic wrap right over the puree and then snapped on a very tight fitting tupperware lid ... no problems with oxidization.

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                          The Dairy Queen RE: lilaki May 29, 2013 03:16 PM

                          Better than you'd think, right?

                          Yes, that plastic wrap trick works.

                          Not that you'd feed this to a toddler, but google around for avocado chocolate "mousse" recipes. Again, better than you'd think!


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                            lilaki RE: The Dairy Queen May 29, 2013 04:48 PM

                            TOTALLY! i had to exercise some serious restraint after i tasted it!!

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                              lilaki RE: lilaki May 31, 2013 07:41 PM

                              i made avocado-mango puree today ... DELISH. happy to have a new offering at breakfast/snack. thanks!!

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          lilaki RE: lilaki May 25, 2013 05:00 PM

          hi everyone,

          thanks for the suggestions ... i will start experimenting in the kitchen this weekend!

          if i add cream into a soup, can i freeze it?

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            hotoynoodle RE: lilaki May 26, 2013 09:21 AM

            cream-based products won't reheat all that well. it may break and look gross -- especially to a kid, lol.

            but you can freeze the veggie puree.

            you can also use coconut milk/cream (NOT the sweetened kind) as a non-dairy fat-source.

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              lilaki RE: hotoynoodle May 26, 2013 09:38 AM

              this is genius!

              if i replaced the cream with coconut milk, could i freeze it?

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                weezieduzzit RE: lilaki May 26, 2013 09:49 AM

                Its really easy to just stir some cream in at the end of reheating it. Also, using homemade chicken stock as the liquid to cook the veggies would add some calories and nutrition.

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                  lilaki RE: weezieduzzit May 26, 2013 10:22 AM

                  can i use coconut milk? or do i need coconut cream? (i have a can of coconut milk in the cupboard).

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                    hotoynoodle RE: lilaki May 26, 2013 06:11 PM

                    coconut milk will work just fine. just make sure it's not the sweetened stuff,like coco lopez, that would be used for pina coladas.

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                    enbell RE: weezieduzzit May 27, 2013 05:12 AM

                    Adding cream at the end is what I do and when planning on freezing a batch I often plan on this- same with cheese in soups

            2. enbell RE: lilaki May 25, 2013 11:47 PM

              Zucchini is a pretty mild veggie, so it could work for your kiddo. I would probably decrease the onion and garlic for his younger taste buds though. Also, because you said he is on the skinny side, I might add some parm cheese.


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                Frizzle RE: lilaki May 26, 2013 02:38 AM

                Some great suggestions above. You can also do soups with coconut cream in place of cream to give him a bit of variety.

                Another soup recipe that's not cream but does have plenty of calories is a carrot and tahini soup. I just omit the cayenne for my toddler. This is the recipe I use: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/07/din...

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                  lilaki RE: Frizzle May 26, 2013 09:39 AM

                  wow ... never thought of tahini! great idea. thank you.

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                  ePressureCooker RE: lilaki May 26, 2013 02:31 PM

                  I'll second, third, the sweet potato recommendation. You can puree in some carrot, if you like, and add half and half (its far less expensive than "cream") to make it creamy.

                  And although they aren't soup, I have a couple of other suggestion to make. If your fussy toddler will eat spaghetti, you can puree onions, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, even carrots, and slip them into the spaghetti sauce without him having a clue they're there.

                  Then there's hiding vegetables inside of mashed potatoes. You could cook and mash parsnips, carrots, any kind of root vegetable in with the mashed potatoes, and since he's on the skinny side, pour some gravy made with roux (butter and flour) on top, if needed, to hide any hint of vegetable taste. Or fry the leftovers into potato pancakes, with some pureed onion inside.

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                    lilaki RE: ePressureCooker May 26, 2013 05:24 PM

                    thank you! love the suggestions.

                    i made a cream of sweet potato soup ... sweet potatoes, chicken stock, touch of brown sugar, nutmeg, and cream. little guy loved it.

                    he used to eat EVERYTHING ... and in huge chunks. really hoping this veggie-soup-thing is just a passing phase!

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                      ePressureCooker RE: lilaki May 26, 2013 09:40 PM

                      My nephew was like that - used to eat everything, loved everything, then went all picky on my sister. He's approaching 9 and he has a real picky issue with texture (sweet potato, onion, tomatoes, etc.) but as long as we puree it, and in the case of spaghetti sauce, he has no idea what makes the spaghetti sauce, he's OK with it.

                      I'm going to take a wild stab in the dark and guess this newfound pickiness happened around the time, or soon thereafter, your toddler started walking, or at least being more mobile? I've read its actually a survival mechanism: the picky toddler who got fussy about what he put in his mouth was less likely to injest something dangerous or deadly, and therefore was more likely to survive. Therefore that characteristic gets passed down family lines.

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                        lilaki RE: ePressureCooker May 27, 2013 07:04 AM

                        WOW ... quite amazing!

                        and yes ... now that you've mentioned it, he's been picky ever since he could walk. he'll happily SIT at the table but will also happily REFUSE to eat certain foods.

                  2. enbell RE: lilaki May 27, 2013 05:11 AM

                    Just a question about you little guy.... have more teeth come in lately? Could this be partly a texture thing as he is becoming more aware of his mouth?

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                      lilaki RE: enbell May 27, 2013 07:05 AM

                      oddly, my little guy is 18 months old and only has 7 teeth. he's been really slow to 'grow' his teeth. doc says there's nothing to worry about and dentist tells me this is actually GOOD since it leaves him less exposed to cavities in baby teeth.

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                      JudiAU RE: lilaki May 29, 2013 01:44 PM

                      My little people always liked red lentils with a LOT of carrot purreed with some gently warm spicing.

                      1. pdxgastro RE: lilaki May 31, 2013 10:52 PM

                        My sister had her hands full with her 4 yr old picky, skinny son. What she'd do was boil a whole chicken with vegetables. Basically a chicken soup. But then she'd puree it. The contents were like little pearls in broth. I hope he likes it.

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