Monday, 9 September 2013

Special: Soups, sips and licks for older infant and early toddler

Heylos to all, am very much sure that all you mommies would have definitely tried the suggested recipes of soups and sips for your little. I hope they would have like it. In the response to the older post on soups (Part I - Soups, sips and licks for older infant and toddler), one of the reader (my cousin) said that she is eagerly waiting for creamy vegetable soup.

I was more than glad to hear that during her last visit to our place, her daughter (15 months old) loved the creamy vegetable thick soup which I had prepared for Erishka and Avya. In fact I was suprise to hear that she few more bites of bread while sipping the soup. And so she was eagerly waiting for the recipe and requested me to do ASAP. It has been also tried by bhairvi (my cousin) and her little one ‘Avya’. So here we have 'Creamy green soup' recipe on Avya’s demand.

What all you need;
3-5 stalks of Asparagus
1 clove of garlic (optional)
1 cup Broccoli
1 stalk of green onion (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
few drops of lemon1 pinch of cumin seeds
1tsp clarified butter/ghee

How to prepare?

Heat ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds, let it titter. Then add chopped garlic, green onion. cover it with lid for 1-2 mins. Then add chopped asparagus (wash and peel and chop in 1 inch, for easy crushing), chopped broccoli (florets upright, for easy crushing). Add salt, pepper and add some water. Let it simmer for 3-4 minutes (till broccoli is tender). Take off from pan and drain water (keep aside this water). Now put it in mixing jar, and blend it. You’ll get thick creamy mixture of broccoli and asparagus. 

And then put it back to the pan, switch  on the flame. And add the drained water kept aside.  Add few drops of lemon and garnish it with chopped coriander. 

Taa-da!! Here we have Avya’s creamy green vegetable soup. You may serve it with slightly toasted bread/breadsticks or broken steam rice.

This super soup is rich in fiber, high in calcium and has goodness of vitamin C. This soup can be enjoyed by mommies too. It's healthy, tasty and without any unwanted calories attached.

[Please note this recipe includes garlic and onion also. Replace it with ginger or hing (asafoetida) for early toddlers who have not tried onion or garlic before.]

While browsing I have also come across the amazingly efficient tool for kids meal planner from Nestle's official website (Start healthy, stay healthy)

For all those mommies who always find it difficult to decide on what to cook for their little ones. This tool has list of food items for all the age groups (infant, toddlers, grown ups) customized regionally to suit all natives of India (South Indian, bengali, north Indian, gujarati, maharastra food cuisine).

You can mix match the menu and also edit the item individually. 
Here is the link: Kids Meal Planner

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