I love soup. Chicken noodle, cream of broccoli, even tomato (if I have a grilled cheese to go with it!). There’s just something comforting about it, especially as the days grow cooler. My kids, however, don’t share this sentiment with me.
I don’t know how it started, but for some reason, every time I make soup, I pick the food out of it for them to eat and leave the broth behind, which, let’s face it, is the best part. So this week I decided it was high time they came to know the pure joy of soup. Or at least try their two bites of soup without freaking out.
#ONENEWFOOD: Chicken Soup
The boys were both hesitant until we told them that it was basically water and if they didn’t like it after the required two bites, we would pull out the chicken and carrots like we usually do. They both claimed it was good, but true to form, asked for the chicken and carrots separately.
Annelise was absolutely appalled at the thought of eating soup, then suddenly changed her mind, has a little slurp, claimed it was good, and refused to eat more. She then devoured a good portion of the squash I cooked for Eric, so I figured that could be her #ONENEWFOOD this week.
I won’t even attempt mashed squash for Eli since I know he won’t touch it. (Texture, texture, texture… remember Kristen’s mashed potato post last week?)
New Soup Recipes to Try
Although the chicken soup wasn’t met with much love, I’m interested in trying out some other soup recipes to see what the kids think. Here are two posts that are full of kid-friendly soup recipes.
8 Comforting, Kid-Friendly Soups from Hello, Wonderful
25 Kid-Friendly Soups from Life With the Crust Cut Off
I’m especially interested in the Purple Cauliflower Soup because the color would appeal to Annelise and the Butternut Squash and Apple Soup because it might be sweet enough for the boys to like it (although again, the texture might turn Eli off). I guess there’s no way to know until we try!
You can find these and other recipes pinned on my #ONENEWFOOD Pinterest board.
This Week’s Feature:
Spinach and Blueberry Salad was a hit!
I know what you’re thinking: “My kid won’t even touch the new foods we try to feed him, let alone eat two whole bites.” My kids were the same way, but guess what? Perseverance is paying off. Yes, they still decide they don’t like a lot of what they try, but they are so much more willing to try new foods now. The difference is really amazing and it hasn’t taken that long. I have a feeling that the longer we do this, the more foods they’ll start to eat on a regular basis.
So please join us! It’s a small change, it’s an easy change, but it’s LIFE-changing! Use the hashtag #ONENEWFOOD to share your pictures and stories and you might be featured here or on Mommy in Sports!
Soup, new? Hard to think of it that way, but you are right! Jessie loves chicken soup, Nick is repulsed. (The whole mixing food thing still baffles me. I did not encourage that, and it has annoyed me since Day One, so I have not enabled it. Where does it come from?). Thanks for sharing those recipes. I think I am going to ask the kids to pick one, and involve them in the making of the soup, to see if they might be more apt to eat it. My mother-in-law makes an Italian wedding soup to die for. I make it once a year, at Christmas, but maybe I will try that. So thankful for the Fall to be here, so I can spent a Sunday in the kitchen cooking up a storm!
I have a tortellini soup recipe that I really like, but no one else in my family likes it, so I never make it. What kid doesn’t like tortellini? It’s pasta and cheese!!
I love #anothernewfood! That’s great that she at least tried it and it’s getting easier. I feel the same way – they are getting more tolerant and excited! I am editing my little video now and hopefully posting in the morning! So glad we are sharing this #onenewfood journey!
Oh and try butternut squash soup…it’s always a hit…right?
Mindy Proulx says
Hey Lauren! Seems odd to think of soup as a new food. O’Course my kids are 14 & 15 and I am not sure that there is a food (at least a Down East Maine food) that they haven’t tried. Soup is a common meal at our house. I do a lot of ‘refrigerator’ soups. Basically they are just soup made with left overs. Usually its on Thursdays because that is our mid-week service night and there isn’t much time for meal prep or fuss. I also make cream of soups a lot. Last year I discovered cream of potato soup. Ya know when you have that mountain of left over potatoes and you don’t know what to do with them..cream of potato soup! Good luck with soup. Keep trying different mixes. God Bless!
I usually have a few recipes I stick with, but I should definitely start experimenting! I’m a big fan of cream soups, but I might be forced to eat those ones alone, haha. Oh well, more for me, right?
Tricia the Good Mama says
I absolutely love the #onenewfood. Honestly, I was thinking about making soup this week and I was thinking that I would probably have to take the broth out for my son (he’s 14 months). I’m not sure why either? Maybe I was thinking it would be too hot? I will have to try to give him the whole soup. Soup is one of my favorite meals, especially during fall/winter!
DON’T TAKE IT OUT!!! Haha. Seriously though, there are some things I wish I had done from the start so that it would be easier now. On the other hand, my oldest used to eat just about anything and now he’s much pickier, so a lot of it is just the age. You should definitely give your little guy soup and take pics to share with us!
Tove Stakkestad says
What a great idea. Our kids will also try one bite of something new and then tell me “yummy, that was great” – but refuse to eat more… MADDENING! I will have to check out some of the recipes you recommend and that picture of chicken soup made me seriously hungry!!!!