Claire Wright from raisingsugarfreekids.com shares 3 simple ways to prepare sweetcorn that the whole family will enjoy.

Soup is often an easy, unthreatening way to introduce kids to certain vegetables. This yellow soup looks and tastes sunny, and is really easy to make, too!

Method

In a large saucepan, fry the onion and peppers over gentle heat in 1 tbsp olive oil for about 5 mins, until softened. Add the other ingredients (except the corn), bring to the boil, and simmer for about 25-30 mins, or until all of the veg is soft and cooked, adding the sweetcorn for the last 5 mins of cooking time. Blitz with a hand held blender (or very carefully in a food processor in batches), and serve with crusty bread and a splash of cream or milk, if you like.

 

Mix it up: Try swapping in some new yellow or orange veg from time to time to see how the family get on with them. Squash works well in place of sweet potato (especially butternut squash), yellow courgette is nice in place of the peppers, finely diced carrots make a nice addition, or add 1 mug of red lentils to the softened onions and peppers and cook for a minute before adding the stock. Using different spices also changes up the flavour – try curry powder in place of cumin, or add a teaspoon of ground turmeric, coriander or paprika to the cumin to add more depth. For an even more filling, balanced meal, add a handful of cooked egg noodles to the soup .

Kids in the Kitchen

Teach older kids to chop the veg and carefully stir the veg in the hot pan, keeping an eye on them. Get children to add the ingredients to the pan, and let them have fun pressing the buttons on the hand held blender or food processor to get the soup smooth.