Claire Wright from addsomeveg.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 veg soup looks and tastes sunny, and is really easy to make, too!
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 .
About the chef
After successfully lowering her young family’s sugar intake, Claire started Add Some Veg, a website to help parents find tasty low sugar high veg food that aims to be simple, quick and affordable. Claire also works for Veg Power as Communications Manager and chief recipe creator.