enough veg or chicken stock to cover the veg (the best quality you can afford - or make your own to keep it cheaper and more nutritious) - about 500ml-1l depending on how thick/thin you like your soup (start with less and add more if you need it)
2 tsp ground cumin (or use the same amount of mild curry powder)
salt & pepper
200g fresh, tinned or frozen sweetcorn
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Recipe created for Veg Power by Claire Wright. Food photography by Claire Wright | addsomeveg.com
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! Soup is always a great way to use up slightly older veg, so feel free to swap out what you have on hand.
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.
Communications Manager: After leaving Exeter University with a degree in English Literature, Claire worked in various fields ranging from youth work and charities to publishing, before starting up a food-focused website when her first child was born. After being asked to project manage the publication of Veg Power's Crowdfunder book, Claire came on board as a fully-fledged team member in 2018 to take on the role of Communications Manager, looking after Veg Power's website and social media platforms.