5 Healthy Soups Your Kids will Love During the Monsoons

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Soups are easy to make, high on nutrition and a pleasure to have in rainy chilly weather. Serve them to your kids as a healthy evening snack or as a starter to work up an appetite before dinner. You could serve them with toasted bread croutons and hey will turn into wholesome filling lunch or dinner. Soups are a great way to get your kids to have a variety of vegetables. Try out these simple recipes.1. Cream of Broccoli SoupIs not a much preferred vegetable with your kids? Do you often keep looking for recipes where you can disguise the broccoli underneath a favourite kiddie recipe? Try this soup made with fresh pureed broccoli and milk. Your kids are sure to slurp it up.Ingredients250 grams of Broccoli1 small Onion, finely chopped2 Garlic Cloves, Peeled and PoundedA pinch of Mixed Dry Herbs1 Cup Milk1 Cup Fresh Cream1 ½ Cups Water1 tbsp of Whole Wheat Flour1 tbsp ButterSalt and Crushed Pepper as per taste

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MethodPuree cleaned and chopped Broccoli into a smooth paste.In a large pan, heat the butter and sauté onions and garlic till they soften. Add the whole wheat flour and stir well with the sauté mix. Add water and stir well. Cover the pan with a lid and bring to a boil.Add pureed broccoli to this and cook for 5-7 minutes. Add heated milk and cream to this and mix well. Now add the herbs, salt and crushed pepper and your healthy, tasty soup is ready.2. Beetroot & Carrot SoupBeetroot and carrot are rich in vitamins and minerals, but unfortunately, it takes a lot to convince kids to have these. Try this soup and you will see a new found love for beets and carrots in your kid.IngredientsI medium Beetroot peeled and chopped2 Carrots, peeled and chopped1 tbsp Butter2 pods of peeled and crushed Garlic½ tsp Cumin Seeds1 dried Bay LeafJuice of ½ a LemonSalt and Crushed Pepper as per taste

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MethodPressure cook diced beetroot and carrot with 1 cup water for 3 whistles. Grind the cooked veggies into a smooth mix.Heat butter in a pan and toss cumin seeds and bay leaf and allow them to splutter. Add garlic and sauté for a minute. Now add the pureed mix of beetroot and carrot followed by salt and crushed pepper. Now add 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Simmer for another 10 minutes. Add lemon juice to enhance flavour.3. Spring Onion and Peas SoupThis is an unusual, but very tasty combination for soup. Try making this for your kids and you will be surprised at how much they will love it.Ingredients2 Cups of Shelled Peas1 bunch of Spring Onions1 pod Garlic peeled and crushed2 tsp Extra virgin Olive OilSalt and Crushed Pepper to Taste

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MethodChop spring onion after washing it thoroughly and keep the white and green parts separate. Keep aside some chopped green part for garnish.Heat oil in a pan and sauté garlic and the white part of spring onion until they turn golden.Add peas and sauté for 2 more minutes. Now add the green part of spring onion, salt and crushed pepper and add  4 cups of water. Bring it to a boil. Then let it simmer for 8-10 minutes.Once the mixture is cool, puree it in a blender. Add ½ cups of water to the puree and bring it to a boil again. Garnish with the green part of the spring onion you kept aside and your healthy soup is ready for your kids to devour.4. Pumpkin SoupPumpkins are definitely not among the most favourite vegetables for most kids, A delicious soup might be the easiest way for you to ensure he/ she has it. Try out this delicious wonder!Ingredients3 cups Pumpkin Puree1 cup chopped Onion2 pods Garlic, peeled and crushed1 tsp chopped Parsley1 tsp chopped Thyme2 tbsp butter4 cups Vegetable Stock½ cup fresh creamSalt and crushed Pepper as per taste

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MethodHeat butter in a pan and sauté chopped onion and garlic till tender. Then add the vegetable stock and pumpkin puree and cook on low flame for 10 minutes.Add fresh cream, salt and pepper and simmer for 5 more minutes. Now garnish with parsley and thyme and serve hot on a cool rainy day and watch the soup vanish in minutes.5. Cauliflower Cheese SoupSurprisingly, cheese goes very well with cauliflower. The taste of this combination is incredibly soothing and definitely very filling. Try out this soup when your child is in the mood for a delicate comforting dish.Ingredients4 cups Cauliflower florets1 cup chopped Onion2 pods Garlic, peeled and crushed2 tbsp butter2 Cups Milk2 Cups shredded Cheese4 cups Vegetable StockSalt and crushed Pepper as per taste

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MethodClean the cauliflower florets well, and toss them in boiling water. Cook them well for 10 minutes and puree it into coarse paste.In a pan, heat butter, sauté onions and garlic until soft and then add the pureed cauliflower. Add shredded cheese, and vegetable stock and boil for 20 minutes. Add salt and crushed pepper and your soothing comforting delicate soup is ready for your little one to relish.So, try your hand at making the delicious soups and have a small party with your kids during the rainy season!  
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