Soup isn’t the first thing people thing of when they think of baby lead weaning (BLW) but you don’t need to stick to finger foods just because you’re avoiding spoon feeding. Many babies and toddlers love soup, and I have a brilliant recipe for you today which is just about the easiest recipe you can think of.
Now credit where credit is due – this recipe was created by my mum 🙂 though I don’t think she usually adds carrot. My mum, like many a nana before her, is the queen of making tasty and nourishing soups and I have many fond memories of soup for dinner as a kid (back then lentil or pea and ham were the favourites). Eli has recently started going for sleepovers at his nana’s house for the first time so I’m looking forward to him getting to discover many of Nana’s classic soups for himself.
Squash and coconut soup
- 1 squash (I usually use butternut, but used an acorn squash this time), peeled and cut into chunks
- A couple of carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 tin coconut milk
- Vegetable stock (low salt or homemade is ideal for small babies)
- Optional – 1/4 tsp chilli flakes or powder, depending on your heat tolerance. You can add this to adult portions after taking your baby’s serving out if needed
This is the easiest soup ever. Put all the ingredients into a pot (adding enough vegetable stock to cover), simmer until the vegetables are soft, then blend. I used a pressure cooker so it was done in a few minutes, but a normal pot is fine too 🙂
While many babies enjoy a bit of spice, you might prefer to keep the heat levels down a little if you’re not sure how your baby will react. If you want to avoid chilli altogether you can, or you can add sprinkle dried chilli flakes ocer each adult portion before serving. If you feel you’ve made it too spicy, add natural yoghurt to your baby’s bowl to cool it down.
Remember to check out my previous article about how BLW babies can manage runny foods like soup before they learn to use a spoon independently!
What’s your child’s favourite soup recipe? Share your ideas in the comments?