Getting my children to eat their vegetables can be a battle, so I’m always on the lookout for easy and nutritious recipes that are tasty too.
This week we tried Vegie Smugglers 2 by Aussie mum Wendy Blume, which is a collection of over 60 healthy recipes for the whole family as well as no-fuss tips on how to improve the eating habits. The cookbook has been such a success with our family, I wanted to share a collection of the recipes with you.
The first is a delicious pumpkin, corn and lentil soup recipe, which the kids loved and my husband gave a 10 out of 10....
1kg butternut pumpkin, peeled, chopped into 1.5cm cubes
1–2 tsp Moroccan spice mix (the better quality the mix, the better the flavour)
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tsp minced garlic
1 litre good-quality chicken stock
¼ cup red lentils, picked over, rinsed
420g can creamed corn
Grated cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 220°C.
Line a baking tray with baking paper and top with the pumpkin in a single layer. Drizzle with oil and as much spice mix as suits your family. Toss to combine and bake for 15–20 minutes until the pumpkin is soft but without too much colour.
Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a large saucepan over medium–low heat. Add the onion and cook for 6–8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the pumpkin, stock and lentils to the pan. Stir well and cover. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes until the lentils are tender.
Stir through the corn and black pepper. Remove from the heat and use a stick blender to blend until creamy.
Slice the baguette, scatter with cheddar and grill under a preheated grill on medium until it is melted and golden. Cut some slices into cubes and keep some whole.
Serve the soup in cute bowls, with both cheesy cubes hidden throughout and a large slice on top.
Serves 2 adults & 2 kids
Storage: keep the soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 48 hours. Cook the cheesy bread slices as you reheat soup in the microwave.
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