Kid-Friendly Lentil Soup with Veggies

by Eat Well with Lex

Kid-friendly lentil soup with veggies is warm, hearty and tasty. Flavored with a hint of curry and coconut milk, this lentil soup packs in a variety of vegetables like zucchini, carrots, and tomatoes. These vibrant vegetables not only enhance the flavor but also contribute additional nutritional value to the soup. Our lentil and vegetable soup appeals to the palates of both toddlers and older kids, earning its approval across a range of age groups.

Looking for more kid-friendly soup recipes? You may also like my Quick and Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup.

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3 Reasons Why This Vegetarian Lentil Soup is Great for Kids

  • Nutrient-Rich Powerhouse: Lentils are a nutritional powerhouse which is an excellent source of plant-based protein and fiber. When combined with a variety of vegetables in the soup, it creates a well-rounded and nutrient-rich meal that supports the growth and development of children.
  • Mild and Kid-Friendly Flavors: With a hint of curry and the creaminess of coconut milk, the soup offers a deliciously mild flavor profile that appeals to the little ones.
  • Toddler-Approved: This recipe is tested and approved by my toddler. It’s the best lentil soup for toddlers.
  • Sneaky Veggies Technique: One clever aspect of lentil soup for kids is the ability to incorporate vegetables without them being easily recognizable. Blending vegetables into the broth allows parents to “sneak in” extra nutrients.

Sneaky Veggie Lentil Soup for Kids

We all know the struggle of getting kids to eat their veggies and this lentil soup is a game-changer. By blending various vegetables into the broth, you can sneak in those essential nutrients without them even realizing it. It’s a win-win for parents with picky eaters.

Kid-friendly lentil soup with a medley of colorful vegetables

Family-Favorite Meal Prep Soup

Whether you’re dealing with a picky eater or not, this soup is a winner. My 2 year old toddler loves this soup and so does the entire family. It has earned its spot as one of our favorite meal prep recipes. Simply, prepare a batch for the week, and enjoy the convenience of a wholesome meal ready in minutes. Having a batch of lentil soup on hand makes it easy for parents like you to provide a nutritious and convenient meal for their children throughout the week.

Ingredients for Lentil Soup with Veggies

  1. Lentils: Choose your favorite variety, such as brown or green lentils.
  2. Vegetables: Zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, and any other veggies your kids enjoy.
  3. Spices: I used curry powder, turmeric and dried thyme. Depending on your family’s preferences, you can consider adding cumin, coriander, or paprika for extra flavor
  4. Garlic: Minced or grated, depending on preference.
  5. Onion: Adds savory depth to the soup.
  6. Coconut Milk: Adds a creamy and rich texture to the soup. As well as subtle sweetness to balance the spices.
  7. Vegetable Broth: Provides a flavorful base for the soup.
  8. Salt and Pepper: To taste, for seasoning.
overview of all the ingredients needed for lentil soup with veggies

How to Make Lentil Soup for Kids

Rinse the lentils under cold water and set them aside.

In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions and garlic, sautéing until they are translucent.

Toss in the lentils, diced zucchini, sliced carrots, and tomatoes. Sauté for a few minutes until the vegetables start to soften.

Sprinkle spices over the vegetables, stirring to coat them evenly. Allow the spices to toast for a minute to enhance their flavors.

step by step instructions for how to make lentil soup with veggies for toddlers

Add the vegetable broth to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the soup simmer for about 25-30 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. If the liquid evaporates quickly, add more broth if needed.

Pour in the coconut milk, stirring to combine. Let the soup simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Serve it with chunky vegetables or allow the soup to cool then blend into a puree.

Versatility in Preparation for Lentil Soup with Veggies

This vegetarian lentil soup for kids is a versatile dish that can adapt to suit different preferences. One of the things that I love the most about the lentil soup with veggies is it provides flexibility in texture.

Lentil Soup for Babies and Toddlers

Lentil soup can be transformed into a smooth and velvety puree, providing a gentle introduction to flavors. This variation is perfect for toddlers and babies who are starting to experiment with flavors and textures. On the flip side, for older kids, lentil soup you can also prepare it with chunky vegetables.

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Recipe Tips for Success

  • Tailor the vegetable selection to your child’s preferences. Sneak in sweet potatoes, bell peppers, or peas for added variety.
  • Adjust the texture by blending more or less, depending on your child’s texture preferences. A smoother soup may be more appealing to some kids.
  • For a smoother texture blend the soup in a blender or with an immersion blender. If you don’t have either, alternatively, you can finely chop the vegetables in a food processor before cooking or, with a knife, and then mash.
  • Serve the soup with whole-grain crackers or bread to make the meal more interactive and enjoyable for kids.

How to Serve Lentil Soup to My Baby

For babies who are just starting on solid foods, consider pureeing the lentil soup to a smooth consistency. You can use a blender or food processor to achieve a texture that is easy for your baby to swallow. Serve it with a spoon or in a reusable food pouch.

As your child grows, you can gradually adjust the texture of the lentil soup to include small, soft pieces of vegetables. This helps them transition to chunkier textures. Offer whole-grain bread or toast alongside the lentil soup. Toddlers can enjoy dipping the bread into the soup, making it a fun and interactive meal.

Wholesome lentil and vegetable for babies

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What can I substitute for coconut milk if my child has allergies?

If coconut milk is not suitable for your child due to allergies or dietary preferences, you can use an alternative such as almond milk, soy milk, or dairy milk. Be aware of the potential flavor changes this substitution might bring.

Can I make this soup ahead of time for meal prep?

Yes, lentil soup is an excellent option for meal prep. Prepare a batch and store it in the refrigerator for up to three days or freeze it for longer storage. Reheat it on the stove or in the microwave as needed.

How do I adjust the consistency of the soup?

If the soup is too thick, you can add more vegetable broth or water until you reach the desired consistency. Conversely, if it’s too thin, let it simmer a bit longer to allow the liquid to reduce.

Is lentil soup suitable for picky eaters?

Absolutely! The mild flavors and versatility of this recipe make it a great choice for picky eaters. You can also customize the vegetables to include their favorites.

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Kid-Friendly Lentil Soup with Veggies

A warm, hearty and tasty lentil soup with veggies for kids. Flavored with a hint of curry and coconut milk, this lentil soup packs in a variety of vegetables like zucchini, carrots, and tomatoes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine Indian
Servings 5

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 3/4 cup dry lentils brown or green
  • 1 medium zucchini diced
  • 1 carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt more or less based on your preference
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3-4 cups vegetable broth
  • Optional: cumin coriander or paprika for extra flavor

Instructions
 

  • Rinse the lentils under cold water and set them aside.
  • In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions and garlic, sautéing until they are translucent.
  • Toss in the washed lentils, diced zucchini, sliced carrots, and tomatoes. Sauté for a few minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
  • Sprinkle curry powder, dried thyme, salt and pepper over the vegetables, stirring to coat them evenly. Allow the spices to toast for a minute to enhance their flavors.
  • Add the vegetable broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the soup simmer for about 25-30 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. If the liquid evaporates quickly, add more broth if needed. If it's too thin, let it simmer a bit longer to allow the liquid to reduce.
  • Pour in the coconut milk, stirring to combine. Let the soup simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Serve as is with the chunky vegetables or allow the soup to cool then blend into a puree.

Notes

For a smoother texture blend the soup in a blender or with an immersion blender. If you don’t have either, alternatively, you can finely chop the vegetables in a food processor before cooking or, with a knife, and then mash.
For babies who are just starting on solid foods, consider pureeing the lentil soup to a smooth consistency. Serve it with a spoon or in a reusable food pouch.
 
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