A family of four chop vegetables together; images of different soups float around the background
A family of four chop vegetables together; images of different soups float around the background

Short on time and need dinner done fast? Soup is the answer. Even the pickiest eaters forget their finicky ways when presented with a warm bowl of pure comfort.

From silky purées to classics we all crave, soup is part of our meal plan week after week. Name another dish can you double in a snap for lunches and dinners, or that you can freeze in individual portions for easy meals ready in minutes.

Getting kids involved will help them learn to love veggies they may have turned their noses up at in the past. Let your kids get creative and customize their garnish. It’s all about owning their creation: grating cheese, drizzling olive oil or grinding black pepper. Your reward is empty bowls and full bellies.

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Turkey and 7 grain soup Image source: theHUB from Walmart.ca

Ready in: 1 hour

Why we love it: You only need 15 minutes of hands-on time to make this hearty and nutritious dinner. Need we say more? Let the ingredients simmer and get the family working on dessert and the washing up, so you have a few extra moments to savour this soup.

How kids can help: Learning how to wash and prep veggies are the first lessons in good cooking—ask any chef. So wrangle the kids to help with washing and peeling (with supervision, of course). They won’t be able to resist tasting along the way, because that’s what all good chefs do.

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Turkey is an excellent source of protein and iron[1], and it can be found all year round. Look for skinless turkey breast if you’re watching your fat intake and buy the bone-in option for a super flavourful stock.

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Sweet Potato and Apple Soup Image source: Sweet Potato Chronicles

Ready in: 40 minutes

Why we love it: C’mon, look at that gorgeous, glowing bowl! We all eat with our eyes and little ones are no exception. This is an easy batch recipe that begs to be doubled and stashed in the freezer for a quick lunch or last-minute dinner. And you can make grilled cheese while it thaws!

How kids can help: Kid-friendly tasks for the wee ones come in the form of tossing sweet potatoes and oil in a large bowl. Then have them drop them on a baking sheet. Bonus: You can throw in the carrots and onion in there too!

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This nutrient-dense root vegetable is almost too good to be true. It’s rich in beta-carotene and fibre[2], which helps promote good gut health.

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Hearty Tuscan Soup Image source: theHUB from Walmart.ca

Ready in: 30 minutes

Why we love it: Hearty and super satisfying, we love any recipe that allows you to up those leftover veggies in your fridge. Did you know that grains and legumes freeze beautifully for up to two months? Thaw in the fridge and they’ll keep their tasty texture.

How kids can help: Tear it up! Let kids tear the kale leaves from the stalk. Hand over the vegetable peeler and have them shave some Parmesan for a tasty topping. Just make sure they peel away from their hands.

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Packed with powerful antioxidants and vitamin C[3], kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods available. Plus, the healthy green can handle a long simmer and freezing too.

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Ready in: 35 minutes

Why we love it: Still desperately trying to get the family on the broccoli train? This recipe will turn all heads toward the kitchen because who can resist broccoli when it’s served with cheese? This is another easy batch recipe for freezing and enjoying throughout the week.

How kids can help: Get your kiddos familiar with the cruciferous head and let them get snap-happy. Kids can use their hands to break off the florets—it’s fun hearing the crunch and snap.

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Save any remaining parts of the broccoli stalk, peel off the tough outer layer and thinly slice for dips, soups, stir-fries and salads.

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Taco Soup Image source: theHUB from Walmart.ca

Ready in: 30 minutes

Why we love it: We had you at taco, didn’t we? All the beefy goodness with the convenience of frozen corn makes for a kid-friendly soup you can serve all year long. You can garnish it with crunchy tortilla chips and taco fixings like grated cheese, shredded lettuce and sour cream. It’s a party in a bowl.

How kids can help: Cooking is all about searing, caramelizing and creating deep flavours. And there’s no time to learn like the present. Heat the pot and carefully monitor your older child while browning the beef, stirring with a long wooden spoon. This is an easy opportunity to teach a tasty lesson on building layers of flavours.

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Another perfect batch recipe to keep handy! Double this soup on the weekend to make time for busy weeknight schedules and a breaking from cooking.

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Ready in: 40 minutes

Why we love it: All the comforting and satisfying flavours of a baked potato come together in this creamy version, without the cream. This magical combination offers all the fixings for a choose-your-own-adventure kind of fun.

How kids can help: Get the family to dig deep and prep all the garnishes. Supervise the bacon cooking and chopping but let them get creative and add a few of their own additions. Let them surprise you.

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Go big and buy potatoes in the big five- or 10-pound bags. The taters are generally a mix of sizes but its a wonderful cost-saver in the end.

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Sundried Tomato Soup Image source: theHUB from Walmart.ca

Ready in: 30 minutes

Why we love it: No cream here! The doubling down of sundried tomatoes and canned tomatoes is the secret to this smooth, quick and easy soup. Omit the cayenne for the kids, and yup, this is another big-batch favourite, so go ahead and double it. Did we mention it’s vegan? Bonus.

How kids can help: While the soup is simmering, enlist the help of the fam to make grilled cheese sandwiches. This recipe calls for mayo instead of butter so there is no waiting for softening. It’s our trick for crispy grilled cheese every time.

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Avoid a few extra dishes by using an immersion blender to purée your soup. For a quick clean up, fill a large glass with water and soap then whirl to clean the immersed blade.

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Ready in: 25 minutes

Why we love it: Oodles of noodles with a handful of on-hand veggies and ready-cooked chicken means 10-minute prep time for you and the kiddos. Batch up this recipe for freezing. Just remember to cook the pasta separately to avoid a mushy soup later on.

How kids can help: Let the little ones get involved peeling carrots, washing celery, tearing the cooked chicken because—let’s face it—tearing things up is the fun part.

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Opting to purchase cooked chicken is a big time-saver, and even a life-saver if you’re dealing with hungry meltdowns. More budget-conscious? Save on your grocery bill by looking for sales on chicken pieces and roasting your own. The best part: You can freeze extra chicken for future soups, salads, sandwiches and quick dinners.

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Article Sources

  1. University of Illinois. Turkey for the Holidays.
  2. Harvard School of Public Health. The Nutrition Source: Sweet Potatoes.
  3. University Health Network. 7 Reasons to Eat This Superfood.

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