KIDS IN THE KITCHEN!
Soup season is here and there are so many options! This Potato Leek Soup, however, has won our hearts completely! If your kids want to help out cooking, there are tons of tips to guide your kids in the kitchen. Some of my kids’ fave parts were peeling the potatoes and blending everything together! ♥️
While your kids are helping out, you can also pause to discuss which FOOD GROUP each ingredient belongs to and share some fun facts about this meal’s featured ingredient: LEEKS.
🍴 Leeks 🍴
- Leeks are in the onion family, but have a milder taste.
- Leeks are often used in soups and salads. They can be eaten raw or cooked.
- The vegetable is thought to be native to Central Asia and has been cultivated for thousands of years.
- Leeks are low in calories but high in antioxidants and vitamins & minerals, like vitamin K.
Here are some creative ways for your kid to be your personal Sous Chef as you make our Potato Leek Soup. Just hover over each image for details. And make sure your little dudes wash their hands before starting!
To start soup and cook the potatoes, kids can:
Bring broth to a boil
This teaches kids to pay attention to the stovetop and see what happens to water when it gets that hot. Yay science!
(see suggestion below for a kids peeler)
Gently lower potatoes into pot
Drop the potatoes slowly and as low into the pot as possible so you don't spray yourselves with boiling broth!
Measure spices & add
This is a good opportunity to talk about cooking measurements, i.e. that you'll be using half as much pepper as salt.
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To work on the veggies, kids may:
Slice celery and leeks*
(use special kids knives, shown below)
Clean the leeks
Kids may be surprised to see how dirty leeks are on the inside! Rinse the leeks in water and strain after you've sliced them.
Stir veggies as they cook
Make sure kids use a long spoon so they don't burn themselves.
Add veggies to the soup pot
Lower them gently into the pot so the boiling broth doesn't spray out.
For chopping, our fave kids knives right now are: Curious Chef Knife Set, Opinel Knife, & Made for Me Beginner’s Knife (pictured above). We also used this Pyrex Measuring Cup and a long wooden spoon to slowly lower the veggies into the broth.
🍴Steps 3 & 4🍴
To bring everything together, kids may:
Blend the soup
A Vitamix or immersion blender is great for this task!
Add cream to soup
Once the blended soup is back in the pot, measure the cream, pour, stir and watch as it thickens the soup.
We totally recommend a Vitamix. They are pretty expensive, but you can find refurbished ones on Amazon for a bit less.
*Note: For toddlers especially, these tasks require adult supervision and/or assistance, as items may be sharp, hot or otherwise dangerous.