Swamp Soup for Picky Eaters
Branch out from chicken noodle! This greeny goodness will be a goofy St. Pat's surprise, but it's slimy and gross enough for your picky-eating kid any day of the year! (Just keep any Exorcist barf jokes to yourself.)
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth, divided in half
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 cups (3 medium) zucchini, thinly sliced
- 2 medium ripe avocados
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
- Prepared pesto (optional)
- In a large saucepan, heat 2 cups of the broth, the onion, garlic, and nutmeg. When it is boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Add the remaining 2 cups broth and the zucchini and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook for another 10 minutes, until the zucchini is limp but still bright green. Remove the lid and allow the soup to cool slightly.
- In a blender, purée the soup mixture with the avocado flesh in batches.
- Return the blended soup to the pan and warm on low, adding salt to taste.
- Stir in pesto to taste, if desired.
- Hide veggies at the bottom and have your kids dig in the swamp for the muck monsters.
- Serve with Parmesan crisps. To make, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a sauté pan. Place 1 tablespoon Parmesan in the pan and spread out into a single layer. Cook until bubbling, flip, and continue cooking an additional 30 seconds.