Family Food Hints and Tips

Toddler Lunch- Butternut Squash Soup

We’re currently going through a really awkward and annoying food spell with our two year old, she is being very particular about what she will and won’t eat. She is always happy to eat any meal that has gravy, but for obvious reasons we can’t just eat roast dinners. I find Lunch the hardest meal at the moment as sandwiches and generally any cold food (other than ice cream) are out of the question.

Luckily after lots of experimenting I have found a few easy meals that she will eat for lunch. Her current favourite is a very simple Butternut Squash Soup.

For the Soup

  • A Butternut Squash
  • Roughly 400ml of Stock



Peel the Butternut Squash, scoop out the seeds and discard. Then cut the Squash into small cubes. Place the diced Squash in a saucepan.

Make up around 400ml of Stock, I generally use Low Salt Vegetable stock but Chicken Stock works well too. Pour the stock into the saucepan (if it doesn’t quite cover all the squash then add a little extra water).

Put a lid on the pan and simmer until the Butternut Squash is soft (I usually find this takes at least 30 minutes).

Once cooked, remove from the heat and blend the soup using a handheld blender or food processor. If you feel it’s too thick then add some extra boiled water at this stage. My daughter likes it fairly thick and creamy so I tend to add a small amount of milk when blending. When your happy with the consistency (well when your toddler is) just dish up and serve, to a hopefully happy small person.

This is the one dish my daughter will always ask for more of, sometimes she’ll eat two to three bowls of the stuff!!

If you want to make it a little more interesting you can add other ingredients to the soup like onions, garlic, sweet potatoes or carrots. I tend to keep it fairly simple as I know she’ll eat it that way, but if I’m catering for adults too I will give it some extra flavour.

Is your toddler a fussy eater too, any tips? Let me know if you try this recipe and whether its a hit with your littles too!


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