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How can you cook with wonderful stocks, etc. when your children will not eat soups? My dh and I LOVE stews and soups, and made them 2-3x/wk before we had kids. Now THEY won't eat them at all, and it's hard to imagine what to do with stocks if they won't eat soup?<br><br>
I can use it to cook rice in, and we have rice 2x/wk or so, but I like using the leftover rice for breakfast or fake rice pudding the next day.<br><br>
It's hard when their definition of a good meal is a pile of protein (tofu, chicken, etc.), a pile of starch (rice, pasta), and a pile of fresh, raw fruits/vegs. I know, it's healthy, and they'll eat plenty when it's food they like, but I like soups, lasagne, stir fry, casseroles, i.e. one-dish meals. I have a really hard time preparing 2 different meals when getting one meal on the table is the big struggle!<br><br>
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Is it the soup and cooked food in it, or is it the broth they don't like? My kids don't care for broth in soup, so I make the soup or stew extra thick with veggies and then dish them up a bowl of veggies/meat with just a little broth or stock over it.
 

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My kids will only eat soup if I give them a straw to suck it up with! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have to puree the soup and then add alphabet pasta to it, if I do that DD can't get enough <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
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You could cook them rice using the stock instead of water,<br>
Or maybe give them some bread to dip in and mop up the soup with.<br><br>
I woudnt eat soup as a kid unless it had lots and lots of noodles or pasta in it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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My dd is much more excited about soup when served in a cup so she can slurp it<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> She also likes to use chinese restaurant spoons. Pureeing helps when I think there are chunks she will reject. I only puree hers.
 

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I make a lot of barley pilaf (onions, carrots, celery, currants sauted with barley, stock added bit by bit until yummy) and risottos using stocks. You can make risotta using any short grain rice, and it's pretty easy to find short grain brown rices, so if you avoid risotto for the white rice, ther are alternatives.<br><br>
When we eat soup I usually serve my daughter her portion with a slotted spoon. She gets some broth, but a whole lot of beans/veggies/whatever.
 

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My kids don't like cooked vegetables, and when we have noodles (as in noodle soup) they don't like the broth. If there are other things "touching" the noodles they don't like that either. They don't like soupy/saucy rice either, so I'd need to cook the rice in it, then serve it dry/tender (I don't mean chewy, I just mean not brothy or soupy). If I served "chicken soup" they'd only eat it if it had chicken and plain noodles in it *maybe*, but prefer the chicken separately in a pile.<br><br>
NO cooked vegs ever. NONE. But we're up to raw carrots, raw cucumber, celery with peanut butter and sometimes cauliflower. Also sometimes leafy lettuce/baby spinach. Used to eat bell peppers, but we wore that out and they stopped.
 

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My kids don't like cooked vegetables, and when we have noodles (as in noodle soup) they don't like the broth. If there are other things "touching" the noodles they don't like that either. They don't like soupy/saucy rice either, so I'd need to cook the rice in it, then serve it dry/tender (I don't mean chewy, I just mean not brothy or soupy). If I served "chicken soup" they'd only eat it if it had chicken and plain noodles in it *maybe*, but prefer the chicken separately in a pile.<br><br>
NO cooked vegs ever. NONE. But we're up to raw carrots, raw cucumber, celery with peanut butter and sometimes cauliflower. Also sometimes leafy lettuce/baby spinach. Used to eat bell peppers, but we wore that out and they stopped.
 

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I only started being able to "tolerate" soup last year and I am 28 yo... and even now It is soup that I make and it can't be anywhere near brothy (so it has to be more like a stew soupy thing)...and even then I have trouble stomaching it....<br>
but I want the kids to be able to eat soup... so I make an effort...<br><br>
Anyways.... my mom would cook rice in broth, lentils etc or add it to meals that call for water etc....<br>
I do the same...<br><br>
edited to add: I also didn't eat ANY cooked veggies until about 2 years ago....(though I did like pototoes cooked)<br>
Dips are good as you probably know and what I would do for my self to "trick" myself was to cook veggies and then blend them and add them to sauces etc...
 
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