How do get a 5 year old who's favorite foods are grilled cheese, nachos and hot chocolate to eat a healthy, veggie-packed soup? Why name it after him of course! Soup is not only one of my favorite foods to eat, but making it could not be easier.
First gather whatever veggies you have on hand (bonus points if they're color coordinated). If the lentils match you can add them too! Don't measure anything, just add it all in.
Saute onion, celery and all the baby carrots that were left over from the Thanksgiving veggie tray in oil for a few minutes.
Add chicken stock, lentils, diced sweet potatoes, bell pepper and whatever seasoning you have on hand. Leftover rosemary and thyme from Thanksgiving stuffing do nicely. Will the leftovers ever end?
Bring this to a boil and let simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. How easy is that. Since we're not measuring and all, just make sure you add enough liquid to cover everything. You could stop there. But you could also.......
Get fancy and partially blend it making for a creamier soup. Ok, so it's not fancy, I could pretend big chunks of vegetables don't bug Ethan but he does seem to enjoy the fancier soup. And you could also........
Look in your fridge and add in some quinoa, but only because it's red and goes with the whole color scheme.
Now let that cook another 15 minutes and call your sister and tell her Soup's on. Serve with freshly grated parmesan and leftover rolls from the Relief Society dinner (again with the leftovers).
Ethan ate all his Ethan soup and said he loved it. Not sure if he would've loved plain ol' lentil vegetable. Also glad he hasn't caught on that I pretty much call all soup 'Ethan Soup'.