Try out today for lunch or dinner this easy and healthy bean recipe for toddlers – white bean soup!
You have three good reasons to do that. First, beans are nutrient dense food and therefore great for your toddler’s growing body and mind. Second, this white bean soup promotes bowel movements and prevents or relieves constipation. Third, you need only 15 min to prepare this super easy bean recipe for toddlers. So, no worries when you have only few minutes to prepare a healthy lunch or dinner.
Easy and creamy white bean soup - great for toddler lunch or dinner.
- 1 cup of cooked white beans
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1 carrot shredded
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2 tbsp sweet red pepper powder
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt to taste
- optional 1/2 tbsp dry mint or some fresh mint
1. Put all ingredients together in a pot and boil everything for about 10-12 minutes until the soup has thickened.
2. You can either blend the soup or serve it as it is.
3. Add some slices of bread and avocado when you serve it.
If your little one does not love this Bean recipe for toddlers
Beans are great nutrition for toddlers, but unfortunately not all kids love them. Aiden for example is one of them. First time, I prepared something with beans he was about 13 months old. Let’s put it this way: he didn’t love it and this hasn’t changed so far. Only now, with 2 1/2, when he sees a bean soup, he says “No, I don’t want it. I don’t like it. Yucky.” However, I never stopped to offer him beans in different forms. Simply because they have many benefits and are great for the gut flora.
So, I tried also this soup and he eats a half bowl of it but only with bread. He eats more if it’s blended and we add some mozzarella to it. For me that’s great, any spoon beans counts.
If your little one does not love this bean recipe or beans at all, don’t give up on beans. You can simplify it with only tomato paste and mozzarella. Or mix beans with something they like.
You can also try this kid-friendly skillet bean recipe with ground beef, kidney beans and corn.
Eat your Beans
There are several studies that have proven it over and over again – there are good reasons to eat your beans!
Above all, beans are nutrient-rich foods while providing a moderate amount of calories. They are not only great source of protein, folate, iron, potassium and magnesium, but also very high in fiber.
Studies have shown that consuming beans on a regular basis could improve overall health and also decrease the risk of heart disease, obesity and many types of cancers. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend consuming 3 cups of beans per week.