WIAW – I’ll bring the Pea, Ginger & Oregano Soup!

Hi everyone!  Hope you are having a great week so far! 🙂

This is the last week of Jenn’s month of ‘Love Your Veggies’ themed parties and they’ve been such good fun!

For the final ‘Love your Veggies’ party, my mission was to get Lil’ L to love a veggie that, to date, he’s not felt much love for.  I’m pleased to report that I succeeded in my mission! 🙂 🙂 🙂

But, before I get onto that, let’s begin with a rundown of the day’s eats and drinks:

Hot lemon & water before school run
After school run, big bowl of warm organic jumbo porridge oats, made with Alpro fortified soya milk, sprinkled with chopped brazils, pecans, walnuts, flaked almonds, ground flaxseed, goji berries and chopped dates, and a drizzle of agave syrup.  I can’t think of any words to describe how nice with breakfast is, so I’ll use one of Lil’ L’s SCRUMPDIDDLYUMPTIOUS!

I want to give a shout out to Crazy Jack just to say how much I love their organic chopped dates 🙂  They’ve got the most amazing texture & taste, and are perfect for sprinkling on porridge/oatmeal and mueslis.  They might be a little pricier than other brands, but they’re so worth it!

For lunch, I had some sun-dried tomato humous that I’d made for Lil’ L’s school lunchbox.  This is one of our all-time favourite flavours for humous.  It is totally lush!  It’s so easy to make at home and so much nicer than the shop bought version.  In five minutes, you can make enough humous to last you the week. (I’ll post the recipe soon, I promise!)

I served the humous with carrot sticks and Scottish oatcakes.

I used to bake my own Scottish oatcakes but, lately, I’ve been buying the Nairn’s brand.  This week we tried their roasted red pepper flavoured oatcakes.  They are really yummy, especially when topped with houmous or guacamole.

Watch out, here comes a flying oatcake!

Drinks & Snacks
1 Clippers Organic Nettle & Peppermint Tea, 2 black coffees, water, mango smoothie, 1 Clippers Organic Sleep Easy Infusion
blueberry pancakes with pecans (post school snack shared with Lil’ L before his swimming lesson)
handful of pistachios (post swimming snack)

While Lil’ L is pretty good when it comes to eating vegetables, there’s one veggie in particular that he tends to eat begrudgingly… and that’s the little green pea. He’ll scoop them up and stuff them in his mouth (especially when they’re covered in ketchup) simply to clear his plate, but there’s certainly no love there.

Furthermore, the only soup that Lil’ L has ever refused to eat is actually one of mine & M’s favourites… green pea and mint.  When I asked him why he disliked it, he said that it was ‘too peay and too minty’.  Hmmm… not much I can work on there!

On Sunday, I decided that it was time to give peas another chance.  I was determined to find a recipe that would make Lil’ L love this poor little neglected veggie.  I spotted a creamy pea soup recipe on the lovely Alexia’s blog that I thought might do the trick.  The soup contained ginger and oregano which, I thought, would give the soup some flavour and stop it from tasting ‘too peay’.  The addition of milk or cream would also give it a different texture, which could appeal to Lil’ L.

And the verdict…. HE LOVED IT! 🙂  He actually said it was delicious and gave me a big smile 🙂  I then told him that it was made of peas and the smile disappeared.  He realised he’d be done 😉  But who cares, he now loves peas! Yay!

A big thank you to Alexia for inspiring me with this recipe.  I did make a couple tweaks, adding more peas, liquid and using non dairy milk rather than cream, but the overall flavour was the same.  It’s a winner! 🙂  And I loved it so much that I made another batch on Monday too.  M’s taken it to work for his lunch and I had it again for my dinner with a couple of pieces of seeded wholegrain toast.  Totally delish!

Here’s how I made it:

What I’ve learnt these past couple of years is that when a kid says that they don’t like a certain fruit or vegetable, this isn’t set in stone.  Sometimes it’s a passing phase, sometimes it can be the way the fruit or veggie is served.  With a bit of creativity, flexible thinking and a touch of sneakiness we can win them over!  😉

For dessert, we shared a mango ‘hedgehog’ and a raw chocolate orange chia dessert (which featured in yesterday’s post along with the recipe).  Lots of yummy goodness!

Well I hope you’re all loving your veggies and eating them with great enthusiasm! 😉  However, if you’re in need for some inspiration and ideas on new ways to serve them, head over to Jenn’s where you’ll find plenty of delicious eats on display.   Happy WIAW everyone! xx

14 thoughts on “WIAW – I’ll bring the Pea, Ginger & Oregano Soup!

  1. Ooh, that soup sounds fantastic! The addition of ginger must give it such depth of flavor. I always get SO much satisfaction and excited when one of my boys finally decides they like a veggie that they didn’t used to. Just last night my youngest, Jace decided he now likes roasted brussels sprouts! He had two servings!
    That hummus (humous) 🙂 looks pretty tasty too.
    Happy Wednesday, Sharon!

    1. Fantastic that Jace now likes Brussels! 🙂 I still haven’t managed to win over Lil’ L with sprouts, but I’ll keep trying!.
      It’s such a great feeling when the kids start eating veggies or fruits that they used to not like. After a short stay at his nanny’s house, Lil’ L announced that he now loved mushrooms (for year’s he’d been picking the tiniest pieces of mushroom out of his dinner). I nearly jumped for joy! Big ‘thank you’ to nanny for that one 😉

  2. Another day of delicious-looking food 🙂 There’s lots of vegetables that I refused to eat when I was younger that I love now, some I have only recently discovered. Up until last year I thought that I hated swede, but it turns out that it’s very tasty in a mash!

  3. Everything looks delicious! I love pea soup, I usually add broccoli to mine which adds some creaminess and a little lightness. I think I need to make some more of my pea, broccoli and pesto soup which is amazing!

    1. Pea, broccoli & pesto soup sounds yummy! I normally have broccoli stalks left over at the end of the week, so adding them to a soup would be a great way to reduce waste!

    1. I’ve made the pea soup two more times since I came across your recipe! It’s one of my current favourite soups. Perfect for the weather we’re having here in the UK 🙂

  4. Oh the hummus…I love all flavors but I can’t wait to get your recipe. I don’t know if a batch will last a week as Kyle and I tend to be heavy dippers (plus it is good on things such as sandwiches in place of a mayo).
    Congratulations on getting Lil’ L to consume the peas. I know what you mean about finding ways to get the avoided foods in their diet (usually they come around with the right recipe).
    I will have to give this pea soup a try, I have been loving soups latety. And I think this one will fit in just right with my cleanse.
    I hope you have a lovely weekend and are able to enjoy plenty of time outdoors 🙂

    1. I imagine that pea soup would work really well during a cleanse. It’s full of lovely fresh ingredients 🙂
      I’m with you on the heavy dipping. I’ve just polished off half a pot of broad bean hummus that was meant to last us the rest of the week 🙁 Imade it with hemp seed oil rather than olive oil though, such at least I’m full of healthy fats 🙂

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