Grady has big feelings about a lot of things but the thing we consistently do battle over is food. When I find a (healthy) food that he'll happily eat, I'm all over it, even if it means feeding him soup every day in the dead of summer. This soup is fast and easy (and can easily be made adult-friendly too.)
4 heaping cups of chopped vegetables (I used just under three cups of carrots, about half a cup of celery, and about three quarters of a cup of onion.)
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 cups of water or stock (I used 4 cups of water and 1 Tbsp of Better than Bouillon vegetable base)
Heat oil in pan.
Cook vegetables over high heat, stirring often, for 7 - 10 minutes, until softened.
Add stock and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender (15 - 25 minutes depending on how big / thick they are.)
Buzz with an immersion blender until smooth.
That's it. Seriously. So easy. Grady loves this soup and eats it every damn day (even though it is so hot out, you guys. So hot.)
Add a few cloves of minced garlic when you cook the veg. Or some fresh ginger (chopped so that it will soften and can be blended.) Some dried ground cumin is also nice. Or cinnamon if you're feeling nostalgic. Add a can of coconut milk when you buzz it up for a smoother, creamier soup. There are so many different variations you can try (unless you're feeding a tiny dictator. Then I'd recommend sticking to a few flavours as possible.)