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By Hilary Whiteeducational and craft writer

Try these contrasting foods when children need to warm up – or cool down.


Winter soup ingredients


Recipes in this article:


Winter lentil soup


Winter lentil soup

Serves: 4–6

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes

Discuss how rinsing the lentils washes away dust – and point out how the water runs clear once they are clean. Watch the stock cubes dissolve as you stir them into the water, and compare the texture of the soup before and after liquidising.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 125g red lentils (uncooked)
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 litre vegetable or chicken stock, made with stock cubes
  • Half a lemon

Equipment needed

  • Sieve
  • Heavy-bottomed saucepan
  • Blender

What to do

  1. Put the lentils in a sieve and rinse them with cold water.
  2. Warm the oil in the saucepan and soften the onions and carrots.
  3. Stir lentils into the onions and carrots.
  4. Add the tomatoes and vegetable stock and simmer gently for about 30 minutes until the lentils and vegetables are soft.
  5. Liquidise the soup in a blender.
  6. Add a squeeze of lemon juice for extra vitamin C.

Why not try… Putting the uncooked lentils into a jug – this makes them easier for the children to manage when it comes to weighing and rinsing. Extend the activity by stirring dry lentils into paint and PVA glue to create textured paint, and printing circles with carrot chunks.


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Cheesy shapes


Cheesy shapes

Makes: 20–30 shapes (depending on cutters)

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

These cheesy shapes make a good accompaniment to the soup. A mixture of wholemeal and white flour is more nutritious than white alone – and you can also add a tablespoon of chopped parsley.

Ingredients

  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 250g plain flour
  • 150g grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1 heaped tablespoon chopped parsley (optional)
  • 1 egg

Equipment needed

  • Mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Biscuit cutters
  • Baking sheet

What to do

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC/Gas mark 6.
  2. Put the flour in a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into small chunks with a blunt knife and rub it into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Stir in the grated cheese and the chopped parsley (if using).
  4. Beat the egg in a small bowl with a fork, then knead it into the mixture to make a firm dough.
  5. Sprinkle flour on a clean work surface and roll out the dough.
  6. Cut into shapes with biscuit cutters, place on a greased baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, until golden.

Why not try… Making up half the mixture with parsley. This way, if some of your children are wary of ‘green bits’, you can encourage them to have a little taste once they are baked.


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Fruity yogurt lollies


Fruit lolly ingredients

Makes: 6–8 lollies

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Freezing time: Overnight

Making your own lollies is a great way to explore what happens to watery substances when you freeze them. The natural sweetness of the bananas and apples also means that you can avoid adding sugar.

Ingredients

  • 6 large eating apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 150ml water
  • 2 large bananas
  • 2 generous tablespoons thick plain yogurt

Equipment needed

  • Saucepan
  • Blender
  • Ice lolly moulds
  • Freezer

What to do

  1. Put the apples, lemon juice and water in a pan.
  2. Simmer gently until the apples are soft (this should take about five minutes).
  3. Leave the apples to cool and liquidise to make a purée.
  4. Put a small amount of apple purée to one side, mash the bananas and mix with the yogurt and remaining apple.
  5. Pour the fruity yogurt mixture into lolly moulds and freeze.
  6. Mix the reserved apple with some fresh mashed banana and yogurt and let children compare it before and after freezing: How has the fruity yogurt changed? Which is nicer to eat?

Safety note: If you are making these lollies in cold weather, don’t let the children eat them just before or after playing outside.

Why not try… Experimenting with using other fruit, such as tinned raspberries in juice. You can also freeze different coloured fruits in layers to make stripy lollies.


More winter recipes…

Discover more ‘Winter treats’ with these delicious recipe ideas from our web resource bank.

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