One can never go wrong with alphabets soup for toddlers. Especially when the toddler has begun to take an interest in alphabets. I had been singing the alphabets song with my toddler and pointing out all the different alphabets.
So, when you prepare something that he can eat, he is simply tickled. It is so cute to see him picking out the tiny alphabets and go, oi, oi, oi? in recognition of the alphabets.
RECIPE FOR SOUP
Add vege groups like potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, tomatoes or any combination to provide the sweetness and flavour
Add some meat or anchovies for extra taste.
Boil the soup for a while till flavourful. Use minimal portion of water.
Prepare alphabets by boiling in separate pot with some olive oil and salt. This will ensure that the soup does not look cloudy. Add the cooked alphabets to the prepared soup and serve.
You can make a bigger portion and separate them into smaller containers and freeze. Thaw and heat when needed.
For bigger children, I add some salt, pepper and Italian herbs to the soup to make it more appetising.
The tiny alphabets are sold in the pasta section in bigger supermarkets like Cold Storage and Giant. (over here in Penang, our supplies are very limited) Cold Storage in Gurney Plaza has a big selection of organic pastas with various shapes. Children love these special shapes.