Something For The Weekend – Sunshine Soup

Looking for a quick, easy, colourful way to entice your kids to fill up on veg? Look no further than our tasty bowl of sunshine, packed with flavour and goodness.

sunshine soup

Every parent needs what I call a ‘magic veggie’ recipe in their arsenal – something packed with vitamins and goodness but looks harmless enough that even the fussiest child will try it.

Enter sunshine soup.  I first threw it together in fit of pique while on a health kick and craving some comfort food. It’s hit the spot for me and my boys ever since.

Even my extremely picky youngest devours it by the bowlful and it’s now our family’s go-to for days when life’s little disappointments need putting into perspective.

Bright yellow in colour to lift even the gloomiest spirit, and full of eastern flavours, it’s the perfect quick-fix for a grey day, or black mood.


1 pumpkin (or large butternut squash if not in season), cubed

1 swede, cubed

2 carrots, chopped

150g red lentils

750ml of chicken stock (vegetable is fine)

2 large potatoes peeled and chopped

1 stick of lemongrass

1 handful coriander, coarsely chopped

1 tbsp of ground cumin

1 red chilli, finely chopped

1 tin of coconut milk

Juice of 1 lime

Seasoning to taste

Sour cream to serve


Rinse the lentils, then simmer in the chicken stock in a large pan with the veg, lemongrass stick and the spices for up to an hour.

Once all the veg are soft and lentils cooked through, remove the lemongrass stick and blend to a puree. Return to a low heat.

Add the coconut milk, lime juice and coriander (saving some for the garnish) and simmer for no longer than five minutes.

Serve in a deep bowl garnished with some grated lime, chilli, the remaining coriander and a splodge of soured cream.


Kirsty North
Kirsty North is a mum to two boys, one of whom has additional needs. Her experience of parenting a child considered ‘challenging’ led to a deep interest in ADHD & Autism. She is a journalist specialising in health and beauty and someday soon she’ll stop procrastinating long enough to get that long-promised book on paper.