What’s for lunch: Chickpea and leek soup

What’s for lunch is a series of recipes and ideas for lunch to share when you’re at home with your baby and/or toddler. They’re not amazing food adventures just simple sustaining meals that are quick and easy to prep, as well as being tasty and nutritious.


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This is a recipe from the first Jamie Oliver recipe book. It’s easy, quick and cheap and I can’t find the recipe book so have been making my version of it…I made it twice last week and both kids loved it.

You will need…

125g of dried chickpeas soaked overnight, rinsed and boiled for 2 hours in unsalted water (until soft) or a drained tin* of chickpeas
600ml of low salt chicken stock made up
2 good sized leeks, top and tailed and sliced
1 potato peeled and diced.
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon butter (if you don’t eat dairy then replace this with another teaspoon of olive oil)

How to…
Heat the butter and olive oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Add the leeks and cook til softened slightly then add the potatoes and chickpeas and stir and cook for a few more minutes.
Pour in the stock and simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are soft.
Take half of the soup and blend separately then add them back together to make the finished soup.
Squish the remaining whole chickpeas for your little one
Add chopped parsley and stir in.
Serve with mini sandwiches.

*The linings of canned foods contain BPA which is a plastic. It has been found to leach into foods (particularly tomatoes). BPA is a hormone disrupting chemical which has been shown to lead to developmental abnormalities in rodent studies (at levels lower than those present in human systems). While the FSA (Food Standards Agency) and EFSA (European Food Standards agency) conclude it’s safe, it’s worth reading up on it to make an informed decision. Some food manufacturers are working to remove bpa from cans but it’s taking time. You can buy lentils and beans in their dried form, and chopped tomatoes in cartons.

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One thought on “What’s for lunch: Chickpea and leek soup

  1. Annie's Dorset Kitchen

    Reblogged this on Annie's Dorset Kitchen and commented:

    #cheapeatsJanuary4 I posted this recipe about a year ago – it’s a great Winter soup, as leeks are in season. And the chickpeas provide protein and contain folate as well as iron, vitamin B6 and magnesium and potassium and of course, fibre! I usually blend it less than the soup in the photos – it is a favourite with the kids – they always enjoy it. Soups are a great way to get kids to eat veggies.

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