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Make Family Soup in 4 Easy Steps


Getting my kiddos to eat a variety of vegetables has been a challenge! It is easy to get stuck making the same unhealthy meals regularly, just because my family eats them.

I used to regularly scour through Pinterest, cookbooks, and webpages looking for healthy recipes that my family would enjoy. Often the meals I found had ingredients that I did not have or could not afford.

I decided to change up my way of approaching dinner and to start throwing together meals with just the ingredients I had in the fridge or cabinet. What I found when I started doing this was that soup was the easiest thing to make, and it typically pleased my whole family. Every time I make a soup it is slightly different, because I use only ingredients I have on hand. It is super easy and fun too! Here is how I did it:

  • First, I looked at what protein foods were in the cabinet or fridge (i.e. beans, peas, canned meat, cheese, etc.).

  • Second, I looked at what vegetables I had available (frozen vegetables, fresh vegetables, and canned vegetables).

  • Third, I asked my kids to help pick the ingredients to add to the soup.

  • Finally, I mixed ingredients with a broth or creamy soup base for a yummy dinner!


Rebecca's Family Soup Recipe:

This is one of our favorite soup recipes made of beans and vegetables. . .


Ingredients

2 cans northern white beans, drained

3 carrots

3 celery stalks

4 potatoes

1 parsnip

1 onion

1 tablespoon oil

6 cups chicken broth


Note: (Feel free to use any and all vegetables you have on hand, and have your kiddos help pick out what vegetable they want to try in it! We have also tried this with kidney beans, green beans, peas, corn, etc.)


Directions


1. Wash prep surfaces and your hands.


2. Wash all veggies, and peel them if preferred.


3. Chop the onion, carrots, celery, potatoes, parsnip and add them to your large pot.


4. Season with salt and pepper.


5. Combine vegetables with oil and sauté on medium heat for about 5 minutes.


6. Add northern white beans.


7. Add broth and simmer until all vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.


8. Enjoy with some whole wheat bread or cheese garnish!

 

This blog was written by one of our guest bloggers, Rabecca.


About Rabecca. . .

I am a busy mom of a blended family of 5 (+1 puppy) who works for a Head Start program. I am currently working on a Master’s degree in Non-Profit Management. Cooking and spending time with my family are some of my favorite things to do. I am always looking for ways to freshen up our diet. One day I hope to use my passion for cooking and love for community action to make a positive impact in my environment.


 

In this week's guest post, Rebecca shares her family's soup recipe. If you would like to see other delicious recipes, check out our Health eKitchen recipe collection at www.wichealth.org.