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Did you know that January is National Soup Month? With winter’s grey skies and a constant chill in the air, it makes sense. Trust me when I say that I am completely on board with any excuse to eat more warm, comforting soup.
Soup is also a winner in our family because of its versatility. We’re going through a really tough phase with the kids, ages six and four, when it comes to mealtimes. I can usually please one child at the table but never both.
I’ve heard more than a few of my parent-friends declare that they won’t be short order cooks for their children, but I have a confession to make. For me, being a short order cook and flexing to meet my kids’ meal preferences is sometimes necessary to spare myself the grief and turmoil that can arise during mealtimes. There have even been a few rough nights when I cooked three different meals. I try to block those nights out of my mind!
I’m not always so quick to bend to a four-year-old’s will, but on those days when I’ve worked ten hours and I just need five minutes of peace, it’s happened.
One trick I’ve found that helps make everyone happy is creating a buffet of food choices. It seems that as long as the kids have several items to pick from, they are far more likely to eat.
For instance, both kids like tomato soup… usually. Only a parent will understand what I mean by that. It’s a proven fact that they may enjoy a food, because you’ve seen them literally scarf it down in the past, but depending on their mood, the phase of the moon, the weather or whatever strange unseen force rules toddlers and preschoolers, they may or may not eat the food on THAT PARTICULAR DAY.
That scene from the film Napoleon Dynamite pops into my head where he’s trying to feed the llama.
“Tina, EAT THE FOOD!”
Sometimes I just want the kids to eat the food.
My brilliant solution? A carousel of toppings for their Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup.
I fill small dishes with a few of their favorite soup toppings like crackers, croutons, cheese, sour cream and crispy, crumbled bacon (I just microwave a few slices of the pre-cooked stuff).
Being presented with a range of topping choices for their soup makes lunch really fun, and they are always eager to get creative and make it just right.
Hey… whatever it takes to get them to eat the food!
On the flip side, my adoration of soup is pretty unwavering. Soup is the epitome of comfort food in my book, and in my hectic life I always welcome a warm bowl of comfort.
Right now I’m loving Campbell’s Fresh Brewed Soups. At 70 calories or less they are the perfect hot snack to fuel me through my busy days. I’m already a Keurig-junkie so making this soup was like second nature for me. It’s hot, flavorful and best of all—easy.
Easy fits my lifestyle just perfectly.
Don’t miss your opportunity to get in on the National Soup Month fun! I’m giving you permission (as if you needed it) to enjoy a warm bowl of your favorite soup for lunch to day. You know, to celebrate.
I’d love to hear how you soup. What is your favorite type of soup? Do you use any special toppings?