With my brother and his (large) family coming to town for the day, I wanted a healthy lunch I could make ahead of time and serve when they arrived. Who doesn’t remember eating Campbell’s Alphabet Vegetable soup as a kid? I think it’s safe to say that it’s a standard memory for most people in my generation. So why not follow our parents’ lead and grab the can opener and serve up some mmmmm mmmmm goodness to my brother’s family? I can think of a few reasons why making the homemade version was a better choice. Obviously, fresh vegetables are going to have more nutrients than the canned variety. The closer they are grown to your home, the better. And then there is the dreaded ingredient that somehow sneaks its way in so many foods you buy in a can or package: high fructose corn syrup. Yep, it’s in there. Don’t believe the silly ads by the corn industry, either. Our bodies don’t process the high fructose corn syrup and table sugar the same way and they don’t have the exact same effect. But I think table sugar is an ingredient to avoid, as well, so that argument doesn’t hold much weight with me, anyway.
The great thing about this alphabet soup is that it freezes well. This recipe is for a big batch because I was serving it up to a crowd, but even if you don’t have a crowd to serve you can make a big pot and freeze the uneaten portion for up to 3-4 months. Then on those days when you don’t have the time or inclination to make a homemade lunch, but want the wholesome goodness, pull it out and defrost! And kids love it. Remember the fun alphabet letters? You can’t go wrong; it’s a party in a bowl!
As soon as I told Meghan we were going to make Alphabet Vegetable soup for her cousins, she was super excited and ready to help.
Any time you can get your kid that excited about vegetables, it’s a good thing.Print
Although this is definitely a kiddie recipe, the adults enjoyed it just like the kids. Meghan was having so much fun with her twin cousins that she didn’t eat that much of anything, but I was happy to have her eat a few bites in between their clowning around.
The older cousins all said yes when I asked them if they liked the soup. Since they all polished off their bowls, I think they were being honest and not just polite. All of the kids willingly ate a big bowl of vegetables–gotta love that!