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February 25, 2012 / Asimplemother

Yummy and Healthy Vegetable Bean Soup for the Whole Family

Nothing has been more enjoyable than cooking with my daughter. Even at age 2 there are several tasks she can help with for making dinner, dessert or stocking the freezer! The best part, she thinks doing the dishes is “Cool”.

This morning she helped me make a yummy and healthy vegetable bean soup. It is very easy and makes enough for dinner and lunch (all week). Make a pot and freeze some for a busy week night meal, or lazy Sunday afternoon.

Vegetable Bean Soup

10 cups of chicken broth or stock
4 carrots peeled and cut into small pieces
1 cup of sliced celery
1 large potato, diced
1 large onion, cut into pieces
1/2 bag of frozen peas
1/2 bag of frozen cut green beans
1/2 bag of frozen cut okra
1/2 bag of frozen corn kernels
1/4 head of cabbage, shredded
1 small can of mushrooms, drained
1 can of white beans, drained
1 tsp each: garlic powder, onion powder, seasoning salt
1/2 tsp each: black pepper, celery salt

Bring the chicken broth to a boil. Reduce heat to med-high. Add in carrots and potato. Then add in the onion and celery. Boil for 2-3 minutes until vegetables are tender, not soft. Add in the frozen vegetables. Return to a boil. Add in mushrooms and cabbage. Reduce heat to a simmer and add in beans. Stir in seasonings and let it simmer for about 3 minutes. Turn off heat and let it cool completely on the stove. Spoon into freezer containers and freeze. Letting it cool on the stove allows it to absorb the flavors. Enjoy with your favorite crackers or bread!

Relax! No, I did not allow my daughter to help around a boiling pot. To allow your children to participate, set-up different stations for cooking, slicing, mixing. Place the sliced vegetables on a plate/cutting board and a large mixing bowl at the table. As you slice up the vegetables, give them to your children to mix together in the bowl. This is great way to teach them about their vegetables and/or following instructions.

Making this soup, I gave my daughter the carrots and potato to mix together. Then I would take it to the pot (on the stove) and pour them in. We’d then move onto the next step. Trust me…add about 20 minutes to your prep time, but it is worth it. To see my daughter so proud that she made the soup is priceless. Not to mention, her excitement to eat it!

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  1. Vinny Grette / Feb 25 2012 3:44 pm

    Like like liked this! So happy when I read about families cooking together. Congrats!

  2. Judy Evenson / Feb 25 2012 3:59 pm

    and… what time is supper?

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