January is National Soup Month! It’s gotten colder here, so soup is the perfect go to meal for us. I love soup so much I wrote a book about it.
It is featured on Library Sparks’ activity calendar for January which you can download for free here. (Did you know it’s also Happy Get Organized Month and Happy Brainteaser Month? I bet you didn’t!)
Soup Day was inspired by my son, Jamie. I created Snowy Day Soup (the recipe of which is at the end of the story) to get him to eat his veggies when he was a toddler. We’d choose the vegetables together at the market, and I’d let him cut the soft ones like the mushrooms, with a plastic knife (with my help).
Here is an old video of us making it together!
Back in 2010!
And here is a video of it being read on Story Time Castle. 🙂
Another favorite soup of his is Zucchini Soup, and we have it regularly. It is so easy to make, even he can do it by himself! I illustrated a version of it which I submitted to They Draw and Cook. Here’s the art and the recipe:
1 lb. zucchini sliced
1 cup chicken broth or other broth
salt and pepper to taste
- Slice zucchini into rounds. Steam. You can either steam on the stove or in the microwave, covered with saran for 8 minutes.
- Careful transfer the cooked zucchini and juices into a blender. Add chicken broth and seasonings. Pulse several times on low, and then blend at high until completely smooth.
- Heat and serve.
Happy Slurping! 🙂
I did a similar soup post way back when when I created this creamy green soup. This one, however, is even easier, and I recently taught my ten year old to make it by himself! It is his favorite soup these days, so I make it a lot. And now he can do the honors. This is a good thing because I am so busy these days with MATS A and other work!
All you do is cut 2 large zucchini into slices.
Then you steam them in the microwave for about 6-8 minutes.
Place steamed zucchini into a Vitamix along with 2 cups of broth and season with some salt and pepper if you like. Blend and serve! If you want it warmer, just heat it a little for about 30 seconds.
Drinking the green yumminess!
This is what I did in my class last week– I designed a collection of ceramic plates:
To read about the process, you can go here. It was quite painful! But all good. 🙂
Also, I just reopened my Society 6 store. I’ve been hesitant dipping my toes in the waters — I don’t know why…. But I made my first sale! To myself! ha ha. I bought a pillow that has my bunny head design on it. It is nothing really, but exciting to me, because it’s such a novelty for me! There is a SALE in my store right now for $5 off everything plus FREE shipping until 11/9, so check it out! 🙂
Jamie’s Zucchini Soup
2 cups of chicken broth or other broth
salt and pepper to taste
1. Cut zucchini into slices. Place in large bowl and cover with saran. Microwave for about 5-7 minutes until soft (it depends on your oven). Alternatively, you can steam in a steamer on the stove for 8-10 minutes.
2. Blend cooked zucchini and broth and seasonings in a Vitamix or blender until smooth.
Makes about 4 large bowls of soup.