Liven Up The Lunch Box

Soup-er Charge the Thermos

Soup Lunches

Kana Okada

Zero-Alarm Chili
Brown 1/2 lb. ground turkey breast in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 tsp. dried oregano, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. ground cumin. Stir in 2 medium tomatoes, chopped, and 8 oz. no-salt-added tomato sauce. Cook, covered, for 5 minutes. Makes 2 servings; refrigerate leftovers for up to 2 days. (192 calories, 1g fat)

Silky Strawberry
In a blender, combine 1 1/2 cups hulled strawberries, 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt, 1 Tbs. honey, 2 Tbs. low-fat buttermilk or milk, and 1 Tbs. lime juice. Cover and blend until smooth. Save half in the fridge for another day. If desired, pack a few sliced strawberries separately to add to top of soup. (108 calories, 0 fat)

Chicken Noodle
Here's your chance to slip in whole-grain pasta -- once everything gets covered in broth, kids won't even notice a color difference from their usual noodles. Click the link at the bottom for the recipe. (212 calories, 7g fat)

Creamy Butternut Squash
Adding a pear is the secret to a sweet soup that even picky eaters will request. Click the link at the bottom for the recipe. (164 calories, 6g fat)

Tomato Alphabet
Heat 1 Tbs. olive oil in a saucepan on medium. Add 3 Tbs. chopped onion and 2 cloves garlic, minced. Sauté for 5 minutes or until onions are tender. Add 2 medium tomatoes, chopped, 1/4 tsp. kosher salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Stir in 3 cups no-salt-added chicken broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Blend with a quarter of a whole-wheat pita round until smooth. Return to saucepan; stir in 1 1/2 cups cooked alphabet pasta and heat through. Makes 5 servings; refrigerate leftovers for up to 2 days. (127 calories, 4g fat)

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