Lunch Box Idea: Alphabet Soup

Alphabet-Soup-8Minoo decided to do some lunch box recipes at the Gilmore Park Church Community Kitchen since it’s the start of another school year. I’m sure many parents are scratching their heads on what to prepare for their kids after the summer break. So, here are some of the ideas. Most of the recipes Minoo selected are adpated from Alive Magazine.

Minoo also shared a few tips from Alive Magazine on school lunch solutions.

  • Plan ahead school lunches over the weekend
  • Get the children involved in the planing, preparation and pick some healthy food of their choice
  • Make the lunch fun to eat like this Alphabet Soup, or lunches that involve squirting, dipping or slurping
  • Make colorful lunch i.e. include vegetables and fruit of different shades of colour

Bear in mind the following when preparing lunch solutions for kids who are growing fast and with high metabolism. Meals should include all food group that include:

  • a source of protein (meat, egg, beans, legume, tofu or seeds)
  • a source of calcium (milk, fortified soy, almond or rice milk, cheese, yogurt or sesame paste)
  • vegetables and fruit especially dark green veggies like broccoli, spinach and orange veggies like carrot, sweet potatoes
  • two serving of grains or bread like pasta, rice, oatmeal, couscous, with whole grain preferred
  • a healthy treat like homemade cookies, muffin or granola

A hot bowl of noodle soup is always welcoming in colder fall days. To make it appealing to kids, alphabet noodle is used here. You can use any other noodles of your preference. Home made soup is much more healthier than store bought ones which are laden with salt. Thermos is the best way to store the soup to keep it hot.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (500ml) hot water plus 2 cups (5000ml) chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) olive oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup (60 to 125ml) alphabet noodles or your preferred noodles
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 small carrot, diced
  • 1 small potato, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced red or yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup green peas or corn
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Source: this recipe is adapted from Alive Magazine #275, September 2005

Serves 4

Instructions

Alphabet-Soup-3In a medium saucepan, bring water and chicken stock to a boil.
Alphabet-Soup-5In a frying pan, saute onion with olive oil until soft.

Add carrot, celery, potato and red pepper in such a sequence that harder vegetables go in first because they take longer to cook.

When the vegetables are soften, add tomato paste and stir to mix well.

Alphabet-Soup-6Add the vegetables to the broth and bring it to a boil again.
Alphabet-Soup-7Add noodles and cook for 10 minutes.

Add the green peas and cook for another 2 minutes.

Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Serve hot or store a preheated thermos.

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  1. Thats a fun way to eat noodles. I wonder where you can get uncooked alphabet noodles. Oh wait, I see the bag says Galloway.

  2. This looks GREAT! A wonderful alternative to canned soup. Right now on http://www.lunchtaker.com we’re running a contest – each item you share gets you 5 chances to win an easylunchbox system. It is a really neat system for packing lunches. Check out the site – if you’d like to enter, here are the details: http://www.lunchtaker.com/blog/2010/10/back-to-school-lunch-contest/
    And .. for each item you put up, we’d link that item back to your blog where you describe how to make it (with lovely pictures) and you’d have all the ingredients on ziplist on our site and on the ziplist site so readers can easily add all the ingredients to their shopping list.
    Have fun with lunch 🙂 Amy

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