It is January in Minnesota – and this January officially means “Our kids will never ever go to school again because it’s so dang cold!” We’ve been below zero for most of the month, school has been called off, and we are getting a little tired of trying to keep busy and warm inside by doing crafts.
One way we stay warm is to eat a hearty, warm and healthy meal – and since the kids are home – they can help cook too!
We love to make soup as a family as it’s easy for kids to do – they can chop, measure, pour and enjoy the amazing aroma of soup cooking slowly on a stove as maybe we glue glitter the rest of the day.
And if we do brave the below zero temps outside – when we get home, there is an easy and fabulous meal ready and waiting for us on the stove.
Who doesn’t love soup?
Well, it turns out that January is the ideal time to love soup because it is National Soup Month! And this year is very special because 2014 marks the 80th birthday of Campbell’s Condensed Chicken Noodle soup! Did you know that each can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup contains 32 feet of noodles? Today, it is the top-selling soup for Campbell, with sales of more than 250 million cans (or 1.5 million miles of noodles) a year!
(I’m pretty sure this is exactly how we look as a family now when we eat soup on our cold January evenings. But I starch my collars better than she did.)
There are so many amazing recipes to be found on the Campbell’s Kitchen Wisest Kid site – but here are the five that we have tried and loved as a family to keep us warm and satisfied this winter!
1. Vegetable Minestrone Soup is full of healthy vegetables, and adds noodles that kids love!
2. Longevity Noodle Soup adds fun spaghetti noodles for awesomely fun slurping with an Asian twist!
3. Chicken Corn Chowder is a thick tummy pleasing soup with great protein!
4. Hearty Chicken Tortilla Soup is a delicious and mild twist on a great Mexican meal!
5. Slow Cooker White Bean Soup – because slow cooker soup is amazing and the protein and fiber in this one dish meal is beyond amazing.
Preparing soup as a family is the perfect way to spend a day and celebrate National Soup Month! And Campbell’s Condensed soup makes it even easier for you.
What is your favorite soup and how do you pass the time with kids on a day off from school in the wintertime?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Campbell Soup Company and I was compensated as an Ambassador, but all opinions are my own.