January is National Soup Month, so why not get out all those vegetables hiding in the fridge and create a tasty and healthy vegetable soup with your child! Your fifth-grader can hone his knife skills and learn more about healthy eating! Nothing warms a wintery afternoon like a warm bowl of soup – especially when it’s homemade!
What You Need:
- 1 onion
- 1 carrot
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 large potato
- 1 cup peas
- Vegetable oil
- 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 32-ounce box of vegetable stock
What You Do:
- Start by making a list with your child of all the vegetables he would like to include in his soup. Offer him a pencil and paper to write down all his favorite veggies.
- Gather the ingredients and have your child wash them, along with his hands.
- Cutting with a paring knife is an important cooking ability! Show your fifth-grader the ropes by demonstrating to him proper cutting techniques and safety beforehand. Have him give it a go and let him chop the vegetables into small, uniform cubes. To make things a bit easier, give harder vegetables such as carrots and potatoes a quick steam in the microwave, and then time to cool, before he starts cutting.
- When he's done cutting, have him place the cubed veggies in the stockpot.
- Then, have him measure 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and add it to the pot, along with a teaspoon of salt and pepper. After turning the heat to medium, let him stir the vegetables and let them cook for 5 minutes.
- Hand him a can opener and have him slowly add the crushed tomatoes to the pot. Have him follow it up with the vegetable stock. Once he’s given everything a good stir, set the kitchen timer for 30 minutes and let the soup simmer away.
- Once the timer dings, he can do a taste test to see if the vegetables are cooked through and if his soup needs more seasoning. Nice additions might include a teaspoon each of basil, oregano, garlic salt, or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes!
- Get out the soup bowls and dig in!
Sarah Lipoff has a K-12 Art Education degree and enjoys working with kids of all ages.