The Magic of Soup

Cent$ible Nutrition News • January  2022 • Volume 25 | Number 4

As we make our way through the winter months, a bowl of hot soup can bring a bright, happy moment on long, chilly nights. Soup does not need to take all day; many soups are often simple and easy to make, allowing you to spend more time with family and less time at the stove. That being said, it can also be a great way to have your entire family help in the kitchen. Whether it’s a simple broth-based soup or a hearty stew, below are some ways soup can benefit you and your family:

  1. Soup can help meat stretch further.

Soup is an easy way to spread out your protein portions over multiple meals and cut down on costs. Buying meat on sale? Make a batch of chili, soup, or stew that can be eaten right away, or refrigerated or frozen for a meal later.

  1. Soup is an easy way to boost your veggie intake.

While it is true some cream-based soups can be high in sodium and saturated fat and should be limited to occasional meals, soup can be a great way to add vegetables to your meals. Substitute or fill out your soup with cooked lentils or beans. Add diced, sliced, or pureed veggies, or however your family enjoys them most!

  1. Turn soup making into a family event.

Most soups are simple to make. As such, you can get the whole family involved. Create stations and give each family member a task- one person can cut vegetables; another can oversee stirring the pot. Teach your children a new skill and bring some fun to your dinner routine!

  1. Soup is great when you are short on time.

Not everyone has hours to prepare a meal. Simply add in ingredients and let your slow cooker, Instant pot, pressure cooker, or stove do the rest! Add a salad and a grain, such as bread, and you have a perfect family-style meal ready in as little as 20 minutes.

Regardless of whether you are simply trying to warm up, looking for a nice comforting meal, or trying to save time, soup can be a great way to add nutrition to your diet and bring the whole family together.

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Bowl of bean soup with ham, onions, and celery

Crockpot Bean Soup

Easy to prepare with tons of flavor, this savory soup is a nice meal to come home to on cold winter days.

Have dried beans, but not entirely sure how to cook them? Check out several ways to prepare them here.

* The Cent$ible Nutrition Program is funded by USDA SNAP-Ed and EFNEP. SNAP-Ed assists individuals and families who receive, or are eligible to receive, benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). EFNEP assists families and youth with limited resources  in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behaviors necessary for nutritionally sound diets and contributes to their personal development and the improvement of total family diet and nutritional welfare. Visit our income-qualification page to learn more. 

This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. This material was funded by USDA’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program-EFNEP. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Issued in furtherance of extension work, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kelly Crane, Director, University of Wyoming Extension, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming Extension, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming 82071.

The University of Wyoming is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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