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Portable Soups for School Lunches

The most healthy, balanced meal I can get my eight year old to actually eat at school has been these easy to throw together soups. They even contain, gasp, a vegetable! Just one though, I am not about to push my luck just yet.

I started making these soups as an attempt to get something with protein and a vegetable into my kiddo in a way that would draw the least amount of protest. This experiment worked. It's his favorite lunch now.

What You Need

  • 3 microwave safe thermoses

  • 1 vegetable bullion cube

  • 3 cups of water

  • 1 cup macaroni or any other pasta (100% durum semolina is vegan)

  • Tofu cubed, a bit more than half a cup

  • Carrots, finely chopped (or any vegetable your kid likes that is okay rawish). I microwaved them for about 1 minute to make them less raw.

What To Do:

  1. Add the water and bullion cube to a small pot on high heat. Bring to a boil and whisk in the bullion cube to dissolve.

  2. Add macaroni and boil until done. Reduce heat to stop from boiling over if needed.

  3. Fill each thermos 1/3 full with tofu cubes, then 1/3 full with carrots and 1/3 full with noodles.

  4. Add enough broth to each to make them all soupy. Close the thermos tightly for the one to be consumed that day. Let the other 2 cool in the fridge before sealing.

  5. To use the other soups, take off the lid and microwave the soup for about 2 minutes that morning. Seal well.

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