Everyday Mom's Meals: Veggie Twist on a Classic

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Veggie Twist on a Classic

Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese. These are a match made in heaven. And in this house you don't have one without the other. By that I mean, we can have a grilled cheese sandwich sans soup, but not the other way around. In fact, we love this combo so much I find myself from having to refrain from making it a weekly menu option.

And I know for a fact many families out there enjoy this combo just as much as we do, so why not put a slight twist on it? How about adding more veggies for a heartier bowl of soup, therefore increasing the nutrients too?

As many of you know, the dreaded flu invaded our house last week. I had a very sick Monkey on my hands. During cold and flu season, I don't think one meal gets served more in households across the country than soup. It is the go-to for so many when we are under the weather to comfort and satisfy our soul. And when the little ones are sick, if you can get some extra veggies in them to try to fight off all those germs, it's an added bonus.

This is basically vegetable soup meets tomato soup. Simplicity at its best, but full of flavor. And yes, the grilled cheese sammies are a must! It's the perfect soup for dipping, and if the sandwich isn't there, well, it's just not going to taste the same. Okay, it probably will, but like I said, the combo is mandatory in our family.

The "sick season" as I call it, isn't going away any time soon. If it hasn't found your house yet, lucky you!!! If like us, you are just trying to get everyone healthy again and hope to God it doesn't come back, try a big pot of this to help fight off all those dreaded germs! Either way, it's going to be delicious and perfect on a cold day, sick or not!. 

Slow Cooker Tomato Veggie Soup
4 c. vegetable juice
1 (32 oz.) bag frozen mixed veggies
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
1 (14 oz.) can chicken broth
3 c. water
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 c. finely chopped onion
Dried Parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste

Add all ingredients to slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cook on LOW 6 hours or until heated through. Garnish with dried parsley.

Shared on The Country Cook Dec. 19, 2014

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