‘Tis the season for warm and cozy food, like soups, stews and chili! I love this time of year when the temperatures drop (just a bit or a lot depending on where you live) and meal times feel like they should be less fussy and more about comfort food.
Nothing screams comfort food like a pot of something healthy and delicious simmering on the stove.
With January just around the corner, many of us are looking forward to the fresh start of a new year and a strong desire to work on personal eating habits and a focus on getting more healthy fruits and veggies into our family’s diets. As much as I try to keep that focus all year long, the holidays sometimes throw things off – and understandably so! This is the perfect time to regroup and really introduce more veggies into our family’s meals, particularly with soups, stews and chilis.
It’s so easy to add a few extra finely chopped, spiralized or even shredded vegetables like carrots, zucchini, or potatoes into an already family-favorite recipe for a boost of nutrition. I personally love adding shredded zucchini and carrots to chili and my kids hardly notice when I do.
My kids also love any version of chicken noodle soup so I try to change up the “noodle” to keep it fun and fresh for them, while adding a few extra cups of veggies like spinach, diced tomatoes or green beans.
Take a look at this collection of veggie-packed soups, stews and chilis from Produce for Kids and friends to inspire you to try something new!