Last weekend the girls and I made tomato soup – some for supper and some for freezing. I love cooking with my kids. It’s a great productive task for them (away from TV!), and it gives us the perfect chance to “visit” and just be together. My littlest got her stool, my eldest found her station…and we all pitched in and worked…
Homemade Tomato Soup:
roughly 40 tomatoes, cored and quartered
2 quarts of homemade beef stock (see Sally Fallon’s recipes at the bottom of the link here)
1 bunch of mixed greens (I used kale and dandelion greens – you can find dandelion greens at Whole Foods, or grow them in your garden like I did!)
1-2 large onions, chopped
3-4 stalks celery, chopped (I use the greens and all)
4 leeks, chopped (if you’re not familiar with using leeks, just chop the white part up and wash out dirt well. I suppose you can use the green parts but I didn’t here.)
8 carrots, peeled and chopped
5 cloves of garlic
1/4 c. fresh basil
sea salt and pepper to taste
coconut oil for sauteeing
Chop your veggies…
Even your small children can rip greens…
Saute your chopped veggies in the coconut oil (or olive oil)…
Add your broth…
Add tomatoes, greens and herbs, and seasonings… Bring to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer until your veggies are tender…for about a half hour.
Puree with a stick blender. If you don’t have a stick blender, you can do it in batches in the blender or food processor. For the size of this pot, this is the most handy. Watch for splatters though…
Voila! I had a lot of leftovers, which was my intent, and I froze the rest in several mason quart jars.
Kitchen scraps for the happy hens 🙂
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I could never figure out why a person needed a stick blender. Now I have one use it for all my salad dressings, soups and even lumpy gravy. Now I have another recipe to try with it. Nice post.
Thanks 🙂 I love mine too!
I love the photo of your daughter with the yummy bowl of soup. 😀
Thanks! 🙂 She was pretty excited 🙂
This looks so good! I can almost smell it. Im pinning it to try soon.
It’s good the children learn the basics of cooking.The children look cute helping their Mom:)
Cute kids, great pics and great blog! And thanks for adding me to your blogroll!! I hear about GAPS all the time but I don’t know much about it. How do I know if I should go on GAPS?
Thanks! I love your blog too! If you or your family is dealing with any type of allergies, asthma, autism/ADHD, autoimmune disease, well…I tell people it’s probably good for whatever ails you 🙂 but the food allergies, asthma, eczema etc. are our reasons for doing it. I’d read the book – I got it through the library the first time – and ended up ordering it because it was sooooo us. Have a great day!
Such a great post…thanks for sharing with us on AFW. Have a great rest of your week.
Thanks so much 🙂 You have a great week too!
I want to add your blog to mine (the wannabe homesteader)- should I add you under the Homesteading or Real Food/Traditional Cooking blogs section?
Thanks! Either one would work although I probably have more under the Real Food/Traditional Cooking –
Have a great day!
This looks great, I love cooking with my boys! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! We had some fabulous entries this week! Our gluten free blogger directory is growing too! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂 See you next Friday! Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com
What great photographs – it looks like you all had fun, and the soup looks yummy too! I always loved cooking with my son when he was little, and we still cook together now he is older plus he can cook for himself too 🙂 I do like all the basil you used – what a fabulous soup!
Your soup looks wonderful. I love all the delicious fresh basil you used. It looks like you all had fun making the soup. I used to love cooking with my son when he was little, and it was so worthwhile because not only do we still cook together now, but he has no trouble catering for himself either!
How much soup does this make? It looks yummy.
You know…I can’t remember. Sorry I’m not much help. I just made a bunch of it and either froze or canned it in the summer.
Beautiful photographs and great post!! I thought you may like this recent post, it’s very much along the same lines.
Thanks for sharing…very neat! 🙂