I’ve shared before about how important ending childhood hunger is in our country. As a former teacher, I know hunger negatively affects the way children learn and of course as a mother it breaks my heart that any child goes hungry. Unfortunately the problem is global, with 165 million children worldwide chronically malnourished. This results in 1 death every 15 seconds and lifelong problems for millions more. It’s estimated that malnourished children could earn up to 20 percent less in adulthood. That’s a huge economic disadvantage in any country! You can read more specifics in the recently released Food For Thought report from Save The Children.
I hope you think good nutrition for all kids to grow up strong, healthy and successful is important to you too. President Obama and other world leaders will be meeting this month at two global nutrition summits (known as the G8). If you are on twitter, tweet at President Obama (@whitehouse) letting him know you support the fight against childhood hunger. Need a suggestion? Tweet This!
Supermom in Progress
Even having the means to feed my children healthy foods, I find it difficult at times. I am working on being a Supermom in the Kitchen. I love finding quick and easy recipes that sneak extra veggies into my kids’ food. I found soup is one place that they are least likely to question vegetables. Yay for soup – A Supermom’s secret weapon!
I love this recipe. My brother and SIL shared a version of it with me a few months ago. I tweaked it a little, adding a few extra veggies and using the veggie fortified pasta. It’s a simple and easy minestrone soup with only 8 ingredients!
GR8 Minestrone Soup Recipe
Easy Minestrone Soup Ingredients
- Chicken Broth (32 oz)
- Spaghetti Sauce (24 oz)
- 2 cans White Kidney Beans or substitute your family’s favorite – drained and rinsed
- 1 box Rotini or Shells – I like the veggie fortified kind
- 2 Onions
- 1 Zucchini
- 1 Yellow Squash
- Parmesan Cheese
- Start cooking the pasta – this is usually the longest part of the prep.
- Dice and sauté the onions, zucchini and yellow squash.
- Heat a soup pot on medium high and add the veggies and beans.
- Add jar of spaghetti sauce and equal amount of chicken broth (3/4 carton).
- Add more chicken broth if desired (depending upon preferred consistency).
- Cook until heated through ~10 minutes.
- Add the cooked pasta just before serving – this prevents it from getting mushy.
- Top with parmesan cheese to taste.
What’s your family’s favorite soup recipe?
I wrote this post as part of The Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.
Our Motto: Individually we are all-powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.