January is National Soup Month

By DeDe Hausmann

We celebrate National Soup Month annually in the US—did you know that??!!  I sure didn’t but it’s fitting since most of us experience cooler (if not COLD) temps in January and a bowl of warm, tasty soup can really make one’s day.

I also found a definition of soup: it’s a liquid food that is made by combining ingredients, such as meat, veggies, or beans (lentils) in stock or hot water, until the flavor is extracted, forming a broth.  Sounds about right, don’t you think?

Soup has been a popular food for a LONG time— from as early as 6000 B.C. and it was first made with hippopotamus!!!!  Later Greeks sold soup on the street and they usually used peas and beans as the main ingredients.  Sounds like one of the first fast foods to me!!!

Campbell’s Soup Company was founded in 1869 and was originally called the Joseph A. Campbell Preserve Company.  In 1897 Dr. John Dorrance, a European-trained chemist, joined the company and proceeded to invent condensed soup.  By eliminating the water in canned soup, he lowered the packing, shipping and storage costs so it could be sold in 10 ounce cans for a dime versus 30 cents for the typical 32 ounce can of soup.  The idea became so popular with Americans that in 1922 the company formally deleted “preserve” from its name and added “soup” as its middle name.

Of course today there are numerous companies that offer soup, whether condensed, ready-to-heat or even organic.  Ever tried Chef Wolfgang Puck soups?  They’re good but pricey!!!  Or you can make your own as many cookbooks offer recipes or go to the INTERNET and find numerous tasty and nutritious soups.   That’s where I found “to-die-for” recipes such as Butternut Squash Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup and Tortilla Soup.  Maybe you love Chili.  Try the web and you’ll find loads of chili recipes calling for various ingredients with different levels of HEAT—as in spices.

If you are looking for a nutrient-rich, quick-to-prepare and economical meal, start with a hearty soup.   Many soups, whether canned, packaged, or homemade, are the answer.   I make almost all my thicker soups with DAIRY, such as adding plain yogurt to make them more creamy, nutritious and with few additional calories.   I also add milk to most individual packets of soup instead of water, again to pump up the nutrients!!!  To complete the meal, toss together a salad with bright greens, radish slices, grape tomato halves, zucchini slices, carrot chunks and grated cheese and top it with a low-calorie dressing.  Add a whole-grain roll and a big glass of icy cold, skim milk, and you’ve got a healthy, tasty and economical meal.  Doesn’t that sound great for a cold, wintery January eve?

So celebrate January with some big bowls of warm, appetizing and nutritious soup and thank those early “soup chefs”, from many years past, for creating this delectable fast food.


2 Responses

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  2. I had no idea January was National Soup Month! Who knew I was celebrating all along? By adding beans, meat, veggies, and pasta/potatoes to the soup it can be the perfect one-pot meal! Let the celebration continue 🙂

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