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Instant Tomato Soup with Inside Out Grilled Cheese

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Instant Tomato Soup with Inside Out Grilled Cheese

3 Comments 18 December 2012


This is a great last minute dinner for a cold winter’s night!

A note about the boxed Trader Joe‘s soups: most of the boxed soups are Kof-K Kosher pareve or dairy, but always check the label before purchasing.  They taste really good on their own, but I like to spice them up a bit by throwing in some sauteed veggies, fresh herbs, or dashes of pepper or hot sauce. If you do not live near a Trader Joe’s, there are plenty of other options out there. Imagine makes a creamy organic tomato soup as well. You can purchase kosher soup Amazon.com and have them delivered to your door!”
Imagine Organic Soup, Creamy Tomato, 16-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)

Serves 4

Kosher Recipe Ingredients

For the Instant Tomato Soup:

  • 1 Box Trader Joe’s or Imagine Brand Organic Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (or 1 tbsp dried basil)

For the Grilled Cheese:

  • 8 slices whole wheat bread or any healthy grain bread
  • 1 pkg. shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese**
  • butter and/or olive oil for coating the pan

Pour a dash of olive oil into a pot, turn heat to medium high, and saute your onion until cooked through. Add the box of soup to the pot, lower the heat all the way and let simmer until it is nice and hot.

Take a large nonstick frying pan and put a dollop of butter/olive oil and heat on a medium flame. Put two slices of bread in the pan until toasted. Sprinkle some cheese (about 1/4 cup, depending on how big your bread is) on one slice, then cover with the other slice. While the cheese is melting, throw some more butter in the pan for it to melt (trust me, this will help with sticking). Spread 1 tbsp cheese on top of the grilled cheese, then delicately flip over to the other side of the pan (with the cheese underneath). Wait until the cheese underneath gets nice and crispy, add butter to the pan, then sprinkle cheese on top and flip again. When both sides are crispy, turn onto a plate and cut in half on the diagonal. Watch the video above for a tutorial.

Ladle the soup into four mugs and sprinkle with basil. Place the mug on its saucer and put the grilled cheese on the plate. Dip the grilled cheese into the soup to eat. Alternatively, get cute bowls with attached plates. I found these Soup & Sandwich plates from Crate & Barrel, they are super cheap and adorable!

* Beware of some boxed/canned soups as they can contain a lot of sodium. I always reach for the “lower sodium” options and make sure I don’t make these soups every day. They are great in a pinch but try not to make them a staple in your kitchen.

**If you’re looking to cut calories, you can use fat free kosher cheese. I love cheese so I cannot make that type of sacrifice, but I find that if you use half regular cheese and half fake cheese (like Smart Beat Cheese) it tastes similar to the original and lowers the calories.

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Nutrition for Kids On The Go

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Nutrition for Kids On The Go

No Comments 13 October 2010

Many Yeshivahs have their winter vacation this month, so take these great tips with you if you plan on traveling soon:

Whether on the beach, running around Disney World, skiing, or navigating a new destination, healthy eating and meal planning is the way to go. Your vacation starts as soon as you lock your front door and roll your suitcase into the car. Pack your carry-on bags with lots of healthy snacks like;

fresh fruit
carrot and celery sticks
string cheese
peanut butter sandwiches
turkey sandwiches

These snacks will come in handy when your child is hungry and is looking for something to eat.

Fill your hotel room with all of these healthy snacks. Vacation days are long, and there’s lots of junk food available to kids everywhere they go. Your room should be a “junk free zone”; this gives some control with the amount of sweets available. The strategy is to fill them with healthy food.

How can we do this? Let’s start with breakfast because its the most important meal of the day.

The morning is the best time to encourage kids to get some of the essential nutrients they need, like eating veggies; sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, or an omelet with mushrooms, peppers, or spinach. Fruit, half a grapefruit, sliced oranges, yogurt with low-sweetened breakfast cereal,  berries or sliced strawberries. Your goal is to make sure breakfast consists of 3 food groups; protein, veggies and fruit, and carbs. Be very careful with breakfast cereals, many times hotels and restaurants have cereals that are high in added sugars.

You will want to make sure to keep the kids hydrated. WATER, WATER, WATER, that is their best choice! Don’t get caught up in the “sweetened beverage trap” with sodas, juices, iced teas. Pack a water bottle that you can refill and have it available to them when they ask for something to drink, save the extra sugar for ices and pops.

The next challenge is lunch.  Here are a few suggestions to help guide your kids into making better choices;

  1. Salad bars are always fun, but remember they will not feel full enough with just greens, you want to encourage them to  add a protein into their salad;  Chickpeas, tuna, hard boiled eggs, kidney, white or black beans, or feta cheese. Adding some croutons for crunch can be fun. Be careful with the salad dressing.
  2. Tuna, egg salad, turkey, peanut butter sandwiches on whole wheat bread
  3. Baked potatoes stuffed with veggies’ and cheese
  4. Omelets with veggies
  5. Grilled cheese on whole wheat with tomato

Things to avoid / substitute with

  1. French fries / try baked potato  instead
  2. Macaroni and cheese / try pasta and sauce with parmesan cheese
  3. Fried fish or chicken / try grilled or baked

When going back to your room for a break before dinner, you’re going to be happy that you chose to keep your room free of junk food. Having healthy snacks around, will avoid conflicts, and you won’t mind if the kids are having a healthy snack before dinner!

Be Smart ,Be Healthy

Diane Terzi RD

Diane Terzi is a Registered Dietitian. She is certified in Weight Management for Children, Teens & Adolescents. Diane’s expertise is in working with kids; she has created a nutrition education program and teaches nutrition education in private schools throughout Brooklyn. Diane also works in private practice; she works directly with kids and their families. Her consultations are customized to meet each child’s needs, confidence  building balances the education so each child learns to make the choices they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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