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Summer Soups

Cold weather makes you want to warm your bones with a warm hearty soup, but did you know that you can also quell your hot weather cravings with a cold refreshing version? Handstand Kids love these three recipes, try them out for yourselves in the hot days to come!

This White Gazpacho Soup from SimplyRecipes.com uses some unique ingredients!

Avocado Soup from Startcooking.com is a snap to make!

Emeril Lagasse loves this refreshing Summer Fruit Soup from FoodNetwork.com!

If you plan on making any of these soups, make sure to post pictures to the Handstand Kids Facebook and Twitter!


Table Time with Challah Grilled Cheese

Even when you’re making something simple like our Challah Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup you can make every meal feel like an important one by setting and clearing the table. Kids can take the fact that they’re chefs one step further by pretending that they’re in a restaurant by setting and clearing the table. Handstand Kids love to cook in the kitchen so it’s important to teach them the proper etiquette for the entire meal. Starting out with simple tasks like setting the table teaches kids responsibility and is a task that even little hands can excel at.

These handy placemats from Kiki Creates are a great way to remind your kids of the proper way to set a table.

Allowing kids to clear the table may seem like too large of a task, but is also essential for forming good habits. If you think that your child is not old enough to handle the entire task of dishwashing, they can still help clear the table by bringing the dishes from the table to the sink. Settling them in with these new projects will ensure that your chefs learns that cooking is only part of creating a meal and time in the kitchen is not over until each dish is washed!

Healthy Foods To Fill You Up

We’re constantly struggling with finding the right snacks that will also keep us from continuously munching.  We found this article from Everyday Health featuring the 10 most filling healthy foods and wanted to share these with you!

  1. Sweet prunes – this high fiber food is a favorite or ours!
  2. Nuts – we love almonds and nuts of all kinds, but be sure to keep your intake to a minimum.
  3. Vegetables – you know we LOVE veggies.  They’re low in calories and super filling.
  4. Oatmeal – this is one of our favorite ways to start our day.
  5. Soup – eating soup before your entree, typically means you’ll eat less of your huge meal.
  6. Dips – eat a low cal dip like hummus with your veggies when snacking.
  7. Lean proteins – eating lean proteins will not only give you energy, but will keep you full longer.
  8. Beans and legumes – this high protein food is terrific for snacking and meals, alike.
  9. Potato skins – we absolutely love the high-fiber ‘tater skins! Plus they give our bakers an extra crunch.
  10. Fresh fruit – a bowl of berries or a whole peach, is a terrific healthy and rejuvenating snack.

What are your favorite healthy snacks? Tell us about it on our Facebook wall.

Wanting Warmth

We’ve been extra chilly lately and have been filling up on soups and stews for extra warmth!  Trying to stay warm with your kiddos?  Stay indoors one afternoon, bundle up, and start cooking!

Our winter suggestion:

Mamma Mia Minestrone from the Handstand Kids Italian Cookbook Kit!

Serves 6, Level: 3


  • 1 can (15 ounces) of red beans
  • 1 can (12 ounces) of whole peeled tomatoes (Pomodori)
  • 1 yellow onion (cipolla)
  • 2 potatoes
  • 2 cups of green beans
  • 2 chopped tomatoes (Pomodori)
  • 2 cups of zucchini
  • 2 cups of mushrooms
  • 2 cups of celery
  • 1 quart of vegetable or chicken broth
  • 3 quarts of water
  • Salt and Pepper (sale e pepe)
  • 2 cups of macaroni (maccheroni)
  • 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese (Parmigiano)


  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Soup Pot
  • Measuring Cup
  • Oven Mitts
  • Wooden Spoon


  1. Chop the vegetables and potatoes into bite size pieces.
  2. Place all the ingredients, except the maccheroni and parmigiano, into the soup pot on the stove on a high heat setting.
  3. When the water boils, pour in the maccheroni while wearing oven mitts and let it cook for 30 minutes on medium heat.
  4. Spoon the soup into bowls and sprinkle with parmigiano.
  5. Enjoy!

Alternative: For a heartier soup, add a handful of cooked meatballs to the soup pot 5 minutes before the soup is ready.

If you end up making your own minestrone, be sure to post photos on our facebook wall!

We’re Craving The Classics

It’s getting chillier and all we want to do is curl up on the couch with a cup of hot soup and some delicious home made grilled cheese. Feel like doing the same? Let your little ones lead the way!

Challah Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup

1. Challah- or any favorite bread (2 slices per sandwich)
2. Butter- room temperature or melted
3. Sliced cheese- cheddar is yummy
4. Tomato soup-TJ’s has a yummy creamy organic one
5. Basil- for soup (optional) fresh or dried

1. Place soup in microwaveable bowl or stovetop pot, add basil and heat until hot.
2. Heat skillet. Butter both pieces of Challah. Place one slice of bread butter side down in skillet and let brown. Arrange cheese on other slice then place onto of first piece in skillet (butter side up). Flip over so the new piece of bread gets nice and golden brown. Take off when both side are brown and cheese is melted.
3. Ladle soup into bowls and let sandwiches slightly cool to the touch. Use a spoon or better yet, the sandwiches make great dippers!


Our Very Own Soup Expert

Did you know that Yvette Garfield, founder of Handstand Kids, made the news last week with her soup of choice? Check it out here on the Sierra Club website.


Today, Yvette and her chosen soup were featured on The Huffington Post! Be sure to click through and of course, try her eco-soup suggestion!

Happy slurping!