The fall season can be hectic, and with all the hustle bustle what could be better than an easy, super nutrient dense, kiddo-friendly recipe that EVEN MOM AND DAD will enjoy? You say that’s a tall order, and I say CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.
Meet my Healthified Alphabet Soup recipe. With a bone broth and tomato base, added veggies, and a complex carb, protein rich pasta, this is definitely not your average alphabet soup. And the best news? Even if your little one isn’t cool with cherry tomatoes and/or spinach, the pasta and soup base alone is a healthy and balanced meal! Here’s a breakdown of the key ingredients, and why I chose them:
Banza Alphabets Pasta
This pasta is made from chickpeas and is higher in protein and fiber than average pasta. It’s also much less in net carbs and considered low glycemic, so you won’t spike your blood sugar with this pasta superstar.
100% Grass Fed Beef Bone Broth
Bone broth provides many benefits, but I chose this as the soup base because of its nutrient density. It adds even more protein, healthy fats, and vitamins and minerals. I wanted to create a soup for kids that would be nutritious even if they only ate the base and pasta. Bone broth is also a wonderful booster for the immune system, and I know we all need a bit of that around back to school time!
Cherry tomatoes and spinach
I like to give kids the opportunity to branch out with their pallets, but these are both easy to pick around if your kiddo isn’t quite ready for them yet. I like that the spinach adds a boost of iron, and the tomatoes add vitamin C to increase iron absorption into the soup recipe. In addition, tomatoes are a source of carotenoids, a group of potent antioxidants. I left the cherry tomatoes whole in this recipe because a recent study shows carotenoid content to be more stable in the whole tomato (1), but if your little one is too young to eat them whole (see: choking hazard) please cut them in half!
Pink Himalayan Salt
I always choose Pink Himalayan salt because of its mild flavor, minimal processing, and higher mineral content.
Alright my friends, now that you’re schooled on the key ingredients, here is the recipe that will nourish your fam and take you back to your childhood all at once.
Whole Nikole’s Healthified Alphabet Soup (makes 4 large servings)
-3 Tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
-A few shakes garlic granules
-Organic Cherry Tomatoes (the small kind) – I used about 40 tomatoes, but you can adjust to taste
-1 large container Pressery Grass Fed Beef Broth – I like this brand because their product is high quality, and it is already seasoned so it’s delicious right out of the container! If you can’t find this brand, look for one that is labeled organic and made from grass fed beef bones.
-1 can (6 oz) organic tomato paste
-1 box Banza Alphabets
-3 – 4 large handfuls organic spinach
-½ tsp Himalayan Salt
1. In a large stock pot or dutch oven, add oil and a few shakes of garlic granules. Heat oil over medium high heat and add cherry tomatoes. Sautee tomatoes in oil and garlic granules for 2 – 3 minutes (stirring to coat with oil and garlic), or until they start to blister.
2. Increase heat to high and add bone broth, tomato paste, and salt.
3. Bring broth to a boil and add pasta. Reduce heat to a low boil and cook pasta for 6 minutes.
4. Add spinach to the pot and cook until wilted.
5. Remove from heat, let cool, serve, and enjoy!
About Nikole Rachelson:
Nikole is passionate about food and its ability to transform health and quality of life when used in its REAL form. After having health issues in her 20’s that doctors could not help with, Nikole turned to learning the science behind how food affects the body.
Through her education at Bauman College, she learned and applied a holistic approach to her health that completely changed her life. During pregnancy and postpartum she discovered a gap that exists between typical pre/postnatal care and nutrition guidance. She now works predominantly with new and expecting mamas to provide evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle support to help manage common pregnancy symptoms, improve energy, and maintain healthy weight gain.