Nothing wards of the last of winter like warm hearty soup. There are many benefits to sending homemade soup to school for lunch like: being able to keep it warm in a thermos, giving your child a healthy dose of vegetables to equal that needed 3-5 servings daily. But what kind of vegetables can you get them to eat?
Hot Potato, Hot Potato
Be as creative as you like and experiment to get them to try new tastes:-)
Gluten Free Southern Baked Potato Soup
6 white potatoes
1 medium onion or leek
2 tablespoons of butter
Peel and cut potatoes and onion into chunks.
Cover with water and about butter. Boil on medium heat until potatoes are tender about 20 - 30 minutes.
Now you need to make your roux base or soup thickener which is a creamy milk base. Not hard to make but it is much better than just corn starch - trust me.
Fry 3 to 4 pieces of natural salt pork. Health conscious people would say salt pork is bad for you. However, I have family members that lived to be over 100 years old and ate it in lieu of meat sometimes. But the salt pork can be deleted and substituted with 4 bacon strips which we crumble in after cooking
Add 1/4 cup of Rice Flour, Salt and Pepper, and stir until mixed with drippings. This is like making gravy, but do not brown it.
Add about 1 Cup of Milk and Heat. It should then thicken into a white sauce.
Immediately add to Cooked Potatoes/Onion mixture, and allow to simmer until ready to eat.
It will thicken, and if you need to add any more liquid, just add more milk.
Serve with grated cheese, chopped green onions, bacon bits, etc. on top.
Great with corn bread or corn muffins.