Kid heaven

2 Sep

Grilled cheese and tomato soup.  Peanut butter and jelly. Macaroni and cheese.  Apple juice and Sunny D.

The Mecca of childhood foods.  Every kid loves them.  Every kid looks forward to opening up that brown paper bag at lunch time and gobbling up the perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Not this kid.

This kid hated peanut butter and jelly.  This kid took crackers and chicken to lunch during elementary school.  This kid plugged her nose every time her brother whipped out a box of Kraft mac and cheese.  This kid knew how to make the perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich for her brother six years before she ever ate one herself.

Of course, now that I’m entering my twenties and can’t eat cheese, I love these things.  But thanks to a little thing called daiya and a couple of cans of tomatoes, this about-to-be-twenty-something can rewind her life and relive her childhood.

This tomato soup is simple, easy, and yummy.  I had a recipe, and then realized that I only had two of the ingredients, so I did it a little different.

Así es la vida.

TOMATO SOUP

  • 1 14-oz. can of diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 28-oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 c. vegetable stock
  • 1 c. milk
  • 3 tbsp. earth balance
  • salt and pepper to taste
Throw your tomatoes and veggie stock in a pot and simmer for 30 minutes.  Puree the tomatoes and stock until smooth.  Put the puree back in the pot and add the milk and earth balance.  Heat, stirring, until the earth balance is melted and the soup is heated through – but don’t boil it!  Make yourself some grilled cheese however you may fancy and enjoy!
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