Thursday, April 7, 2011

I may have oil splatters on my new shirt, but that soup was delish and a hit with the pickiest of non-veggie eaters

Most nights I make dinner and I think the same three things:

"Miller, you are going to eat the same food we are eating"
"Miller, you are going to love it."
"Miller, you are not giving me any sh#@ about it."

Most nights this positive thinking works.
Especially if I define "most nights" as the "nights we order pizza."

Most other nights we give in, watch a perfectly awesome plate of roasted chicken and potatoes get cold, and heat up a bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal instead.
Most nights this positive thinking works.

Tonight, a very non-pizza night, I made a creamy asparagus soup.
Tonight, Miller ate all of it.
Tonight, I told him it was dip for his toast.

Whatever works, right?
Saute (on medium heat) 1 chopped white onion and about 2 store bundles of asparagus (cut into half inch pieces) into 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil until the onions and asparagus get soft (about 5-8 mins).
Stir in 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme. Salt and pepper (liberally).
Add 3 cups of whatever broth/water combination you choose.  Let simmer for about 15 mins.  Then turn down heat to low.
If you own an immersion blender, this is the part where you blend away.  If you're like me you scoop out all the solid bits and blend them together (in batches) in your tiny food processor.
Slowly stir in 1 1/2 cups of whatever cream/milk combination you choose.
Simmer for another 5 mins.
Slowly stir in 1 cup of instant mashed potato flakes to thicken soup.
Simmer for another 5 mins (or until your toddler throws himself on the floor and through crocodile tears begs to eat) and then ladle yourself a warm bowl of toast dipping goodness.

P.S. Anybody know any good tricks to get olive oil spots out of shirts???


mimi the zookeeper - said...

all those years of you laughing when the kids only ate 3 things! (those all being related to cheese) :)

and here is a link about the olive oil...hope it helps. xoxo

Nessa said...

I have used dishwashing detergent... like dawn. It usually works. Love your header.


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