An Easy Alternative to Making Homemade Soup this Winter

January 22, 2018

During  winter, soup becomes a go-to meal as it provides warmth from the cold outside.  While you may feel homemade is best, there are delicious alternatives for days when you don't have the time or energy to make it.  Prepared correctly with a few homemade touches, you likely won't even know the difference.

A few special details give this Idahoan potato soup a fresh, homemade taste for a warm winter meal.  |

Thank you Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups for sponsoring this post. Grab yourself a bowl and celebrate National Soup Month with me!

When temperatures dip below freezing as they have been for awhile through much of the country, we all reach for the things that will warm us and make us feel cozy.  Whether it is snuggling under a heavy throw or wrapping our hands around a mug of hot chocolate, our bodies and souls crave warmth from all of the cold.

January is national soup month and it is no wonder why.  This first month of the year is when we not only reach for food that is hot and steaming to eat, but likely want something easy and healthy, too.  I am a huge fan of homemade soups.  The homey taste can't be beat in most instances and one pot of soup will likely feed your family for a few meals.

Tips for adding a homemade touch to dinner #soup #winter #dinnertime #andersonandgrant

But life is busy and there isn't always the time to chop fresh vegetables or slave away at the stove preparing a soup from scratch.  There are days when all you are able to do is rush in the door from work and grab the first thing you find in the cupboard to fix for supper.  This means that you need to have a few good options on hand that will give the taste of homemade without the time and work involved in preparation.

Preparing homemade soup for dinner

The new Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups are one answer to your dinner dilemma.  In just five minutes you can have a hearty soup prepared for your family.....without it tasting like you made something out of a can.  Idahoan Steakhouse Soups bring together real Idaho® potatoes with flavorful seasoning and rich cheeses to provide a creamy taste in every spoonful - all you have to do is add water.

They are available in four delicious varieties:  Loaded Potato, Creamy Potato, Cheddar Broccoli, and Cheddar Potato.

A few special details give this Idahoan potato soup a fresh, homemade taste for a warm winter meal.  |

While they are all good, my personal favorite is the Creamy Potato which I've made here.  For a simple weeknight meal, I paired it with a tossed salad and some freshly baked bread picked up at the grocery store.

Place your bowls in the microwave 
for thirty seconds to one minute before serving.  
This will keep your soup warm longer.

To add an extra homemade touch, top the hot soup with a sprinkle of shredded cheese, some fresh herbs, or crumbled bacon.  It is simple details like these that make any meal, completely homemade or not, something to savor.

Tips for preparing and serving soup for a warm winter dinner #soup #dinner #easysupper #andersonandgrant

As much as we want to put homemade meals on the table all the time, sometimes it just isn't possible.  A store-bought soup mix like this can allow you to literally have a complete meal made in minutes, giving you more time to enjoy spending with your family and relaxing after a day of activity.  What really matters is the flavor of what you're eating and who you are eating it with.

More information on the new Idahoan Steakhouse Soups can be found on their website.

Homemade soup and bread....a perfect combination for dinner in the winter. #soup #dinner #easysupper #andersonandgrant

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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