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5 Minute Homemade Roasted Pepper and Tomato Soup

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Since Sam first went to daycare, we have been at battle with cold and flu season every year as the cooler temperatures set in. He was in a large, licensed daycare and that many young kids in the same building meant that he brought means that he brought everything home. This year, he started school and now there are a whole new host of bugs coming into our house. I’ve worked out a few fail-safe ways to bring some comfort during these times.

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup for When You Have a Cold

As much as we look forward to snow to playing in the snow and doing winter sports, I also dread the thought of germs in our home. There is nothing that stops us in our tracks like a cold. I remember one particularly bad bout where I just couldn’t get comfortable. I had the worst headache and cough and my nose just wouldn’t stop running. It was actually dry and chafed from blowing it so much. I was miserable and cranky. In my delirium, I think I actually yelled at Mike to go to the grocery store and get me some decent tissue {And I pretty much NEVER yell}. He had picked up some random brand when he was out shopping and those tissues were awful. I think my words actually were “Don’t come back with anything but Kleenex.” I knew I could trust that it would bring me some comfort – and we’ve never had any other brand in our home since.

Because we’ve had such a long run of it. I looked into some food options that were healthy, would taste good and that I could quickly and easily prepare when I was feeling down and out. I found out that bell peppers have a lot of vitamin C, so I incorporated them into a lightly spiced tomato soup that would go down easy when I wasn’t feeling well.

5 Minute Homemade Roasted Pepper and Tomato Soup Recipe - Perfect for Cold and Flu Season

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup Recipe – Ingredients

  • 1 Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 Jar of Whole Roasted Sweet Bell Peppers
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (Add less or more depending on how much heat you like)
  • Black Pepper to Taste

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup Recipe – Instructions

Over the past couple of years, I’ve made this recipe as simple as possible so it can be made very quickly when I am sick. In a large saucepan, throw in the crushed tomatoes, roasted red pepper, vegetable broth, milk and sugar. Let it come to a boil and simmer.

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup for When You Have a Cold

When the flavors have melded, you will need to use a food processor or hand blender to pulverize this mixture into a soup. {You may need to let the soup cool first, depending on the device you use. I’ll leave you with the safety issues to sort out 🙂 .} After it has been pureed, add in additional vegetable broth if you would like the soup runnier. As I am feeling better, I like it to be more thick so that it feels filling. Any time of the year, it is also amazing when you eat it with naan {make sure you dip the naan}.

5 Minute Homemade Roasted Pepper and Tomato Soup Recipe - Perfect for Cold and Flu Season

Tips to Help You Get Through Cold and Flu Season

Not only do I hate to see Sam uncomfortable, I hate for him to miss exciting activities this time of year. He’s having so much fun at his new school – and becoming such a big boy. It’s also difficult when Mike and I get sick because nether one of us are paid if we miss work. We have a few things we do to help prevent the spread of a cold germ:

  • Use Kleenex to catch germs mid sneeze. I encourage Sam to tuck one in his pocket while at school so it’s always handy. I also love that there is a $1 off coupon available to print right now! I’m all about saving money wherever possible.
  • Wash hands — often. Since little ones tend to touch their faces and eyes a lot, I encourage lots of handwashing in our house to help keep germs to a minimum.
  • Take your vitamins. Ask a trusted source for options to boost your immune system!
  • Drink lots of water. I’m aiming for six full glasses a day, plus two cups of lemon and honey tea. I’ve started adding a little apple cider vinegar to my tea as well, as I’ve heard this helps boost your immune system.
  • Get plenty of rest. The temptation {for me at least} is to skip sleep when I have lots to do. This is horrible for my immune system, so this year I’m working to get more complete rest each night. {It’s going so-so 🙂 }

Get some comfort this cold and flu season. Kleenex has a $1 off coupon that you can print and take advantage of right now!

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it’s okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.