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Celebrate these foods in January

When planning family dinners during the month of January, plan to celebrate the special foods of January.

January is National Soup Month so make a pot of vegetable soup this month
January is National Soup Month so make a pot of vegetable soup this month
Sandy Wallace

Kids love celebrations and you'll be a hero when you celebrate special foods this month. This is a great way to add a little fun to your family dinners.

You can find special food holidays, celebrations, observances and for each month, week and day at HolidaysAndObservances.com.

The month of January is National Meat Month. This is an easy food to incorporate into your family dinners. Let each child choose a favorite meat or choose a family meat of the week for each week during January.

Add fruits and vegetables to the table in January, when we celebrate Apple and Apricots Month and Artichoke and Asparagus Month.

Encourage your children to new try flavors by making spinach and artichoke dip on game day or cookng asparagus spears one night for dinner.

When the weather's cold, soup is the perfect dinner food.

Pull out your slow cooker during National Soup Month. You can make an easy vegetable soup with the recipe below.

Easy Vegetable Soup

  • 1 large can diced tomatoes
  • 1 large can tomato soup
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 whole potatoes, diced
  • Diced onions, if desired
  • Seasoning to taste
  • Egg noodles or other pasta, if desired

Spray inside of slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Add diced potatoes. Add diced onions if desired. Add bag of frozen vegetables and can of tomatoes. Mix tomato soup and water with wire whisk until smooth. Pour over ingredients in slow cooker.

Add no-salt seasoning or salt and pepper to taste. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. Add noodles the last 30 minutes if desired. Serve with crackers and cheese toast or grilled cheese sandwiches.

January is also National Oatmeal Month. Start your family's morning off right with oatmeal this month. Whether you use packages of instant oatmeal, make oatmeal from scratch or cook overnight in the slow cooker, oatmeal for breakfast starts the day off on the right foot.

You may still have candy left from the holidays. January is National Candy Month so splurge a little and enjoy some chocolate candy or gummies this month.

January is National Egg Month. Add scrambled eggs or omelets with bacon, sausage or ham to serve breakfast for dinner this month. Kids love breakfast foods and eggs add protein to your family's diet.

The week of Jan. 5-11 is National Pizza Week. It's easy to make your own pizzas at home. Start with individual size pizza crusts. Add various toppings in bowls and let each child make an individual pizza. Toppings your kids will enjoy include cheese, pepperoni, ham, sausage, green peppers, mushrooms and olives.

There are special food days nearly every day during the month of January. Some family favorites include Strawberry Ice Cream Day on Jan. 15, National Cheese Lover's Day on Jan. 20, National Pie Day on Jan. 23, National Peanut Butter Day on Jan. 23 and Chocolate Cake Day on Jan. 27.

Enjoy your family's favorite foods during the month of January. Plan a party around the special foods this month or add new favorites to your dinner table.

Kids love to celebrate for any reason or no reason at all. Celebrate January foods and make memories together.