The Food Sense Program

Alphabet Soup

The ABCs of lunch

• 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
• 1 clove garlic, chopped
• 1/2 cup chopped onion
• 4 Cups homemade or store bought (low sodium) chicken or vegetable broth
• 1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
• 1/3 cup alphabet pasta
• Sprinkling of fresh herbs to taste
• 1 cup chopped broccoli
• 1 cup sliced celery
• 1 cup chopped carrots
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat and gently cook the onion and garlic for a couple minutes, until the onion is transparent, stirring occasionally.

Stir in the tomatoes, herbs, broth and pasta and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for another 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

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Hi Dana,

I wanted to say "Thanks" and give you some feedback on 'The Food Sense Program.'

We were having issues with our son William at dinner time. He kept wanting to get down and not eating anything, then wanting something 10 minutes later. It was very annoying, and it was like a circus around the table. We started following the advice in the Food Sense program, and what a difference it has made!

After just a few nights we are all having nice dinners together most of the time. No bribing, begging and whining. When he gets down we calmly tell him dinner is over. He can decide to play upstairs in his room or sit with us. In fact, the second morning of the program he said .. "Mommy, I'm hungry because I got down and didn't eat enough." Again, what a difference! You book gave me the confidence and the concrete tools to be make the changes that needed to be made.

Tammy Lyon (& son William)


Ms. Obleman,

When I first found your website, my daughters were driving me crazy with their constant food demands. I felt like I was a short order cook in my own home. I would have to make TWO different breakfasts and dinners every day, since they didn't like to eat the same things.

When I put their meals in front of them, they would sulk and pick away at their plates and tell me that they "didn't like this food." And then 10 minutes after they got up from the table they would start begging for yogurt and crackers!

A friend told me about your website, and after following just a few of the things you say, I'm thrilled to report that Hannah and Chloe are like two new children... There is no more whining for treats all day long, and mealtimes are actually a civilized time... or as civilized as meals can be with a 2 and 5 year old.

Thanks again!