Friday, October 16, 2009

Holy Guacamole! Soup's On!

I lived on soup when I was in college--it was fast, easy, inexpensive, and a pretty healthy choice too. (It would be fun to know what YOU survived on when going to school, or when you were first married, or starting that first job.) Things haven't changed that much. Don't we still need fast, easy, inexpensive, and healthy food choices? And really, find five people that don't just like a good bowl of soup--especially as we're getting closer and closer to winter.

So SOUP is the subject today. Remember the earlier post on "Gravels?" (Your ground beef or sausage is already cooked, fat drained off, and in the freezer waiting to do your bidding.) Well now it's time to put one to use: ground beef gravel goes into this fast, easy, and delicious soup suggestion from our friend and very busy OBGYN nurse, Kristin Klein. Like you, she's interested in making life easier in the kitchen, and here's a recipe that does just that. There are lots of taco soup recipes out there, but this could be one of the best due to its ease, fiber content, and overall incredible taste:
3 C ground beef "gravel"
1 pkg taco seasoning mix

1 (29 oz) can tomatoes 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 can corn
1 can green beans (drained)
2 cans kidney beans (or substitute pinto, black, rec, white, etc.)
Tortilla chips
Grated cheese
Sour Cream
Add "gravel" and all other ingredients to large pot and simmer 30 min. Serve with tortilla chips, shredded cheese, cilantro, lime wedges, and sour cream for garnishment

While we're at it, let's expand the repertoire to STEWS. Easy to do if you serve a dinner of crockpot pot roast, potatoes, and carrots. (My mom did this, I did this, and I hope one day MY daughters will do this.) The next morning,
just toss whatever
leftovers from the dinner the day before that you have,
into the crockpot (there should be a shrine to crock pots--
how'd we live without 'em?), add a couple cans of cream
of mushroom soup, 4 cups of water and a package of onion
soup mix. Set the dream machine on LOW for the day, and
off you go! As you're getting the table set for dinner, you
might add a little seasoning to taste (garlic powder, pepper, etc.) to the stew, but essentially dinner is done. Complete things with some nice crunchy dinner rolls, call the family to the table, and pat yourself on the back!

Can't you just smell the aromas of fragrant soups and stews wafting from your kitchen now? Me too. And don't forget, it's YOUR turn--what wonderful recipes will you share with us? In the meantime, here's to making family dinner hour possible!


  1. I made Lentil soup tonight. Can't believe it is already soup weather! :-) Bethe

  2. I love soups at this time of year, I would be happy with a SOUPer supper every night :)


  3. And I love how portable this meal is!