Recipe: Crockpot Taco Soup

As with most of my soup recipes, this one is highly customizeable.  Experiment at will.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head cabbage, chopped
  • 3 kale leaves, washed and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large frozen boneless chicken breast
  • 1 15-oz can sweet corn
  • 1 15-oz can black beans
  • 1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 diced onions
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2 palmfuls garlic powder*
  • 1 palmful cumin
  • 1 palmful chili powder
  • 1/3 cup hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Place all items except last 4 in crock pot (mine is about 7 quarts).  Nestle the chicken breast in the bottom under most of the veggies.
  2. Add enough water to cover everything well.
  3. Add spices and stir
  4. Set crock pot to low and allow to cook for at least 4 or 5 hours (I let mine go for the entire workday..about 9)
  5. Remove the chicken breast (you may need to use two spoons, because it’ll be tender).  Place chicken breast in a bowl and shred with two forks.
  6. Add shredded chicken back to soup and stir well

Serve with sour cream, cheese, and/or crushed corn chips!  Enjoy!

*  For a “palmful,” I basically pour a pile of the spice into the palm of my hand.  It’s not a specific measurement, but I estimate that it’s two or three TBSP.  Trial and error will tell you what the right amount of spice is for you.

Recipe: “No Food Waste” Vegetable Soup

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I’ll be the first to admit that I pretty much totally suck at food photos.  The other problem, however, is that this soup is not pretty.  No matter what cute bowl I put it in, it still looks drab and icky.  I absolutely promise you, though, that this is some of the BEST vegetable soup you’ll ever put in your face.

My version above isn’t vegetarian, but you could easily make it so by replacing the chicken stock with vegetable stock; mushroom stock would probably be awesome. 

makes various servings depending on the size of your crock pot

Ingredients

necessities:

  • 1 carton of chicken/vegetable stock
  • 1 28-oz can of crushed tomatoes (I used no-salt added)
  • 1/2 head of cabbage, chopped

This is your soup base; after this, you can pretty much add whatever veggies you want; I’ve added just about everything to this soup at some time or another.  Here’s what’s in the above version:

  • 1 15 oz can french-style green beans (I used no-salt added)
  • 2 HUGE Vidalia onions, diced large
  • 1 8-oz bag frozen sweet peas
  • two chopped carrots
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 3 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 Tbsp dried basil

Instructions

  1. Dump everything in crock pot
  2. Add enough water to cover
  3. Set crock pot on low
  4. Let go for 4 hours or so

All done!  I actually let mine go for about 8 hours (the time that I left for work until when Joey got home and set it on “warm” instead).  You can also do this in a regular pot…you’ll just need to simmer it all together for 30 minutes to 1 hour.  In the past, I’ve added zucchini, beans, okra, corn, ro-tel, salsa, potatoes, pasta, and a host of other veggies that showed up at the house.  It’s great for times when you’re afraid that your veggies are going to go bad in the fridge.  This pot made 11 1-pint servings.  I usually store them in old egg-drop soup containers, and I freeze half and put half in the fridge for lunch.  The frozen ones heat up just fine, and they’re great for days when you don’t feel like making lunch.  This week, on different days, I topped it with swiss cheese, feta cheese, and cheddar cheese.  Each added a different nuance, and was fantastic.  Want to bulk it up?  Add some rice or quinoa or shredded or diced chicken or beef!

Enjoy:)