Ookay, hypothetical here; You wake up semi early on a Sunday morning. You look around and feel kinda displaced. It looks like an atomic bomb exploded in your room, house, whatever. You feel your frustration growing and a huge sense of overwhelmed-ness takes control of your psyche. You want to scream, just a little. You've had a busy weekend, and still have a million and one things to do today. The way I see it, you have two choices:
a.) you can allow the stress to take over and become an insane stress-case
b.) you can acknowledge the stress and dive in. Start making things easier.
If your sane, which i presume you are you will choose option b. Good choice! My family, has a tradition of Sunday dinners, a nice meal on a Sunday is really relaxing and provides you with lots of yummy leftovers. Of course time is an issues. Eating well means slaving in the kitchen. Unless of course you have a crock pot.
This Sunday I want Tortilla Soup, It's so easy to make. So dust up your slow cooker and follow along.
Step One ingredients:
1 Tbsp olive oil
I large onion- finally chopped
3 cloves of garlic minced
1 can of crushed tomatoes
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 can black beans drained
4 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup lime juice
1fist size of chopped cilantro
1 Tbsp chili peeper
1 Tbsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne
1/3 cup tequila (if you wish)
1 tbsp maple syrup (or any sweetener of your choice)
1 tsp thyme or rosemary
and a dash of salt and pepper
Step 3 ingredients:
Seitan, or protein of your choice.
1 can of corn
2-3 roma tomatoes
This soup takes only 20 minutes to prep, and serves 6.
Combine all of the above ingredients in the slow cooker and cook for 6-8 hours.
With either a hand blender (they are only $20 at target) or by carefully transferring the contents of a slow cooker to a blender puree the mix.
( you can always leave the soup chunky if you prefer.)
Add the seitan or whatever protein substance you want, and the corn. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Cook again for about an hour.
To serve, cut up an avocado, dice a tomato, and crush up some tortilla chips. Pour the soup into bowls and garnish with the avocado, tomato, chips, and whatever else you wish.