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Sunday, October 2, 2011

cure for stress-Tortilla soup

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

Step 4:
Tortilla Chips
2-3 roma tomatoes
1 avocado

This soup takes only 20 minutes to prep, and serves 6. 
Step one:
Combine all of the above ingredients in the slow cooker and cook for 6-8 hours. 

Step two:
 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.)

Step three:
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. 



  1. This looks awesome Kendra. I'm thinking I might have to invest in a slow cooker after seeing this and the seitan. yummers

  2. You do! They are so cheap- Saw one at target for $2o, and so many easy meal options!