>> Friday, October 1, 2010
This is the essential soup in my household. I make a large pot every week to keep in the fridge. It's a tasty, filling, low calorie, high fiber meal. It's portable to be taken on picnics and hikes. It's even good cold. I've served this to satisfied friends when they've come over for lunch; my middle child asks for it along with a veggie burger almost daily. When we go on playdates and pack lunches, Thing Two does not want a sandwich; he want's this soup. And it's super simple and fast to make from pantry items. The recipe has been modified from a version of Taco Soup my Weight Watchers leader gave me several years ago. One cup of soup has approximately 100 calories, less than 1 gram of fat and 6 grams of fiber. If you're a Weight Watcher member like myself, that's only 1 point per cup.
Booturtle's Spicy Taco Soup
- 2 cans petite cut diced tomatoes with jalapeños
- 1 can lime and cilantro RoTel tomatoes
- 1 can corn, drained
- 3 cans beans, drained and rinsed (pinto, black, white, pink, canary, garbanzo; any bean you prefer)
- 1 pkg Sazon Goya seasoning
- 1 envelope Spicy Ranch Dressing
- 1 C water
- 1/2 pkg frozen vegetarian meat crumbles (Boca or Morning Star Farms)
- In large pot, put in all cans of tomatoes (do not drain), spices, ranch packet, water and frozen veggie crumbles.
- Drain and rinse beans and corn in colander.
- Add beans and corn to other ingredients in pot.
- Heat to boiling over medium-high heat.
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer at least 20 minutes.
- Eat immediately or refrigerate and reheat in microwave or freeze. Enjoy.
Variations: Puree the tomatoes until smooth before adding beans and corn • Omit the vegetarian meat crumbles, this is the way I made it for months but my man really likes the texture the faux meat brings to the party • Use plain ranch dressing mix and diced tomatoes to cut back on heat • Omit the sazon goya and use your own mix of mexican spices: cumin, chili powder, fresh cilantro, etc. • *sigh* Add in real meat, if you must.
|Heat a cup and pack it in a thermos for a tasty lunch on the go.|
|Thing Two enjoying his soup in the park.|
|This soup is great year round but I'm really looking forward to enjoying a large wam mug while sitting in the cool fall air watching my kids run through the leaves in the yard.|