Monday, October 28, 2013

The power of three: Weeknight dinner solution

Dear friends, I'd like to introduce you to what might possibly be the easiest dinner ever. Aside from take out Burmese from the place up the street. Of course.

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It's a three-ingredient, $4, 5-minute tortilla soup that is not lacking in flavor - only the fuss of the mad dash dinner preparation. Truth be told, I might even dare to call it healthful.

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The ingredients: 4 cups broth (chicken or vegetable), 1 pint chunky salsa and 2 cups protein of choice (black beans or chicken, preferably leftover rotisserie).

Optional: Double protein, using both chicken and beans, and add some corn for a total of five ingredients. Only if you have them on hand.

Method: Add all ingredients to a pot, bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 5 minutes or longer, as desired.

Accompaniments: Tortilla chips, sliced avocado, brown rice or roasted vegetable quesadillas as we did. Be careful not to go overboard or you will negate ease plus thriftiness of soup.

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While I have made many a tortilla soup, I am sure this recipe - if you can call it that - will quickly make it into the rotation. Not only was it the ease of preparation, but it was a great way for me to use the salsa I canned earlier this fall and not kill the family via botulism.

A win on all accounts.

1 comment:

  1. Not giving your family botulism is always a good thing. Tagging this post to try this recipe later. It's very similar to my which chili recipe that has about 5 ingredients.