Everyone has that go-to dish that is easy to make and always a hit. This is mine. I’ve made it a hundred times, taken it to friends after they’ve had surgery or when a baby is born. It’s gone with me to potlucks and has been our quick and hearty stand-by when I don’t have time to cook. Most recently, I made it for a girlfriend whose son had surgery. Her husband said I can cook for them anytime. The truth is with this dish it’s only a matter of putting the ingredients together and letting your CrockPot do all of the work.
And, yes! I used canned tomatoes, even in the middle of summer. My preference is fresh but if I have no tomatoes or no time, I grab the can opener and get to work. Quite honestly, I used to feel guilty about this and slightly inferior because I couldn’t do it all – work a full-time job, do the laundry, take care of my family, manage the household, do the grocery shopping, cook healthy meals, exercise, blog, meet our community commitments, have some me time, AND always have the freshest seasonal ingredients on hand. But today I accept that I am human with limitations and give myself a break.
I’m shooting for that middle of the road where living well and sanity meet. Doing it all is no longer on my radar. Instead, I focus on living true to my values and with integrity. That includes being good to me.
Let’s talk about the recipe –
As for the ‘choose your own salsa’ part of this recipe, I don’t like anything too hot and the kids don’t either. We’re all about flavor but are happy to skip the heat. One day we were at Wal-Mart on a Saturday afternoon. I needed a jar of salsa for this soup and was debating about which brand to buy. My husband and I are not big on crowded stores. He grabbed the mild jar of Sam’s Club Salsa, told me that it was going into a soup, and walked off. I have never liked cooking with just any old ingredient, especially an off-brand that I’d never tried before. I quickly decided that I’d let it go if it meant that we got to check out and go home. I was shocked when the salsa was full of great flavors and enhanced the soup. So, that’s what I use. For all of the budget conscious cooks –it’s cheap, too. If you like heat, add your favorite salsa and make this your own.
Let me leave you with this – be good to yourself today. Whether it means you do some meal prep to free up time later in the week, make a healthy meal, go on a walk, call your best girlfriend – do something good for you. If we don’t take care of us, we can’t take care of anyone else.
Sending you much love and a warm bowl of soup,