This is an easy Gumbo. You can put it together in less than 30 minutes and let it simmer for 3o minutes. It is better the next day. The flavors have time to develop and the zucchini can thicken the gumbo. That’s right! The squash is a substitute for okra which is usually used in most gumbos. It is hard to find fresh okra in the winter so the zucchini is perfect. For me this soup ranks right up there with this and also with this. It has been a favorite for years while the other two are new kids on the block.
Pair this with cooked rice and crunchy buttered toast and you will satisfy any hunger.
Participating in a CSA for the last three years has been a great experience for me. I have always made visits to the local farmer’s market during the summer to enjoy the wonderful heirloom tomatoes or some fresh butter peas. I have also frozen my share of fresh corn and white acre peas to savor in the winter. But traveling to the farmer’s market now entails an hour or more depending on traffic just to get there. Continue reading
Chicken Tortilla Soup --yummy
I am on a mission for the next couple of weeks! That is nothing unusual though. Having a mission in life is a good thing. I have to present four twenty minute talks to about two hundred freshmen parents. The topic is feeding hungry teenagers with good healthy food and doing it quickly. What popped in my mind first was the crockpot. You have to use this if you walk through the door at 6:00 PM and the teens are demanding food at 6:01PM. This is a recipe that I have used many many times . The name says soup, but to me it is more like a stew. To make it more of a soup add more tomato sauce. Try it when you are in a time crunch it will be a hit!!
Chicken Tortilla Soup (Stew)
- 4 chicken breast
- 2 15 oz. cans of black beans
Here is what you need
- 2 15 oz. cans of Rotel tomatoes
- 1 cup salsa ( I used the whole jar)
- 4 oz. chopped green chilies
- 1 14 oz can tomato sauce
- Tortilla chips
- Monterey Jack cheese
Put all the ingredients except tortilla chips and cheese into the crockpot. Cook on low for about 8 hours. Just before serving take out the chicken and shred with a fork. Place back in the crockpot. In a bowl place chips with cheese and ladle soup on top. This makes about 10 servings. You can easily half the recipe. The shredded chicken is great in chicken quesadillas .
Using a liner saves on clean up
Remove chicken from the crockpot
Shred with a fork and add back to crock pot
Cube or shred cheese
Add chips and cheese . Then ladle soup!
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