Wednesday, October 27, 2010

recipe box Wednesday

Mother Nature has gone from kind and beneficent to downright nasty.

Listening to the wind howl last night, I was just waiting for one of our ancient trees to drop on our house.  Mike is in Florida (great timing!) so if that would happen I would have to deal with it.  So far, so good.

Today seems like a perfect soup day!  I won't be cooking, Charlie and I have been living off easy to make freezer food all week.  Last night we had creamy tomato and roasted red pepper soup (thank you Trader Joe's!) and grilled cheese.  Mmmmmm.

But if I WERE going to cook, I would be making this:
(photo from the Cooking with Trader Joe's website)

Taco Soup

(from the new "Cooking with Trader Joe's Cookbook-Dinner's Done!)

1 (approx 1.3 lb) pkg boneless chicken breasts or thighs
1 Tbsp olive oil

1 onion, chopped
1 pkg Taco Seasoning Mix
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
2 (15 oz) cans black beans
1 (15 oz) can corn, or 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
2 cups chicken broth (optional; omit for a thicker stew)

Your choice of toppings:
Tortilla chips
Fresh cilantro
Sour cream
Shredded cheese
Fresh chopped tomatoes
Chopped green onions or red onions
Jalapenos or chiles

1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook onions for 5 minutes, or until softened.

2. Add remaining ingredients and heat to boiling. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 1 hour.

3. Remove chicken, shred, and return to pot. Stir and heat through before serving.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Hands-off cooking time: 1 hour

Serves 6-8

Slow cooker method: Place all ingredients into a crockpot and cook for 5-6 hours on low setting. Remove chicken, shred, and return to crockpot. Stir and heat through before serving.

I just picked up this cookbook on Sunday, I LOVE IT!  With my new super busy life, I need easy to make meals that are still going to be delicious and good for us, and since TJs is just a few blocks from our house, it makes perfect sense to use them, and this book, to simplify my life.

The authors of the book also have a web-site, check it out for more great recipes!


  1. Well poo. I was going to put that cookbook in your stocking! Didn't get around to buying it yet, though. It IS perfect for you.

  2. First of all, I love the quotes you find to put at the top of your blog. Always so fitting!

    The soups sounds wonderful (I am a sucker for avacado).

    And, now I want that cookbook. And, Trader Joes. I'm going to have to whisper in a couple city councilors ears about that (not that they can do a darn thing about it).


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