Since I don't get a 'good job here is an ipad for your work', for my job, I have to celebrate my small accomplishments with empty dishes. To make something that all three of my kids will and can (since I have a new eater) eat is worth celebrating to me!
Our family loves soups. I love to make them. I love to use my big red pot. I love the smell. I love the dish to wash.
Today I made a black bean soup. It was delicious. My almost 5 year old ate two bowls. It wasn't even pureed and was nice and chunky. Since I always try and make something some one else says their kids will eat, I thought I should share this simple soup.
1 jalapeno pepper -seeded/ribbed
1 med. onion
2 gloves garlic
2 tbsp butter
3 c. chicken stock
24 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 14 oz. can black beans
1 14 oz. can corn
1 pkg. low fat turkey kielbasa sausage
2 tbsp. dried italian flake mix
1 c. cream
salt/pepper to taste
Chop jalapeno peppers being careful to remove the hot ribs/seeds. Chop onion and garlic. Saute all three in 2 tbsp. butter and 1 cup of chicken stock until onions are translucent. Add 2 tbsp. dried Italian seasoning, tomatoes, beans, and corn. Add remaining cups of chicken stock. Once well mixed and boiling, add chopped sausage, reduce to simmer and cook for 30-1 hr. on low, uncovered.
Once in bowl, add cream, salt, and pepper to taste. Add homemade croutons. Enjoy!
Homemade croutons are a new addition to my menu for the boys. I always make two loaves of wheat bread a week and we don't always get to them. Using these through out the week has proven to be great for croutons and I don't have left over bread on Sundays when I bake again. Plus, Logan likes them as snacks!
To make them, slice appropriate sized bites and place in a plastic bag with 4 tbsp. of olive oil, garlic, salt or any other flavors you like. Spread out on a cookie sheet and cook for 10 min. at 400. Shake once or twice while cooking.