According to the majority of my clients, the most common barrier to success in terms of following a meal plan is, LACK OF TIME! As a full-time, working professional, as well as a wife, daughter, and friend, I know time can easily hinder our ability to nutritionally care for ourselves. We live in a fast pace society which is clearly evident by the high number of fast food restaurants, take out menus, and pre-made meals at local groceries. So if you feel pressed for time, you are not alone.
As a young girl, I can remember sitting down to a hot meal every night for dinner. I consider my mom a “super mom” for many reasons, but one reason being her ability to complete a full day of work as a school teacher and still manage to place a piping hot, comfort meal on the table for my two brothers, my dad, and me to enjoy. I still marvel at her ability to manage time and I’m so thankful for the priority she placed on meal time as a family. It was not only a time to nourish our bodies, but also our souls by reconnecting with each other at the end of an eventful day.
All of us may not have the gift of time management, but that does not mean we have to skimp on enjoying delicious, home-cooked dinners on a weeknight! Each week I will be reviewing recipes that my family personally enjoys and that I find time to make with my busy schedule. Our bodies are important and the best preventative medicine is nutrition, so I encourage each of you to make meal time a priority, not only for your physical bodies, but also as a time to reconnect with loved ones. For this week’s “RD’s Recipe Review”, I decided put together a quick “Santé Fe Soup” recipe.
This recipe is a modified version of the Southwestern Soup recipe that can be found in “Super Fast Suppers” by Cooking Light. This particular recipe caught my attention because of the short amount of cooking time, but more so because the ingredient list contains mostly pantry staples!
This soup was extremely easy to put together. It really made my house feel like a home by filling it with the comforting smell of soup bubbling on the stove. After all, there is no better comfort food than soup! This soup brings vibrant flavors by combining the taco seasoning, ranch seasoning, and jalapeños. A dollop of sour cream added a nice touch by incorporating a creamy texture and a nice temperature differentiation.
This soup will help you meet your daily vegetable servings by incorporating onions and a heaping amount of tomatoes! Tomatoes are full of lycopene which is a carotenoid considered a potential agent in the prevention of certain types of cancer. Your protein needs will be met by the fajita chicken strips and the black-eyed peas! And finally, your carbohydrate needs are partially met by the addition of corn and black-eyed peas. In order to complete the meal I simply served the soup with a hearty slice of Mexican cornbread, of which I would share the recipe but I must admit, I did not make the cornbread. It’s my mother-in-law’s specialty which she was kind enough to make while visiting us this past weekend in Birmingham!
I can confidently recommend this recipe for a quick weeknight meal or for entertaining guest on a budget! Enjoy!