Mexican Minestrone

I'm Back!  maybe not better, but I'm back at least.

Its been a bit of a hiatus.  After moving I discovered several excuses for not cooking.  Namely, i Hate my kitchen in my apartment.  The oven constantly sets of the smoke alarm when there is nothing smoking, and the burners aren't really fine tuned in terms of high-medium-low.  Over the past couple of months, I've ruined a few easy dishes, quit cooking, and returned to cooking.  Excuse number two:  It is hot in the kitchen.  I miss central air, and my kitchen is decidedly not well ventilated.  Final excuse:  my boyfriend is anti produce.  Something about vegetables bringing death at an earlier age or something?  If you recall my Lenten attempt at vegetarianism, this is a bit of an issue.  But, I've rallied the troops and we're back on track.  I'm starting off with something easy, out of my favorite kitchen gadget, the crockpot.  Its not full of fresh veggies from a farmers market, but its a step into the right direction.

2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
3 cans stewed Mexican tomatoes
1 can corn, rinsed and drained
1 cup salsa
1 can reduced sodium chicken broth
1 cup salsa
1 cup frozen green beans
2 medium potatoes, coarsely chopped

Combine all ingredients and cook on high in slow cooker for 7-9 hours and Enjoy!

I cooked this overnight to eat for lunch this week.  I woke up at 3 AM and couldn't fall back to sleep because the smell was so enticing!  Despite being full of canned goodness, it didn't fail to delight.  It was about as yummy as it smelled and it was fully of yummy, fiber filled bean, tomato, and soupy goodness.  a recipe for happiness!  Plus,for the WW crowd it is about 4 points for a serving (recipe makes 6-8 servings). 

Stay tuned for more food updates.  I'm traveling a lot for work so it might be a little far and few between for the next few weeks, but I'm back to sauteing away!


  1. Great to see you back on the Saute Away blog. I am anxious to get my crock pot back in regular rotation

  2. Thanks Sandy!

    Seasonally speaking, it may be a little early for the crockpot.. but I actually love using it during the summer since it puts off so much less heat than the oven!

  3. Re the crockpot -- anytime you can come home from work to a ready-to-go dinner is the right season for it!
    And I plan to "forget" that D is anti-produce when you guys visit us ;)

  4. So true Abby! I love coming home to ready-to-go dinner -- its like having my own little wife staying at home and cooking over a hot stove all day.

    Please feel free to forget that tidbit when we visit. He'll just choose to not eat the veggies. He actually eats certain produce, just not the plethora of foods that I embrace.