Fast forward to today and we now incorporate artichokes into our dinner veggie repertoire. We tend to use this recipe, since we’re a big fan of the nice finishing flavor grilling gives the artichokes. The recipe’s simple garlic & olive oil base is perfect on it’s own or easily enhanced with your family’s favorite spices. If you’ve ever been too intimidated to cook an artichoke I urge you to try! They’re quite easy, and truly delicious.
Now that you know all my time saving tricks, let’s get cooking.
- 1.5 cups rice & beans
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes
- 1 small red onion chopped *
- 1 cup frozen sweet corn
- 1/2 cup chopped peppers
- Chicken breast (optional)
- Olive oil
- 3 cups chicken broth/ chicken broth concentrate
- McMormicks Mexican seasoning **
- Chop onion & toss in soup pot with some olive oil and frozen corn. Saute over medium heat.
- While onion cooks- chop tomatoes, peppers, and cilantro. Put chopped ingredients in a soup bowl then you can just rinse the soup bowl to use to eat the soup when you’re done cooking.
- Chop chicken breast into small cubes. The smaller the cube the faster it cooks!
- Add chicken breast into the soup pot with onions and corn, continue sauteing until chicken is almost all the way cooked through
- Add McMormicks seasoning to desired taste. I add a bunch, probably close to a TBSP. I like to make sure it gives a good coating to the chicken, onion and corn mixture.
- When the chicken starts to brown, slowly add in some water and scrape the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. [Replace water with broth if not using a broth concentrate.]
- Add in chicken broth concentrate, stir.
- Throw in peppers, tomatoes, rice & beans and cilantro: bring to a simmer.
- While the soup is simmering, wash the one cutting board and knife, and rinse out any bowls used to corral ingredients.
- Take soup off heat.
- Serve with fresh avocado, a squeeze of lime, and some tortilla chips if you’re feeling fancy.
Pat yourself on the back as you enjoy your delicious soup knowing you only have 1 pot, 1 ladle, and 1 stirring spoon to wash after dinner.
Making fruit infused water couldn’t be any easier! You just slice up your favorite fruits, throw them in a glass or a pitcher, add some water (and maybe some herbs!) and let it soak. The longer you let it sit, the more intense the flavor will be. Even my husband was surprised at how flavorful the infused water was. For an extra kick I’ll even use seltzer water. Nothing says summer like fresh fruit and bubbly drinks.