An Idea Even the Soup Nazi Would Love

By the end of a long day my wife and I are brain dead enough that the prospect of fixing something complicated for supper is out of the question.

So lately we’ve been making soups, together.

We’ve discovered it’s a fun way to reconnect and decompress amidst the unrelenting din of the munchkins. And the recipes are simple enough that even I, a kitchen neophyte can do them with little thought.

Why not pick a night this week to connect with your spouse in the kitchen. Need a recipe to try. How about trying this Tortilla Soup? It takes long enough to prepare that you’ll be able to get in a conversation but so long that the natives will get restless.

Tortilla Soup

2 tomatoes, chopped
1 (4 oz.) can diced green chili peppers
2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 (16 oz.) cans pinto beans, un-drained
4 cups water
2 T sugar
1 T chili powder
2 t salt
½ t oregano
1 t cumin

Mix all together and bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes. To serve, layer broken tortilla chips in the bottom of your bowl, a bit of cheese and pour the soup on top. Then add avocadoes and garnishes of your choice.

My wife got this recipe from her friend Charrie Shockey. Thank you Charrie!


Dan Braun

Dan Braun is General Manager at Full Plate Living who isn’t ashamed to admit he takes great pleasure in tricking his kids into eating healthier. In his free time Dan enjoys mountain biking and dunking on the 7 ft rim with his family.

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