A Little Trip And Vegan Taco Soup
I’ll keep this post short and sweet because I know it’s Friday night, but when I haven’t blogged for a couple of days I miss you all! My mom and I took a little trip to Shipshewana, Indiana to check out the flea market. We didn’t really find anything while we were there, because what I remember being rows of tents filled with handmade Amish crafts has since been replaced by a lot of people selling the same As Seen On TV stuff over and over. It wasn’t quite what I was looking for, so I purchased a few jams and fruit butters- rhubarb, pepper, and cherry, apple and pear butter- from an old Amish man and figured that was all I was going to buy. When I inquired with the soy candle man as to if his candles were 1oo% soy and free of beeswax, etc., my mom proudly exclaimed to him that I was vegan. He looked a little surprised and then said something to the effect of “You don’t meet many people like that.” After asking a few questions which I happily answered, he continued to stare at me as I sniffed through the candles. My mom bought us each three candles and we miraculously found the car and began to make our way home. As we were driving down the main road, Mom noticed a bulk foods store. And after a quick legal U-turn, we were bulk shopping!
Now, you all know how much cooking and baking I do, so when I eyed the giant bags of flours, sugars, spices, anything I could possibly need, I got a little over-excited. I ended up hauling out a 25 lb. bag of whole wheat pastry flour for under $8 and 10 lbs. of vital wheat gluten flour for under $10, among a lot of other things. We couldn’t have come upon that store at a better time, since I’m making it my mission to avoid purchasing anything that is within my ability to make! I won’t have to worry about running out of essentials during my recipe creating for quite some time. With a few produce stand stops thrown in, I managed to come home with a ton of ingredients and quite a bit of fresh produce. At one stop, the man thought I was crazy. “You brought your own bags?!” He said he’d never had that happen before! Wow- never?!
Yesterday, I visited a close friend who lives in that area, and had the pleasure of tasting his taco soup. Since it was delicious, I of course asked for the recipe to share with my fellow tree eaters. He was kind enough to send me the recipe, along with a couple of photos, so enjoy!
Jameson’s Taco Soup
- 1 cup chopped onions
- 1 15 1/2 oz. can dark red kidney beans, not drained
- 1 15 1/2 oz. can pinto beans, not drained
- 1 15 1/2 oz. can corn, drained
- 1 14 1/2 oz. can tomatoes w/chilis, not drained
- 1 14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes, not drained
- 1 4 1/2 oz. can green chilis, not drained
- 1 package taco seasoning mix
In a large pot, sauté onions in a very small amount of oil, water, or cooking spray until tender and translucent. Add all other ingredients and simmer covered for one hour. For a thicker soup, simmer uncovered.
I feel like I spent a lot of time driving over the last few days, so it’s nice just to stretch out and relax on my own couch. Hope you had a great week!
Do you have any driving-related pet peeves?