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The forecast calls for rain this week. Again. Though I get a little mopey about it, this is the most rain we have had in months, and thanks to the precipitation numbers, California can officially say adios to the drought! I’ve mentioned in previous posts that Californians don’t handle the rain very well. My closet consists of approximately 95% summer clothes and 5% winter/rain clothes. Hey, it’s Cali! But lately, I have been running out of winter clothes because of this weather.

My New Year’s resolution (along with everyone else in America) is to lose weight and start eating healthier. So far, I’m killing it during the week. If I could just have a liiiiittle more control over my calorie intake during the weekends, I would be seeing better results – but I just can’t seem to avoid all the temptations. I’M WEAK!!!

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When the weather calls for rain, all I can think of is soup, soup soup! The problem is that most of the best soups have potatoes and heavy cream in the recipe…that’s what makes them so delicious! Thankfully, my auntie shared her delicious Crock pot Southwestern Soup with me, and let me tell you – it is the absolute perfect soup for rainy weather, and it’s healthy to boot! Even if you decide to sneak a piece of corn bread on the side, it won’t derail your healthy eating habits. Enjoy!

Crock Pot Southwestern Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 package of ground turkey
  • Medium onion, chopped
  • 2 packages of taco seasoning
  • 1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 2 cups of water
  • Large zucchini sliced and halved
  • 1 - 13 ounce can of (Do not drain the juices):
  • Kidney Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 cans of corn
  • 1 - 10 ounce can of rotel tomatoes with diced chilis, mild

Instructions

  1. Brown turkey and onion. Drain fat, if needed.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add taco seasonings and ranch mix. Stir well.
  4. Pour into crock pot with 2 cups of water and all canned goods (including liquids).
  5. Add zucchini.
  6. Cook on low for at least 5 hours.
  7. Optional condiments to add on top of chili:
  8. Sour cream, hot sauce, cheese, olives, jalapeños or tortilla chips

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