I'm all about doing what I can to make my crazy life simpler. So, I get pretty excited when I find a recipe for a fast, easy, budget friendly dinner that is healthy for my family. AND as an added bonus, my kids did not barter with me to be excused from the dinner table prematurely when I made this. I should note that I discovered this recipe from one of my Weight Watchers cookbooks called Winner's Circle. If you are a watcher of weight, this recipe is 5 points per serving.
Bean Burrito Soup
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (16 oz) can fat-free refried beans
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
2 tbsp. canned chopped green chiles
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 (6-inch) fat-free flour tortilla, cut into thin strips (about 1/2 cup)
6 tbsp. shredded red. fat cheddar cheese
6 tbsp. fat free sour cream (I didn't even use this, but it would be good)
3 tbsp. chopped cilantro (I omitted this also, but yum!)
Bring the broth and beans to a boil in a large saucepan over med. high heat. Add the mixed vegetables, chiles, garlic, and chili powder; return to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the flavors are blended and the vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes.
Divide the soup evenly among 4 bowls. Top each bowl with about 2 tbsp. tortilla strips, cheese and sour cream, then the cilantro.
I usually like to have at least one vegetarian meal a week and this is a great recipe for that reason. If you truely wanted to make it vegetarian, you could use vegetable broth.