I love a good challenge, especially when food is involved. This month, I was challenged to come up with a recipe or fun way to use Libby’s NEW Vegetable Cups, and I have to admit….I surprised even myself. My whole family couldn’t get enough of the Tex-Mex Vegetable Soup that I made! Although this post (and the giveaway that follows) have been sponsored by Libby’s, all thoughts, opinions, and recipe are my own.
This past weekend, we were hit by a pretty hefty snow storm, which meant that it was the perfect setting for some warm, comforting soup. But it also meant that we couldn’t get out to the grocery store to do a weekend shopping trip (I tried heading out once on Saturday and turned around as soon as I got out of the neighborhood because the roads were so bad!). So as I was contemplating what I could make for dinner on Sunday, I gave myself an added challenge to use all canned or dried foods.
When I mentioned my plan to my husband, I’ll be honest with you. He was not excited. He’s all about fresh and homemade, and when I said “canned” he immediately turned his nose up.
Guess what? This SOUP changed his mind.
I’ve made soups before using canned vegetables, but the challenge with full-sized cans is that you can only fit so much variety in the pot before you’re over-flowing. With Libby’s 4-ounce vegetable cups, I was able to add 4 different kinds of veggies – corn, peas, green beans, and carrots – to the soup and had just the right amount to feed all 6 of us for dinner.
My once-skeptical husband said, as soon as the last drop was consumed from the soup pot, “You have more of those vegetable cups, right? So we can make this again?”
Yes, the family is all eager to have this vegetable soup again and again. By the way, each one of my kids, including my rather-picky 9-year-old, had multiple servings of soup…until the whole pot was gone. And we’re talking vegetables here…not chicken nuggets and fries!
Super-Easy Tex-Mex Vegetable Soup
By the way, I plugged the recipe into my Weight Watchers recipe builder and was pleased that it came in at a low 4 PointsPlus per serving. Of course, if you add anything extra to the soup, like tortilla chips or shredded cheese, that number will increase slightly.
- 4 cups water
- ⅔ – 1 cup small pasta (like shells or macaroni)
- 1 4 oz cup Libby’s Diced Carrots
- 1 4 oz cup Libby’s Sweet Peas
- 1 4 oz cup Libby’s Sweet Corn
- 1 4 oz cup Libby’s Green Beans
- 1 bay leaf
- ¼ cup Sofrito tomato cooking base (or vegetable bouillon)
- 1 14.5 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes (with seasonings), undrained
- 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 teaspoon dried onion
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Add water to medium pot; bring to boil. Add remaining ingredients. Note: you can either drain the vegetable cups or just dump the whole cup plus liquid into the soup.
- Heat on medium-high until heated through. When soup starts to get bubbly, you can turn the heat down to simmer for 30-60 minutes or you can serve right away.
- Remove bay leaf before serving. Optional toppings: shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, fresh cilantro, etc.
About Libby’s Vegetable Cups
Libby’s Vegetable Cups are the only 4 oz. Vegetable Cups on the market. They have as few as 10 calories per cup, are free of saturated fats and trans-fats, and are rich in Vitamin C. The single-serve, microwaveable Vegetable Cups are available in five varieties:
- Sweet Corn
- Cut Green Beans
- Sweet Peas
- Diced Carrots
- Peas & Carrots
Libby’s Vegetable Cups are conveniently portioned in single-serve and easy-to-open packaging making then perfect additions to lunchboxes for time-crunched families, but they’re also great to use in side dishes, main courses and even appetizers. They are perfect for portion control, eliminating waste and quick, healthy servings of your favorite vegetables. The Cups are pre-cooked and can be served cold or warm, whatever you prefer! By the way, Libby’s also has single-serve fruit cups as well, which my kids love to bring in their school lunches. Get more information on Libby’s products, including the Vegetable Cups, HERE.
Enter to WIN a Libby’s Giveaway
I’m excited to be giving away a Libby’s prize pack which includes Pyrex 14-Piece Glass Food Storage Set with Lids, a $75 gift card, as well as an assortment of Libby’s® Vegetable Cups. This giveaway will run through 11:59 PM ET March 9, after which a winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. Enter on the form below.
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