Monday, September 16, 2013

Stuffed Pepper Soup + School Snack Organization

It's almost 10 pm so I am going to make this quick.  As soon as we got the kids to bed I ran out to get pajamas for my big boy - I can't believe he is 6 wearing a size 10/12!

Just got in and am exhausted, but would rather shop for something silly like this when they are sleeping on a weeknight verses crapping up a weekend doing it.

Let's talk about that Stuffed Pepper Soup I made yesterday in the crockpot.  It was supposed to give 3 or so days of lunch for me and my Dad (who watches the kids during the day), but in 24 hours there is only 1 bowl left.  It was SO good!

I loved it, my Dad, my husband snuck a taste and asked me to make it again and my oldest begged for it as his after school snack!

Stuffed Pepper Soup
Gooseberry Patch Hometown Harvest
2 lbs ground beef (I used ground turkey)
28-oz can diced tomatoes
28-oz can tomato sauce
3 cups green peppers, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 cup rice, uncooked (I used trader joe's organic frozen brown rice)
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 cubes beef bouillon

In a skillet brown turkey; drain well.
Add turkey, tomatoes with liquid and remaining ingredients in slow cooker; stir.
Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or until rice and meat are cooked through.

I often don't make the same thing twice, but this is a keeper.

Get It Done Tip: I prep my lunch - like this soup - for the week on Sundays.  To prep for my oldest's school snack for the week on Sunday I grab 5 water bottles and get them in the fridge and write his name on 5 snack bags.  I then have my routine at night of opening up the snack bag, putting the napkin in it and prepping whatever the snack is - whatever a bag of crackers or cutting up fruit and in the morning put in the snack (if non-perishable I put it in the night before) and the cold water.
Having the bags prepped and the water bottles ready to go during the week is one less step I need to worry about during a hectic morning.

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