Here's a delicious soup that's so easy to prepare!
Like most soups, you can just fill your crock pot in the morning and have dinner ready when you get home that night. If you have the last of some summer tomatoes on hand that are now overly ripe, this is a good way to use them!
Gather about four pounds of the tomatoes and cut them into chunks. (To easily remove their skins, drop them in boiling water for a minute or so, and you can slip the skins right off!)
Finely chop one medium onion, a celery stalk and a carrot (use more, if you like), and saute them in a tablespoon of butter in a large soup pan. Stir in a clove of garlic and two tsp. of thyme and cook for a minute, then add the tomatoes, a can of chicken broth, some salt and pepper, a half cup of water and a bay leaf.
Heat it to boiling, and then simmer for 45 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and you're ready to serve!
If you make a larger batch, the soup will keep in the fridge for several days ~ or you can freeze it for a hot winter meal!
Eating well doesn't have to be precise! Just choose nutritious, healthy ingredients and every dish will only get better!