As I get my kids ready to go back to school, I am reminded of my toddler/pre-school years in the early '80s. Everyday playgroups and all day pre-school for children of stay-at-home moms was unheard of. These years were meant to be spent with mom, not to be on the go 24-7. A once a week trip to mommy and me, play dates at the park, or a twice a week playgroup was enough socialization for a two year old who for the most part enjoyed accompanying her mother on errands or spending an entire morning on the playground.
Fast forward a generation. We live in a technological age where we feel the need to be connected all the time. Consequently, we, the new stay at home moms, feel that our 2-5 year old children need to be in school all day five days a week. In the time our children are in school, we get all of our work done and stay afloat in world affairs.
But is this necessary? Shouldn’t our children’s education begin at home? Can’t the laundry or dishes wait for down time, nap time, or independent play? Women in the 25-40 age bracket with young kids at home, I have a recipe that will allow you to spend quality time with your kids and still have supper ready 8 hours later. The preparation time is five minutes and it feeds 12. Because remember they are only young once and they have the rest of their lives to socialize with their peers.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
4 frozen chicken breasts1- 28 oz can or 2- 15 oz cans red beans
1 15 oz can corn
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 15 oz can tomatoes and green chilis (together in one can)
1 onion chopped
1 green pepper chopped (optional)
3-4 cloves garlic
5 cups each, chicken broth and beer
Place all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Serve with rice and avocado slices. Prep time 5-10 minutes. Serves ~12