Last night, the girls found the Mensch playing dreidel with some teddy bears and a note that said, "A Mensch Visits the Elderly." N promptly asked exactly how old the bears are; I quickly retorted that the bears probably represented the senior citizens they would be visiting that night (perhaps this one was a bit of a stretch). In any event, we were off to serve latkes, color pictures, and play dreidel at a Senior Center. This was our first night of service, and I couldn't be more pleased with the girls’ good attitude celebrating Chanukah with the seniors. Today, they will find the mensch prepping soup boxes for our Temple's walk-in food pantry. Everything needed for an easy tortilla soup along with the recipe will be included. The girls will have to finish where the mensch left off. He left a note with instructions!
By the way, the soup is really easy and so yummy. I always have the ingredients in the pantry for nights when we are out of fresh stuff or just feeling really lazy. Relying on pre-made stock and salsa gives it a long-simmered taste in just minutes. The reciepe follows:
1 Can Low Sodium Chicken Stock
2 Cans Black Beans--Drained and Rinsed
1 Can Mexi-corn--Drained and Rinsed
1 jar of your favorite salsa
Dump in a pan and heat. Top with cheese, tortilla chips, cilantro, or enjoy plain!