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On occasion, when 5pm rolls around, the last thing I am wanting to think about is making dinner. We officially hit cold temperatures in St. Louis last week, and snuggling on the couch in a warm blanket sounds so much more appealing than doing anything else. I mean, can we all just go into hibernation from December to March? When I get my act together on the weekend and plan our meals out, it makes life so much easier. One of the ways I can stretch out a meal is making my favorite Zuppa Toscana Soup. Even more exciting because I use my slow cooker and my house smells amazing all day, dinner is practically done and everyone is happy. Pairing it with delicious crusty bread and Coca-Cola™ products, well you have a perfect meal. Double bonus, I find everything I am looking for at my local Shop ‘n Save location.
Let’s get down to the soup. Slow cooker recipes are always the best because you do minimal prep work, set it and forget it and go about your day. Unless you are married to my husband who is terrified of a slow cooker being on if you aren’t home. He’ll argue this till the day he dies. I comply and make soups and other dishes that can pull double duty on the weekends when we are home. Believe me, running a slow cooker over night is a great idea until you are awakened by the smell of pot roast at 6am. Doesn’t quite have that same delicious breakfast smell.
But, this recipe is so simple. The hardest thing you’ll have to do is brown a little sausage and cook up some bacon for garnish. I took it a step further and bought the chopped kale in the grocery so I didn’t even need to mess with that. This 7 ingredient soup packs such a punch and warms you up. It’s hearty, has plenty of veggies and is perfect for a cold evening at home. Excellent for that easy dinner or for a holiday meal with friends and family. It’s also kid approved at our home, and Hattie loves dipping her crusty bread in the soup.
For our drink options, I like to keep an assortment of Coca-Cola products on hand for our family. We like to keep Gold Peak® Tea, Coke Zero™, Coca-Cola™ and Dasani on hand. Offering options to our family always helps round out a meal.
Now for me our winter grocery shopping list changes a little bit because I always find that I am not drinking enough water, which leads to dry skin. Now my trips to my local Shop ‘n Save I pick up a few size varieties of Dasani water because I drink bottled water so much faster. Does anyone else do that? I love picking up the smaller 12 ounce sizes for Hattie so she is hydrated too! We always keep a big case in our laundry room to take a bottle with us to events or a spare in the car when I have a thirsty toddler.
Try this easy slow cooker recipe on a week night and you’ll have minimal clean up, full tummies and leftovers! Check out the Coke Eats site for more dinner inspiration. Are there any slow cooker meals that are a staple in your home?