This is all it takes to make a crockpot full of delicious vegetable/beef soup. The package on the left is cooked ground beef (lean and rinsed before freezing). Kroger has a frozen Recipe Beginnings "Vegetable Soup Mix". It has everything in it you need. I add a teaspoon of the Beef Base, which is a concentrated bouillon-type product, plus a couple cans of diced tomatoes and a couple tomato cans of water. Dump it all into the crockpot, turn it on and you're out the door.
Then when you come back home, there is a delicious odor of soup in the air and you get to sit down to a delicious bowl of this:
YUM! On a chilly day like today, there's just nothing better.