Saturday, January 11, 2014

Chicken Tortilla Soup

When the hubs and I realized that we hadn't made chicken tortilla soup in 3 years, we knew it was time to revive the recipe! I have to give major props to my husband since he made this one on his own. The only help he had was for the basic ingredients that he needed to shop for. This soup was perfect for the chilly weather headed our way. Go make this soup and stay warm!

Chicken Tortilla Soup (Serves 8)
Time: 2hrs Prep and Cook

Ingredients:
- 1 Rotisserie Chicken, Skin Removed and Shredded 
- Chicken Broth 56oz (4 Cans of reduced sodium broth)
- Water
- 2 Pasilla Chiles
- 2 Anaheim Chiles
- 4 Tomatoes
- 1 Red Onion, Roughly Chopped
- 4 Cloves of Garlic
- 1 Can Black Beans, Rinsed
- 1-2c Frozen Corn
- Cilantro (1/2c Chopped/garnish)
- Lime
- Parsley (2 Sprigs, Chopped)
- Cumin (1-2tsp)
- Salt
- Pepper (to taste)
- Oil
- Cayenne Pepper (to taste)
- Adobo Seasoning (to taste)
- Queso Fresco (Optional)
- Corn Tortillas
- Plain Greek Yogurt (Optional)
  1. Add tomatoes, chiles, and garlic to a large pot and cover ingredients with water. Bring to a boil and reduce to medium heat and allow the vegetables to simmer for about 15 minutes. The chiles and tomatoes should be soft. Reserve 1cup of water from the pot before discard.
  2. Remove the seeds from the chiles and place all of the vegetables into a blender. Add one cup of reserved water from the pot and a tsp of salt. Blend until you get a smooth puree of vegetables. 
  3. Add two tbsp of oil back into your medium heated pot and pour in the the puree. While occasionally stirring, allow the puree to thicken up for about about 10-12mins. 
  4. Add the parsley, cilantro, shredded chicken, chicken stock, adobo seasoning, cayenne pepper, cumin and bring the soup to a boil. Add black beans and corn and reduce heat to medium low.
  5. While the soup is simmering, make the crispy tortilla strips to top the soup. Add a few tbsp of oil to a medium heated pan and fry the tortilla strips, it should only take about 2-3minutes. Allow them to drain on a paper towel and top with salt and lime.
  6. Finally, top a hearty bowl of soup with cheese, greek yogurt, tortilla strips, and fresh cilantro!
Hope you enjoy and the weather is starting to warm up wherever you are!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Going Green Juice

Going Green is our first juice of 2014! It's packed with nutrients and tasty too. What are some of your favorite juicing recipes/combos?



Going Green (makes 14-16 oz)

Ingredients:
- 1 Apple
- 2 Carrots, Chopped
- 1/4-1/2 Lemon, Peeled
- 1 Large Handful Spinach
- 3-4 Mint Sprigs
- 1/2c Parsley
- 6inches of Cucumber
  1. Alternate feeding greens and carrots with the cucumber, lemon, and apple. 
  2. Gently stir the juice and enjoy.
Cheers to good health in 2014 friends! 
Benefits of Juicing Parsley
Benefits of Juicing Mint