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Soup Season is here – Chicken Tortilla Soup

I am a huge lover of soup; it surprises me when I hear some people are not. I think of soup/chowder and stew as a warm hug in a bowl. There are endless possibilities you can combine to make a yummy pot of soup, you can add milk and/or cream for chowder, clear broth to make a light soup or combine cream and broth to make your light soup a little creamy like creamy tomato soup. I think I will make that today with the tomatoes from my garden.

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After a long day of Christmas shopping on Friday – Yup I said it; it was only for the “typical” PJ’s, socks etc. (I am going to try and spread out the money pain over a few months) items for the fam. While eating my grilled chicken sandwich I overheard the person sitting next to me ordering Chicken Tortilla Soup – So for the rest of the day all I wanted was a bowl Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Guess what I did when I got home; of course after hiding all the loot! It was a huge hit; my guys and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It comes together pretty quick and tastes great straight away; you know how some things taste better the next day; this one is d’lish now and if you happen to have some leftover for the next day I am sure it tastes just a great; we wouldn’t know!

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2 Tbs olive oil

1 medium onion diced

2 Tbs minced garlic

2-4 Jalapeno’s (depending on how spicy you want it) seeded and finely diced

6 cups chicken broth (homemade if you have it)

1 28 oz. can San Marzano peeled tomatoes–while pouring out the tomatoes squeeze them into the pot to help break them up.

1-2 cans black beans – rinsed and drained

2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts

2 limes juiced

Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper

Cilantro leaves

1 flour tortilla grilled and cut into strips or use tortilla chips crumbled

1 avocado, pitted, sliced

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Dollop of sour cream

In a large saucepan heat the oil till warm, add the onions until they softened; about 3 minutes. Add garlic and jalapenos cook for another minute. Add broth, tomatoes and beans and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and add the chicken breast. Cook the chicken for about 20-25 minutes. Once chicken is cooked remove from the pot. When cool enough to handle; shred it and set aside. Add lime juice and the cilantro to the pot.  In a bowl add a mound of chicken. Ladle soup over chicken and with tortilla strips, avocado slices, cheese and sour cream. YUP hug in a bowl!!!

Taco Tuesday (Fish Tacos)

I believe I mentioned my family tried meatless Monday for a spell.  I think we lasted 3 or 4 months before we ran into some difficulty in staying true.  Lunches were definitely my Achilles heel. Having enough time to plan ahead for my busy schedule especially during the summer months; I was just not organized enough nor creative enough being such a meat and potato kind of girl. Who knows we may try it again at a later date.  It was comical to me how many of my co-workers and close friends thought we were nuts.  My girlfriends 8 year old had one of my favorite comments.  “What are they going to do next Taco Tuesday” I love it!!! And also thought what an awesome idea!

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No; we did not start taco Tuesday but we have come across a fish taco recipe that we are definitely adding it to our meal rotation.  We seem to make them when we have friends and family over.  My father-in-law said they were the first tacos he has ever liked. Now that is saying something being that he is in his 80’s.  Everyone has really liked them so I wanted to share them with you.

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Make the salsa, cover and put in the fridge until you need to use it.

Make the mayo and if you have an empty squeeze bottle; I find it works really well, plus you can store in the fridge for another use.  I bet you end up making these again within a month; maybe even the following week, I know we did.

2 Pounds boneless, skinless Mahi Mahi (flash frozen fish worked out excellent) Thaw it completely

2 Cups AP flour

3 Eggs, lightly beaten

4 tablespoons water

2 Cups Breadcrumbs (I used my own but panko would be awesome)

Kosher Salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Vegetable oil for frying

½ head savoy cabbage, finely shredded

1 bunch of cilantro

1 bunch chives, chopped

3 limes; cut into wedges for garnish 

Cut fish into 1 ounce strips, set up breading station of flour, eggs with water and breadcrumbs.  Salt and pepper each container.  I use my glass Pyrex pie plates that I have had for years!

Dredge the pieces of fish in flour, eggs, than breadcrumbs.  Once all completed fry fish in small batches in 375’F oil. Drain on paper towels. Keep warm until ready to serve.

 Chipotle Mayo:

1 cup sour cream

1 cup mayo

3 chipotles in adobo, plus 2 tablespoon of adobo sauce

½ lemon, juiced

in a blender put the chipotles and puree until smooth, add sour cream, mayo, adobo sauce and lemon juice and combine to process until the mixture is consistent and creamy.  Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate until ready to use.

Mango Radish Salsa: 

2 Limes

2 ripe mangoes, diced

4-5 red radishes, diced

1 small red onion, diced

1 tablespoon chili powder

½ bunch fresh cilantro, leaves chopped

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Kosher salt, freshly cracked black pepper

Add all into a dish stir and refrigerate until ready to use.

 

Serve Family Style: toast corn tortilla’s on a griddle or over an open flame on your stove top.  I used my griddle it works great.

Enjoy!!!