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Tortilla soup, your way

8 Nov

I love going off the beaten path. That’s definitely true when it comes to travel, but also when it comes to veering from any norm: Mix-and-match clothing; home design; cooking.

And when it comes to reconstructing what’s for dinner, my favorite tailor-made dish is soup.

Last night, tortilla soup became palatable to a paleo-dieting friend by leaving out the tortillas. Just as delicious as with.

Tortilla soup. Hold the the tortilla.

Tortilla soup. Hold the tortilla.

I loaded it with chicken, but take away the chicken and it becomes a veggie delight. Leave out the tomatoes and add some white beans, and your acid-adverse friends will chow down.

Here’s what I put in the pot. Take note, but don’t be afraid to make it your own. You can’t go wrong.

Tortilla Soup Recipe – without tortillas

  • 3lbs chicken breast (I used TJ’s frozen chicken to keep the cost down.)
  • 3TBs olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 quarts of chicken stock – try veggie stock, plain water, or go a completely different direction with something like TJ’s Butternut Squash soup
  • 1 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • a whole lot of cumin and chile powder (unmeasured/to taste)
  • A dash of salt
  • Sides: chopped cilantro, chopped onion, sliced avocado, shredded Parmesan cheese, shredded Cheddar cheese, hot sauce

Buon appetito!

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Recipe for a cool summer night

15 Aug

You have to realize that “cool summer night” is not a term we use often in August in Kansas City. In fact, could this be a first? Probably not, statistically speaking, but for me it is.

However, the stars aligned for my cooking sense this week, preparing me for just this sort of fluke weather.

onion and chicken combine to make soup. Water was an essential ingredient, too.

Hot soup on a cool August night

Recipe for a healthy summer hot soup:

1) Poach three or four frozen chicken thighs.

2) Reserve the water to use as stock.

3) Wait 24-48 hours for a chilly day in August.

4) Transfer chicken stock to pot, add:

  • three chopped onions
  • three minced cloves of garlic
  • a handful of chopped cilantro
  • slices of fresh lemon

5) Ladle into a bowl

6) Add salt, fresh lemon juice and freshly grated Parmesan cheese to taste.

Enjoy and stay warm until the 90-degree weather returns in a few days.

This post is part of the WordPress Weekly Writing Challenge: Fit to write

Tuna salad sandwich salad

12 Aug

How to make a tuna salad sandwich without the bread

Combine:

  • One can of tuna
  • 1/4 to 1/2 onion, chopped
  • Several chopped dill-pickle sandwich slices
  • A bowl of torn lettuce
  • Chopped tomatoes to taste (not shown)
  • Dressing: A smattering of olive oil, drizzled balsamic vinegar and the juice from half a lemon
The alternative tuna salad sandwich

Forkfuls of gluten-free goodness

Same sandwich, just served in a bowl instead of a plate. Oh, and without bread. Details.

Guacamole: three ways

10 Aug

In the previous post, I revealed that my refrigerator needed a little cleaning. I found a friend in a single avocado to help me get rid of the last of some cherry tomatoes and an onion:

The meeting of healthy foods: avocados, tomatos and onions

The meeting of healthy foods: avocado, tomatoes, onion

As dip-olicious as the bowl of naked guac tasted, a burst of creativity hit, and I thought of other ways to serve it.

1) My colorful meal could be used in a lettuce wrap:

Guacamole lettuce wrap

Guac wraps: Swaddled in Romaine

2) Cradled in a taco shell:

guacamole taco

Guac tac (also pictured: TJ’s Cheddar and Horseradish Chips)

Or 3) It could be returned from whence it came – from shell to shell – with kind of a “ladies’ lunch” vibe:

Guacamole to share with friends

Gussied guac

I’m thinking, you pair this guac-in-the-shell serving with some homemade gazpacho (my favorite recipe), a basket of Pita Bite Crackers and you’ve got a party going on!

Do you have other ways to serve guacamole? Please share in the comments!

My own private Guacamole

9 Aug

I love avocados. I love cutting them open and eating them straight from the shell. What a well-designed food – it comes with its own serving bowl!

I’ll get TJ’s mesh bag of avocados and go through them quickly, trying to make them last through the week. The other day, I was ready to dig into my last avocado of the bag when I thought, “I’ve got part of an old onion, some withering grape tomatoes … hmm.” Add a sprinkle of salt, and, voila, a makeshift fiesta for one!

The meeting of healthy foods: avocados, tomatos and onions

The meeting of healthy foods: avocado, tomatoes, onion

If I’d been planning to make guac, I’d have had some cilantro on hand, I might have used more spices and even, (why not?), glance at a recipe. But this was tasty to me!

Then I started thinking, what else can I do with this tasty mixture? My thoughts about optimizing guacamole are in the the next post. : )

Best. Pizza. Ever. #1

5 Jul

This is the first in an occasional series. Creating pizza with unlikely ingredients. Unlikely ingredients, that is, if you’re not me.

For me, these are standard, go-to flavors: dill pickle slices and Vidalia onion on a thick flour tortilla painted with a dense film of tomato-basil sauce., topped with shredded Quattro Formaggio.

Top a tortilla with tomato sauce, onion, pickles and cheese, and you've got a pizza

Mexipickletalian: Pizza #1

Some may say it’s weird. Some may run screaming to find comfort only in their sacred pepperoni and black olive. But folks, as the title alludes, this is only the first of many more creations ahead that I call, “Pizza.”

Wait with wonder and anticipation. Or fear. : )

Cutest little taters ever: Recipe

12 Apr

Fact #1 – I don’t eat a lot of carbs (aka starch), so otatoepays are generally ixnayed.

Fact #2 – These teeny tiny potatoes are some of the cutest root veggies I’ve ever seen, and I wanted to eat them.

Small potatoes

Teeny tiny taters

Fact #3 – A friend was coming over. Timing is everything.

And so, a meal was born including tiny, thinly sliced potatoes and other small veggie items.

Trader Joe's mini taters scramble up well with tofu, tomatoes, garlic and mushrooms

Tiny tater small scramble

How to make tiny tater small scramble:

Spread oil olive in a skillet. Season with a clove of chopped garlic.

Add:

  • Thinly sliced tiny potatoes
  • Quartered cherry or grape tomatoes (keep it small)
  • A block of cubed sprouted tofu
  • A cup or two of chopped onions
  • A quarter pint of baby bella sliced mushrooms
  • Sprinkle a little salt
  • Heat until potatoes are softened
  • Enjoy with a friend!

On an uncanny note, this morning the following Harvest Public Radio story aired on my local NPR station: “Potato Industry Banks on Linda.” It’s about the decline in potato consumption and the efforts of the U.S. Potato Board to entice people to bring potatoes back to the table. Timely.

[This post is completely independent of any public radio programming and is not funded by the U.S. Potato Board or Trader Joe’s.]

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Related links:

Why potatoes are healthy [besthealthmag.ca]

Potatoes healthy food guide [eatingwell.com]

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