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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!

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.

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A mushroom of one’s own

8 Apr

Take Trader Joe’s little box of mushroom soup …

A tasty meal of mushroom soup inside a little box

Trader Joe’s little box of mushroom soup

It’s great on its own. Creamy and mushroomy. But there’s also room for a cook’s embellishment.

I added … wait for it … mushrooms. A whole package of fresh halved buttons. I also included some fresh squeezed lime juice and topped my bowl with a dollop of Olive Tapenade.

Trader Joe's Portabella Mushroom Soup

Mushroom soup with a little something special

Oh. Yum.

What do you add to your mushroom soup?

Thank you, TJ’s.

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Related links:

Mushroom Observer

Online edible mushroom field guide

Mushroom=Barley Soup recipe (Saveur)

Snow’s on; soup’s gone at Trader Joe’s

25 Mar

Did you have soup this weekend?

Saturday and Sunday, Kansas Citians received our third snow storm in about four weeks. And we had soup on the brain.

Like hundreds of others, I made my Trader Joe’s trek before the onslaught to stock up on essentials.

While most shelves were holding their own, it was easy to see what’s on most people’s minds when the temperature drops and there’s a real threat of being snowed in: The soup shelves were thin to bare.

Trader Joe's soups were selling out before the storm

Dramatic close up: Lonely little box of chicken soup.

The whole picture paints a picture of soup flying off the shelves.

The whole picture paints a scene of soup flying off the shelves.

After an incredibly snowy month, everyone’s going a little stir crazy. We need a little more comfort than usual, which we apparently translate into comfort food. What could be cozier than a pot of hot soup combating the criminal chill?

What’s your winter go-to soup?

Thanks for the variety, Trader Joe’s!

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Related links:

100 healthy soup recipes (Cooking Light)

6 easy chicken soup recipes (Real Simple)

Healthy winter soup recipes (Chow)

 

 

DYI: Turkey chili with Trader Joe’s

27 Feb

And this is what I faced when I woke up this morning:

Another day; another 10 inches of snow.

Another day; another 10 inches of snow.

Round two for snow; round two for chili. This time, it was homemade turkey chili.

Almost as simple as pairing a can of TJ’s veggie chili and onion soup, I combined ingredients learned from wintery Midwestern kitchens throughout my life:

  • Ground turkey
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • garlic
  • Kidney and black beans
  • Sweet onion
  • Spices: Cumin and chili powder
DIY chili: Ingredients from Trader Joe's

The homemade goodness of a batch of chili you made yourself.

Then I added a little balsamic vinegar and a layer of shredded Parmesan cheese.

I’m set for days. And the best thing about homemade chili … the longer it sits, the better it gets!

(For those who prefer more specifics, check out last year’s batch from “best chili recipe.”)

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

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Simple turkey chili recipe

Best chili recipe

Veggie chili + onion soup = Recipe born via Trader Joe’s

22 Feb

This is what I was up against this morning:

Blizzard of Oz

Snowpocalypse 2013

The storm was forecast all week, giving us time to fill our car tanks and stock our pantries. I’d made the pre-storm-weatherer’s obligatory trek to Trader Joe’s, but when the day came, what was I really going to eat?!

Like a gastronomic incantation, I was surrounded by one word via radio and social media: “Chili.” So, naturally, I thought to myself, “Soup sounds good!”

I looked around and noticed two softball-sized onions in their prime. “Onion soup! Love it!”

Then I looked in my cabinet and saw the lone can of TJ’s Organic Vegetarian Chili I’d bought after a mouth-watering moment at the TJ’s tasting bar. The chili seed that had been sown in my psyche was about to burst through my brain and onto the stove.

This is what happened next:

onion soup plus chili

Onion soup and chili: an idea is born

Another element of the equation was that my neighbor mentioned she was making chicken soup. So, instead of keeping everything vegetarian, I found a box of chicken stock that was in sore need of being used and made that the broth for my onions. (You can easily substitute water or veggie stock.)

Then:

onion soup and veggie chili on the stove

Simmering stew buddies: onion soup and veggie chili

I ladled one scoop of chili into my bowl and covered it with the onion soup.

And, voila:

chili in a bowl

Is it chili? Is it stew? I don’t know, but it’s good!

Accessorizing: I added a splash of balsamic vinegar and sprinkled Parmesan cheese on top. I would also recommend adding some lemon juice.

If you’re in the way of this winter’s wicked weather, be safe, stay warm and eat well!

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

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Related links:

Fooducate rates TJ’s Organic Vegetarian Chili

Battle of the vegetarian chilis (TJ’s vs. Whole Foods)

A good thing to do with barley and kale from Trader Joe’s

4 Feb

Today’s post is from Gen:

What’s better than having a quick-cook grain on hand for an impromptu pot of hearty chicken soup with kale?

TJ’s new “10-Minute Barley” fits the bill. It’s washed, par-cooked and ready to go.

Trader Joe's grain goodness

The foundation of a good meal: 10-Minute Barley

Only thing is, depending on your predisposition for “al dente” dining, “10 minutes” is more like 15.

Still, it’s a fine alternative to having to cook the raw grain for 40 minutes or more.

Note: Because the par-cooked variety is larger in size, 1 cup of the 10-minute variety is less than 1 cup of raw, uncooked barley, so take that into consideration when planning portions you’ll need.

Buon appetito!

Thank you, Gen!

Thank you, TJ’s.

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