Friday, March 7, 2014

Quick Healthy Soups: Chicken Tortilla Soup, Jalapeno Turkey Chili, and Tomato Vegetable Soup

Quick Healthy Soups: Chicken Tortilla Soup, Jalapeno Turkey Chili, and Tomato Vegetable Soup

Here in California we barely had a real Winter this past year so when it rained for 3 or 4 days straight last week I took full advantage (knowing Spring and Summer weather is here to stay for months on end).  So I decided to soak up the gray stormy weather and make some delicious warm hearty soups. I made Tortilla soup, a SPICY chili, and a Tomato Vegetable soup.  

Tortilla Soup: The base of this soup is Chicken broth and canned diced organic tomatoes.  Its really simple! My husaband rarely cooks but he actually threw this together for me while I went to a gym class.  I just left him a simple recipe to follow and he did a great job, I love having a warm meal ready for me after a tough late night work out (no one ever wants to pump one out but i have to take those rare opportunities during the week that i get).  

  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 3-4. whole chicken breasts
  • 1 large can of diced tomatos (i used 1 and a half of trader joe's organic diced tomatos 14.5 ounce cans)
  • 1 large onion, chopped 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 Celery Stalks chopped (optional for added veggies and crunch.)
  • 1 Jalapeno' , finely diced (optional for flavor)
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 lime
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper (more to taste)
  • avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream, crushed tortilla chips ( I used trader joe's Veggie Flaxseed Tortilla chips, cilantro (didnt have any but it would be a great topping.

  • 1)Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic,onions, jalapeno and celery and cook, stirring, until onions begin to become translucent. 
  • 2) Grill up some chicken breast in Olive oil, when fully cooked then slice or shred (whichever you prefer).
  • 3)Add chicken to pot of onion/garlic. Add in crushed tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and juice of 1/2 lime. Bring to a boil, stir constantly so it doesnt burn. 
  • 4)Then add in your chicken broth, reduce the heat to low, simmer soup for 15 minutes.
  • 5) Top with toppings (avocado, cheese, sour cream, cilantro, chips).

*You can add black beans and corn to this recipe if you'd like!

Spicy Chili: My girlfriend Tori gave me this recipe, and it is soooo yummy! I made it for our couples bible study we host at our home and everyone loved it! The recipe calls for Pumpkin puree' but Tori said because its not in season to sub it out for Trader Joe's Organic Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup. Thats the only way i've made this soup so far and I think its perfect! 

Serves 6-8

Organic Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup
1/2 Cup Water
2 Jalepenos
1 Can of Red Kidney Beans (15 oz) rinse first
1 Can of diced tomatoes w/ liquid (again I used TJ's organic diced tomatoes 14.5 oz can)
1 lb of ground turkey
1 yellow onion chopped
1 green bell, seeded and cored, then chopped
2 garlic cloves diced
1 tbspn EVOO
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tspn salt
1 tbspn chili powder
pepper to taste

1)Heat oil in a large pan. Add bell pepper, onion, garlic, and jalapenos. Stir frequently, cook until tender.  
2)Add turkey, cook until browned.
3) Add tomatoes, the red pepper soup mix (i used about 1/2 of the box), water, chili powder, cumin and salt and pepper and bring to boil.
4) Reduce heat to medium and add beans. Cover and simmer for 30 mins stirring occasionally.
Its even better the next day!!

Tomato Vegetable Soup: My girlfriend Chelsea had tried Tori's chili recipe and made a quick version but instead of doing chili she just made it into a simple soup. Its healthy, hearty and really yummy! We ate ours with a side of cheese bread (you gotta balance the healthy out with some gooey cheesey bread, right?!? lol). 

1 yellow onion, chopped
1 tsp minced garlic
1 yellow bell pepper seeded, cored, chopped
3 celery stalks chopped
salt & pepper to taste
1 tbspn EVOO
I also added oregeno, cumin, basil to taste (probably 1/2 tspn for each)
1 lb ground turkey (i used TJ's kosher turkey, it has so much additional flavor!)
1 box of Tj's Organic Tomato And Roasted Red Pepper Soup (see bove)
1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounce organic traders can, see below)

1)Throw all of your veggies in a pan with EVOO and garlic, cook until tender.
2) Cook turkey in pan until browned.
3) Mix in all spices and add in tomatos and soup mix.
4) Heat until boiling, then simmer for 10 minutes or longer , stirring occasionally.


Tell me in the comments what you would like to see more of? What would you like me to cook? Or what are your favorite topics that I write about, ill try to encorporate more. I just want to hear from you! 

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