Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup, creamy, cheesy tasty soup packed with chicken, garbanzo beans, chipotle pepper for smoky heat and topped with tortilla crisps.

Soup | February 16, 2017 | By

Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup ~ thick, creamy, cheesy, tasty packed with chicken, garbanzo beans, chipotle pepper for smoky heat and topped with crispy tortilla strips.

My daughters and I are all on the same page when it comes to our taste in movies. We love spending a Saturday or Sunday afternoon having lunch at the mall and catching a good flick.

One of our favorite lunch spots is a place with amazing Tortilla Soup ~ loaded with chicken in a spicy broth and topped with crispy tortilla strips.

We all get a bowl and share an appetizer so we still have room for the *required* movie popcorn. Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup is everything I love about the restaurant version but thicker and includes garbanzo beans, chipotle pepper for heat and smoky flavor and even more cheesy goodness. If you like a spicy, cheesy soup this is it. 

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Tomato White Bean Soup

Tomato White Bean Soup: thick tomatoey broth infused with herbs and packed with beans and vegetables including superfood spinach.

Soup | January 14, 2017 | By

Tomato White Bean Soup: rich, thick tomato broth infused with herbs and packed with beans and vegetables.

This time last year I resolved (in a post no less) to stop wasting food. It’s so darn expensive, right? So I’m tackling this resolution again and I hope you’ll join with me. Kitchen comrades in arms, if you will.

A quick inventory revealed five cans of Great Northern beans (must have been one heck of a sale), a couple of cans of crushed tomatoes, two tubes of tomato paste, four containers of chicken stock, an almost empty jar of Nutella (oops), Uncle Ben’s 90 second brown rice, canned artichokes, a jar of pesto and way more I won’t bore you with.

Between the pantry and refrigerator, I had all the ingredients for this Tomato White Bean Soup. . . minus the Nutella (which makes a fine dessert all by itself). You know what they say ~ “happiness is hot soup on a cold day”. 

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Easy Spicy Beef Chili

Easy Spicy Beef Chili ~ loaded with beef, beans and packs just right amount of heat + 3 secret ingredients that take this chili to the next level.

Dinner, Soup | January 2, 2017 | By

 

Easy Spicy Beef Chili ~ loaded with beef, beans and vegetables, this chili packs just right amount of heat + 3 secret ingredients that take it to the next level.

If you’re thinking you’ve seen this recipe before ~ you have ~ I’ve updated the photos on this classic, crowd pleasing favorite because it’s fall and whether you’re a fan or not, it’s football season and friends, in my book, those two go together like peanut butter and jelly. 

You don’t have to like football to enjoy all the amazing food people create when they gather to watch a game or three. Football food is almost a competitive sport in itself.

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Smoked Salmon Chowder

Hearty, flavor-packed smoked salmon chowder with bites of tender potatoes. Prepare in 30 minutes. Ideal for weeknights; elegant enough to entertain with!

Soup | December 14, 2016 | By

Hearty, flavor-packed smoked salmon chowder with bites of tender potatoes. Prepare in 30 minutes. Ideal for weeknights; elegant enough to entertain with!

Baby it’s cold outside! We’re in the middle of a deep freeze right now ~ a Polar Vortex. I don’t know what the question is, but soup is the right answer.

On top of temps that include a wind chill factor, Sunday we got 12″ of heavy, wet snow. It was the perfect day to stay home, cook, catch up on some reading and even watch a little bit of the football game.

Monday brought the reality of digging out and thankfully my husband was up to the task because I was ready to just pull the covers over my head and wait for spring. No really.

Smoked Salmon Chowder ~ thick, hearty, loaded with smoky salmon flavor and tender, bite-size pieces of potato ~ just what we needed. You can eat it without good bread, but really. . .why would you want to? 

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French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup ~ rich, flavorful broth, caramelized onions, topped with toasted bread and creamy Provolone cheese then broiled until brown and bubbly.

Soup | December 12, 2016 | By

Whenever my daughter saw French Onion Soup on the menu, she ordered it.  She was completely unaware, but it usually made my husband cringe. As young children, we encouraged them to order for themselves in restaurants. Served us right, I guess because although she professed to love French Onion Soup, she really only liked the soup-soaked bread topped with all that cheese. Who could blame her?

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Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Cauliflower Soup ~ creamy, cheesy, bites of roasted cauliflower and other veggies throughout. Add a slice of bakery style bread for a great meal.

Dinner, Soup | December 1, 2016 | By

Roasted Cauliflower Soup ~ creamy, cheesy, bites of roasted cauliflower and other veggies throughout. Add a slice of bakery style bread for a delicious, hearty meal.

My husband is always on the hunt for what he calls a “good bar burger”. It’s become almost a hobby for him, scouting out the best one.

They need to be at least 1/3 pound of juicy beef, with melted Swiss cheese and grilled onions all on a sesame seed bun, served with fries. He adds a generous squeeze of mustard and it’s all washed down with a cold beer or two.

The latest place was a total dive with a sign outside that said ‘no biker colors allowed’. It was cold and rainy that day so when I saw Roasted Cauliflower Soup on a handwritten menu, I skipped the burger and gave it a try.

This creamy, cheesy, hearty soup (chowder?) with bites of roasted cauliflower didn’t disappoint. I guess it’s true what they say ~ you can’t judge a book by its cover. . .

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Turkey Lentil Soup

Turkey Lentil Soup - easily made with ground turkey OR leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. A hearty soup packed with vegetables and vitamins.

Soup | November 22, 2016 | By

Turkey Lentil Soup – easily made with ground turkey OR leftover Thanksgiving turkey. A delicious, hearty soup packed with turkey, vegetables and lentils. 

 

Soup is my go-to in the winter months. It hits the spot on a cold day and it’s a great way to clean out the refrigerator and pantry.

I’m always on the prowl for new soup recipes and Turkey Lentil Soup is one of my favorites for a few reasons: it whips up quickly but has the rich flavor of soup that’s simmered for hours, it’s a triple threat of nutrition: turkey, lentils and V-8 juice and I can make it using either ground turkey or leftover Thanksgiving turkey when I can’t eat even one more turkey sandwich.

Turkey Lentil Soup for the win. 

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20 Minute Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup

20 Minute Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup ~ cheesy, spicy ~ a complete meal in one bowl and goes from stove to table in just 20 minutes.

Soup | October 31, 2016 | By

My husband isn’t always on board new recipes. He likes a traditional meal the way he’s been eating it for years “(insert sigh). So when he asked what’s for dinner, I reluctantly told him Chicken Enchilada Soup in the way you may tell a toddler he has to get a shot because in his food world there are very specific rules: Chicken Soup should only have a clear broth and lots of noodles, carrots and celery. Enchiladas should only be filled with beef and ‘other stuff’, rolled up with sauce and cheese on top. I offered to make him a hamburger instead, but he soldiered up and ladled a bowl of this 20 Minute Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup. I watched astonished as he ate his soup along with a flour tortilla . . one bowl. . . and then another. He liked it. 

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Minestrone Italian Sausage Soup

Minestrone Italian Sausage Soup. Packed with vegetables in a rich, tomatoey broth enhanced with the addition of Sweet Italian Sausage.

Dinner, Soup | October 14, 2016 | By

Minestrone Italian Sausage Soup ~ loaded with fresh vegetables, sweet Italian sausage and a rich, tomatoey broth.

It’s been raining here for several days ~ ugh ~ and the forecast is for several more days of heavy rain. I shouldn’t complain (though obviously I am) because thank God there aren’t experiencing hurricanes or flooding in these parts.

Still, it’s bone-chilling leaving me with little no desire to go to the grocery store, but on the upside, it does bring out my creativity ~ as in what can I make with what’s already here? The idea for this Minestrone Italian Sausage Soup recipe is part freezer, part pantry, part end of the year garden.

It’s hearty and packed with veggies in a rich, tomatoey broth, enhanced with the flavor of sweet Italian sausage and a downpour (you’ll excuse the pun) of grated parmesan raining down on each bowl.

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Easy Corn Chowder

Easy Corn Chowder - delicious one-pot meal packed with vegetables and bursting with fresh summer flavor. Pair with your favorite bakery-type bread.

Soup | September 6, 2016 | By

Easy Corn Chowder – delicious one-pot meal packed with vegetables and bursting with fresh summer flavor.

I try to make a weekly trip to the farmer’s market from the time it opens in the spring until the last vegetables are sold in the fall. I love supporting local farmers selling fresh fruits and vegetables, watching the produce change as summer melds into fall and I enjoy the sense of community the farmer’s market brings.

This Easy Corn Chowder is a great example of what a trip to the farmer’s market can yield.Here in the Midwest, there’s still plenty of sweet corn at the farmer’s market and all the roadside stands. Check out your local market, get to know your farming neighbors ~ oh yeah ~ and try this Easy Corn Chowder.

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