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Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

This is sure to spice things up on a cold winter night.

 

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Serves 8
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
522 calories
42 g
80 g
27 g
31 g
11 g
560 g
596 g
9 g
0 g
14 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
560g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 522
Calories from Fat 236
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g
42%
Saturated Fat 11g
55%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 80mg
27%
Sodium 596mg
25%
Total Carbohydrates 42g
14%
Dietary Fiber 9g
34%
Sugars 9g
Protein 31g
Vitamin A
27%
Vitamin C
178%
Calcium
33%
Iron
19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  2. 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  3. 1-1/2 teaspoon Cumin
  4. 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  7. 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  8. 1 cup Diced Onion
  9. 1/4 cup Diced Green Bell Pepper
  10. 1/4 cup Red Bell Pepper
  11. 1 Bay leaf
  12. 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  13. 1 can (10 Oz. Can) Rotel Tomatoes And Green Chilies
  14. 1 cup frozen corn
  15. 32 ounces, fluid Low Sodium Chicken Stock
  16. 3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  17. 4 cups Hot Water
  18. 2 cans (15 Oz. Can) Black Beans, Drained
  19. 3 Tablespoons Cornmeal Or Masa
  20. 5 whole Corn Tortillas, Cut Into Uniform Strips Around 2 To 3 Inches
  21. _____
FOR THE GARNISHES
  1. Sour Cream
  2. Diced Avocado
  3. Diced Red Onion
  4. Salsa Or Pico De Gallo
  5. Grated Monterey Jack Cheese
  6. Cilantro
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix cumin, chili pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil on chicken breasts, then sprinkle a small amount of spice mix on both sides. Set aside the rest of the spice mix.
  2. Place chicken breasts on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until chicken is done. Use two forks to shred chicken. Set aside.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoon olive oil in a pot over medium high heat. Add onions, red pepper, green pepper, and minced garlic. Stir and begin cooking, then add the rest of the spice mix. Stir to combine, then add shredded chicken and stir.
  4. Pour in Rotel, chicken stock, tomato paste, bay leaf, water, and black beans and corn. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 45 minutes, uncovered.
  5. Mix cornmeal with a small amount of water. Pour into the soup, then simmer for an additional 30 minutes. Check seasonings, adding more if needed---add more chili powder if it needs more spice, and be sure not to undersalt. Turn off heat and allow to sit for 15 to 20 minutes before serving. Five minutes before serving, gently stir in tortilla strips.
  6. Ladle into bowls, then top with sour cream, diced red onion, diced avocado, pico de gallo, and grated cheese
Notes
  1. To save time, use store bought rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken that you have on hand. Of course you can roast your own chicken if you want.
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
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calories
522
fat
27g
protein
31g
carbs
42g
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Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Preston Cooks For You http://prestoncooks.com/

Gumbo Recipe

OMG.  Peaches Lennox came to Thanksgiving and brought a beautiful pot of Gumbo.  Evilly, she cackled as she threw the live crab in the pot to be boiled alive.  I wonder if it suffered?  Anyhow, it was real tasty.  

Gumbo
Serves 8
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 min
473 calories
19 g
122 g
32 g
26 g
8 g
425 g
1583 g
7 g
0 g
21 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
425g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 473
Calories from Fat 290
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g
50%
Saturated Fat 8g
38%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 122mg
41%
Sodium 1583mg
66%
Total Carbohydrates 19g
6%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 7g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A
17%
Vitamin C
45%
Calcium
13%
Iron
14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 large boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  2. Salt and pepper
  3. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  4. 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  5. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  6. 5 tablespoons margarine
  7. 1 large onion, chopped
  8. 8 cloves garlic minced
  9. 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  10. 3 stalks celery chopped
  11. 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  12. 1/4 bunch flat leaf parsley, stems and leaves, coarsely chopped, plus chopped leaves for garnish
  13. 4 cups hot water
  14. 5 beef bouillon cubes
  15. 1 (14-ounce can) stewed tomatoes with juice
  16. 2 cups frozen sliced okra
  17. 4 green onions, sliced, white and green parts
  18. 1/2 pound small shrimp, peeled, deveined and cooked
Instructions
  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until browned on both sides and remove. Add the sausage and cook until browned, then remove. Sprinkle the flour over the oil, add 2 tablespoons of margarine and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until brown, about 10 minutes. Let the roux cool.
  2. Return the Dutch oven to low heat and melt the remaining 3 tablespoons margarine. Add the onion, garlic, green pepper and celery and cook for 10 minutes. Add Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, to taste and the 1/4 bunch parsley. Cook, while stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Add 4 cups hot water and bouillon cubes, whisking constantly. Add the chicken and sausage. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes. Add tomatoes and okra. Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Just before serving add the green onions, shrimp and chopped parsley.
  3. Live or Dead Crab OPTIONAL!
Adapted from The Food Network
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calories
473
fat
32g
protein
26g
carbs
19g
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French Lentil Soup Recipe

French Lentil Soup
Serves 6
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Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
257 calories
36 g
0 g
8 g
13 g
1 g
384 g
625 g
7 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
384g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257
Calories from Fat 68
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 1g
5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 625mg
26%
Total Carbohydrates 36g
12%
Dietary Fiber 14g
58%
Sugars 7g
Protein 13g
Vitamin A
71%
Vitamin C
54%
Calcium
7%
Iron
22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons extra–virgin olive oil
  2. 2 cups chopped onions
  3. 1 cup chopped celery stalks plus chopped celery leaves for garnish
  4. 1 cup chopped carrots
  5. 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  6. 4 cups (or more) vegetable broth
  7. 1 1/4 cups lentils, rinsed, drained
  8. 1 14 1/2–ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
  9. 1 teaspoon cumin
  10. Balsamic vinegar (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in heavy large saucepan over medium–high heat. Add onions, celery, carrots, and garlic; sauté until vegetables begin to brown, about 12-13 minutes. Add cumin and cook another minute. Add 4 cups broth, lentils, and tomatoes with juice and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium–low, cover, and simmer until lentils are tender, about 35 minutes.
  2. Transfer 2 cups soup (mostly solids) to blender and puree until smooth. Return puree to soup in pan; thin soup with more broth by 1/4 cupfuls, if too thick. Season with salt, pepper, and a splash of vinegar, if desired. Ladle soup into bowls. Garnish with celery leaves.
Adapted from epicurious
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calories
257
fat
8g
protein
13g
carbs
36g
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Preston Cooks For You http://prestoncooks.com/

Soup du Jour – 31 Days of Soup

Winter is officially here so warm yourself up with a nice big bowl of soup.  Don’t be too surprised if we venture away from soup once or twice.  I have some great chili and stew recipes as well.  

Our first soup is an easy Chicken Noodle Soup. Sure to please your soul, chicken soup is also good for a cold. Here’s why.  

Day 2 brings us a Creamy Mushroom Soup. Cream of mushroom soup is a simple type of soup. It is well known in North America as a common type of condensed canned soup, but this recipe is so much better.

Day 3, a fragrant Carrot Ginger Soup. Carrot soup has been described as a “classic” dish in French cuisine. The soup was eaten by King Edward VII every year on  August 26th to commemorate the 1346 Battle of Crécy.

Day 4 Vietnamese Pho. Pronounced Pho, this noodle soup originated in the early part of the 20th century and one of the most popular street foods in Asia today.

Day 5 Roasted Red Bell Pepper soup.  I have made this many times for my catered dinner parties and it is always a favorite.

Day 6 Chicken  and Rice Soup. This hearty meal in a bowl is sure to satisfy any hungry man.

Day 7 Pan Fusion Soup? I totally made this up, but it turned out really well.  Similar to pho, with a different flare.

Day 8 Broccoli Cheddar Soup.  I love this “Copy Cat” Panera Bread recipe.  If you don’t want all that cheese, you might like this recipe instead.

Day 9 Chicken Tortilla Soup. This zesty fiesta of flavor is so good. It makes enough that you could probably stash some away in the freezer for those nights when you just want to pull something out quick for dinner

Day 10 Salmon Bisque.  An elegant, creamy soup, this recipe is sure to impress!

Day 11 French Lentil Soup.  If you have never had a “mess of pottage”, you should definitely give it a try.  

Day 12 Potato Leek Soup.  Must try! This recipe is from the Queen of the Kitchen herself.

Day 13 Gumbo.  Ewww weee.  I love some good Cajun food. I still have nightmares Peaches!

Day 14 Of course everyone loves Tomato Soup with a nice grilled cheese sandwich. This recipe includes how to make Parmesan Crisps if you want a grown-up twist on the classic combo.

Day 15 Moroccan Beef Stew.  I love making this for a dinner party.  The exotic flavors you will taste remind me of the food I ate while in Egypt, during Desert Storm.

Day 16 A Hearty Winter Minestrone and some fresh Garlic Bruschetta is such a nice meal for a busy week night.  

Day 17  Spicy Paleo Chili  This recipe uses buffalo because it is high in protein and rich in flavor. Bison meat is also lower in calories and cholesterol than beef, pork, turkey, skinless chicken.  It is more expensive, so feel free to use the other meats.

Day 18 Matzo Ball Soup Honestly, most of us have never tried this traditional Passover Soup, but a while back, one of my clients taught me how to make it.  

Day 19  Cold Avocado Soup?  Why not!

Day 20 Tortellini Soup This is an easy week night meal.  Only takes 20 minute!  How is easy is that?

Day 21 Cauliflower Kale Soup.  Don’t say ewwww!  You haven’t tried it yet

Day 22 Classic French Onion Soup. Onion soups have been popular at least as far back as Roman times. Throughout history, they were seen as food for poor people, as onions were plentiful and easy to grow. The modern version of this soup originates in Paris, France in the 18th century.

Day 23 Corn Chowder

Day 24 Sweet Potato, Coconut and Cardamom Soup.  Here’s to my Paleo Peeps!

Day 25 Witch’s Purple Cabbage Soup.  Great for Halloween!

Day 26 Egg Drop Soup.  So easy to make.

Day 27 Bacon Beer Cheese Soup.  Now this is a man’s soup!

Day 28 Split Pea Soup.  Love it

Day 29 Vegetable Soup with Sriracha, Lemon Grass and Tofu.  If you grow a garden, you can grow your own lemon grass all summer long.

Day 30 Pasole. I love hominy and mexican food.  Enjoy.

Day 31 Beef Barley Soup  

 

Mad Minis with Preston Cooks For You

National Cookie Day is December 4th, and Mad Minis wants to help you make it a delicious day!  To help celebrate, Channel 2 asked me to be on Sunday Brunch, where I demonstrated a Chocolate Peppermint Mad Mini Ice Cream Sundae.  

History of Cookie Day

For those of you who may not know, National Cookie Day started as an “unofficial” national holiday in 1987 by the Blue Chip Cookie Company.  On National Cookie Day, I like to celebrate by having a cookie with breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also for a snack!

The word cookie comes from the Dutch word koekie meaning little cakeThere have been cookie-likMad Mini with Raspberry Sorbet e hard wafers in existence for as long as baking has been documented.  This is because they traveled well however, they were usually not sweet enough to be considered cookies by modern day standards. Cookies arrived in America in the 17th century. Macaroons and gingerbread cookies were among the popular early American cookies. Today, Chocolate Chip cookies are by far Americas favorite. 

Mad Minis is a creative food company whose mission it is to revolutionize the dessert and snack industry by bringing together great taste, portion control,  and the best ingredients.

Mad Minis promises:

  • No preservatives. Freezing is our preservative
  • No artificial colors or flavors
  • No bleached flour
  • Made with real ice cream
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • No added junk

Be sure to pick some up the next time you are at Whole Foods.