Chicken Tortilla Soup

Tonight I needed something quick and easy to make for dinner. I spent the day at the library working on a group project and still had more to do when I finally got home. The hubs had quite a bit to do as well. A friend told me about a meal she recently made when she was short on time too. It was a delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe.

Thankfully, smartphones allow me to log onto Facebook as I wonder through the grocery store to view her posted recipe. I was also able to track down all of the items without having to phone a friend.

Chicken Tortilla Soup
1 1/2 lb uncooked chicken breasts
1 15-oz can whole, flavored, stewed tomatoes
1 can corn
1 can black beans
10 oz salsa
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups water

1 14 1/2-oz can chicken broth
1 package low-sodium taco seasoning
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
4 tbsp chopped avocado
Whole-grain tortilla chips

Cook chicken on stove top.
While the chicken cooks add all items except the tortilla chips and avocado to a large pot and bring to a boil.
(I prefer to use my Le Creuset Dutch Oven whenever possible. When I haven’t planned ahead to use a slow cooker this item turns out to be very useful!)
Once chicken is done, cut up into small pieces and add to the soup.
Chop one avocado into cubes.
Crush desired amount of tortilla chips (check serving size) to top your soup.
Let soup simmer until ready to be served.
Once served add the chips and avocado on top.

My recipe is slightly different from what my friend posted. For the original recipe published by Oxygen Magazine click here. The original recipe would have more of kick since it calls for jalapenos. Also, serving the soup with tortilla strips instead of crushed chips would be a lot more fun, however, they are awfully hard to find! Omitting the chicken could also make this soup vegetarian friendly.



Acorn Treats

Recently I have become some what obsessed with Pinterest. If you aren’t familiar with Pinterest you are seriously missing out. Wikipedia, the source for everything accurate, states that Pinterest is a vision board-styled social photo sharing website and app where users can create and manage theme-based image collections. You need to be invited by someone who is already on Pinterest in order to join. If you request to join without an invite you will be not only be embarrassed but also put on a waiting list.

In whatever free time I manage to come up with I try to re-create something I have found pinteresting. And by free time I mean the time I come up with due to avoiding homework. I discovered something that I made around Halloween. (I know, I haven’t blogged for awhile.) It is great for fall potlucks at work or even sending with your kids to school as a treat in their lunch box.

All you need to make the adorable Acorn Treats are: Nutter Butter Bites, Hershey Kisses and Chocolate Chips.

In a double boiler melt about a half cup of chocolate chips. Once the chocolate is melted add a small amount to the bottom of a Hershey Kiss. Then stick the Nutter Butter Bite onto the Kiss. The melted chocolate will act as glue.

When the chocolate hardens you will be able to add a chocolate chip on the other side of the Nutter Butter. Add melted chocolate to the bottom of a chocolate chip and stick on as you did with the Hershey Kiss.

And voila, you have adorable, edible acorns perfect for a get together in the fall.