Tuesday, February 22, 2011

a recipe & a thank you

the last several days we have been blessed with gorgeous sunny weather,
a tease that spring is just around the corner.
i grabbed some herbs for the kitchen at my local grocery store
& they smell so fresh & fantastic.
i have rosemary planted just off my back porch
( that survived the septic tank saga!)
but until it's time to plant them i'm thoroughly enjoying these inside with me.

i was chopping some of the fragrant basil this afternoon
for our chicken tortilla soup & thought i'd share the recipe with you.

 a sweet friend brought this along with some homemade salsa years ago
& it's been a family favorite ever since.

i slice flour tortillas into thin strips, drizzle with evoo, sprinkle kosher salt,
broil for a few minutes, and then grate some fresh parmesan cheese on top,
& serve along side.

~Chicken Tortilla Soup~
2 packages chicken tenderloins
1 can rotel tomatoes
1 can tomatoe puree
2 cans chicken broth or approx 28 oz broth
1 medium onion
2 cloves minced fresh garlic
1 small bag frozen corn
1 bay leaf
1 T cumin
1/2 t oregano
1/2 t basil
salt & pepper to taste

i cook the tenderloins with a little butter on top, minced onions and s/p for 45 min at 350.
my girls prefer the texture of small bites verses shredded but cut to your preference.
i then add my fresh garlic & seasonings and saute these in evoo.
then add chicken to broth & tomatoes and corn mixture.
bring to a boil
 simmer for 30 minutes
remove your bay leaf
& serve

also, instead of canned chicken broth i use 'better than bouillon'
a little high in sodium so take that in to account

ps, thank ya'll for the all the encouragement regarding the half.
i set out to run 9 yesterday but decided to go for 10 when one of my favorite songs came on.
it felt so great to get to that double digit milestone!
ya'll are the best!


Shannon said...

I love Chicken Tortilla Soup so I can't wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing Paige :)
I'm glad you guys are finally getting some warm weather over there now.

Kerri said...

Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! It sounds yummy and I can't wait to try it. And congrats on doing 10 miles Paige! You are such an inspiration! Once my house is clear of the stomach bug, I will be back on my treadmill really pushing myself!

ALELY said...

Thanks for sharing the soup recipe. It sounds so yummy and seems simple to make. Love the beautiful pics with this post and Congrats on that run. I have a goal to complete two 10k's this year. We'll see if that comes through as I really struggle with running. It's just on my bucket list to cross off : ).


Between You and Me said...

love your version of the soup....
will add it to my list next week!

tell me how you keep those stinkin herbs alive in the house.

i bought some a couple of weeks ago and they're already gone.


Number 6 and no more counting! said...

Oh my gosh I love glads! that's it I will get some at the market on the weekend! and maybe, just maybe some little pots of herbs. So cute!

I am so impressed that you are running. Like I said you inspire me! I must get some new head phones for my I POD.


hi i'm abany said...

so beautiful! I LOVE gladiolus & basil! the simple beauty of just a plant absolutely astounds me every time. :)

LLH Designs said...

Love your little herb buckets! I have the #7 one. Mmmm...tortilla soup is one of my favorite meals...with lots of fresh stuff added!

Way to go for 10 with a good tune pushing you!


Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

YOU are the best!!! I'm so pulling for you on this marathon thing... because I'll probably never do one, so I'll live vicariously through you!! I just read your guest post and commented... you inspire me and make me just love your sweet heart. Just thought you should know...


Melanie said...

Sweet Paige,

You, my dear friend, are such an inspiration in my life! I am so proud of you for kicking up the Ipod and going for the double digits!!!! And to think that you will be running in the most beautiful setting... I cannot wait to hear all about it.;)

You have already won. Now just go and enjoy the race.;))))

Love to you!

btw... I am sharing about you in my blog love Wednesday post tomorrow. Scary, car-ridin' for 12 hours pics and all!;)

Courtney Walsh said...

I have never made a chicken tortilla soup. This looks yummy!! :) Loving the photos too, as always!!

traci said...

oh those fresh herbs look marvelous. i love chicken tortilla soup. one of my favorites and so easy to make.

my2twins said...

I love new soup recipes so I'm looking forward to trying your version of Chic.Tortilla Soup.
I made your granola last weekend and it was a big hit in my house.
Thanks for sharing!

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Deborah said...

Can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on you 10 mile milestone.

The Avery House said...

Thank you for the recipe Paige! I am going to be making this for my parents this weekend when they come for a visit! You are such a gracious hostess in your Blog Home! Have a fabulous day!

Kelli said...

I love the sight of those fresh herbs. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Kimberly said...

I thought I'd try my hand at an herb garden this year -- I'm excited! Thanks for the recipe! I look forward to using it. Double digits ... woohoo! You go girl!

Alecia said...

That sounds delish! Way to run into the double digits! You're a rock star.

Hannah Avery said...

Absolutely love the little buckets of herbs!


Jboo said...

Sounds delish!! Just wish someone would make it for me! :) I'm lazy like that! 50 here today and feels like a heat wave -- snow tomorrow maybe. Come on spring! Keep running Paige- you can do it!


sara@augustfields said...

mmmm....i'll put this recipe in my book for sure :) i'm training for a 10k too (scary!), i'm up to 7miles this saturday. i'd love to know some of your favorite songs :)

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Seriously, one of my favorite soups! Can't wait to give this one a try!!
Hope you are having a fabulous week!

Peggy said...

I love the Better than Bullion stuff. They also make a low sodium version that tastes fantastic.