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So-Tasty Tortilla Soup

Well fall has finally arrived here in Virginia so let’s celebrate with some soup! I’d argue that tortilla soup is the perfect soup on rainy or early fall days. There is something so warming about the nice light broth, veggies and SW flare that tortilla soup brings. We are big fans of spanish style cooking and especially of tortilla soup. This is a great side-dish on taco night, or as the main course when you are looking for a lighter meal.


3 tbsp Corn Oil
4 small Corn Tortillas – coarsely chopped
4 cloves Garlic
handful of Cilantro – chopped
1 Yellow Onion
1 tbsp Cumin
2 tsp Chili Powder
2 Bay Leaves
1.5 quarts Chicken Broth
2 tsp Salt
pinch of Cayenne Pepper
28 oz. Tomato Puree
2 Chicken Breasts – Cooked and Shredded
Cheddar Cheese – just a pinch for garnish before serving


In a large soup heat oil over medium heat. Add tortillas, garlic and cilantro and cook for about 5 minutes until tortillas are soft. While those are cooking puree the onion (we LOVE using our Magic Bullet for this). Add onion and tomato purees into the soup pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir in: cumin, bay leaves, chicken broth and chili powder. Once this is boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.  After about 15 minutes add the chicken and then continue simmering for another 15 minutes (30 minutes of simmering, total). Stir-in salt and cayenne pepper to taste, remove bay leaves. Garnish with cheese and dig-in!

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The Squash Files

I will admit that maybe I’m a bit over-obsessed with squash. It is just so tasty, who could blame me for this?!  With all of the recipes I have posted (and are waiting to post in the future) I figured it was time we chatted about the health benefits squash. I found this information through the USDA website and fact sheets as well as a few informational cards from my local food store.


Spaghetti Squash:

Featured recipe: Spaghetti squash & marinara  & Southwestern Spaghetti Squash

Benefits: Low-calorie, Low-carbohydrate, this squash has plenty of carotenoids, which your body turns into Vitamin A

Dirty Details: 1 cup of cooked spaghetti squash =
42 calories, .4 grams of fat, 1 gram of protein, 10 g of carbohydrate, 4g of sugar, 2.2 g of fiber

Butternut Squash:

Featured recipe: Honey Balsamic Squash & Butternut Squash with Sage Butter

Benefits: Low-fat, high dietary fiber, this squash is heart healthy!

Dirty Details: 1 cup of cooked butternut squash =
82 calories, .2 grams of fat, 31 mg of Vitamin C, 582 mg of Potassium

Acorn Squash:

Featured recipe: Garlic Mashed Acorn Squash

Benefits: High in Vitamins A & C, great source of fiber and potassium

Dirty Details: 1 cup of cooked acorn squash =
115 calories, 9 grams of fiber,  895 mg of Potassium

Summer Squash:

Details: Includes Yellow Squash, zuccini, cocozelle & more varieties

Benefits: High in Vitamin C and great source of fiber

Dirty Details: 1 cup of yellow squash =
37 calories, 7 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of Protein

Seems like squash is a good choice for nutrients year-round! As you pull up to the table this Thanksgiving I hope there are a few new squash varieties for you to dig into – I know my table will have some new squash additions ready to try!

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