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Taste of Home’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

25 Oct

During the fall and winter months, David and I love having soup. I will usually make at least a double batch with intentions on freezing some of it but it never fails, we always eat it up before there’s any left to freeze. This soup I found last winter from the Taste of Home’s website.

When I was in college, one of my favorite things was their Chicken Tortilla Soup. I loved getting it and dipping tortilla chips in it. So last winter, I missed it more than ever and found a ‘healthier’ way to make it at home (and I don’t have to share it with a bunch of hungry college students!) The original recipe can be found here along with the Nutritional Information although I doubled the recipe but everything else mostly stayed the same.

Taste of Home’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

2 cans of Fat-Free Refried Beans
2 cans of Black Beans, rinsed and drained
2 cans of reduced-sodium Chicken Broth
A bag of frozen corn
1.5 cups of salsa (usually this is just estimated by how it looks)
A few cooked and shredded/cubed chicken breasts (this could also be from a can of chicken in water – rinsed and drained, or cooked ahead of time chicken breasts and measure to your liking)
1 cup water
4 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
Tortilla chips for dipping or crushing 🙂

*Sometimes if I have any peppers or tomatoes on hand I will dice these up and throw them in as well

In a pan, combine all of the ingredients except the cheese. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add some cheese, stir until melted. Sprinkled remaining cheese when served. And don’t forget to get some blue chips or tortilla chips for dipping. Enjoy 🙂


Thin Crust Tortilla Pizza

26 Sep

Instead of a WIAW post this week, because yesterday would have looked very similar to last week’s eats, I decided to just document our dinner, tortilla pizzas.

We had volleyball at 6 last night so I needed something easy, fast, and somewhat healthy but was really feeling like pizza.

One of the only ways I make homemade pizza anymore is by using tortillas. David and I don’t always agree on what kind of pizza we should make if we make it homemade so this way we can both have whatever we want on ours! I also love thin crust pizza. I have to admit, I really love any type of pizza though…

Making homemade pizza this way is not only healthier but also easy.

Start off by preheating your oven to 400 degrees.

Put your tortillas on a pizza stone or baking sheet. My mom got us this Pampered Chef pizza and it is one of David’s favorite kitchen cookware. It makes amazing pizzas and cookies. And if you want them REALLY crispy, you can lightly spray some Pam Cooking Spray on the tortillas.

Place the tortillas into the oven for a few minutes, flipping once. This will make your tortillas crispier so the longer you put them in, the crispier they will get.

Take them out once they are slightly crispy and spread on your pizza sauce. We had leftover pizza ingredients from our anniversary weekend’s pudgy pies so we had pizza squeeze to use up, but you can use whatever you’d like.

Next, add your toppings. This could be pepperoni, diced ham, sausage, chicken, and whatever veggies you’d like and then top it all off with mozzarella cheese. David is a big fan of barbeque chicken pizza so sometimes he does barbeque sauce instead of pizza sauce. One of my favorite pizzas is margherita pizza so I did sliced tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese on mine. I also added some cale and red and green peppers that I had left to use up. And I couldn’t help but throw on some pepperoni as well.

Once you get your toppings and cheese on the tortillas, put the pan back in the oven for 10 minutes or so until the cheese is slightly brown.

We got some great looking spinach in our CSA box last week so we had some side salads to go with our pizzas.

They were perfectly crispy and cheesy!

WIAW: 9/19/12

19 Sep

I wanted to update you all on my brother-in-law’s progress through his recovery from his heart transplant. He’s doing good, taking baby steps in the right direction. His kidneys struggled a bit but they are making a comeback and they are working on lowering some of his medications. As anyone in that scenario would be, he gets very uncomfortable when he wakes up so they are keeping him pretty sedated. Hopefully we can make a trip to visit them soon as the hospital is an hour and a half away from home. Thank you all for your kind words and support!

Today I wanted to throw in another WIAW post inspired and created by Jenn over at Peas and Crayons. Yesterday was our anniversary but my meals and snacks were that of a typical day.

For breakfast:

Of course had my steel cut oats! I had the brightest idea to mix it up this time and my sweet tooth was screaming at me so I added in some cocoa powder, the smallest bit of coconut oil, a drizzle of milk and then stirred and heated it through. It smelt great…so then I added my banana and some shredded coconut. Perfect? Not so much. I think I’ll stick to my same ol’ same ol’ next time. I don’t know what I did wrong to screw this one up so bad. It must have been too sweet for my stomach because half way through I felt like if I took one more bite I was going to be sick! Next time I have a sweet tooth in the morning maybe I’ll stay away from making my oatmeal satisfy that craving and just go right for pancakes!


Because my breakfast was a failure, I brought a yummy snack to work for my midmorning snack. Strawberry Greek yogurt with a mix of strawberry frosted mini wheat’s, fiber one cereal, and cheerios to top it off.


This weekend we had celery from our CSA box to use up and I had a few cans of tuna in my pantry so I whipped up some tuna salad. Typically I will make it with mostly plain greek yogurt and just a small spoon of Miracle Whip with Olive Oil but I didn’t have any plain greek yogurt so I made it all with the Miracle Whip for a treat…it was very good. I added in some lettuce and put it all on 100% whole wheat bread. With a side of a few crackers and some cottage cheese – I love cottage cheese on crackers!

Afternoon snack:

I had a peach left at work that either was going to get thrown out or ate yesterday so I ended up eating it. Perfectly ripe! So good that I ate it before I remembered to snap a picture of it! I also stopped at my parents’ house on my way home from work and while talking to my mom, I snacked on some of her peanut/candy corn/m&m mix she had made – gotta love fall treats!


I started dinner off with a liquid appetizer of wine. I’m not going to lie, I purchased 4 liters – LITERS! – of wine for $14! I’m not embarrassed to say that even 4L seems to evaporate very fast……

I also made my mom’s very easy homemade chicken pot pie recipe. Someday I would love to have a pie crust recipe that is EASY instead of buying the rolled out refrigerated dough. So if anyone has one, I’d love to try it!


I didn’t time this meal right and we had to play volleyball last night at 7, 8, and 9:00 (it’s tournament time) and I literally took the pie out of the oven at 6:47, so we shoveled our food in but I still made time to make a microwave s’more from our leftover s’more ingredients from the weekend. This made us 5 minutes late to our volleyball game which we froze during, but the s’more was delicious!

My mom always made s’mores this way, a marshmallow between 2 fudge striped cookies. They are so much easier and just as gooey sweet!

It’s been in the high 60’s here during mid-afternoon so those late sand volleyball games the sand feels like ice, but we won and now play next week possibly at 6, 7, 8, and 9 but only if we continue to win, too bad the first team we play against is a team with half of our subs on it so we are left with no one to play, any takers?!

Random question: Do you watch the Vampire Diaries? I am half way through Season 3 since Netflix finally put up the episodes…I can’t get enough of those Salvatore brothers!