Tortilla Soup y Gazpacho

Yours truly loves some tortilla soup,  so that’s what we made tonight.  I found a wonderful recipe online for getting rid of leftover Thanksgiving turkey, but decided to use chicken since that what I was in the mood for. Plus I took the easy way out and went for canned tomatoes, still recovering from the hurricanes I indulged in last weekend.

1 whole chicken – I roasted it myself or you can buy it cooked, remove as much meat as possible

2 tbsp olive oil

1 bunch green onions – diced

1 big ass yellow onion – diced

2 jalapenos – diced

4 garlic cloves – diced

1 tsp sucanat (whole cane sugar)

1 tsp sweet paprika

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp oregano

1 bunch of cilantro – chopped

2 cups diced tomatoes

2 cups tomato juice

2 cups chicken broth

lime juice from 2 fresh squeezed limes

optional: 1 extra lime, avocado, cheese, chips, sriracha

Warm olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Throw in green onion, yellow onion, jalapeno, garlic, sucanat, paprika, cayenne, oregano & cilantro.

Bring these flavors to a simmer then pour in diced tomatoes. Reserve what’s left over.

Heath through, until nice and bubbly …. your kitchen should be smelling pretty good at this point so you might wanna open a window to piss off the neighbors.

Now add in the tomato juice and broth. Bring all of this to a nice boil. Reserve your extra tomato juice.

While this is coming to a boil, toss the chicken into a small pan. Luckily I know a Tim who showed me how to cut the chicken so you get as much meat as possible. Season as preferred, I like to drench in lemon pepper to compliment the lime juice.

Add lime juice to chicken and then add the chicken to soup.

Let these simmer together for another 20 minutes and serve.

Now that you have shoved all this into your mouth, it’s time to do something with the leftover diced tomatoes and tomato juice. It’s called Gazpacho and it’s pretty much a cold soup eaten in the summer time, but I like it all the time. Plus wasting food sucks.

Leftover tomato juice

Leftover diced tomatoes

1 yellow pepper – diced

1 orange pepper – diced

1 cucumber – diced

2 carrots – diced

salt/pepper

1 lime (not pictured)

Mix it all together.

Serve with Sriracha because everyone could use some spice in their life.

This is really good as an appetizer to a meal of by itself as an afternoon snack. Also has about 50 calories per serving and is loaded with fiber.

Tortilla Soup recipe adapted from Turkey Tortilla Soup @ http://www.Laylita.com and Gazpacho made up by what I had in my fridge. Enjoy!

Dom had a great idea this morning since he loved the soup so much. He fried some over easy eggs that we served over the hot soup for breakfast. It was pretty damn good. Serve with black coffee, the true way to drink i! LOL

Because this is a never ending post, here are my dogs watching me cook, doesn’t it look like they are laughing?

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