Resolution Soup

I think the most popular New Years Resolution is to lose weight. I think I have signed up for that one myself a time or two. My New Years Resolution this year was just to have fun. How could I go wrong?

Diets can be very hard. If we need to lose weight, we are probably eating the wrong things but we are also probably eating the things we like. When fat free became the rage, I made a few of those recipes and I must say they were awful. If I lost weight, it was because I just did not eat any of it.

Low carbs was easier for me since I love meat. “All the butter you want” was the claim, but I soon discovered no bread, potatoes or pasta made it hard to use butter. Diets are smarter now, a balance of low calorie food and of course, exercise.

This soup is probably one of my favorite recipes and it is also so easy to make. I usually buy 2 roasted chicken breasts from the Deli counter at the grocery store. Be sure and use fresh cilantro and chop the leaves so the pieces are not so big. Kitchen Basics® Chicken Stock comes in a 32 ounce container and is a great choice and it is SALT FREE. You can always add salt if you need it!

My favorite topping for this soup is some chopped fresh avocado. A great combination of cool smooth vegetable with the hot spicy soup. Cheese is another popular choice, but it seems to sink to the bottom of the bowl. I also like to eat this with a few tortilla chips.

This is a great meal if you are on a diet. I computed the calories in this recipe and for 6 servings, the calorie count is about 150 per serving. For low carb and low fat watchers, this also qualifies.

Enjoy this healthy low calorie soup. It has to work for any diet. But my low calorie version of ANY food is just to eat half as much as I want!

Tortilla Soup

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

½ cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 ½ tsp chili powder

¼ tsp red pepper flakes

32 ounces low salt chicken broth or stock

One 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies

2 cups shredded cooked chicken, white meat

2 Tbsp fresh cilantro leaves, chopped slightly

Cook onion in oil in large saucepan until softened. Add garlic, chili powder, red pepper flakes and cook stirring for about 30 seconds. Stir in broth and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in chicken, cilantro leaves and taste to see if it requires any salt. Cook until heated.

Makes about 6 average servings.

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