This New Year’s Day I decided to ring in 2011 with our favorite Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Chicken Chipotle Tortilla Soup Recipe. Why? Because it is so easy. And? Because it has been so darn cold here. And? Because it is really healthy. And? Because it is so easy. Oh, did I mention that already? Well, that point bears repeating.
For me, New Year’s Day is not about getting busy achieving goals or hopping on the treadmill or spending hours cooking in the kitchen. Nope. That is what January 2nd is for.
For me, the first day of the New Year has always been about relaxing (and really, by relaxing I mean being lazy), setting intentions (that will not start until the next day), eating soup (that is easy to whip up), staying in pajamas (and not feeling guilty about it), letting laundry pile up (and not caring that my darks are mingling with my whites and unmentionables), watching all of the Bowl games (and rooting for certain scores, not teams, to win our football pools), and spending all day with family and friends (who will often show up in their pajamas, too, per my request).
Yes. January 1st is my favorite day of the year. This one day holds so many promises and a total anticipation of what will lay before us in the next 364 days. This is the day that we feel such hope for accomplishing all of the intentions and goals that we are setting in our minds, writing down on paper, or putting on our Vision Boards. It is on this day that we feel that all of those possibilities and dreams are completely within our reach.
And, this year, as the days tick on to the weeks, then the months, following, let us not lose sight of these promises that we have made ourselves. Let us set one more goal: to help remind each other to stay on track and achieve what we had hoped for on the very first day of 2011. Do you think we can do it?
And since many, or, dare I hope, most, of us have all said that this will be the year that we will focus on real food and healthy eating, let’s start with this recipe for my nutrient packed Easy Chicken Chipotle Tortilla Soup.
Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Chicken Chipotle Tortilla Soup Recipe
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free
1: 28 oz can diced tomatoes (preferably Organic with no salt added)
1: jar chipotle salsa (my favorite to use here is the Trader Joe’s Garlic Chipotle Salsa)
1: 32 oz container gluten-free chicken broth (or 4 cups home-made Chicken Bone Broth, for a true nutrient punch), preferably Organic
1 lb: cooked cannellini beans (or 1 can, drained and rinsed)
3 – 4 cups: refried beans – I often make my own, using Hillbilly Housewife’s Homemade Refried Beans Recipe ( OR you can use 2 – 15 oz cans of refried beans), preferably Organic
1 tsp: ground cumin
1: 16 oz package frozen organic corn
2 – 3 Cups: chicken, cooked and shredded (a purchased rotisserie chicken works great when short on time)
2 cups: chopped kale OR chard OR spinach (or a mix of all three), preferably Organic
1/2 cup: Fresh Cilantro, chopped
2 Cups: tortilla chips, crushed (for garnish)
1/2 Cup: sour cream, (for garnish) – omit for Dairy-Free
2: limes, cut into wedges (for garnish)
1: avocado, peeled and sliced (for garnish)
1/2 Cup: Jalapeno Jack Cheese, shredded (for garnish) – omit for Dairy-Free
1. In large saucepan, over medium-high heat, combine tomatoes, salsa, and chicken broth until just beginning to boil.
2. Stir in cannellini beans, refried beans, cumin, and corn.
3. Once again, bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Add shredded chicken and chopped greens and heat through.
5. Spoon into bowls and top each with a handful of crushed tortilla chips, a spoonful of sour cream (or omit for Dairy-Free), a lime wedge, avocado pieces, shredded cheese (or omit if Dairy-Free), and chopped cilantro.
NOW…ARE YOU WILLING TO SHARE SOME OF YOUR GOALS HERE, IN THE COMMENTS SECTION? I WILL IF YOU DO!
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