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Tortilla Soup

This recipe is a great example of how one ingredient can totally make a dish. The smoky, spicy chipotle chiles in adobo sauce are the base flavor for this soup, and all the veggies around it make it a rich, healthy, hearty, must-have. The recipe comes from Rocco DiSpirito's Now Eat This cookbook, which represents everything I've been trying to learn about cooking: how to make foods delicious, but also healthy (or at least not bad for you). In Now Eat This, Rocco transforms comfort foods to be under 350 calories per serving and each recipe sounds better than the last. For this one, I added a dollop of fat free plain yogurt as a garnish, but at Rocco's quoted 142 calories per serving, I felt no remorse about the added creaminess. Note: this soup has tons of flavor and it's pretty spicy. If you want a little less spice, use less chiles or mild fresh salsa. Ingredients:

1 1/2 sprouted-corn tortillas (I couldn't find these so just used regular corn tortillas) 2/3 cup low-fat low-sodium chicken broth 1 cup diced fire-roasted tomatoes (I used Hunt's) 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, chopped finely (I found these in the Mexican section at Whole Foods) 2/3 cup store-bought hot fresh salsa (found in the produce section - NOT jarred salsa) 1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels 1 cup shredded skinless breast meat from a rotisserie chicken salt & pepper 1/3 Avocado, sliced or cubed 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro Fat-free plain yogurt


  1. Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

  2. Cut the tortillas into 1/4 inch strips. Place the strips in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake until crisp, 9 mins

  3. In a medium saucepan, combine chicken broth, tomatoes, chipotle chiles, salsa, and corn

  4. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 8 mins

  5. Stir in the chicken & season to taste with salt & pepper (I didn't think it needed either)

  6. Spoon soup into bowls & top with avocado, chopped cilantro, tortilla strips & garnish with a dollop of yogurt (makes 4 servings)

  7. Go get this cookbook. Seriously, it's one of the best I've seen so far for healthy cooking with flavor

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