My first recipe post in the new year! How exciting. I decided to kick it off with a couple of my favorite things: Mexican food and a nice big bowl of soup on a cold, cloudy day. Chicken tortilla soup sounded like the perfect plan.
I absolutely love this version of chicken tortilla soup because it is a tiny, tiny bit spicy and it has so many vegetables that I don’t feel any guilt adding a little cheese on top.
I know that it’s January and we’re all making up for the delicious holiday food we ate, but that doesn’t mean you need to eat a boring salad every night. And I don’t have anything against salad. Salad can be delicious – I’m just saying this healthy chicken tortilla soup is a great stand in when you get tired of eating lettuce.
Cauliflower is my favorite sneaky vegetable. There are so many different ways to use it that aren’t obviously as a vegetable. My husband says he doesn’t like it, but he didn’t even notice it was in this chicken tortilla soup. It gets very soft and just kind of disappears in all the flavor, and you get to reap the benefits of it being there. Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, to name a few. Seriously, there is no reason to NOT have cauliflower in your diet.
I’ll just take a second to talk about these smoked paprika tortilla strips. You might be tempted to skip this step, but don’t. It takes 15 minutes and they are really, really good. I’m planning on making them just to snack on.
Check out my last post 13 Healthy Recipes for the New Year for more healthy recipe ideas that will help you start your year feeling and looking fantastic!