Monday, September 19, 2011

Tortilla Soup...Great for Fire breathing Dragons!

Tortilla Soup garnished with cilantro, pinch of cheese and crispy corn tortilla strips.

These were easy to make. Just slice the tortillas very thin (with pizza cutter) and cook in a frying pan (no oil needed) over medium high heat. continue to turn until crisp.

This was a spicy soup. Even though I tried to cool it off by going with a mild sauce. It was still spicy! family loved it!! Even my three year old, Elijah, had two servings. He told me that if he was going to be a fire breathing dragon, he needed to eat spicy food.
We will definitely be having this again. Especially during the cool winter months.

This recipe is enough to feed a family of 8-9 people. If it's too much for you, half the ingredients.

    2 cans (16 oz) mild red enchilada sauce
    2 cans black beans
    2 cups of frozen corn
    5 cups water
    4 tbsp vegetable bouillon
    1 lb. ground turkey (optional)
    1 cup tomato sauce
    1/2 tsp chili powder
    1/2 tsp cumin
    2 cloves garlic
    chopped cilantro
Mix enchilada sauce, water, tomato sauce, vegetable bouillon, chili powder and cumin in pot over medium-high heat. Heat skillet to high. Add 1/4 cup of water (I've learned to use water instead of oil), ground turkey and garlic until browned. Add corn and beans (drained and rinsed) to turkey until heated. Then add to soup. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes and then simmer on low for another 20.
Serve and garnish with tortillas and cilantro.

Quinoa and Black Beans

Quinoa and Black Beans

This is a very easy and yummy recipe that I found on I made one change. I added a pound of ground turkey. The next time I make this, it will be a vegetarian/vegan dish.

1 lb ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro(optional)

1.Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat (for extra health, omit this step). Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute until lightly browned.

2.Mix quinoa into the saucepan and cover with vegetable broth. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.

3. Brown ground turkey, if you are adding it.

4.Stir frozen corn and turkey into the saucepan, and continue to simmer about 5 minutes until heated through. Mix in the black beans and cilantro.