With the start of the New Year and the snow falling steadily
down, I'm beginning the hunt for some healthy recipes that my
family will enjoy eating and will fill us up, but won't be loaded
down in calories. I finagled with a recipe for Chicken Tortilla
Soup and enjoyed this deliciousness as I prepared for New Year's
I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Remove the innards. Place chicken and spices in crockpot. Cover
in one cup of water. Cook on low for eight hours. When done, remove
chicken, toss out bones and skin. Strain broth and set to the side.
This is a very simple way to fill up your freezer with basic
chicken for other recipes and broth to use later as well. If I find
a great sale on whole chicken, I stock up and use this as the base
for a variety of other recipes.
Saute onion and carrots until onions are translucent in olive
oil in a soup pot. Add chicken broth, spices, and jar of salsa.
Bring to a boil. Add corn and shred chicken into soup. Let simmer
for about 30 minutes and you're ready to serve. You also can
transfer to a crockpot on warm to have ready for dinner in a few
We like to top ours with the garnishes above. Provided that you
measure the proper serving sizes of garnishes, you have a
low-calorie, delicious tasting soup for those cold weather days. I
also recommend adding a variety of beans, such as black or
cannellini, to add fiber. I didn't have any on hand, but plan to
add them when I defrost the soups I stored this weekend.
What's your favorite cold weather soup? Is there a light
version? If you are looking to slim down a recipe that you
currently use, check Pinterest for some low-calorie versions of
your favorites. See more great ideas on our boards over at Chicago
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