Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Tasty Tuesday - Cinco de My-O!

In honor of Cinco de Mayo today, here's a pair of healthy (you hear that, all you smart eaters?) soup & salad recipes with Mexican flair you might wanna serve up tonight. Serves 4 gringos. Ole'!

Chicken Lime Soup

2 Tbsp. olive oil
6 minced garlic cloves
3 skinless boneless chicken breasts (cut into 1/2-inch strips)
9 - 10 cups low sodium canned chicken broth
1 tsp oregano
1/3 cup fresh lime juice (or bottled)
1 1/2 cups crunched up tortilla chips (or, can toast/cut fresh tortillas)
2 ripe avocados, diced
3 tomatoes, chopped small
3 green onions, chopped pretty fine
Chopped fresh cilantro
Minced jalapenos (or your favorite peppers)
Lime wedges for garnish

In large heavy pot, heat oil over medium heat. Saute garlic for about 30 seconds before adding chicken and oregano to pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste and saute for 3 or 4 minutes.

To the pot, add broth and lime juice. Bring to a slow simmer, then reduce heat to medium low. Cook for 8-9 minutes until chicken is cooked through, stirring gently a few times. Season soup to taste with more salt and pepper.

Divide crushed tortilla chips or strips into 4 large bowls, then spoon in soup. Top with avocados, tomatoes, green onions, cilantro and peppers. Garnish with lime slices and a few more chips/tortilla strips. Enjoy!

Sunny Taco Salad Supreme

4 Wheat tortillas
1/2 pound smoked chicken (or store-bought rotisserie, or even canned white) *Veggytarians can make this without meat!
2 Tbsp. Picante sauce or 1 tsp. Chili Sauce
1/4 Cup Lite Ranch, Italian or Caesar Dressing
1 Pink Grapefruit (peeled & sectioned)
1 Avocado diced
1/2 cup chopped ripe tomatoes
1/2 cup toasted almonds or pecans
1 Bag o' salad, or chopped lettuce

Preheat oven to 400. Spray tortillas (both sides) lightly with Pam or other cooking spray. Press tortillas into muffin tins, custard cups, or other circular-shaped cooking pans and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

While tortillas cool, combine chicken, dressing and cocktail sauce in a medium bowl. Cover and chill for about 15 minutes. Stir in grapefruit, avocado, tomatoes and nuts.

To serve, arrange salad greens in tortilla cups and spoon on your mixture. How simple is that?


Lori Tiron-Pandit said...

I'm going to try that soup. I never knew that avocados can go in soup too. Great!

Red Bird said...

Yum-my! Can't wait to try these! That soup, esp., as I am a big soup girl!
Hope you made it okay through your stormy day yesterday!

The Unbreakable Child said...

Sounds delicious, Angie. I like all the ingrediants too!

Debbie said...

Did you take some middle of the year oath to fatten us up?

Jessica said...

Sounds yummy!

Sharla said...

Thought of you this morning, Angie. I stopped at the local deli and picked up some breakfast. Biscuits and gravy with grits and crispy bacon. A southern girl's heaven.

Lady Glamis said...

Thanks for stopping by my site! This site is baaaddd. It makes me hungry. Those are great recipes. Yum!

Embee said...

Yummy! Thanks for the great recipes!

Melissa Marsh said...

That taco salad has some ingredients I'd never associate with Mexican food - looks yummy!

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Happy Cinco de Mayo, Angie!

Jill Kemerer said...

Yum! These recipes are making me hungry...
Happy Cinco de Mayo!

giddymomof6 said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Cinco de Mayo! LOL! I'm the whitest mexican wannabe you'll ever meet! Thanks for posting these great recipes!
I love you blog!

Man, I hope this comment goes through! Must say hello! LOL! Jenni

giddymomof6 said...

YAY! It did! It did! It went through! Now I'll make another comment to celebrate! LOVE YOU! Jenni

Missy said...

Thanks for those recipes! I will be trying them. :)

~jill said...


we'll be having chicken lime soup very soon...sounds great!

Julia Smith said...

Sounds yummy. My late gram always thought my non-desire to cook was just waiting for the right recipe to sweep me off my feet. I love reading recipes - and I love to eat what results from them - but so far, still no desire to cook.

Rebecca Nazar said...

Me gusta. :-)

Marguerite said...

And a happy Cinco de Mayo to you, Angie. Of course,I'll be celebrating and sampling the Margaritas around town. Great recipes!

colbymarshall said...

MMMM! Happy Cinco de Mayo! Cheers!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Lori, I hope you'll come back and let us know how it tastes if you try it.

Made it just fine, Red Bird. All blue skies here today. That soup really does look good...mouth watering!

Kimmi, maybe we'll make a pot one day to share. :)

Um...that's a 365 days/year oath, Debbie girl! LOL (But these recipes are pretty healthy.)

Jessica, sure does, hunh?

Sharla, ooooweeeeee!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Lady Glam, your bloggy's great. Thanks for coming by, and please visit again.

"Yummy," pretty much describes my thoughts too, Embee & Melissa. :)

Ole', Carrie, my friend!

Jill, the very same to you too.

Love ya, Jenni/Giddy. :) Thanks for fighting the cyber monkeys to get in here. LOL

Missy, I'm so glad.

Lemme know how it tasted, Jill, and if it was as good as it sounds, k? can that be possible when you're named after one of the top culinary mistresses ever? hehe

You need da Rolaids, Becca? LOL you attend a festival or fun event every SINGLE day?! (I'm jealous.)

Happy Cinco de Mayo to you too, Colby!

Anonymous said...

We will be having the traditional SOLA feast. Shrimp and oyster poboys.
And salsa and chips.

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