So I made my menu for the week and shopped accordingly. That is where all my great plans ended. I made a couple of things on my menu and that’s it. Everything went into the freezer. Part of my problem is that I read several cookbooks and cooking magazines a week and I see all these great things I want to make. Then I toss my menu overboard and make something completely different.
So I am going to tweak it a little bit. I am going to make a menu for a few days at a time. That way I can add new things without much trouble. At lease I HOPE that’s how it works. You’ll still be able to follow along but the menus will be shorter. We’ll see how it goes…
I DID make the “Almost” Nutri-Grain Bars. I did not like them at all and they didn’t taste anything like nutri-grain bars. I was really disappointed as I had so much hope for them. I am not going to post the recipe since I don’t want anyone to waste their ingredients.
Up for tonight’s dinner is Chicken Tortilla Soup which I LOVE! It’s one of my all-time favorites. The recipe comes from Food.com/formerly Recipezaar and is one of the recipes from there that I make the most. I’ve posted about this recipe before ~ it is definitely a keeper! I make mine a little differently so the directions are how I do it. I also leave out the corn since DH hates corn and add a can of drained and rinsed black beans.
Valerie Marie’s Amazing Chicken Tortilla Soup
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium jalapeno pepper, chopped ~ I have also used a can of chopped green chilies
1/2 medium green pepper
4 small boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and meat shredded
2 cups frozen corn
1/2 cup dry white wine or 1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 (14 ounce) cans chicken broth
2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
Sauté onion, garlic, jalapeno and green pepper with olive oil in a large pot until soft. Add all the rest of the ingredients to the large pot and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer an additional 45 minutes.
Serve, topped with tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips, if desired.
Makes 6-8 servings.