Friday, March 20, 2020

If you are staying home, make soup!

Making soup is something I do on a fairly regular basis and now that I’m home 24/7 you can bet I’m making the most of leftovers.  If you have something leftover that isn’t enough for say two servings (in a household of two), then use it as a base for soup.  Last week I served chicken taco chili.  We scarfed up a few tacos from this slow cooker meal and it didn’t leave enough for another dinner. 

Wait, I lie - we did have some of that chicken over rice one afternoon.  So good!

C0A167FA-F0EA-4AE5-8514-834B1629A7E9


I wanted to participate with the cooking club, Deb’s Souper Sunday and British Isles Friday so I thought, why not make a Nigella Lawson recipe and tweek the ingredients from her quesadillas. This is basically her quesadilla recipe dumped into a pot and made into soup.  Nigella is one of my favorite British chefs and I'm sure I'll be revisiting her cookbooks soon.


Nigella's Tortilla Soup
(with my adaptions)


Leftover chicken chili meat
Broth - the amount is to your liking, some like it very soupy/brothy
Black beans
Chopped onion and pepper
Basil, chili powder and salt
sour cream

Sauté the onions and peppers.  Once soft simply add shredded chicken, broth and black beans.  Season per your taste.  This may be served with sliced avocado and tortilla chips. I topped our bowls with sour cream and sliced green onions.


As we are home now, being in the age group where its recommended we stay in and away from people, I am making the most of my time in the kitchen.  And leftovers of course.  The fewer times I need to restock at the market the better.

I'll leave you with a photo of the soup and the pretty white azalea off the porch. With the news in today's headlines it's nice to focus on something pretty.  And delicious!

96046E7E-E615-43A6-BD30-B8539BDDF372


Sharing with:




27 comments:

  1. I make soup at least twice a week! I love it all year long. Your chili looks easy and good

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Judee! Soup year round is our style too.

      Delete
  2. Your photo is great! We don't have many flowers yet and it's cold again, so your azaleas are a welcome sight.

    Be Well! ... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mae, I’ll have to post more photos of the blooms here. Right now things are in high bloom but it will all be gone soon. So hot later.

      Delete
  3. Thanks for the reminder that there is still beauty out there and stay safe and at a distance. That's a great and versatile soup!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I’m stretching it out, Debra, making more meals out of things I wouldn’t have thought to turn into soup. I don’t want to venture out.

      Delete
  4. Oh, that looks delicious! I think I say that every post. I'm not an experienced or adventurous cook - your adaptations remind me many recipes are more flexible than I think.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Stacy, I look at a recipe as a guide line, most times. Can’t do that with bread! I just add extra if things we like and omit ingredients we don’t like 😀

      Delete
  5. We eat soup all year long too. Love it. I made chicken chili and served it over quinoa this week -- I was inspired by you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yea, thank you! I e benn using my food items wisely, stretching it out.

      Delete
  6. You bet I am making soup! I'm still having to go into work but staying at hone all weekend and as much as possible otherwise. Take care and thanks for sharing your delicious-looking soup with Souper Sundays. ;-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Deb, stay safe and I hope you can continue to work at home. I’ll probably have more soup linkups these days!

      Delete
  7. We need comfort foods like soup more than ever. Nigella is the best :)!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love soup all year round, even when it's really hot and humid in Florida.

    When I first saw the picture I thought that was black olives and it threw me off since I've never seen olives in a soup and I don't like black olives at all. But when I started reading I read it was black beans, which I love. The soup looks/sounds good and the azalea looks beautiful!

    I pray you and your family stay healthy!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Vicki, black olives would indeed be odd in soup! I like them, in moderation, but probably not in soup. Take care of you and your family xo

      Delete
  9. I found a Cheesy Chicken Enchilada mix that I think we're having Monday. I do love soup for leftovers! We had biscuits and sausage balls the other the night and have sausage balls for days now. We're eating out some to break things up a bit but I have a feeling soup will be featuring quite a bit in the menu plans.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Please post your cheesy enchilada mix, I’d love to see that. Since it’s just two of us we are eating lots of leftovers or freezing something if we get tired of it. Hope your family is doing ok.

      Delete
  10. Soup is always good! Trying to clear out the freezer for new stuff, we had left-over Jook from New Years last night. Just added more chicken broth to make it more of a soup and added in some corn, shaved off a fresh cob.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That’s a great way to stretch a meal. I used upthe last of our fresh corn, the market doesn’t have any now. 😟

      Delete
  11. Yep soup's a real go to for me as well. Cheers and stay safe

    ReplyDelete
  12. We are currently contemplating how to make better use of our leftovers. As the weather gets cooler soup will definitely be an option

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Leftovers are now being turned into soup or casserole these days!

      Delete
  13. Soup is so comforting and I have been making soups fairly regularly, since we are home 24/7. This soup sounds practical and delicious.

    ReplyDelete
  14. So clever to turn a recipe into soup. We're finally getting a little warmer, here, but still expect a lot of cloudy and rainy spring days that will be perfect for soup.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love that you are repurposing your leftovers into new dishes. There is something so satisfying about making do with what you have - especially when it looks this tasty! These kinds of dishes are worth staying home for!

    ReplyDelete

Welcome and thank you so much for visiting! I appreciate all your comments and feedback. If I don't respond to you here, I will via email or on your blog. If you want to reach me right away please email me at tmculbertson AT gmail DOT com. Cheers!!


How life has changed

How life has changed for us all since the last In My Kitchen event. I am glad people are still posting as its good to know what is going on...