fake it

Last week, after my root canal, I couldn’t really eat hard food, so I was limited to soup.  I purchased Trade Joe’s Tomato and Red Pepper soup and had some leftover, but I didn’t want to have yet another Tomato and Red Pepper with a grilled cheese sandwich AGAIN.

I had some red peppers and grape tomatoes in the refrigerator/sitting out, so I thought why not tortilla soup (chicken less).  I had avocado and tortilla chips to accompany the soup.  I vaguely remembered what was included in tortilla soup so I went off of that.

TOMATO TORTILLA SOUP

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup (Low Sodium)
1/2 cup Trader Joe’s Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth (or vegetable broth if you’d like this as a vegetarian meal)
1/8 cup chopped onions
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin
6 grape tomatoes, quartered
1/8 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/8 cup whole corn kernels (I used frozen)
1/4 rotisserie chicken (if you have, if not that’s fine.  I made this without chicken)
2 tbsp lime juice
cilantro, chopped
avocado, sliced
crushed tortilla chips
sour cream
colby jack cheese

DIRECTIONS

Heat a sauce pan with a little bit of oil and cook onions until translucent.  Add garlic when onions become translucent.  When garlic becomes fragrant (about 30 seconds), add red bell pepper.  Cook the peppers until tender.  Add the tomatoes and saute for a minute.

Add the chicken broth and tomato and roasted red pepper soup into the sauce pan.  Add the cumin.   Bring to boil so that the flavors can marry.  Taste the soup and add lime juice to taste.  You can add salt and pepper or lime juice and cumin as necessary (even some oregano if you need to).  Add the corn kernels.

Get your soup bowl ready.  If using chicken, add the chicken into the bowl.  Ladle the soup into the bowl over the chicken.  Add in avocado and sprinkle the soup with cheese, sour cream (I used greek yogurt), cilantro and crushed tortilla chips.  Enjoy!

Since it’s completely cooled down ridiculously here in the bay area I’ve been making lots of soup/stewish meals to warm up especially at night.  Soup is all about some improve and whatever you want to put in there.  Gotta love easy, creative meals.

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