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2.22.2010

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

 I'm burning out on my meatless Monday recipes. I need inspiration. Next week I'm going to be launching "Just Another Meatless Monday" with McLinky so we can all link and inspire each other. You can link any meatless meal post from your blog new or old. After you have linked up you'll need to leave a comment. Once a recipe has been submitted for "Just Another Meatless Monday" you can't re-submit it for a month, after a month it's fair game because we may have forgotten it or not been inspired by it before. I hope everyone is currently deciding which post to send in. Don't worry I'll remind you and I MIGHT just have a prize for one of you who links up! Oh and you can post more than one link per Monday, so if you have 2 favorites by all means post them both, I need help here! I'm attempting to build a button too, we'll see how that goes.

Anyhoodle back to Tortilla Soup, you know those recipes that aren't really recipes but you kind of throw things in a pot and it's oh so good? That's how this started and it's still kind of like that now. I add what I happen to have so each time it's a bit different but perfectly delicious. Today's soup was no different, in fact it was a million times thumbs up. So I'll be considering it a big WIN and a trifecta. The little boys ate so much there really wasn't any left for Hero, guess he should have come home for dinner and not expected there would be some left.

today's version of Tortilla Soup plus variations in red
put 6 cups of re-fried beans(can also use canned beans, cooked beans, leftover beans or a mix of any of those, just blend 4 cups of them with a hand blender) in a dutch oven over medium heat
add 2 cups vegetable broth (or water or chicken broth-makes it non-vegetarian)
slowly bring to a simmer
add 2 cups frozen corn(or other leftover veggies I prefer corn)
1/2 can of rotel (or your own canned tomatoes or fresh salsa)
simmer for 10 minutes
meanwhile toast 8 soft corn tortillas (flour are so good too, leftover corn chips work too)until they are crunchy
taste test soup and adjust seasonings or liquid as needed(I find I need to add a bit more liquid here)
crumble tortillas into the soup
top with grated cheese, sour cream, salsa or avocados-your choice!

That's the soup and it's variations. I never make it the same way twice but I do find myself putting it into heavy rotation so I have to watch it and table it for a while. It can easily be made with leftover meats for meat lovers and it's great that way too!

So far the leprechaun has evaded the traps that have been set. He has an uncanny way of kicking things around but not falling for the boy's traps. I think a year out from being enraged has given Union a little perspective on tricky elves and he seems to have a new found respect for little guys who supposedly make shoes for fairies and carry lots of gold. He is less mad and more enchanted, that has led to some pretty fun sewing sessions. It is a bit frustrating to sit between 2 little ones and have them both sewing and needing help at the same time but the times are good. The lessons, patience and the craft of sewing itself will keep all 3 of us bound together in profound ways. The days of childhood are short and blessed am I to be part of the holy moments my kids bring to my world. Find peace and revel in it.

Peace and Love,







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6 comments :

  1. I've recently started turning to Lorna Sass' Complete vegetarian kitchen when I need inspiration. She uses a pressure cooker which is quite a fun way to mix it up in the kitchen when you're feeling uninspired. Good luck!

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  2. yum! I've never made a tortilla soup!

    Can't wait for Mondays now!

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  3. Yum! Tortilla soup is one of thsoe things I love to eat and should make but don't. Shame on me. I'd probably cheat and go chicken broth though - yum :)

    Definitely I'll be in with the meatless Mondays - I'm assuming this is entrees only, yes?

    AND they're building Leprachaun traps in Mister Man's kindergarten this year. I'm so excited!

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  4. I haven't made Tortilla soup in way too long - thanks for the idea! :)

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  5. Hi -I just stumbled on your blog. And I just made vegetarian tortilla soup too! Mine is completely different, I called it Baja-Style. Yours sounds really hearty and delicious.

    Looking forward to exploring your blog further.
    Lori Lynn
    here's the link to the soup if you are interested: http://www.tastewiththeeyes.com/2010/02/baja-style-tortilla-vegetable-soup/

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  6. I just wanted to let you know that if you're ever looking for inspiration the Meatless Monday website features 4 meatless recipes per week (breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack or dessert idea.) You can even sign up to join the movement and receive our weekly enewsletter Eaters Digest, which will deliver the recipes (as well as relevant preventative health and nutrition news) straight to your inbox each Monday.

    Hope that helps!

    -Joey Lee
    Executive Assistant
    Meatless Monday

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