Chicken Tortilla-less Soup
Seriously, I am having so much fun! Who said eating healthy had to be boring? Lately I have been on this quest of taking old (pre Whole30) family favorite recipes and revamping them. For example, this Chicken Tortilla-less Soup, was handed down to me by my dear friend and sister in Christ, Marie. She is a fabulous cook and I have always admired her ability in the kitchen to create a meal from scratch. Making it her own with thought and care for each member of her family. Using the ingredients and spices she has in her kitchen and just like that she puts an incredible, flavorful, nutritious meal on the table for her family to enjoy. Well, I’m starting to pick up on a few things with some practice and paying attention to what foods and particular spices my family’s taste buds like. And that’s how this Chicken Tortilla-less Soup was born.
Friends, it doesn’t happen over night. It takes practice and failures along the way before you gain confidence in creating your own recipes. I recently attending a sales training for my real job, in which we do a great deal of role playing. It’s uncomfortable and every time I fail miserably, BUT this saying is now stuck in my head. “We fail our way to success.” If you look at the most successful people weather it’s a chef, President or CEO, Entrepreneur, Olympic or Pro-Athlete I can almost guarantee you one thing. They didn’t get their overnight and they failed many times before they got it right. I recently read some place that Thomas Edison created 10,000 failed prototypes of his electric bulb before succeeding, not that’s failing your way to success!
I created this recipe during the re-introduction Phase. If you aren’t familiar with the 30 Day Reset and how it works, check out my book 30 Day-Reset. Basically you eliminate certain food groups that tend to be most problematic in humans and after 30 Days reintroduce the foods strategically and decide if you want to continue eating them or not. Legumes is one of the ingredients left out during the 30 Days and have decided to add them back in with this recipe.
3 Large Chicken Breast (or 4 smaller chicken breast)
1/2 Yellow Onion
3 Garlic Cloves minced
1 Large Red or Green Pepper
32 oz. Organic Chicken Stock
2 cans Rotel
2 cans Black Beans
2 cans Northern White Beans
1 can organic coconut milk
2 Tablespoons Cumin
1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
1/2 Tablespoon Paprika
1-2 Tablespoons Ghee
Olive Oil, Salt & Peper to taste
***Optional Corn. I don’t measure because we freeze our own, but I would guess 2 cups. When doing the reintroduction phase don’t add both at all at once. One ingredient at a time!
In large pan add 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil and heat on medium. Add chicken breast. season with salt and pepper and cook on low-medium until cooked all the way through and tender. Remove chicken breast and place on large cutting board to cool.
While the chicken breast are cooking dice up your onion, peppers, mince the garlic and drain and rinse the beans.
When the chicken breasts are finished leave the remaining juices in the pan. Add one tablespoon of ghee, onions, garlic and season with salt and pepper. Sauté until translucent. About half way through add the peppers to help speed up the cooking. Depending on the size of your pan you may need to do this in a couple different batches. Each time add 1 Tablespoon of Ghee, onions, garlic and season with salt and pepper.
While the onions, peppers and garlic are sautéing. In large stock pan, add chicken stock. On Medium heat, bring to a boil and add black beans, white beans and rotel.
Add onions, peppers and garlic to stock.
Now that the chicken has cooled and you can handle it with your bare hands. Shred the chicken into smaller pieces. Add to the large stock pot.
Bring to a boil and let simmer. Add seasonings and adjust according to your taste. Basil or Parsley are other great seasonings to add additional flavor.
Reduce heat to low and add 1 can of coconut milk. Before you add, be sure to stir or whisk the coconut milk. If you have never used coconut milk you may be surprised when you open the can and find the milk has separated and the hard cream is at the top. Take a few moments to stir, whisk or blend for a smooth consistency.
Top with avocado, cilantro or jalapeños and Enjoy!