I was on a road trip with my daughter last weekend and after a couple of hours in the car, it became painfully obvious that we were both quickly approaching the "hangry" stage. 😬 We were anxious to get to our destination so we started discussing where we could get something to eat quickly. She asked me what I wanted and instinctively, I answered, "I'll eat anything." The words no sooner left my mouth when she snapped back, "No, you won't." (This child calls me out on EVERYTHING!) She was absolutely right, of course. I rarely eat fast food and when I do, I have only a small list of fast foods that actually appeal to me. I eat a burger about once every 5 years and I really don't like to eat fried foods so that limits my fast food choices.
My answer to her original question about where I wanted to eat should have been anywhere instead of anything. I can find something to eat at almost any fast food restaurant. I feel like there are more healthy choices at restaurants now than ever before. There are some exceptions to my the I can eat anywhere rule but I'll just keep that list of offf-limits fast food restaurants to myself. 😉
My actual response to her comeback was "I like chicken." 😅 (That was all my nutrient deprived brain could come up with at the moment.) The truth is that I do eat a lot of chicken and my family likes to tease me about how often I eat grilled chicken for dinner. It's my go-to healthy meal option when I'm at home AND when I'm on a road trip with my brutally honest daughter.
I think that only fast food item that I've ever craved is the tortilla soup from Chick Fil-A. No, they did not sponsor this post - I just really, really love it. If you've never tried it - you need to. It's amazing. My only issue with the Chick Fil A tortilla soup is that it is LOADED with sodium.
So, if you're me and you start to crave Chick Fil A tortilla soup the minute that the temperatures drop and they start to advertise it, you google out how to make a lower sodium version for yourself at home. What did we ever do before we could google any recipe that we ever wanted?? I found a copycat Chick Fil A tortilla soup recipe in my search and I was able to modify it to keep the sodium in check.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 cans cannellini beans, do not drain
1 can no salt added black beans, undrained
2 cans diced tomatoes with green chiles
1 can no salt added cream-style corn, undrained
1 can no salt added whole kernel corn, undrained
roasted or rotisserie chicken, bones removed, meat shredded
Juice of 1 lime
Tortilla strips or chips (for topping)
Serve with avocado. This tortilla soup was deeeelicous! And bonus - I made a giant batch of it so I have plenty leftover for all those days this winter when I'll be craving tortilla soup.
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