I't's been 21 years since I've lived in a cold weather climate but I still crave a little dose of cold weather and snow at Christmas.❄️ There's just something about bundling up and breathing in cool, crisp December air that puts me in the spirit of the holidays.🧣 And last month, the South rim of the Grand Canyon delivered my annual dose of snow!
Snow, cold weather and all the incredible views of the canyon!
I don't know if I love the cold for the cold or if I love it because it's a great excuse to eat and drink all the warm comfort foods. I think maybe the latter is true and I tolerate the cold so that I can justify drinking a giant cup of whipped cream topped hot chocolate. I've managed to convince myself that I can actually shiver so much that I burn off all the calories in my drink. 🍫
Hot chocolate is my guilty pleasure in cold climates but I also really love to warm up with bowls of warm and hearty soup. Soup is one of my comfort foods, maybe because I can remember my mom making homemade soup when I was a kid. If you've ever spent time in Ohio, you know that soup is crucial to surviving the long Northeast Ohio winters.
This Creamy Tortilla Soup is inspired by the Chick Fil A tortilla soup recipe. It's creamy and rich but it contains no dairy. The secret is to puree the beans and use them as a thickener for this yummy, protein rich soup. If you're a fan of the famous fast food chain's tortilla soup - you need to try this copy cat recipe. And you don't have to be in a cold climate to enjoy it.
Creamy Tortilla Soup
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 onion, chopped
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
3 cans Cannellini Beans, 15 oz each
2 cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, 10 oz each
1 can cream style corn 15 oz
1 can whole kernel corn 15 oz
1 can black beans 15 oz
1 lb cooked chicken, shredded
1 lime, juiced
Simmer 15-20 minutes. Squeeze in lime juice.
Today's a chilly day in Georgia so a bowl of warm, creamy tortilla soup sounds just about perfect right now. 😋
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