Hearty Chipotle Chicken Soup

Wednesday already!? Always a good thing 😀 With no class on Monday thanks to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, this week has been easy breezy compared to the last few. And tonight, even better…my students are taking their first exam. I do hope they’ve been preparing…whomp whomp!

Thanks for all of your pineapple suggestions! I agree, fresh pineapple is probably my favorite way to enjoy the stuff, but I may have to try my hand at Hawaiian pizza this weekend. I know Mr. Prevention won’t be first in line for a slice, but maybe I can convert him? 😉 He’s never been a fan of ham, but there’s just nothing like Hawaiian pizza in my book…especially homemade!

So I mentioned that Mama Prevention had planned to try a few healthy, Taste of Home recipes while I was in Chicago last weekend. We actually made this recipe on Saturday night but I enjoyed it SO much that I had to make it this week. Delicious, and quick, easy, and healthy. Win…win…win!

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Hearty Chipotle Chicken Soup from Taste of Home

1 large onion, chopped
1 Tbsp canola oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
3 cups frozen corn
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, seeded and minced
2 tsp adobo sauce
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
1/2 cup (8 Tbsp) fat-free light sour cream
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro

Directions:

In a Dutch oven, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, cumin and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

Stir in chicken; heat through. Garnish with sour cream; sprinkle with cilantro. Yield: 8 servings (about 1 2/3 cup each w/ 1 Tbsp sour cream).

Nutrition Information (per serving): 281 calories; 5.8 g. fat; 33 mg. cholesterol; 450 mg. sodium; 30 g. carbohydrate; 7.6 g. fiber; 23 g. protein

Result: Delicious! I recommend a bit more adobo sauce if you like it spicy, but this soup is packed with flavor regardless. It is low in calories and high in fiber and protein so it is comes with a lot of staying power. Mr. P said it reminded him of tortilla soup, and I see some similarities, too. Enjoy!

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In weight-loss news, I am down 4.6 pounds in the past 2 weeks! I am very pleased! I have been VERY aware of portion sizes, increasing my exercise, and getting in plenty of water. I hope the downward trend continues! Thanks again for all of your support!

Question: What’s your favorite day of the week? Saturday and Sunday excluded!!

My favorite day is probably Thursday. I have that mentality of “I can stay up later since there’s only one more work day to get through”, and I also love Thursday night TV. Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Jersey Shore, anyone?

Happy Hump Day!

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15 Comments

  1. January 19, 2011 / 7:18 am

    so for the majority of my life, I thought Hawaiian pizza was super weird but then I tried it in college and fell in love. It’s one of the few ways I can eat pineapple without my stomach exploding in acid…so I’m kind of in love with it. I can’t wait to see the recipe that you come up with!

    Oh this soup sounds wonderful with the sweet/spicy flavor combo!

  2. January 19, 2011 / 8:57 am

    Loving the new look of the blog!!!
    The soup looks great! Perfect for the colder months.

  3. January 19, 2011 / 10:37 am

    The soup looks great and I can’t wait to see your Hawaiian pizza…yum! I’m so with you on Thursdays, that’s my mentality too. 😉

  4. Holly
    January 19, 2011 / 12:27 pm

    That is AWESOME on your loss, Nicole!! You are kickin’ some major bootie there! 🙂

    Hmmm….fave day of the week is probably Thursday, too. Because I don’t have any part-time job that night, and usually I hang out with my sis and watch TV (which is a guilty pleasure these days)!

  5. January 19, 2011 / 2:13 pm

    4.6 pounds! Good for you!!! Just hearing you say that motivates me!
    This soup looks excellent. I need to get in my fill of soups before the weather starts warming up.

  6. January 19, 2011 / 5:10 pm

    I could go for a bowl of this soup tonight. If only your new blog design allowed me to electronically steal that photo and turn it into real food.

    Minus the weekend, Friday is my favorite day of the week. Does that count?

  7. January 19, 2011 / 9:14 pm

    Congrats on your weight loss, that’s awesome! I like the new blog look!

  8. January 19, 2011 / 9:58 pm

    That soup looks delicious, Nicole! Congrats on your loss these past 2 weeks! I’m loving the PointsPlus program, too!

  9. January 19, 2011 / 10:38 pm

    I agree with Thursday. There’s just something great about the next day being Friday.

  10. Cara
    January 20, 2011 / 3:22 pm

    I love the new layout–I especially like the new title font!

  11. January 21, 2011 / 11:02 am

    I love eating spicy meals all year long, but especially in the winter–it warms me up from the inside out. Which I definitely need living in this frigid cold place. Brrrr!

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