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Tortilla Soup Anyone Can Make

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Ya’ll! I am so sore. And I am so mad at myself for putting off strength training for so long! *slaps wrist* Never again.

I looked like a hot mess at the gym last night. Crinkly hair that had been put in a pony-tail after being up in a wet bun for two days, pale ashy unshaved legs, shorts with remnants of dog slobber, and a scratch on my face that made me look like a gangster thanks to Miss Truckee. It’s okay, I only know like, one person at the gym.

I did a 3 mile interval on the treadmill- the first at 8:57, the second I split into two half miles of 8:34 and 8:14 paces, and the third I split into four quarter mile sprints, starting at 8:14 and working down to 7:37. I can never remember what mph on the treadmill that translates to, but I think 6.7 up to 8.1 ish? Either way I didn’t have the patience last night to just do 3 easy miles so I tried to make things interesting. I can still tell though that my right ankle has about had it, and on the harder sprints I can still tell a difference in strength between it and the left one. I might do an easy long-ish run tomorrow to see how it feels at my normal pace, so we’ll see!

After my quick run I put on my big girl panties and went over by the mirrors and free weights and did 3 sets of crunches on the yoga ball, 2 sets of lunges, 2 sets of medicine ball ab twists, then another set of crunches on the yoga ball. It may not sound like much, but since my body has been so accustomed to JUST running, this has been quite the change of pace. But, it feels AMAZING. I can’t wait to get back into more of the machines and see how much of a difference building up my leg muscles makes in improving my paces this go-around. If I can ever get there. I might be waddling today.


Now let’s talk about more important matters:

Super easy tortilla soup!


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This is a combo of recipes I’ve acquired over the past year, and typically I make it up as I go. But more often than not, this is how it turns out! I am in no means saying this is an overly healthy recipe, just so we’re all on the same page. However, it’s warm and delicious, and life is all about moderation.

Here’s what you’ll need:

-2-4 shredded cooked chicken breasts, or shredded rotisserie chicken (optional, I didn’t use chicken this time)

-1 “box” + 1 can of low sodium chicken broth (or 6 cans)

-8 oz Velveeta cheese (ish…you can make the call on how much cheese you add to the base, don’t add too much or it will thicken up)

-2 cans black beans, drained

-1 can niblet corn, drained

-1 can original Rotel OR 1 can diced tomatoes

-1 can diced green chiles

-1 can salsa of your choice

-1 can kidney beans

-1 diced onion

-A wee bit of minced garlic

-Cilantro for topping

-A dollop of sour cream

-Shredded cheese for topping

-1 avocado for topping

-Tortilla chips


I usually add the beans, corn, onion, chiles, Rotel, salsa, (chicken), and Velveeta and then I add the chicken broth and stir it all together as the cheese melts. Then I add a little garlic and pepper. If you’re cooking it stove top be sure and stir it enough so nothing sticks to the bottom. You can also crock-pot it, but we all know I have a love-hate relationship with my crock-pot thanks to several burnt meals. (Who knew you could even mess up a crock-pot meal?? Don’t worry, I found a way!)


Once it’s hot and everything is combined, serve it up with cilantro, sour cream, tortilla chips, and a little shredded cheese on top!

This keeps really well for lunch or dinner the next day as well! We love making it for dinner then taking it to lunch at work.

Just a thought, I’ve used other recipes that call for green enchilada sauce as well, or green salsa, so if you’re looking for a different flavor that’s another option. Also, whatever salsa you decide to use makes a big difference as well!

What are your plans for the weekend? Do you have a favorite tortilla soup recipe? Do you prefer light or creamy soups?


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    Anna @AnnaTheApple
    January 10, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I am so aware that I didn’t use to do any strength work…now I try to do it twice a week. It’s so important to support healthy running. But yeah it is tough and boring 🙁
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    Heidi @ Idlehide
    January 10, 2014 at 11:14 am

    It’s funny how your body can forget about all the strength work you used to do, right? It’s amazing how fast it bounces right back though. I can’t wait to work out abs again, kind of hard at this point with a 9-mth belly lol! Soup looks delish!
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    Leslee @ Her Happy Balance
    January 10, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Strength training is my jam, you will love all the small changes you see in your body from continually lifting. I’m actually trying to up my running game, I have my eye set on a certain race this year and I’ve never run the distance it is before..so you do weights and I’ll run, mmkay? 🙂 Also your soup looks delicious! Anything with cilantro and a Mexican flare has my heart.

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    January 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I’m really the opposite. I’d rather do strength training over running, weird…I know 😉 Glad you’re adding it to your workouts! I find myself using the cold (it’s not even that cold in Nor Cal) as an excuse to not do my runs. So tonight, I too, will reacquaint myself with the treadmill. Have a great weekend!

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    January 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I’m right there with you trying to sneak back into the strength training world. It’s NOT easy!

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    January 10, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I thought that video was funny, mostly because the yellow dog looks just like mine! I love tortilla soup! Made it for the first time a few weeks ago! It’s a keeper!

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    January 10, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I’m jealous of your sore wobbly legs! Always a good pain! I’m trying to change up my strength training as I have gotten a little too comfortable in my routine. So starting this morning I made some changes, I should know tomorrow if it worked:)

    Good luck on your longer run!
    Have a great weekend!

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    January 10, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    That soup looks awesome!! I would probably do it in my crock pot – I love having dinner ready at the end of the day!
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    January 11, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Yum thanks for sharing the recipe! Sounds delicious!

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    Patty @ Reach Your Peak
    January 13, 2014 at 11:24 am

    ahhh this looks so good! perfect for winter time…will have to try it in my crockpot!
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