Friday, September 14, 2012

Foodie Fridays: Chicken Tortilla Soup & Avocado BLT

I'm back again participating in the Geeky Blogger Book Blog's new Foodie Friday's meme.  She started this meme to combine her two faves--books and cooking.  Seeing as how I share those loves AND cooking decreases my stress, I couldn't contain my excitement.  I could kill two birds with one stone. It will be the perfect addition to Reflections of a Bookaholic as other content will slow and I can document my cooking.

I've picked my next cookbook for case study!  I'm excited for a number of reasons.  In case you forgot (because it has been awhile), I cook and review 3 or 4 recipes out of a cookbook each Foodie Friday and end the study with a review on the cookbook.

Our next book up is:


This particular cookbook advertises 5 ingredient recipes (but this is a little misleading) that can be cooked in less than 15 minutes.

Chicken Tortilla Soup


Olive oil
chopped onion
Garlic clove
Fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
Shredded cooked chicken
Fresh Lime Juice
Chipotle Chile Powder
Diced tomatoes and green chiles
Tortilla strips

My thoughts:
First, I think the 5 ingredient refers to 5 main ingredients or something.  Clearly, there are more than five ingredients here.

Second, this recipe was a disaster.  It was not good for me but I think it is because I have a different idea of chicken tortilla soup and I should have known that this wouldn't work for me.  It was very watery and the tortilla strips kind of sunk quickly to the bottom.  Not what I'm accustomed to!

So.... I wanted to present a second recipe because it didn't sit well with me.

Avocado BLT


Creamy Avocado Spread
Thin-sliced 15-grain bread
Gourmet salad greens
Tomato Slices
Center-cut bacon slices, cooked

My thoughts:
First, this book sly gets around the 5 ingredient thing by creating a different recipe for the creamy avocado spread.  I didn't follow it because I had ideas for my own.  But I LOVED the idea.  I've heard of adding avocados to a sandwich but I'm not a fan.  But I am a big fan of adding a healthy avocado spread to my sandwich.

Second, the recipe included helpful information about different types of bacon and I discovered that center-cut bacon is healthier than other cuts.  I might have known this but I enjoyed the reminder.

Lastly, this was quite simple and I'm not sure you would even call it a recipe, but I absolutely loved it.  It was a fresh idea for me.  My lunch was fantastic this week.

That's it for this week!  Ya'll don't judge me on that chicken tortilla soup.  I promise I can cook :)
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  1. They both sound amazing. I'm obsessed with lime juice and adore avocados.

  2. The soup actually looks good in that picture. Too bad it didn't turn out the ay you wanted it to. And I love BLT's! Not a fan of avaocados though.

  3. This looks like a fun Meme and that sandwich looks divine.

    I would leave the bacon off the sandwich but everything else goods great!

  5. Well... the sandwich looks nice - and here in mexico we do add avocado to everything though I don't particularly like it either.

    Anyway, the soup sounds like a disaster actually, just from the recipe, one day I'll tell you how my mum makes tortilla soup (or, better, black bean soup with tortilla strips, it's awesome), :D

    1. You are going to have to tell me for sure. That soup was a disaster.

  6. I love avocado on sandwiches. Since I don't eat meat it gives a sandwich a little something extra (creamy) California is all about avocados on everything too!

    1. I didn't know you were a vegetarian! I learn something new every day.

  7. That food graphic is adorable :) It always surprises me how so many dislike avocados. Personally love them. I really want to try to Avocado BLT now!


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