Chicken Soup with Avocado and Lime

After months of heavy eating in the name of ‘comfort food’ and the winter season, I needed a break. The light, tasty broth of this soup hit the spot! Add lime juice, garlic, cilantro…flavor packed! This soup comes together in about 30 minutes for your busy week night and gives you another reason to #dumpthedrivethru. I’ll take it!


Chicken Soup with Avocado and Lime

1 lb chicken tenderloins, cut into thin strips

32 oz. of low sodium chicken broth

3 cloves minced garlic

1 Tablespoon cilantro paste (or more to your taste)

1/4 cup of lime juice

1 drained can of Original flavor Rotel (can substitute the flavor you prefer)

salt and pepper to taste

1 peeled and diced avocado (peel and dice into bite size pieces once soup is about done)

Tortilla strips to top it all off

Combine the first 6 ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat, Once you see that the chicken is cooked, let soup simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the avocado that you’ve diced into bite size pieces and stir to mix it in. Simmer for another 5 minutes to heat through the avocado.

Taste to adjust salt and pepper.

Ladle into bowl and top with tortilla strips.


You say Cottage, I say Shepherd’s Pie

So I started a debate on a food related site regarding the difference between Cottage and Shepherd’s pie. When the dust settled, many agreed that to be a true Shepherd’s Pie, it requires lamb vs beef. I just call this recipe delicious, stick your face in the plate and lick it clean, cheesy overload, goodness.

I had no leftovers…it’s just the three of us.

Shepherd's Pie pic

Cottage/Shepherd’s Pie

1 lb lean ground beef
3 cloves garlic
1/4 chopped yellow onion
2 Tablespoons flour
2 Tablespoons ketchup/catsup
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (or more to taste)
1 small jar beef gravy
2 cups frozen mixed veggies (peas, carrots, corn, green beans)
4-6 servings if using instant or 2-3 cups if using homemade mashed potatoes
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or Colby jack
Salt and pepper to taste.

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