1. Enjoy a light and spicy tortilla soup

    Smoky,spicy and hearty enough to make a meal!I love Mexican food, but not the calories! This tortilla soup has flavour and crunch but it is lightened up! It combines very little oil with a handful of spicy crunchy tortilla strips, topped with only a light grating of cheese. The soup gets its flavour from herbs and garlic.

    You can add chicken or beans and corn, depending on what you have and whether you want a veggie dish! Make this Mexican delight in minutes.
    1 a large pot with 2 tsp. olive oil:
    1 chopped medium onion
    1 chopped bell pepper
    1or 2 de-seeded jalapeños chopped
    1 clove garlic chopped
    Sauté until soft not brown
    Add 2-3 tsp. Ground cumin (I add more I like the smoky taste) cook 1 minute –stir!
    Puree 1 large can of good tomatoes with3 cloves of peeled garlic. Do not use puréed tomatoes!
    1 ½ cup organic chicken stock
    1 ½ tsp kosher or seas salt
    2 tsp your favourite sweetener
    2 cup shredded and chopped chicken from leftovers or from a BBQ or rotisserie chicken
    1 cup of corn fresh or frozen.
    2 tsp oregano
    Bring to boil.
    Reduce heat.
    Simmer for 20 minutes on med –low heat.
    Cut 1small or half a large tortilla per person in thin strips
    Spray strips with vegetable spray such as Pam or toss with a little olive oil and a small amount of kosher salt and cumin.
    Toast the strips in a pan in a hot oven for about 10 minutes. Watch careful, shake occasionally.
    Top soup with crisp tortilla strips, a light grating of cheese –cheddar or Monetary Jack. You can add some fresh green herb such as cilantro or chives and a squirt of lime –if you like!
    For a tasty vegetarian dish add water or tomato juice instead of chicken stock. Then add 1 ½ cup well rinsed organic canned kidney or black beans instead chicken. It’s fabulous.
    For a party a make a pot of both add some guacamole and sour cream for those not watching their calories!