Marilyn loved Mexican!

Spicy tomato vegetable soup -- Wthink Marilyn would have loved it!Did you know that Marilyn Monroe loved Mexican food? She did, and even cooked simple Mexican dishes for her friends. Before her death, she was decorating her house with furniture and tiles she bought on a trip to Mexico.
 
Here is a recipe for tortilla soup that I think she would have loved because it is easy and a little spicy.
 
This 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.
 
Sauté:
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. of ground cumin (I add more I like the smoky taste), cook 1 minute and stir!
Puree 1 large can of good tomatoes with 3 cloves of peeled garlic. Do not use puréed tomatoes!
 
Add:
1½ cup organic chicken stock
1½ tsp. kosher or sea salt
2 tsp. of your favourite sweetener
2 cups 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, then reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes on medium-to-low heat.
Cut 1 small or half of a large tortilla per person in thin strips
Spray the 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 and shake occasionally.
Top soup with crisp tortilla strips, a light grating of cheese – cheddar or Monterey Jack. You can add some fresh green herbs, 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 1½ cup of well-rinsed organic canned kidney or black beans instead chicken. It’s fabulous.
 
For a party, make a pot of both. Add some guacamole and sour cream for those not watching their calories!
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