Tortillas Soup PLUS Another Planner Giveaway!!!

As most of you already know I've developed a day planner I like to call the Wanna Be Balanced Planner.  Inside this planner you'll find all kinds of useful organizational tools as well as 3 months of meal plans WITH weekly grocery lists. My goal is to make 12 months of meals, so far I have 5. You can buy the additional months as they become available.


I've borrowed recipes from all over the web, but now my new goal is to start creating my own. I usually add my personal touch to basic recipes anyway, so I thought why not share them with you.

Another thing I'm working on to go in the day planners is a 4 week exercise program with meal plans catering more towards weight loss. This can be purchased separately as well. It should be ready to present to you within the next couple of weeks.

Last week I made some delicious Tortilla Soup ( recipe is included in month 5 of the planners). I'll share the recipe first, then below I'll give you the details on the giveaway. You'll all have a chance to WIN one of my specialty day planners.

Here are ALMOST all the items you'll need for the soup. Later I decided that the consistency was too soupy for my liking. I like soups to be on the thicker side, so I added a can of tomato sauce.


Chop the onions WITHOUT tearing up in the process.
Man I think my eyes are just so sensitive because every time I cut onions my eyes are burning so bad to the point where I'm cutting with my eyes closed.
I'm known for my brains :)




Chop 3 cloves of garlic, then saute them in a tablespoons of olive oil.



I really hate measuring, so I usually just guess, but I would say that a couple teaspoons of chili powder would do the trick.

Then a couple sprinkles of dried oregano...


Add a can of diced tomatoes and green chilies...


A can of chicken broth...


Then a can of rinsed black beans and a can of corn...



Chop up some fresh cilantro and add it to the pot. About 1/4 cup.



I really hate cooking chicken. Handling it raw just grosses me out and I never seem to cook it right. Either I don't cook it enough and the middle is pink which of course makes me lose my appetite and end up throwing it out, OR it's extremely dry.  So in my opinion, buying the rotisserie is the way to go:) It saves time, is cooked to perfection and tastes incredible!!!

Just start pulling it apart with a fork and adding pieces to the soup.


Now here is where I noticed I needed to add the tomato sauce to thicken it up.


Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes or so. While it's simmering you can get your garnishes ready.


Crushed tortilla chips, avocado's my favorite, green onions, Monterey jack cheese, and sour cream.



Isn't it beautiful!!!!

Okay, now for the giveaway!!! One of you lucky ladies now has the chance to get one of these for FREE. Just help me spread the word by doing some of these things below, then you can leave a separate comment in the comment section of this post for each thing you do. Be sure to leave your email address if it's not already public in your profile. This way I have a way of contacting you if you're the winner. Giveaway ends 3-25. The winner will be selected using Random.org.

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Next week on Wanna Be Balanced Mom

*Turning 30
My dreaded 30th birthday is on Monday. Can we just skip that day?

*Spring Fashion
I'll be posting some cute spring finds for ya.

*Purse Pics
What's in your purse? If you'd like to submit your purse pics then email me at crystal@escoweb.net. I'll be sharing your pics next week. If you don't know what I'm talking about, refer to this blog post for the details.
http://www.wannabbalancedmom.com/2011/02/whats-in-your-bag.html

98 comments:

That one girl said...

Too funny, I just made tortilla soup two days ago. Love it!!!

Amanda said...

YUM, that tortilla soup looks awesome!

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Kristina P. said...

This looks so good! I've made taco soup before, but never tortilla!

Lacie @ Creative Attempts said...

Um first of all I am a complete follower (that is on friend connect lol) and I love chicken tortilla soup but your recipe looks so much better. Oh and don't sweat it I turn 30 in July and I was thinking that most 20 year olds aren't as hot as you so We should embrace 30 :)

Suzanne said...

Your soup IS beautiful!! And I'm totally with you on the chicken! Love it Crystal! xo! I turn 30 in August..eeeeek! I can't believe it!

Stacy Flores said...

Yummy! I love tortilla soup in all varieties.

nmaha said...

I'm going to try this soup this week. Looks soooooooo delicious.
Hey I turn 30 this year too :-)
Happy B'day in advance.

Val said...

Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of my all time favorites. It's so warm and comforting. Thanks for sharing.

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Addison, Crew, and Carter's Mama said...

Yum!! This looks great!!!!

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Nikki said...

YUM! I love the things you can do with a rotisserie chicken!

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Oh! That really IS beautiful looking soup!!!!
MMM I'll have to try it!

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Rolyndia said...

Your recipe looks yummy. I have a recipe that is really good too, but I am going to try yours just for something different. Thanks for sharing it!

Addison, Crew, and Carter's Mama said...

Crystal I made this tonight and we LOVED it!!!
Thank you for the Recipe! :)
I may have to share it! So good!!

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I will definitely be making that soup!!! I LOOOVE me some cilantro-that always sells me on a recipe! Count me in for the giveaway (I'm already a follower) and I "like" you on FB!

Thanks!

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This looks so good.. I need to remember to try this!

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