Last man standing

by MCM Mama on February 21, 2011

Everyone in my house, except me, is sick.  I feel fine.  *knock wood*  Thankfully, my boys are old enough that I can leave them home with Beer Geek, even in his “I feel like crap” state.  Otherwise, I think my head would explode if I couldn’t leave the house.

How am I staying healthy?  Well, first, I ran 6 lovely miles today.  I hit my planned pace exactly, despite a few wicked hills.  I love being back to the point that 6 miles is relatively easy.

Also, winter has returned, so I’m making my famous vegetarian tortilla soup.  Since I’m such a wonderful, generous person, I’m going to share that with you.  Now, I’m off to the grocery store to help Jones earn a part of his Bear badge.  Please think positive thoughts for me.  Also?  I am out of nuun and that constitues an emergency around here.

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup


Nonstick vegetable oil spray
3/4 c. chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 tsp. ground cumin
3/4 tsp. chili powder
5 c. vegetable broth
4 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
2 cans diced tomatoes with chilis
2/3 c. canned black beans, rinsed, drained
2/3 c. chopped zucchini
frozen corn
Tortilla chips
grated cheese (optional)
avocado (optional)
hot sauce (optional)

Spray large nonstick saucepan with vegetable oil spray. Add onion and garlic; cook over medium-low heat until almost tender, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, cumin and chili powder.

Add broth, diced tomatoes and 2 tbsp. cilantro.  Bring to boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer until flavors blend, about 15 minutes.

(I put it in a 4 quart crock pot instead of the above step. After about an hour, I added the below ingredients.)

Add beans and whatever amount of frozen corn looks good.  Cover and cook on high in crock pot for two hours or 4-8 hours on low.  If not using a crock pot, add zucchini at this point as well. Cover and simmer until zucchini is tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. If using a crock pot, add zucchini about an hour before serving or precook the zucchini.

Ladle soup into bowls. I put out bowls of cheddar cheese, cilantro, avocado, and tortilla chips so that people can add in whatever they want.  This is a very forgiving recipe and ingredients can be tweaked to make it fit your needs (for example, sometimes I add chicken or use chicken broth, sometimes I add hominy, sometimes I add more or less spices. I never make it the same way twice and it’s always been awesome.) Ingredients can easily be increased to fill a 6 quart crock pot.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 RunningLaur February 21, 2011 at 6:58 pm

So awesome that you're back to a hard 6 miles feeling awesome. Hope you can avoid the plague!


2 GeorgiaSnail February 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm

avocado = NOT optional! lol, recipe looks great!


3 misszippy February 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Boo on the crud–isn't this your family's second go of it this winter? I hope you escape it!The soup sounds great.


4 Angie Bee February 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm

ooooo!! that soup sounds awesome! I am in dire need of soup. I finally got the bug and it SUCKS! Its a doozy too. I will cross my fingers and toes that you don't get it.Thanks for the recipe!


5 Detroit Runner(Jeff) February 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I think staying in shape and eating well has much to do with not getting sick. Since I have started running, I very rarely get sick.


6 Party of Nine February 21, 2011 at 9:48 pm

The soup sounds great! My husband made cauliflower soup last night…yum :)


7 Jess February 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Good luck avoiding getting sick; it always seems inevitable when everyone in the house has it!


8 Marlene February 22, 2011 at 1:52 am

The soup sounds great, and perfect for your house full of sickies. Stay healthy!!


9 Katie February 22, 2011 at 2:34 am

UM, i'm coming over for soup! yum!


10 Amy February 22, 2011 at 4:46 am

You read my mind! I've been wanting to make a soup to heat up for lunch this week as we're heading back into the -20C zone.Jealous of you 6 miles!


11 Char February 22, 2011 at 8:11 am

That soup sounds delicious. It's a pity it's not soup weather here.


12 Emz February 22, 2011 at 4:28 pm

holy. freaking. yum.thatsoupsoundsamazing.Avocado —– the freaking best.


13 Amanda - RunToTheFinish February 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm

oh man that sounds really delicious!! i love finding a new twist on a recipe


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