Tortilla Soup

It was on an extended trip to Houston, staying in a posh Hilton that I discovered the ‘miracle’ of tortilla soup. Sounds silly, I realize; however, their rendition was a nice, brothy, tomato-based soup that satisfied the appetite without adding a lot of calories and fat to my diet. Beat the heck out of burgers and other beef products offered on the room service menu.

While my recipe doesn’t quite taste like theirs, I did get pretty close with the following:

32 ounces of chicken broth (prefer low sodium); 40 calories
28 ounces of diced tomatoes (prefer low sodium); 175 calories
8 ounces of salsa / picante sauce; 70 calories
8 ounces of chicken breast meat or 1 frozen chicken breast; 300 calories
6 ounces baby carrots; 90 calories

These ingredients total about 700 calories

Put all ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally. Garnish with a pinch of parmesan, if desired. Serve with your choice of portion of tortilla or tortilla chips (I typically go without).

The ingredients make 4×175-calorie servings or 6×120 calorie servings; adjust calorie count for tortillas.

Original Posting: June 5, 2005

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About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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