Friday, November 13, 2009

Day #34 - Without The Hookers

When we moved into our new apartment a few months ago, we installed black curtains in our bedrooms to keep out the sunlight. We figured this would help us sleep a little better in the morning.

I did not realize that this would turn our bedroom into a Vegas hotel room, without the hookers and booze. (Ok, I lie. Sometimes there's booze). Where I am fooled into believing that it's still dark outside and I have endless amount of hours to sleep off my drunkenness.

Today I slept in until 12:30. When normally (when light exists) I wake up at 9. When I finally woke up, I felt cheated. Tricked. Like my little black curtains had plotted against me. Making me lose 3 hours of my precious Saturday.

Bed, Bath & Beyond, here I come.

Island's: Tortilla Soup
(adapted from "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2")

1 roasted chicken (I bought mine from Ralphs)
16 cups of water
1 spanish onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 anaheim peppers, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 corn tortillas, diced
juice of 3 limes
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cayenne pepper
3 tbsp cilantro, diced

Tortilla Strips-
4 corn tortillas, sliced into smaller strips
0 cal Butter Spray
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt

Garnish -
1/2 cup fat free monterey jack cheese
1 avocado, diced

1. Take meat and skin off the roasted chicken (throw skin away. Place the bones in a large pot with the water. Boil for 30 minutes. Remove bones.
2. Pull the chicken meat apart into smaller pieces. Place into the large pot of water. Add all other ingredients of the soup. Bring to a boil then simmer for 1 hour.
3. While soup cooks, combine your tortilla strips, seasoning and about 10 sprays of 0 cal butter spray in bowl. Mix well.
4. Place tortilla strips on cookie sheets and cook for 10 minute in 350 degrees, or until crispy. Watch it closely to make sure it doesn't burn.

5. When soup is done, serve with about 2 tbsp of cheese, a few avocado pieces, and tortilla strips.

Servings: 8
Nutritional Info: 257 cals, 8g fat, 24g carbs, 23g protein
Island's Nutritional Info: 610 cals, 38g fat, 40g carbs