Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Having been a vegetarian for the last 24 years, I have suffered through multiple pangs of wanting to devour other people’s tortilla soup.  I can’t explain why, but for some reason when I see “tortilla soup” on a menu it sounds so good, minus the chicken broth, of course.  So you can imagine my delight when I stumbled upon a vegan tortilla soup recipe!  If you prefer to use chicken stock, you can, but we would recommend using some that you make at home from pasture-raised chickens.  For our recipe, I used a homemade vegetable broth.  I LOVE this broth because it is so easy, delicious, much lower in sodium than the store-bought brands and virtually free to make!  

tortilla soup 

We modified the original vegan recipe by allowing raw cheddar or cheddar from grass-fed cows as a garnish.  If you prefer to stick to the vegan version, Daiya is a palatable brand of vegan cheese.   This soup is very easy to make and I promise your house will smell absolutely heavenly while you are cooking.  Don’t skimp on the cookware, though; the cast-iron skillet or seasoned grill pan is the true secret ingredient.  If you are a newbie to using cast-iron like I was, or if your pan looks like it might need to be re-seasoned, you may find this link helpful.  Oh, and I learned once, when my grill was on the fritz, that you can actually char the corn tortillas (carefully with tongs) over a gas stove.   Read More

Vegetable Broth, Homemade

Did you ever get a suggestion from someone that seemed so simple and small yet it makes you so happy every time you use it?  This homemade vegetable broth is that one thing for me. I should give a huge thanks to the Pampered Chef rep (no clue now who it was) who suggested this at a party years ago.

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I used to never have vegetable broth on hand when I needed it. It was always the only ingredient I was missing. It was expensive and loaded with sodium, among other undesirable things. This homemade recipe is essentially free, easy to make, always in my freezer and not laden with sodium. Problem solved!  Read More