Can we all agree that one of the things that separates the sexes, especially this time of year, is that women like to feel the need to watch every morsel that they put into their mouths so that they don’t gain 50 pounds over the holiday season and that men like to bitch about this female neuroses but secretly like it that their woman is neurotic about weight gain? Men, on the other hand, do not seem to give much thought about what, or how much, goes into their pie hole this time of year. It seems that the holiday season becomes another sport to conquer and dominate – how much can I eat at the holiday party or how many desserts are going to be served at Thanksgiving dinner and will I like them all? Lucky for them they’ve got us looking out for them, or maybe we look out for them for ourselves (we do tend to like our guys to look as good as we do).
Food experts have said for years, that if you eat a cup of soup (preferably one of the healthy soup recipes like a plain tomato soup, chicken soup or even better – broth) you’ll consume fewer calories when the main course is served. That concept may work fine if you’re eating at nicer a restaurant, but at home I don’t generally make a several course meal. If soup is around, it’s going to be the main course (maybe I’ll throw a sandwich in there too sometimes). If you’re eating at one of those chain restaurants, you probably don’t have many choices in the calorie/fat friendly soup department to choose from. Chili’s enchilada soup recipe would be one those soups that I’m referring to. While it’s pretty tasty…it’s not something you want to eat during the holidays to help combat those caloric filled meals you’re eating this time of year.
Okay, so I’ve kicked my soap box out of the way. Let’s get down to the real deal. It’s getting dark early, the temperatures are dropping and there seem to be more days with clouds than with sun. For me, that means soup weather…and I’m not talking about some wimpy soup…I’m talking about a soup that you can eat as your main meal and feel full after eating it. This enchilada soup recipe fits the bill perfectly. It’s got a rich tomato flavor that’s enhanced with a guajillo and pasilla pepper puree and a thick consistency is achieved by mixing in some corn flour (masa harina). Since it uses corn flour instead of wheat flour for thickening, you can proudly say you’ve got a gluten free soup that you can serve to any of your friends who may be eating a gluten free diet. (Make sure that the flour you use states that it’s gluten free. Some corn flour producers make both wheat and corn flour on the same equipment and that can cause problems for celiacs.) In case you are wondering, enchilada soup is very similar to tortilla soup, but has a much thicker consistency.
This enchilada soup recipe contains much less fat than the same named soup you’ll find on the Chili’s menu because there is no cheese blended into this soup. You determine how much cheese goes in it by how much you want to garnish it with. But it’s still rich and creamy. I used chicken in this recipe because that’s what I had on hand, but you could easily use shredded leftover turkey for another great way to use up those Thanksgiving day leftovers. So add this to your healthy soup recipes and indulge without the guilt.
Men are secretly jealous of the animal kingdom where many of the male species are prettier than the females causing the female of the species to pursue them – this would be a hell of a lot easier than becoming a doctor or learning how to play guitar to attract women. Women are born with the desire to attract and to be attracted to. If men suddenly ceased to exist, women would still work to be attractive. We would still be shopping for the most fashionable clothes, makeup to make us look younger and trying every new diet that claims we’ll drop 5 pounds overnight without feeling hungry. Men get it that women expect them to look good too, but just can’t/won’t take ownership of this concept. So what would happen if women threw up their arms in submission and took the path of least resistance and let guys do their own thing?
In this bizarro world reality, most men wouldn’t be complete slovenly disasters, but a definite hierarchy would emerge. Sure, there will be a large contingency of dudes lolling around in sweatpants with holes in the crotch and mustard stained concert t-shirts from the 70′s. The next group would be the Jersey Shore wannabe’s decked out in ornately douchey Affliction and Ed Hardy wear. (I’m not so sure that’s any better than the holey sweatpants.) But that leaves a whole lot of guys trying to figure out what to do. This is where evolution will kick in. This pool of guys will try clothing from everywhere on the fashion spectrum eventually finding an equilibrium between wallet emptying and amount of tail received.
Of course, this then puts the burden of mans presentability squarley back on our shoulders. Ultimately we women will decide if they look good enough to be with us. If he isn’t getting enough female attention, he’ll change his wardrobe (this assumes we’re only talking about how they dress as a means for selection or rejection, not the level of their sparkling personality) until he finds an acceptable amount of attention for wardrobe expenditures.
What would the world be like if men and women had no pre-conceived notions on how the other should look? A place where women and men have no egos and don’t feel the need to look like they fell out of GQ or Vogue. Expectation is the archenemy of love. Love is blind and gives without taking. Love accepts that things and people are the way they are and that their imperfections are what makes them perfect.
Recipe: Easy Enchilada Soup Recipe
Summary: Serves 6 – 8
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Medium Onion (sliced thin or diced)
- 3 Garlic Cloves (minced)
- 2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
- 4 Cups Chicken Stock
- 1 14 Ounce Can Diced Tomatoes
- 1/4 Cup Guajillo and Pasilla Pepper Puree (see bbq sauce recipe for directions)
- 1 Medium Zucchini (quartered and sliced)
- 1 Medium Yellow Squash (quartered and sliced)
- 1 Cup Fresh or Frozen Corn Kernels
- 1/2 Cup Gluten Free Corn Flour (Masa Harina)
- 2 Cups Cooked and Shredded Chicken
- Kosher Salt
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Tortilla Chips
- Cilantro Leaves
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add the garlic and onions. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions begin to turn translucent (approx. 5 minutes).
- Add chili powder to saucepan and continue to cook for another 2 – 3 minutes. Mixture will become very fragrant.
- In a large stockpot, over high heat, add the stock, tomatoes, pepper puree, zucchini, squash and corn. Cook for 15 – 20 minutes.
- Whisk in the corn flour to thicken the soup. Cook for another 5 minutes.
- Stir in the chicken.
- Salt to taste.
- Serve in bowls topped with cheese, chips, avocado, cilantro and serve.
Preparation time: 20 minute(s)
Cooking time: 30 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 6
Culinary tradition: Mexican
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