HERE'S A DELICIOUS SAMPLE RECIPE:
My daughter Callista was telling me about this soup she had whipped up on a whim. I told her it sounded amazing, but she hadn't written any of it down; she sort of remembered what she did, so I had to coax some memories out of her. This might not be exactly what she created, but she gave it a thumbs up!
I've never frozen this soup, so I can't tell you how avocados will freeze. It never lasts that long; it's such a comforting soup, sort of a New Mexican version of a chicken noodle soup. You'll feel your sinuses opening up when you eat this, and you'll be glad.
Callista's Amazing Avocado Chicken Soup
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 cup onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4" chunks
- 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 4 ounces roasted and chopped green chile, with juice
- 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles, with juice (such as Ro*Tel)
- 1/2 cup long grain rice
- 5-6 ounces fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
- 1 pound avocados; peel, pit, and cut into 1/2" chunks (ripe, but not mushy)
Coat a 6-quart saucepan with cooking spray. Melt the butter over rather high heat. Saute the garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, onion, and chicken until the pink is gone, 5-7 minutes. Add the broth, water, chile, and diced tomatoes with green chiles and bring to a boil. Add the rice and bring to a boil again, then cook on a rolling medium simmer 20 minutes, uncovered. Stir a few times. Add the spinach and cook another 1-2 minutes. Stir the avocados in gently and cook just a for a few seconds. Season, if desired. Cover and chill leftovers. Serves 4-6.
Vegetarian? Omit the chicken and substitute one pound of chopped summer squash varieties, such as yellow or zucchini, and substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Is Soup the Perfect Food?
Breads, Carbs, and Pot Pie Conversion Tactics
Garnishes & Photography
Nice New Mexican & Mexican Garnishes
Charming Chili Garnishes
Quickie Versions, Substitutions, and Ingredient Quantities
Vegetarian & Meat-Lovers
Green Chiles & Other Hot Stuff
Seasoning, Salt, and Butter
Sort of a Philosophical Mission Statement
Hey… Where’s the Fantasy?
Some Essentials for Soups, Stews, and Chilis
Mirepoix (or that which is known by dozens of other names…)
Crème Fraîche & Other Creamy Options
Stocks and/or Broths
Chapter Three—Pork & Seafood
List of Kitchen Utensils
Cooking Utensils & Miscellaneous Items
Small & Large Appliances
Pots & Pans
Dry Ingredients by Weight
Liquid Ingredients by Volume
Lengths & Widths
The Fellowship of the Recipe Testers
Works Cited & Sourced
Miscellaneous New Mexico Items