Thursday, October 24, 2013

Easy TJ's Tortilla Soup

Hey y'all, happy Thursday!

The World Series started last night, anyone watching? I'll be honest, I didn't. I'm not a huge fan of either the Red Sox or the Cards, I guess I'm going Cardinals because they're in the National League?

In other exciting news, I mentioned on Facebook that I was trying Body Combat class. It was a blast! High-energy music (perfect because I totally forgot headphones yesterday), a good hour of cardio, a little strength shoulders were burning from throwing over 1200 punches!

I'll let the Les Mills site do the explaining for me.

Whether at home or in the gym, BODYCOMBAT™ is the empowering group fitness cardio workout where you are totally unleashed. This fiercely energetic program is inspired by mixed martial arts and draws from a wide array of disciplines such as karate, boxing, taekwondo, tai chi and muay thai. 
Experience the driving music and powerful role model instructors which make BODYCOMBAT™ the world's most popular martial arts group fitness class. 
During this ultimate warrior workout, you'll strike, punch, kick and kata your way through calories to superior cardio fitness. Like all the LES MILLS™ programs, a new BODYCOMBAT™ class is produced every three months with new music and choreography, designed by BODYCOMBAT™ Master Trainers and mixed martial arts experts, Dan Cohen and Rachael Newsham.

If you're interested in seeing (and hearing) Dan and Rach explain some more about the stances and moves involved in the class (and they have the most awesome accents!), you can do so here.

The site claims the average calorie burn for the class is 737 calories, my HRM says 700 even. I'm a new believer in this Body Combat class and will be going back for more next week. I could see this becoming a cardio staple for me since it is going to be so cold outside, too cold for me to run!

PS - if you take the class, you might feel like a bad*ss walking out of the class last night, I mean... you'll learn the difference between a jab, cross, and uppercut! 

While I didn't have any last night, I've been chowing down on this super easy tortilla soup the past few days as the fall chill has rolled in. All the ingredients were from Trader Joe's and there was very little measuring done for this recipe. Just use the whole container!

I'd like to think this recipe is Swedish Chef approved???

Easy TJ's Tortilla Soup, ~40 min (serves 6)

14oz bag of fire roasted bell peppers & onions
2 medium sweet potatoes (2 in diameter, 5 in long)
16 oz bag of roasted corn
14.5 oz can of organic diced & fire roasted tomatoes with organic green chiles
12 oz package of grilled chicken strips, diced
12 oz tub of pico de gallo salsa
2/3 carton of low sodium chicken broth
1 package of whole wheat truly handmade tortillas
Optional toppings: cheese, greek yogurt or sour cream, guacamole

Add oil to pan, add roasted bell peppers & onions when oil starts to ripple (i.e. when it's hot)
Dice and add sweet potatoes, cook about 5 min
Add corn, cook additional 5 min
Add canned tomatoes and chicken, stir and cook additional 5 min
Add salsa and broth, reduce heat, cover, stir occasionally, let simmer for 20-25 min
When ready to serve, line bowl with 1-2 torn up tortillas and cheese (if desired)
Top tortillas with ~1.5 cups of soup
Garnish with greek yogurt and guacamole, you can add more salsa if you'd like. I added some salsa verde to my soup yesterday for lunch and it was awesome!

Nutritional Info per serving (without tortillas, cheese, or other toppings. I got this info by entering the ingredients into MyFitnessPal)
262 calories, 28.2g carbs, 7.2g fat, 22g protein, 6.1g fiber

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