Thursday, October 16, 2008

More Post-Yoga Comfort Food

I hadn't really planned on writing again about the food I eat after yoga.  But as I stepped out of my yoga class tonight into the crisp Fall air and felt the chill on my bare legs, I was instantly brought back to a pretty common scenario back home in Texas.  I felt the same feeling I used to get when walking with my mom to On the Border (Tex Mex restaurant) to get tortilla soup.  

For a long time I ordered tortilla soup every time we went to this restaurant. {And that was sometimes a couple of times a week} But once I became vegetarian I couldn't order the tortilla soup anymore.  

I'm not sure exactly what triggered this memory.  Perhaps it was the cold air on my legs, like I used to feel when I insisted on wearing shorts even though the Texas air had turned chilly (you know, like, in January).  Maybe those intense side extensions tapped into some memory stored in my solar plexus chakra.  Or maybe, just maybe, it was the tortilla factory that is across the street from the yoga class.

It was instantaneous:  I NEEDED tortilla soup.  Hot steaming tomatoey broth with tons of onions and spicy peppers.  Crispy fried tortilla strips.  Cool avocado chunks.  Oh. Yes.

Tortilla Soup
Serves 3

2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
2 large tomatoes, peeled
3 cups water
1 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 chile (I used a dried Aji Cereza chile without the seeds)
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1 avocado
3 corn tortillas 
canola oil for frying 

Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan.  Add sliced onions and fry until onions are lightly browned.  Add tomatoes, chile, tomato paste, water, cumin, salt, and lime juice.  Reduce heat so soup is simmering.  

Meanwhile, heat 1/4 inch of canola oil in a skillet.  Cut torillas into thin strips.  When the oil sizzles around a tortilla strip, it is ready for frying.  Add the strips to the oil in batches and fry until lightly browned.  Rescue them from the oil and let them drain on a paper towel.  I like to sprinkle them with salt.  

Cut the avocado into slices or chunks.  Taste the soup- if it has been simmering about 10-15 minutes then the onions should be tender.  

Assemble bowls with soup, avocado, and tortilla strips.  Enjoy!


miss v said...

wow. i never thought about making vegan tortilla soup. nice!

beastmomma said...

That looks very tempting. By the way, I am hosting a giveaway which may be of interest to you:

Virginia said...

i have never had tortilla soup, ever. now i feel that i just might need to try this!

Jeni Treehugger said...

That does look soooo good!

Anonymous said...

Tortilla Soup? Awesome! I love Mexican Food - especially the tortillas - so I'll ahve to try this soon!

allularpunk said...

thank you for this recipe! i've been feeling the need for a lot of soup lately and this one looks just perfect. and isn't it weird how memories can just hit you like a ton of bricks from out of nowhere sometimes?

Anonymous said...

The soup looks amazing! I never had tortilla soup but I bet its awesome!

Lily Girl said...

I *love* tortilla soup and that looks fantastic. That's going on my to-make soon list. Yum


I made this and it was REALLY fantastic!
Thank you for the great recipe, making everyday easier with great food