Wednesday, April 27, 2011

eating clock.

this past monday, i had off from work and decided to tackle my first cooking recipe. tim is the cook in our little family but i decided to take on the challenge.

i have only ever cooked for tim one other time... and although he enjoyed and appreciated it, i knew i could do better.

so i took the laptop into the kitchen and watched youtube videos on "how to mince garlic" "how to chop an onion" "how to chop cilantro" and "how to cook chicken breast"
after three hours i made my first edible dinner. chicken tortilla soup. it tasted just like the soup from Max and Erma's, which is my favorite! we sprinkled a little cheese, sour cream and crushed tortilla chips on top and voila!
Recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup

In a large stockpot combine and whisk together until smooth: 2 cans each of the following Campbell soups: cream of mushroom, cream of chicken soup, cream of celery soup, and cheddar cheese soup. Whisk in 2-15 oz cans chicken broth.

Add: 1-15 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 cup Pace brand medium salsa
1-4.5 oz can Ortega green chiles
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh,chopped cilantro
4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 tsp. red chile powder, more or less to your taste
salt and pepper to your taste

Bring to a full boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.

Add: 4 cooked chicken breasts, cut into small chunks. Simmer another hour.

While soup is simmering, make your soup toppings:

Crunch tortilla chips and place in a bowl.

Shred 1/2 lb. cheese and place in a bowl ( i used cheddar)

To serve: Ladle soup into bowls, top with shredded cheese and fried tortilla chips.

This recipe will make a full crockpot... I did half the recipe for just the two of us and we still had leftovers!

speaking of dinner...

tim eats lunch pretty late in the day and usually a big one like cheese steaks or burritos...

i eat lunch pretty early in the day and usually a small one with yogurt, fruit, and carrots...

he is never hungry for dinner at 5:30... and i am STARVING! i tend to snack.. and snack... and snack...until tim gets hungry around 7:30...

does anyone else live with someone whose eating clock is different from their own? how do we get our eating clocks the same?


  1. I love M&E's chicken tortilla soup! I worked there for three years in high school!

    My H and I are on total opposite eating schedules too. I get home from work by 4, and he doesn't get home until 7:30. We eat dinner around 8. I try to eat a snack with protein like greek yogurt or an apple with peanut butter to hold me over.

  2. Ditto to the snack idea from Mrs. V. Although, sometimes I have to eat before him b/c I just can't wait any longer. So when he gets home I just sit and talk with him while he eats. :)

  3. I get home around 5 and Rob gets home at 7. I usually eat something small and then cook him dinner so its hot when he gets home. I hate eating that late, so I may have just a few bites of that dinner. But the good thing about it is there are plenty of leftovers for us both to pack lunch for the next day.
    - Kristin Smith

  4. he gets home around the same time i do and i literally ask him ten times "dinnertime yet? " once i start snacking... i have a really hard time stopping because in my head...i should be eating dinner...

    i have been trying to persuade tim to eat earlier and pack a lunch rather than eating out...but it is so hard to change something he has been doing for 8 years! Thank you for all your comments...i LOVE reading them!


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