Cooking with Kate and our menu

Monday, November 3, 2008

Updated: Okay several of you e-mailed or commented and asked for the tortilla soup recipe...I added it at the bottom.  Don't let the long ingredient list scare you.  It is easy peasy.


Ever since they cooked at school the other day (a few posts down), Kate wants to cook at every meal.  The other day she begged to make scrambled eggs with cheese.  We cracked eggs, whisked, cooked and then she refused to eat them.  This morning she made pancakes for the boys (and their friends who slept over).  BIG lesson learned-- NEVER have a sleep over when you are only 1/2 unpacked! I felt the boys needed it but it was complete chaos.

Really though this post is about our menu this week.  Over the past few months several people have asked for recipes and menu ideas for eating the way we do (gluten free and minimal dairy). A few bloggers post weekly menus and I know I will not be able to keep up with that. However,  since I actually made a menu this week, I thought I'd share it.  

Also, I briefly mentioned Harry's health problems last week.  Well, they were diet related.  We were not eating very healthy for the past few months.  We ate out a lot and did not have our cookbooks or pots and pans or spices. Also, Harry was going to a lot of friends houses and sleepovers and "cheating" on his diet.  As a result, Harry was having some severe stomach issues.  So, I really need to get back on track with cooking gluten-free and dairy free foods for our family.  Here is this week's menu:

Sunday-Lime and Cilantro Shrimp over long grain rice. (From Peace Meals-the new and FABULOUS Houston Junior League cookbook).  We had this for the first time tonight.  It was SO easy and delicious!

Monday-Chili (beef and kidney bean).  My favorite chili is from my old red and white cover Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook but it is not on their website. Even my friends who don't like chili like this one.  I will post it sometime but I am a terrible typist so it takes me a long time to post recipes.

Tuesday- Cherry Chicken  This is a crock pot recipe that is from Preppy Pink Crocodile.  It sounds easy and yummy!

Wednesday-Smooth Black Bean soup from my all time favorite cookbook Stop and Smell the Rosemary (another Houston Junior League cookbook). No, I am not a Junoir Leaguer but every single recipe in this cookbook is delicious.  It has won numerous national awards. My copy is literally falling apart!)

Thursday- Chicken Tortilla Soup (again from Stop and Smell the Rosemary). This is the best tortilla soup you will ever eat.

Friday- Leftovers because I have late afternoon parent-teacher conferences (and the two soup recipes make a lot of food).

I recently found this site called A Year of Crockpotting

She posts a gluten-free crock pot recipe and review every single day!  I am thinking this is a great site for our family.

Tortilla Soup (from Stop and Smell the Rosemary)

6 tbs vegetable oil

8 corn tortillas, chopped

6 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1 medium onion, chopped (I do this in the food processor)

1  28oz can diced tomatoes

2 tbs ground cumin

1 tbs chili powder

3 bay leaves

6 cups chicken stock (I buy low salt organic)

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I leave this out if the kids are eating it and Dave, Harry and I add Tabasco at the table)

4-6 cooked chicken breasts, shredded or cubed (I use 4 and I bake them and then shred them with two forks. Really, 4 is plenty of chicken).

Optional garnishes:

Shredded Monterey Jack cheese

cubed avocado

Sour Cream

2 corn tortillas, sliced and fried crisp (or a few tortilla chips) 

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add tortilla, garlic, cilantro and onion. Saute 2-3 minutes.  Stir in tomatoes.  Bring to a boil and add cumin, chili powder, bay leaves and chicken stock.  Return to a boil.  Reduce heat.  Add salt and cayenne.  Simmer 30 minutes. Remove the bay leaves and stir in the chicken. Reheat for a few minutes.  Spoon into bowls and garnish with cheese, avacado, sour cream and/or tortilla chips.


P.S.  Read the post below for the opportunity to help bring Rachel home to her forever family.


  1. I have been meaning to ask you for the chicken tortilla soup! Ever since I had it at your house I have tried a few different recipes and they all never taste as good as yours! Please post it:) Kate looks very big beating the eggs!

  2. Sounds so yummy!! I love new recipes. Can you scan those and then post them so you don't have to retype???

    So glad you are getting settled!!!
    Cooking makes evrything so homey.


  3. Cute pictures of your little chef. Our kids love to cook too and are constantly in the kitchen! Their favorite thing to make is homemade pizza!

    Have a great day!

  4. The recipes sound great Kim! I have had the Cherry is so GOOD!

    Kate looks so cute cooking with her is always so much fun to see the little ones in the kitchen! Nick loves to cook and often watches the Fo@dnetwork....last year I bought him his own chef coat and cooking utensils....he loved it! Maybe a good gift idea for little Kate!

    Glad to hear that Harry is getting back on track!

    Have a good week!


  5. Thanks for the menu ideas. I have Stop and Smell the Rosemary but haven't cooked from it in a while. Think I will make the tortilla soup tonight!

    Love the picture of Dave helping Kate crack the eggs.

  6. thanks for the recipes....may have to try cherry chicken this very week!

  7. Love the pictures of Kate cooking.. she is tooo cute..
    Love all the recipes. .sure do sound good..
    Have a Great Week.
    Hugs girly..

  8. What sweet pictures of cooking with Daddy! I can't wait to link over to the crock pot cooking for a year...I am always looking for new ideas with our crock pot, so thank-you!

    I was just looking at your Halloween pics, take a peek at my blog and you will see one of my girls with a very similar costume as your sweetie! : )

  9. Oh Yum... your menu for this week sounds SO good! I'm going to have to find the Houston Junior League cookbook!

    So cute that Kate is interesting in cooking! Maybe she'll be on Top Chef someday. I love that show.

  10. Thanks for the recipes. We have noticed a huge difference in our home removing the gluten, wheat and dairy. I still have so much to learn.

  11. Looks like fun!!

    I am going to check out A Year of Crockpotting....sounds perfect for our family!

  12. I think even if you don't have GLUTEN issues these are very halthy and good for you recipes.. My 2 youngest suffer from allergies, mainly food so I definitely will be checking these sights out.. May have to ask my sister to get me those JL cookbooks, since she;s in Houston now. I feel so much better when I get the White Carbs out of my diet also!! Glad he's better. Kate:dollbaby!

  13. oh thank you for posting these! I love my better homes and G cook book
    I hope Harry feels better ASAP, you can feel so down when the digestive system is haywire.

  14. Mnnnnnn sounds yummy!!! I have plan my week menu out on Saturday nights. Other wise I am at a loss : (
    Kate is adorable!!!! My girls LOVE to cook!!! Hope you are settling in nicely and that your little man's tummy issues go away soon : ( poor guy!

  15. Oh, she looks so sweet helping in the kitchen!
    p.s. love your blog header...darling.

  16. These sound so yummy, my oldest is a HUGE shrimp fan, and I really need to try and cook this more. Also isn't it just the perfect time of the year for chili! I need to find a good crock pot recipe so it's all ready when we get home from school/work. We've been eating pretty unhealthy too, so thanks for the reminder that we need to get back on track. :-)

  17. She looks adorable cooking with her daddy... Will you post the recipe for the Tortilla soup? I would like to give that one a try.

    Have a great week..

  18. Kate looks so cute cooking with her daddy! All those meals sound yummy!

    Have a nice week!

  19. Yummmm!! I am always looking for more gluten free recipes. We have to eat that way and it is so hard to find good easy ones!!

  20. Yummy!! I am always looking for gluten free recipes. We have to eat wheat free and it is so hard to find good easy recipes!!

  21. you are the midst of unpacking you are so organized to make the menu for the week...I am always so impressed!! thanks so much for the soup sounds fabulous!! Those junior league-ers know how to cook don't they!?...I have one from our hometown league {cooking through rose colored glasses} and just love it!!

  22. The recipe sounds great! I am a Junior Leaguer over here in MS and I will have to get those cookbooks. We can buy from other Leagues. And I had been trying to decide what to buy this year. Thanks for posting about your eating habits. I want our family to eat healthy. I even subscribed to Clean Eating after you posted about it. Kate looks adorable cooking. Glad to see you are getting settled into your new home.

  23. yum-o! the soup recipe sounds delish- i am definitly going to add that to my must try soon list! thanks!!

  24. Yummy! By the wayI am having closet envy.

  25. Thanks for the link to the Crockpot site - great!! Especially for a teacher like me - conferences and grades are coming and it seems my prep time has gotten less and less!! Good Luck continues to be sent your way with all your unpacking.

  26. I just LOVE the tortilla soup recipe! I made it tonight and even my picky, picky husband loved it. I adore your blog!

  27. Thanks for sharing all of the information! Love your blog.

    Take care, Michele

  28. Love the recipies!! They sound really yummy!

  29. Me again! What kinds of cheeses do you use for your recipes if you do not use soy and dairy...After 2 weeks I am truly missing my cheese (people are starting to look like cheese wedges to me!) Any advice would be great!
    Lynn Schadler
    Wyomissing, PA

  30. I made the Chicken Tortilla Soup last night and it was delicious. It is very easy to make and looking forward to heating some up again this weekend. Thanks for a great recipe!


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