Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Smoke Alarm Soup and a Giveaway

DSC06418No one was harmed in the making of this recipe. Just my cookbook. A total loss. I thought it could be salvaged but after taking a swim in the sink (my first reaction upon finding it up in flames) and suffering some major charring, it smelled like a fire-pit and so did the entire apartment.

DSC06416 The pup was super concerned. So concerned in fact he didn’t have time to fix his deep-cut v-neck or make sure his ear wasn’t flipped backwards.

DSC06404 At least the soup was a success. And now we aware that out smoke detectors need new batteries. And putting cookbooks on flat-top stoves is never a good idea. Deep v-necks aren’t either.

DSC06403 Chicken Tortilla Soup (adapted from The Hungry Girl Cookbook)

  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 4 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast cooked, shredded
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn, frozen
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fajita seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili pepper

Optional garnishes: Sour Cream, Cilantro, Shredded Cheese, Tortilla Chips

In a medium pot sprayed with Pam, cook onions, garlic, seasoning and spices over medium heat until onions soften, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the corn and diced tomatoes and continue to cook for 5 minutes.

Add chicken, jalapeno and lime juice. Stir for 2 to 3 minutes.

To serve, top with desired garnishes. Serves ~4.


So I promised a giveaway… here it is!

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MyBlogSpark contacted me to see if I wanted to do a Green Giant sponsored giveaway for my readers and of course I accepted. The prize pack includes:

  • Insulated Tote Bag
  • Serving Bowl
  • Serving Spoon
  • Pedometer (!!!)
  • Coupon for FREE Green Giant Product

They also sent me the same prize pack and I’ll tell you right now, it’s pretty awesome. I LOVE the bowl and can’t wait to use the insulated bag this summer for cook-outs or transporting my favorite beverages.

I was sent the Broccoli & Cheese Sauce to try which I mixed with a serving of whole wheat pasta for a quick and easy weeknight dinner that was filling yet relatively low in calories.

To Win:

1. Leave a comment telling me which vegetables you often buy frozen (if any).

2. Tweet about this giveaway, “Green Giant Giveaway: @lemongroveavenu Smoke Alarm Soup and a Giveaway” and leave me a comment telling me you did so.

3. Follow me and leave another comment letting me know

4. Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know

I’ll pick a winner using random.org on Tuesday 2/15.


  1. Hi Shan!
    Oddly enough, I LOVE Green Giant veggies--though, I guess it's not that odd, considering since the age of 5, when asked what my favorite food is, i would reply: "salad". what did Bird do to me when i was in the womb?? i suspect, bang her tummy with carrot-shaped maracas.

    My favorite Green Giant frozen veggies are the whole kernel sweet corn (which I usually roast in the oven for 20 mins...little bit of olive oil, s&p, and you've got yourself an amazing side). I also love GG's broccoli & cheese sauce...CHEESE sauce...'nough said.

    I love you!

  2. Oh! I'm so glad more damage didn't occur. That burnt cookbook is nuts!

    I buy corn and broccoli like it is going out of style!

  3. I once melted a plastic container on a still-very-hot-burner. It ruined a totally good plate of fettuccine alfredo. Sigh.

    But at least the soup was salvaged! And the pup is so cute!

  4. I thought you said ,"A little burnt. That was more than a little cooked." By the way we like Green Giant Peas.

  5. Well good thinking posting your soup recipe, the cookbook looks like a complete loss and you at least still have your recipe, which sounds great. I have done the exact same thing, not thinking about the stove top still being that hot that it would catch anything on fire, I did a tea towel. Glad no one was hurt.