SoupFest: Salsa Chicken Soup from Jodie Heiselt

Sunshine. Summer. Beaches. Sand. Those are the things that came into my mind when I ate my first spoonful of this soup. No kidding. I actually saw hammocks strung up between palm trees in my mind. It was especially welcome since it has slowly been dawning on me that it is still winter here, as much as I wanted to believe that the seasons had changed while we were busy lying on the couch. This soup may be the closest I get to warm weather for another couple of months.

My sister-in-law/former roommate/dear friend Jodie sent me the recipe. I’m almost at a loss about what to say about Jodie. There’s just too much. I mean, this is the girl that was by my side when I met my future husband, who cheered for us to get together, who listened to me rehash each of our dates. She showed me that you can be a college student and actually cook real food. And if there is a reason I seem like I know what I’m doing while raising these kids, it’s because I talk to Jodie and she tells me what to do.

But maybe the most apt thing to say would simply be: “Ready? One, two, three, (all together now) Jodie is a good cook! . . . And many mo-ore.” (A throwback to our days as roommates.)

Salsa Shrimp (Chicken) Soup

The original recipe calls for shrimp. Jodie says she always makes it with chicken. I wanted to try the shrimp version, but couldn’t bring myself to spend $7 for a pound of shrimp, when I know I’m the only one in the family who really likes it. Chicken is always good, but I still think I’m going to try it with shrimp sometime.

1 T oil
1 med. onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed through a garlic press
4 cups chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
1/3 c. salsa
1 can corn, drained (I didn’t know what size can, so I just added about a cup of frozen . . . haha)
1 lb. cooked shrimp (chicken)
1 avocado, diced
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
juice from one lime
sliced green onions, if desired
tortilla chips

In large saucepan, heat oil.  Add onions and cook until soft.  Add garlic, cook 1 min more.  Stir in broth, tomatoes, salsa, and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in corn, shrimp (chicken) and avocado and heat through. Add lime juice just before serving. Garnish with green onions, if desired. Serve with tortilla chips.

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5 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh I totally remember the Cozzas and that awesome cheer! Wasn’t it so fun to live with Jamie and Jodie?! I miss all you girls! I will definitely have to try out this soup. It looks amazing.

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    lizzie Reply:

    So fun to live with them. Probably one of my best decisions in life. Seriously.

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  2. Amen to all you said about Jodie. And yes, she is a gooooood cook.

    Did we ever tell you the ending we made up when we were real young (which has since been dropped off because it got really out of control). Went something like this, “and many more, on channel 4, and Scooby Doo on channel 2, and Frankenstein on channel 9, and wash your plate on channel 8….. ” (I could probably keep going but I’ll spare you the rest). ha.

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    lizzie Reply:

    Jamie, I don’t think I remember all the additional endings . . . reminds me of the Blackhurst family birthday song which goes on for long enough for Micah to be embarrassed by it. Hahaha. I’m definitely teaching it to our kids. Definitely. 🙂

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  3. You have to say all those nice things because you know I’m a reader. 🙂

    And I’m super impressed that you remembered the cheer. 🙂

    And I love this soup.

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    lizzie Reply:

    Jodie, you probably wouldn’t believe the number of times people have wondered how I know when and how to do whatever (potty-train, phase out naptime, introduce solids, blah blah blah) and the only thing I can say is, “I don’t. Jodie does.” Seriously. I track my “motherly instincts” directly to your door.

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  4. And I didn’t see the other comments before, but JAMIE I totally forgot about that! Bahaha. That is something I WON’T be teaching to my children because it did get rather lengthy and out of control…too funny.

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  5. Um, Jodie, I don’t think you realize how AMAZING you are. I totally agree with Lizzie. I learned SO much about being a mother from the time we spent together in Indiana. I am so grateful for that experience! AND… can’t wait to try the soup! Thanks for posting Lizzie!

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    lizzie Reply:

    Jodie is a wonder, isn’t she? How did we get so lucky to have her as an example and friend and sister?

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