Mexican Soup with Spinach Quesadillas

Updated:  My spinach quesadilla lunch picture made it on www.tastespotting.com  So exciting, its the first picture they have accepted of mine! 

Rule #1 of insulin dependent diabetics:  check you blood sugar before you work out.  Mine was at 65.  Rats!  So I ended up eating 3 ounces of strawberries and 1 cup of tomato/chipotle soup for a 97 calorie, 2 fat, 20 grams of carb snack so I could work out (no insulin taken).

The strawberries were really sweet!  Also, I decided to save my BSI strawberry recipe for tomorrow night when my mom comes over - you'll just have to wait and see!

The strawberries were really sweet! Also, I decided to save my BSI strawberry recipe for tomorrow night when my mom comes over - you'll just have to wait and see!

This was the last of the container - I'll definitely get this again

This was the last of the container - I'll definitely get this again

So I had about 6 ounces of chicken breast left over from last nights dinner.  While the first thought is always to make a quick chicken noodle soup, I wasn’t feeling it.  This is where the pantry comes in!! 

5 Minute Mexican Soup

  • 6 ounces chopped cooked chicken breast
  • 4 cups (2 cans) chicken broth
  • 1 cup pinto refried beans
  • 1 cup canned white corn
  • 1 package boca soy crumbles (freezer)
  • 1/2 cup Taco Bell taco sauce

Throw it all in a pot and use a whisk to break up the pinto beans.  I was kind of cleaning up the kitchen while I was making it, so it probably simmered for a 30 minutes on low.  It got nice and thick!

With a sprinkle of Mexican cheese on top and Tabasco - with my quesadilla lunch comes in at 573 calories, 19 fat and 58 carbs

With a sprinkle of Mexican cheese on top and Tabasco - with my quesadilla lunch comes in at 573 calories, 19 fat and 58 carbs

2 low carb tortillas (14 grams of fiber!), 1/4 cup Mexican cheese and a cup of baby spinach - Pam fried!

2 low carb tortillas (14 grams of fiber!), 1/4 cup Mexican cheese and a cup of baby spinach - Pam fried!

So Day 4 in a row of working out!!  I was only able to do 30 minutes on the treadmill – but at 3.0 mph and 15% incline!  Then my blood sugar started to drop so I had to call it quits.  I should take my dog for a walk tonight to get some more exercise in.

But it worked out okay, so then I was still able to make my lunch and post it in my lunch hour – see I told you I was low maintenance! :D

Come back tonight for Pizza Party Friday for me and Hannah and Black and White Sesame Ahi Tuna and Scallop and Shrimp Scampi for Tony!

I have a little over $5 left of my $20 grocery challenge, and all I need is mozzarella cheese -success! 

See you tonight!

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21 thoughts on “Mexican Soup with Spinach Quesadillas

  1. those quesadillas look really good.

    I love putting refried beans in soup – it makes them so thick!

  2. I love quesadillas!! Congrats on your grocery challenge :)

  3. Great lunch, it looks delish.
    And great workout!

  4. Lunch looks great – more recipes for me to try!

    What a pain about your blood sugar affecting your workouts! Makes me not want to complain about doing mine…after all, nothing is stopping me but my mind.

  5. Congrats on the grocery challenge! I love utilizing what’s in the pantry and freezer for a good clean out every once in awhile.

    The strawberries look delicious! I ended up buying 2 lbs. because they looked so good, I knew I’d kick myself if I used up all of them in the BSI and didn’t have any extras to eat!

  6. I kept thinking it looked like there were noodles in that soup, then I finally realized it was the shredded cheese on top! Looks tasty :)

  7. love the $20 grocery challenge. you’re doing SO well with it!!! i always say it, but i love how you budget and find such great deals!

  8. Great job on getting your pictures published, you really do take wonderful pictures! That soup looks SO good, I could create my meal plan off of your blog!

  9. Helen's Journey

    CONGRATULATIONS on getting published. I can see why, it looks soooooo good!

  10. Hi Biz! Mmmm, that looks good! Got a question…which tomato/chipotle soup? Is it your recipe, or is it something that you bought? (Tomato chipotle sounds really tasty to me!)

    • It’s store bought – I bought it at our local store and I threw out the container so I don’t remember the brand. It comes in a cardboard box and had like 8 one cup servings for 70 calories per cup.

      I’ll see if I can find it again! It’s mighty spicy!

      • Thanks, Biz! I’ll check my local store and see if I can find something like it. Or, I’ll just give a few shakes of chipotle powder to a regular tomato soup…love spicy stuff!!!

  11. What a great soup and congrats for tastespotting…have you tried foodgawker?

  12. Congrats on tastespotting!!! I keep trying… no luck :(

  13. oh my! Everything here looks so yummy! New rule for me…….don’t visit here on an empty stomach ;)

  14. love the mexican theme! and those strawberries are soo pretty!

  15. Congrats on your picture getting accepted for tastespotting.com!!! How exciting!!

    Love, love, love MEXICAN! The soup looks thick and creamy, and the spinach quesadillas look delicious!

  16. oooo yum the pizza looks delish! :D

  17. That soup looks really tasty!

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