Candy Lesher’s “Composed Southwest Soup” is a meal that is easily thrown together in a very little amount of time, right after work, after a long hard day. This is a recipe you and your family will enjoy and one that will keep you healthy too.

Candy Lesher’s Lap-band patient recipe – Composed Southwest Soup

½ cup canned green chilies, chopped
4 cups chicken broth (organic if possible)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 whole rotisserie chicken breast, skinned and chopped
1 cup frozen organic white corn
½ cup diced radish
1 ½ cup Mexican gray squash or zucchini, cubed
½ cup red onion, chopped
2 large tomatoes, diced
2-4 Tbs Mexican Cotija cheese (Romano or Asiago cheese would work also)
1/3 cup green onion, finely chopped
¼ cup cilantro, finely minced (optional)
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the chilies, broth, garlic and chicken. Bring to a low simmer and cook while preparing vegetables.
  2. Toss together the corn, radish, squash, onion and tomatoes. Put a generous mound of vegetable mixture in the bottom of a soup bowl.
  3. Ladle a portion of the boiling broth and chicken over the fresh veggies. Let sit for 60-90 seconds. Garnish with a teaspoon or two of the cheese, the finely minced green onion, and if desired, the cilantro. ENJOY!