Monday, April 20, 2015

Turkey and Veggie Soup

Summer is quickly approaching and that means soon warmer weather will be the normal. But, as we have experienced this past week in Atlanta, we can still have a few cold days left before the heat fully arrives.

What does that weather mean? One last chance for a hearty soup before the cool soups make their appearance on the dinner table.

This last week I experimented with the ingredients I had around the house to make our hearty turkey and veggie soup. The great thing about this recipe is that it can definitely be made to what YOU have in your kitchen and what YOU like.

But for a base recipe, here is what we used!

1lb ground turkey
2 tsp cooking oil or butter
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 sweet potato, cubed
4 cups raw kale, chopped
1 cup baby carrots
4 cups chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes
1 tsp basil
1 basil leaf
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika

1. In a large heavy bottomed pot (such as a dutch oven) over medium high heat, heat up your cooking oil or butter 
2. Add you chopped onions, sautee until soft and translucent. Add your garlic in and cook for one minute. 
3. Add in the chopped green peppers, and potatoes.
4. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. 
5. Add kale, bay leaf and diced tomatoes and reduce heat to medium low. Let cook for about 10 minutes, covered. 
6. As that cooks, brown your turkey with all of the seasonings mentioned above added in with it.
7. After turkey is browned, add to soup, mix and cover. 
8. Let cook over medium low, stirring occasionally for about 25 minutes. 
9. Garnish with cheese and plain Greek yogurt if desired! 

Enjoy these last few days of warm soup weather before the fall. This is an easy and yummy way to get veggies in! Experiment with what you have and make it fun. 

What's your favorite soup? 

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