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Ground Turkey Soup

Feb
2011
04

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Today is a cold and blustery day in Houston with snow threatening to start falling any minute. One of my favorite things on a cold day is a big bowl of steamy hot soup. We recently began doing Weight Watchers Points Plus and it has caused me to be very conscious of everything I eat. The wonderful thing about this soup is that is friendly to my waist as well as being friendly to my wallet. If you are doing WW the points value for this soup is 2 per cup. Now, the cornbread I love to eat with soup is another thing completely. We put our recipe into the calculator that WW has online, and it was a whopping 7 points per piece. I will have to decide if I am willing to part with that many points for a piece of cornbread.

Ground Turkey Soup

1 pound of ground turkey breast
4 cups 99% fat free beef stock
16 cups of water
1 6oz can of tomato paste
2 tsp of salt
1 tsp of marjoram
2 tsp of Tiger Dust (or Cajun seasoning of your preference)
3 cloves of minced garlic
3 Tbsp dried minced onion, or 1 onion chopped
4 potatoes, peeled and diced
4 carrots, peeled and sliced

Brown the ground turkey (there should be no fat to drain if you use the ground breast, but if you use another meat be sure to drain off any fat). Add all other ingredients to the pot, except potatoes and carrots and bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer for 3 hours (you can do it for less, but the longer it simmers the better the flavor). 45 minutes before you want to serve the soup increase the temperature and when it begins to boil add the potatoes and carrots. Once the potatoes and carrots are tender, serve and enjoy.

Wassail

Nov
2010
08

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Something about fall make me always want to have a cup of hot apple cider, wassail, peppermint hot chocolate, or eggnog. Since the whole family has had a virus this past week I thought I would make some hot wassail. I looked at a few recipes online, but none of them looked quite right so I made my own recipe!

Hot Wassail
2 cups apple cider
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons mulling spice

Combine all the ingredients in a pot and bring to a simmer. after you bring it to a simmer you can leave it on the stove or keep it warm in a crock pot.

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Our family loves beans. To some that seems to be odd. One day when I was in Sam’s buying a 10 lb bag of pinto beans for making homemade re-fried beans, I ran into a friend. She made a comment about feeling sorry for us because we “have” to eat beans. I thought it was funny, because we don’t have to eat beans, we like them and enjoy eating them.

I think my love of beans developed when I was a child. My grandparents had a 52 acre farm about 30 minutes away from where we lived and on weekends we would go to visit. Many a day was spent sitting under a shade tree shelling peas, or snapping beans. There is nothing quite like a lunch made of fresh purple hull peas with homemade chow chow, sweet corn and cornbread. After we were married and moved to south Louisiana, our love for beans grew with the addition of Red Beans and rice and White beans.

This soup recipe is one that I created several years ago. It is super simple and very satisfying. I must warn you that I cook beans a little differently. I wasn’t taught to cook them (the right way) and so when I began cooking, I would just throw everything in the pot and cook them until they were done. What may have started out as a mistake turned out well. I believe that cooking them this way infuses the beans with a great amount of flavor. I will occasionally do a quick soak by putting only the beans in water, bringing them to a boil, turning off the heat, covering them and then letting them sit for an hour. After they have soaked for an hour I will then dump everything else in and start cooking them.

I would love to do a soup recipe swap with everyone, so please leave your favorite soup recipe in the comment section.

White Bean Soup with Smoked Turkey

2 lbs. Great Northern Beans, rinsed
1 onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp. Simply Organic All-Purpose Seasoning (this is an herb based seasoning blend, not salt based)
1 tsp. of Tony’s
1 tsp. hot sauce
1 Tbl. Worcestershire sauce
1 smoked turkey wing (I found mine near the ham at Wal-mart)
water

Put all ingredients into a stock pot and cover with a couple of inches of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a medium heat. Cook until beans are tender(this took about 3 1/2 hours), making sure to keep about an inch of water over the beans. Before serving remove meat from bones; discarding bones and skin. Serve with cornbread. This soup will also freeze well. For a family of 7 we had leftovers, for a smaller family, this would give you a couple of frozen meals.