I just can't get enough of soup this past week. Fall is my favorite season, and it feels so good to have a warm healthy bowl of soup on cool days. The recipe for this soup was inspired by Tosca Reno's Harvest Soup recipe in her Eat-Clean Diet for Family & Kids book. Though her version sounds delicious as it is, I made a few changes (some by mistake). The first change is that the turkey was baked in the oven instead of preparing it in a pot to make stock (the mistake). My husband cooked the turkey while I was away at school (so nice of him!), and I realized the next day that the recipe called for it to be prepped differently. No big deal. I had some chicken and vegetable broth in the cupboard that worked just as good. The other changes consisted of a few vegetable additions that her recipe didn't include. I also omitted the 1/2 cup of apple cider her recipe called for, only because I didn't have any on hand! It's a shame because I know that cider would have made it even better. I was pleased with the end result though. The apples really add a special flavor. Try it out, I'm betting you'll like it!
Turkey Veggie Soup with Apples
1 turkey breast (with bones or boneless could work too) baked according to directions
3 - 32 oz. cartons of Chicken or Vegetable broth or a mix of both
1 large onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1/2 bag of baby carrots
4 ribs of celery, chopped
2 tart green apples or hard red apples, chopped, leave skin on
2 sweet potatoes, chopped
6 Brussels sprouts, remove hard end, chop or shred
1 summer squash
1-2 cups of fresh green and yellow beans, chopped
1 tsp. salt
Fresh ground pepper
4 bay leaves
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. fresh or dried parsley
Bake the turkey as directed (this can even be done a day or two ahead). Before beginning cut the turkey up into cubes or shred it. I didn't add in the entire turkey. We had plenty left over to create another meal out of. Grab a stock pot and pour the broth in. Place pan on the stove over med/high heat. Start adding in all the remaining ingredients and stir. After the soup begins to boil, turn heat down to simmer, cover and wait about 30 minutes. Soup is done when all veggies are soft.
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It's been pretty cold here in IL this past week; the perfect time of year for soup. I had plenty of vegetables sitting around (some from the CSA and others store bought) that needed to be used up. I'm surprised at how tasty this turned out, as I really just threw any old thing in. My family really enjoyed it. It's super easy to make, and you could even make up your own version. I think soups are so easy that way. You can throw a bunch of ingredients together and somehow, it works.
Chunky Veggie Soup
3 - 32 ounce containers of chicken or vegetable broth (I mixed both kinds)
4 stalks of celery
1-2 cups fresh green and yellow beans
2 bunches of broccoli
1-2 sweet potatoes
1 bag of baby carrots
6 brussels sprouts
1/2 - 1 tsp. curry powder
2 bay leaves
basil (light sprinkle)
oregano (light sprinkle)
Directions: Heat broth on medium to high heat. Chop up the onion, celery, beans, broccoli, potatoes and squash. Toss into the broth. Add the baby carrots. Peel or slice brussels sprouts and sprinkle on top. Add remaining ingredients. Stir; turn heat to low or simmer and cover. Cook until all veggies are soft.
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Have you heard about the amazing benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar? I'm not talking just any apple cider vinegar either. The kind I'm talking about has . . . "the mother" in it. Whenever I hear that, I have to laugh. I picture some monstrous thing for some odd reason.
You can see the mother when you hold the raw cider up to the light. Look for the cloudy chunks floating in it. Don't panic if you see this! It's completely normal. As the vinegar ferments, you may see more cloudiness and chunks, which is a good thing.
So what exactly is the mother? That's a good question. I decided to search about the web to find the answer.
- reduce cholesterol
- lower blood sugar
- aid in weight loss
- clear acne
- help with digestion - constipation - removes toxic waste from the body
- relieve joint pain
- soothe sore throats
This list is quite minimal. There are those out there who claim this to be an almost cure all. It's enough to get me to jump on the cider bandwagon. I decided to try it regularly for one week just to see if I notice a difference. I'll update and let you all know how it goes. If you have any cider stories or ways that it has been of benefit to you, I would love to hear from you! Please leave a comment, and share your story!
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Green Kefir Smoothie with a Kick
8 oz. plain kefir
1 tbsp ground flax
1/2 scoop of chia seeds
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
1/8 tsp. - 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (you decide how hot to make it)
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
A handful or two of spinach
Directions: Mix everything but the spinach up first; add the spinach and mix. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
I was having one of those days where I had no clue what I felt hungry for. Nothing sounded good, and the food supply in our house was starting to dwindle. So what did I do? Threw some stuff on a tortilla and called it a day of course. ;-)
I used peanut butter, cantaloupe, cucumber, squash, and feta cheese. I was quite surprised by the taste...it was actually good! My husband even liked it!