Saturday, January 18, 2014

Snowy Day Soup: Hearty White Bean & Turkey Soup (Slow-Carb)

On this fine Illinois snowy day, I decided to (finally) take down my Christmas decorations and stay-in.  I like living in a climate that forces you to slow-down from time-to-time.  Outside my window the foot-traffic is minimal, silencing the neighborhood and I can see smoke floating out of chimneys as my neighbors stay home and out of the snow.

Its peaceful in an otherwise active part of town and I enjoy the silence as I unhook ornaments and carefully wrap lights-as to not make the decorating difficult next year.  

Levi comes home from the gym and out of the snow-he asks me about dinner (at 3:30pm).  Early dinners on Saturdays are not rare for us-as we often spend much of the day working on errands in order to stay in and relax at night.  

Soup is my go-to cold weather meal.  I can generally cook it all in one pot, its hot and fairly versatile-so typically I can achieve any goal I may have: hearty, savory, spicy, healthy, etc.  

The goal for todays soup was: Slow-Carb.

Snowy Day White Bean & Turkey Soup
Serves 6

1lb. Ground Turkey
1 med onion-diced
1c green pepper-diced
1 13oz can green beans w. liquid
1 4oz can muchrooms-drained
2 cans Northern Beans - with liquid
1 qt. can (32oz) diced tomatoes
3cups beef stock
1 cups Water
Cumin (approx 2 teaspoons)
Dried Oregano (approx 1 tablespoon)
Cayenne (approx 1 teaspoon)
Salt (to taste)
Pepper  (to taste)

In large pot brown turkey and onion in 1 cup water.  Once browned, add all remaining ingredients-and bring to a boil.  Once boiling for 15 minutes, taste and adjust seasoning to taste.  Serve.

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